Fishing Tents, Bivvys & Winter Shelters

Fishing Shelter

A good fishing tent or bivvy is an essential bit of kit to take with you on fishing trips.

Although don’t confuse normal camping tents with bivvies or shelters intended for fishing. A normal tent is heavy, bulky and more suited for campers going camping not fishing. Actually most syndicate fishing lakes I visit won’t even allow you to pitch a tent.

Choosing the best fishing tent

For day fishing and night fishing trips, you’ll need a fishing bivvy which is different from a fishing tent because a bivvy shelter is made from more sturdy material built to withstand strong winds and wet/muddy conditions. A fishing bivvy is also much quicker to erect than a fishing tent. A decent bivvy can be put up in a matter of seconds!

The best fishing shelter will include:

  • Adequate protection from wind and rain
  • Ability to erect or re-erect quickly
  • Enough height to sit upright in your fishing chair
  • Camouflage to merge into your natural surroundings
  • A window to see your rods, bite alarms and set up

So now you know what you’re looking for how do you know the best type of fishing tent or bivvy to buy? Here you’ll be able to find day bivvies, fishing umbrellas, brollies, carp fishing tents, sea and beach fishing shelters, windproof tents, IPX waterproof rated tents, automatic pop up tents, winter overwrap tents and every other type of fishing shelter suitable for any type of angling adventure.

If you need a fishing tent that is capable of withstanding heavy wind and rain, is lightweight and easy to carry or just a fishing shelter to protect you from the sun on a hot afternoon then this guide is for you. Whatever the weather or fishing season I will have you well covered!

My top 11 fishing bivvies & shelters

Here’s the best fishing bivvies and shelters I recommend along with everything else you need to know:

Lucx 3 man bivvy with winter shelter

At the top of our list is the Lucx Leopard. Any fisherman can take shelter quickly and comfortably with the special one pole system that means this 3 man bivvy is quick and easy to assemble with plenty of space for all your tackle.

This excellent fishing tent is made from high-quality 210D PU Nylon and hydrostatic fabric with a 10,000mm hydrostatic head so is completely waterproof and is capable of withstanding strong winds and heavy rain.

There is a large secure entrance with dual-headed zips at the front of bivvy with large windows giving you a clear view from within. This means you get a clear view of your rods outside when lying down inside the tent. Two smaller entrances can be located either side of the bivvy with zip-up doors for fast access.

The zip on groundsheet can be removed which is ideal for hosing down after a muddy session.

A winter overwrap is included and can be secured over the bivvy for added defence. The aluminium construction is quick to assemble and takedown, making this bivvy perfect for any fishing trip. The large size of this bivvy means you can easily fit inside two fishing chairs and all your carp fishing tackle with plenty of room.

Lucx 2 man Fishing bivvy

The Lucx 2 man fishing bivvy is a slightly smaller variation of the Leopard model above and is still capable of sleeping 3 adults. A heavy-duty bivvy that is suitable for all fishing seasons and weather conditions.

The special one pole system guarantees a long tent life by reducing pole friction. This fishing bivvy shelter is wind, rain and snow resistant. Completely waterproof with protection against torrential rain with the 10,000mm water column. Made from hydrostatic fabric 210D polyurethane-coated nylon.

There’s a large canopy at the front giving added cover and shelter. There’re velcro straps fitted so you can secure your carp fishing rods outside the tent.

Comes equipt with mosquito nets on doors and windows to keep you well protected in summer. A very quick and easy to assemble fishing shelter with 4 frame aluminium rods. Advertised as a 2 man carp bivvy but perfectly capable of sleeping 3 or even just 1 fisherman who needs the extra space for storing tackle.

TF Gear 2 man carp fishing bivvy

The TF 2 man carp fishing bivvy is well camouflaged for stealth fishing operations. This fishing tent is made from high-quality oxford nylon and has plenty of space inside. The 2 man carp fishing bivvy has been built to withstand hard rain, wind and even light storms. The special pegs included can be used to lock bivvy securely to the ground.

Rock-solid poles reinforce stability and the pram type hood technology keeps rain well away. The spacious design means you can easily fit a large bed chair and all your fishing tackle inside.

Includes a high-quality groundsheet that is thick, durable and long-lasting. The groundsheet is separate so easy to clean after a muddy fishing trip. This high-quality carp fishing bivvy has one of the best heavy-duty groundsheets available.

TF Gear 2 man carp fishing bivvy

The Force 8 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.

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

Cyprinus 2 man fishing tent

This Cyprinus 2 man fishing shelter with overwrap is suitable for all seasons and weather conditions. Cyprinus also supply a smaller one-man version of the same fishing tent.

The fishing bivvy comes complete with a zip on the front panel for added shelter in winter months should you need it. A winter overwrap isn’t included but can be purchased separately for added protection.

You get two times the bivvy at half the price. This highly rated fishing bivvy is manufactured from a 10,000mm hydrostatic head waterproof material capable of withstanding heavy British wind and rain.

A well thought out fishing bivvy with everything you need. Can easily sleep two adults with plenty of room for a reclining armchair. Setup in less than 20 minutes or less. Carry bag containing full tension bars, pegs, mozzie screens, rod-retention straps and heavy-duty groundsheet is included.

Angelsport Fort Knox 2 man fishing dome

Enjoy angling and outdoor activities with the long-awaited Angelsport Fort Knox 2 man carp fishing tent, voted the best fishing shelter in Europe! And features a hydrostatic head up to 10,000mm so it’s completely waterproof and UV coated to protect against the sun.

