There’s a wide array of fishing umbrellas you can buy, covering every budget and purpose.
So whether you’re looking for something to sleep under for a quick overnight session, a shelter to keep you dry on a day trip, or just a cover for your bait, check out our pick of the best brollies on the market.
Guru Large Umbrella
With oversized 8mm fibre poles, D-ring pegging points, a detachable angled centre pole and a mammoth 2.2-metre span, this is a brolly on steroids! It comes with two adjustable guy ropes, four ground spikes and a bag to keep it all in. Everything about it is thick, strong and built to last. It might not be cheap, but it feels like it would withstand a hurricane!
+ Uncompromising quality
+ Larger than most umbrellas
+ Easy to store and carry in a bag
+ Extra-thick centre pole
- Quite heavy
Price: £99.99, www.tackleguru.com
Middy Sure-Dri 450
A smart-looking, functional and reasonably-priced brolly that will repel the elements without breaking the bank. A span of 1.84m makes it big enough to cover your gear without taking up too much space, and it’s as light as they get at just 1.8kg! Fully taped seams, adjustable pole, protected pole tips, tilt mechanism and storage sleeve included. Guy ropes and pegs at extra cost.
+ Bargain price
+ Very lightweight
+ Compact size
+ Bag included
- Needs pegging down in strong winds
Price: £44.99, www.middytackle.com
Daiwa N’ZON Square umbrella
A premium quality brolly with a square design that makes pegging it down easy and cuts down on those annoying draughts. More metal and less fibreglass makes this model exceptionally tough. A steel frame and ribs, fully taped seams, prepositional centre pole with tilt mechanism, a telescopic spike and D-rings for pegging down are all included.
+ Exceptionally strong
+ Unique square design
- A little on the heavy side
- Bag not included
Price: £59.99, www.daiwasports.co.uk
Korum 50ins Graphite Brolly
A discreetly-coloured brolly on a tough, functional graphite frame. An ideal choice for the angler who wants function above all else. The contoured back design helps when pegging down.
Essentially a 50ins brolly based on a traditional design, it’s 2.1m wide, has a hard-wearing 210D PU cover with taped seams, reinforced wear points, tilt mechanism and sturdy pegging points… all packed into a package weighing a modest 2.6kg, perfect for day sessions. A shelter version with fold-down sides is available.
+ Great compromise between weight and strength
+ Blends in on the bank
+ Light enough for the rod holdall
- Bag not included
Price: £80.99, www.korum.co.uk
Wychwood Tactical Brolly
Not quite a bivvy and not quite a brolly – this easy-to-erect shelter is ideal for the specimen angler. Simply put it up as you would a normal angling umbrella, peg down the sides and away you go. Boasts a compact seven-rib design with a flat back that’ll accommodate most standard-sized bedchairs.
Three different fronts are available separately – a clear waterproof door, a waterproof front or a mosquito net, all of which can be zipped in, as well as a groundsheet. Removable inner pockets help keep your valuables safe and dry.
+ Screw-in lock prevents collapse in use
+ Extended ground skirt keeps water out
+ Multiple pegging points
+ Exceptional protection from the elements
- Not suitable for pole or floatfishing
Price: £169.99, www.wychwoodcarp.co.uk
Preston Offbox Grey Bait Brolly
A mini shelter that’s designed to cover just your bait, leaving you free to cast and net fish unhindered. A must-have for keeping your essentials protected from rain and over-exposure to the sun when fishing from a chair or seatbox. Supplied with a bracket to allow it to be attached to most Preston side trays, and a tilting and removable centre bar.
+ Small, light and easy to carry
+ Doesn’t impede your fishing
+ More stable than a standard brolly in the wind
- Supplied bracket only fits Preston side trays
Price: £39.99, www.prestoninnovations.com