Best Fishing Tents, Bivvies & Shelters

Fishing Tent Bivvy

A good fishing tent or bivvy is an essential bit of kit to take with you on fishing trips. If you’re considering buying a new fishing bivvy or upgrading your existing fishing shelter, then this is a great place to start.

My Top-5 Fishing Tents & Bivvies

Here are the 5 best fishing bivvies and tents I recommend, along with everything else you need to know:

Best Overall: Fox EOS 1 Man Bivvy

Suitable for all fishing seasons the best selling FOX 1 man bivvy is a popular fishing tent. This is one of the most affordable and high-quality fishing bivvies on the market, so perfect for newcomers and anglers on tight budgets.

Best Overall

The EOS 1 man bivvy is the toughest, most practical and innovative fishing bivvy on the market. This bivvy features a large front door with an integrated mesh panel, making it easy to enter and exit. It also features two rod straps located at the front of the shelter for additional storage space. The EOS 1 is also designed with a two-rib design and comes in a khaki colour, meaning you can blend in with your surroundings whilst fishing.

This fishing bivvy is very spacious and has plenty of room to store all your carp fishing tackle. This fishing tent is made from high-quality fabric with an 8000mm Hydrostatic head making it completely waterproof.

Watch the Fox EOS bivvy video

A two-way letterbox style door with an integrated mesh insert allows easy access. Two-rod straps located at the front of the fishing tent ensure secure storage of your carp rods while you are inside, and a lightweight groundsheet protects your bivvy from damp patches underneath.

This carp bivvy takes me under 15 minutes to put up on the bank. Fox also has the 2-man fishing bivvy available if you require additional space.

Key Features:

  • 1 man bivvy
  • 8000mm hydrostatic head fabric
  • Two-rib, pram-hood design
  • Khaki colour

Editors Rating: 4.8

Best Runner Up: Quest Tackle 2 Man Fishing Tent

Built to last, with a 12-month guarantee, the MK5 1-2 man fishing Bivvy is a great investment. With an increased hydrostatic head of 10000mm it can withstand high water pressure and resist heavy rainfall.

Best Runner Up

You know when you want to go fishing but the weather just isn’t good enough? Well, now there is no reason not to. Take your fishing holiday to the next level with the MK5 1-2 Man Fishing Tent. Designed to keep you dry whatever the weather, this bivvy will be a firm favourite for all anglers.

The bivvy comes with heavy-duty high-quality mesh ensuring its made to last, UV protected and breathable material which will keep you dry whatever the weather. Comes with double seals throughout to avoid any leaks and ensuring watertight.

Can fit one large bed chair with space for your tackle box, poles, all your equipment or you could even use it as a changing room after you have caught that big carp!

Key Features:

  • 2 man bivvy
  • Hydrostatic head (HH) of 10000mm
  • Extra strong 3 rib design
  • Highest quality 210D 5000HH material

Best 2 Man: Sonik SK-TEK Fishing Bivvy

The SK-TEK 2 Man Bivvy is the biggest in its class. Featuring a large peak for doorway protection, the bivvy offers maximum space and ease of use with 3 door window options, Velcro rod retainers and roll back open front option.

Best 2 Man

The EOS 1 Man Bivvy from Fox is a lightweight, professional-grade fishing bivvy designed to help you rise to the challenge of even the most inclement weather! Made from 8000mm hydrostatic head fabric with a two-rib design, it’s ideal for use in waters where you might encounter rain showers or on windy days.

The high specification removable groundsheet keeps you dry and comfortable inside and it removable for cleaning purposes. The large front and rear mozzie mesh vents provide ventilation to keep you cool inside. Featuring 5000mm HH 210 PU Backed Polyester fabric, this bivvy has been tested in some of the worst conditions by Sonik customers over the last few years.

Key Features:

  • 5,000mm HH 210 PU Backed Polyester
  • Large peak for doorway protection
  • 2-way letterbox style removable door
  • Velcro rod retainers and roll back open front option

The large size of this bivvy means you can easily fit inside two fishing chairs and all your tackle.

Best Budget: Lucx 1-2 Man Bivvy

The Lucx Ruck Zuck 2 Man Bivvy offers enough space for 1-2 people. The bivvy is set up in record time thanks to the ‘jerk-swipe’ set-up system. It is set up in less than a minute and offers excellent quality.

1-2 Man Bivvy

The Lucx Ruck Zuck Bivvy is the ultimate shelter for hunting and fishing. The Rucksack is made of a 210D PU Nylon with hydrostatic fabric, which makes it ideal for any challenging weather conditions. This can comfortably accommodate two people and is also spacious enough to store your fishing gear.