The high-quality nylon material guarantees durability and makes this fishing dome temperature stable.

Reinforced edges offer extra support with storm tension bars which guarantee stability and sturdiness during heavy storms. The clear door allows for easy visibility of your rods and alarms.

The high-tech 6063 aluminium frame makes this tent extra light and easy to carry with you. It’s very versatile and can be easily installed and secured in place.

The heavy-duty groundsheet offers extra comfort and protection. The groundsheet can be attached if necessary using velcro fastening straps.

The clear door allows the angler to see what is happening outside from the comfort of the tent.

Lucx 1-2 man coon fishing bivvy

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

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

Made from 100% waterproof hydrostatic fabric 210D PU Nylon material this fishing tent can withstand hard rain and snow. Easy to carry the fishing tent with supplied transport bag.

FOX 1 man carp bivvy with overwrap

Suitable for all fishing seasons the best selling FOX 1 man bivvy is a popular fishing tent. Two-rib, pram-hood design featuring a generous peak for extra protection means the bivvy can be set up securely making it perfect for all weather conditions.

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

Two-way letter box style door with integrated mesh insert plus PVC and solid panel options. This carp bivvy takes me under 15 minutes to put up on the bank.

It’s lightweight and easy to carry with you weighing just 7Kg. Tent poles and pegs are included with carrying case and a heavy-duty groundsheet. The main outer fabric is made from 100% polyester.

NGT 2 man winter bivvy overwrap

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

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

The tension poles are designed to make the fishing bivvy stable enough for strong British gales. The 12 high-grade bivvy pegs are supplied with the winter overwrap and will keep the bivvy structure securely in place.

The material used is heavy-duty JRC 10,000 hh and ensures a longer shelf life. This carp fishing bivvy 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.

Blitz automatic pop up fishing tent

Fishing outdoors in the middle of nature has always had a charm of its own. However, when out on an adventurous fishing trip like this, sometimes you need a fishing tent that can be put up fast! This fishing bivvy is a fully automatic bivvy made of a sturdy material which is ideal for setting up quickly so you can focus just on fishing. You could even erect this tent in the dark!

The Blitz pop-up fishing bivvy is made up of UVTex 2000 Sun Tough Fly fabric material with fitted groundsheet. UVtex technology will protect you from the harmful UV sun. This pop-up fishing tent is completely waterproof with double seals. Made from a fibreglass frame to ensure even the most heavy-handed anglers cannot break it.

There is a letterbox style opening door with velcro straps and mosquito mesh. The Pop-up fishing tent is available in camouflage, making it blend in with the surroundings, ensuring you get the most of your fishing experience with little distractions. Dimensions are 120x210cm.

Abode 1 man winter skin overwrap

If you are looking to head out for a fishing trip this winter season, you will need the right kind of overwrap to help keep you warm against the freezing cold. Designed to give comfort when staying outdoors in the winter, it’s recommended for use with the Abode 1 man fishing tents but will also fit similar shaped 1 man bivvy shelters.

The 1 man winter skin overwrap is well designed and stitched so that it does not easily give way at the stress points. Being light in weight, it is easy to carry along on your fishing trip. The Adobe 1 man winter skin overwrap comes with pegs that allow for easy setup.

This winter skin overwrap is made of Oxford Nylon so is high quality. It’s designed with a thick hydrostatic head that won’t allow for any water leakage. There’s a 210PU coating that keeps this overwrap sturdy throughout.

This winter skin overwrap comes with well-reinforced edges for protection against the worst of our British weather! It has an ideal size of 270 x 270cms with a height of 135cms. I found this Adobe winter skin overwrap gave unrivalled protection when fishing in the coldest conditions.

My top 3 fishing brollies & umbrellas

Here are my top 3 fishing umbrellas and brollies I like to take with me on day sessions:

TF Gear 60 inch oval umbrella

Any angler can erect this fishing shelter quickly with plenty of room to fit the largest of bedchairs. The clever space-saving design of the TF Gear oval umbrella has extended sides spanning 60 inches with no central pole allowing for plenty of access.

TF Gear is well known for quality fishing tackle products and this fishing brolly certainly lives up to expectations. The extra strong reinforced ribs and storm poles are capable of withstanding harsh winter gales so you will be safe and protected when fishing.

Unlike traditional brollies and umbrellas that have a central pole, the TG Gear oval umbrella uses a screw cap to hold the shelter securely in place. With no central pole, there’s much more space available for sleeping and storing your fishing tackle. This fishing umbrella is my first choice for day sessions and short night sessions.

The included groundsheet can be easily removed making the fishing umbrella lightweight and easy to carry with you on summer fishing trips. The total weight is less than 5Kg and the umbrella includes a free carry bag.

Tilt umbrella fishing brolly shelter

The Tilt Umbrella Brolly is perfect for day fishing trips to protect you against the rainy, windy or sunny weather. The fishing shelter is made from high-grade PU coated nylon and it’s lightweight and very easy to transport. This fishing shelter offers full coverage and is suitable for fly fishing or any other type of angling adventure.

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 umbrella shelter is an essential bit of kit for any fisherman.

Michigan fishing shelter with top tilt brolly

The Michigan fishing shelter is a popular accessory to take with you on fishing trips. A fantastic piece of kit for a reasonable price. The fishing umbrella is lightweight and easy to transport with a free carry bag included.

Lightening fast to put up on the bank with guy ropes and pegs included which help secure brolly into the ground. This brolly has plenty of room for your 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.

Wild camping & 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.