The MK5 1-2 man fishing bivvy is ideal for those who want to fish in comfort and dryness. The bivvy has an increased fabric Hydrostatic Head (HH) of 10000mm.

Thanks to the coated outer material, the tent is wind, snow and waterproof. All seams are sealed with special tape to prevent water/moisture from entering into the bivvy.

Key Features:

  • 1-2 man bivvy
  • Hydrostatic head of up to 5,000 mm
  • Fabric 210D PU Nylon
  • Water column 5,000 mm

Best Pop-Up: Quick Bivvy 2000

One of the best selling pop-up fishing tents in Europe. Due to the time-saving design, you can expect to erect this tent 90% faster than traditional fishing tents.

From experience using this tent I know it has a long service life. The rust-proof aluminium poles are extremely stable and the high-quality nylon material is waterproof and has a hydrostatic head rating of 2,000mm.

Watch the Quick Bivvy 2000 video

This is more than just a tent for fishing. Due to the small size and lightweight design, this also makes a great tent for camping, festivals or other outdoor activities. There are no individual poles that need to be threaded into the pop-up tent.

The large window surfaces with integrated mosquito nets in the rear and front areas of the shelter provide sufficient ventilation.

Key Features:

  • 1-2 man pop up tent
  • 90% quicker to erect than pole threaded fishing bivvies
  • Hydrostatic head rating of 2,000mm
  • Easy to carry due to small size

More Fishing Bivvies & Tents

Here are some more fishing bivvies, tents and overwraps I reviewed:

Lucx 1-2 Man Coon Fishing Bivvy

This 1-2 man fishing bivvy is one of the smaller models available from the reputable German Lucx brand. Can easily fit inside two large bed chairs and sleep two adults.

Made from 100% waterproof hydrostatic fabric 210D PU Nylon material this fishing tent is built to withstand hard rain and even snow.

Constructed from an ultralight, very robust 3-piece aluminium frame. It’s easy to carry the fishing tent, with a supplied transport bag.

This is a spacious fishing tent with plenty of room but for added comfort and space to store your fishing boots and tackle. This is best used as a 1 man fishing bivvy.

There is a practical canopy at the front that can be used to protect storage from the rain if you do feel like sharing that extra room with your mate or spouse.

Key Features:

  • 1-2 man bivvy
  • Hydrostatic fabric 210D PU Nylon
  • 10,000mm water column
  • Special one-pole system
  • Removable groundsheet

NGT 2 Man Bivvy Overwrap

The NGT 2 man winter bivvy overwrap is a fantastic fishing shelter and essential accessory for fishing trips. The fabric used is strong enough to sustain heavy rain and will keep you safe and dry in harsh weather.

The bivvy overwrap is supplied in a handy carry bag and ensures easy transportation.

The material used is heavy-duty and ensures a longer shelf life. This carp fishing bivvy overwrap has vents at the rear to make it comfortable even when the days are really hot. It performs equally well on a cold night, where effective insulation is provided.

Key Features:

  • Mesh and clear vinyl window/door
  • Overwrap supplied in a handy carry bag
  • Includes 12 high-grade bivvy pegs

TF Gear 2 Man Carp Fishing Bivvy

The TF Gear 2 man bivvy is ultrafast to erect in less than just 60 seconds! Hard to believe but you really can have this bivvy fully set up and ready to go in practically no time at all. This is one of the fastest erecting fishing tents on the market.

Spacious design with room for two fishing chairs comfortably inside with space in the centre for your bags and fishing tackle.

Made from heavy-duty material and completely waterproof. The Force 8 TF Gear fishing tent is twin skinned meaning it stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer, making it ideal for all fishing seasons. Comes with a full set of tent pegs so you can secure it to the ground.

The fitted built-in groundsheet is included for complete protection.

Key Features:

  • Fast to erect
  • Twin-skinned
  • Built-in groundsheet

Magic3org 1-2 Man Carp Fishing Bivvy

As this fishing bivvy can be erect in such a short amount of time it makes a great day shelter for short fishing trips.

Compared to some of the more expensive fishing bivvies, this a budget fishing tent that just gets the job done. And it won’t break the bank!

Once set up, there is just enough room inside to fit a single fishing chair and some tackle. Due to the size, this is best used as a 1 man day shelter rather than a bivvy. If you wanted to take this with you on a fishing trip or overnight session you would need an overwrap (supplied separately) to protect against hard rainfall.

There is a separate groundsheet supplied, ideal for being able to leave off for day sessions, yet fits easily and really well when wanting to use as a bivvy shelter.

Key Features:

  • Quick to erect
  • 190T Taffeta PU Coating 1000MM Fabric
  • PVC windows each side
  • Separate groundsheet
  • Free carry case

My Top-3 Fishing Shelters & Brollies

Here are the 3 best-rated fishing shelters and brollies:

Fox Easy Shelter Plus

Fox International was established in the 1960s and has come a long way in the last fifty years, becoming one of the leading fishing manufacturers in Europe.

Fox Easy Shelter Plus Sale

The Fox Easy Shelter Plus is an upgraded version of the very popular original Fox bivvy design. The Fox Easy Shelter Plus provides long session carp anglers with a super quick to erect shelter that is extremely lightweight for easier transportation.

There are front and rear mozzy mesh panels, which can be opened and closed from inside the shelter. The front panel can be completely removed or used in letterbox style. The front door features two vertical toggle fixings and pegging points to further increase internal space.

Key Features:

  • Unique pop-up frame designed for rapid erection
  • 8000HH green polyester fabric
  • Front and rear mozzy mesh panels
  • Integrated peak design

CampFeuer Fishing Umbrella with Wind Barrier

The Tilt Umbrella Brolly is perfect for day fishing trips to protect you against rainy, windy or sunny weather. The fishing shelter is made from high-grade Oxford Nylon and it’s lightweight and easy to transport.

The fishing umbrella can be adjusted to tilt at an angle. This is an excellent umbrella brolly to take on any fishing trip. The fishing shelter is spacious enough to fit two adults inside. It also features a perfect locking mechanism.

This fishing shelter combined with its easy portability is perfect for any occasion. It can be carried to concerts, outdoor events, parks, fishing or camping trips.

Its colour blends well with the environment, more so if one goes camping in the forest or lakeside fishing. At a rock bottom price, this fishing shelter umbrella is an essential bit of kit for any fisherman.

The brolly offers full coverage and is suitable for fly fishing or any other type of angling adventure.

Key Features:

  • Large 300 cm cover span
  • 210D Oxford Nylon material
  • Wind protection (cloak) barrier
  • Tilt function to adjust the angle of the fishing shelter

Michigan Fishing Shelter with Top Tilt Brolly

The Michigan fishing shelter brolly is a popular accessory to take with you on short fishing trips. An essential piece of kit for day sessions, as much quicker to set up than a traditional bivvy or tent.

Lightening fast to put up on the bank with guy ropes and pegs included which help secure brolly into the ground. The fishing umbrella is lightweight and easy to transport.

This brolly has plenty of room for your reclining fishing chair and equipment with windows on each side. The umbrella has a top tilt mechanism and you can adjust the height as needed.

Constructed from a very strong steel frame that will not bend and made from completely waterproof 210T polyester material. The side section panels do a great job of protecting you from the wind and will keep you surprisingly warm inside.

Key Features:

  • Top tilting mechanism
  • Strong durable pole
  • Waterproof 210T polyester fabric
  • Lightweight and easy to transport
  • Free carry bag included

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to popular questions I get asked about fishing tents:

How is a Fishing Bivvy or Tent Different to a Fishing Shelter?

A fishing shelter is generally intended for short fishing trips or day sessions. Although you could do an overnighter with just a brolly or shelter in the summer as well. Fishing shelters typically use a brolly shaped design secured to the ground, with two sides for protection from the wind.

A fishing tent or bivy is generally intended for longer fishing sessions and night fishing trips. And offers 360-degree protection with windows and doors. If you’re only popping out for a few hours fishing you probably wouldn’t need a fishing bivvy. But you would consider taking a fishing shelter or brolly.

Can I Use a Conventional Tent for Fishing?

A fishing bivvy is far more advanced than a conventional tent. Don’t confuse camping tents with bivvies or shelters intended for fishing. A conventional tent is heavy, bulky and more suited for campers going camping, not for fishing.

A decent fishing shelter is:

  1. Lightweight and easy to transport
  2. Quick and simple to assemble
  3. Camouflaged into natural surroundings
  4. Suitable for sitting upright in a fishing chair
  5. Able to withstand hot and cold temperatures
  6. Able to withstand strong winds and heavy rain
  7. Able to reduce condensation

What’s a Bivvy Overwrap?

A bivvy overwrap is recommended for your bivvy when fishing in cold conditions. If you plan on fishing in the winter then you will need a bivvy overwrap. Most modern fishing tents and shelters are equipped with a twin-skin feature but older models supply a winter skin separately. So be sure to check this first when you buy a fishing bivvy.

What Are Wild Camping and Fishing Laws?

If you’re camping in the wild please don’t forget to ask the landowner for permission. And remember to follow national and local rules when freshwater fishing in England or Wales.