With the amount of time it sometimes takes to hook a fish and the British weather being what it is you can be certain that there will be plenty of times while fishing that you are going to be caught in a sudden downpour. Luckily, having the best carp brolly in your kit means you don’t have to pack up and call it a day.
In this guide I will be sharing all the information you need to know for when choosing the perfect brolly system. There are plenty to choose from and depending on your needs you don’t have to spend an awful lot to get a good one that will last for a long time.
A good carp brolly is quick and easy to erect, light enough to be carried without too much trouble and will protect you from the elements keeping you warm and dry.
From simple fishing umbrellas to something more akin to a bivvy by the end of this guide you should know exactly what it is you are looking for.
What To Look For When Choosing A Fishing Umbrella
If you have been fishing for a long time then you probably already know what features to look out for when choosing a fishing umbrella. If you are relatively new to carp fishing then you should be aware that there are certain qualities to look for in a good brolly system.
With protection from the elements being the main reason for buying a brolly system, you should first be aware of the fact that there are different types of brollys with some offering better protection than others.
First of all there are the standard fishing umbrellas which offer some protection from the rain but are not the best for protecting you from the wind.
Next up are fishing umbrellas with side panels, which offer protection from both rain and the wind to some degree.
If you are looking for the best protection from the weather then you should be looking to invest in a complete brolly system. These are more akin to a bivvy and offer extremely good protection from both the wind and rain.
Other important features to consider are adjustability. If you opt for a standard umbrella model then be sure it has both height adjustability and front tilt.
The final thing to consider is the overall weight. As we all know not all fishing spots are accessibly by car and sometimes it requires a trek to get to them. This is why you should be considering the overall weight of your brolley.
Carp Fishing Umbrella Reviews
JRC – Defender 60 Inch Oval Brolly
The Defender by JRC is a popular brolley system and is suitable for all year round use. With dimensions of 240cm W x 185cm D x 135cm H it offers plenty of space for keeping both you and your fishing gear dry.
It features extended sides has a low profile and the taped storm wings and front gutter ensure the worst of the weather will be kept at bay.
With multiple pegging points it can be securely anchored on uneven surfaces. It also comes with two storm poles for extremely bad weather and when fully erected is very sturdy.
There is the option to by an overwrap for added insulation this is also great for reducing condensation on cold days. For those hot spring/summer days the included mosquito net is a god send allowing cool air in at the same time as protecting you from any insect bites.
What I really like about it are the rod straps which allow you to rest your rods securely against the front whilst you bait up or replace your rigs.
Weighing only 2.6Kg the Defender is relatively light in weight and can easily fit in the durable carry bag provided without having to struggle to get it in there.
If you are looking for a good quality brolley system at an affordable price the JRC Defender is definitely worth taking a look at.
- Velcro rod holder
- 5,000HH 210D PU coated polyester
- Taped seams
- Includes gutter
- Fitted with heavy-duty T-pegs
Trakker Tempest Brolly V2
Trakker are one of the most popular brolly brands and the Trakker Tempest V2 Brolly is recognised as being one of the best selling carp fishing shelters in the UK. New and improved it now features 10,000mm hydrostatic head polyester giving it even better weatherproof protection than the already very good previous model.
Being compact lightweight and easy to set up it meets all of the requirements needed for a top quality carp shelter. It comes with the choice of upgrades including utility fronts, skull caps, wraps, groundsheets and two different types of infill panels.
Offering excellent protection from the worst of the weather in the UK the Trakker V2 comes highly recommended. What I really like about this model is how compact it actually is as it easily fits in to the provided carry bag and is very lightweight.
TF Gear Fishing Day Shelter
TFGear are a brand well-known for providing high-quality day shelters at a price that is hard to beat. The TFGear Force Rapid 8 is a prime example of this being made to a high standard and costing significantly less than the brolly systems we have mentioned up to now.
Made from a heavy-duty nylon it offers excellent protection from the weather and has adequate space to fit two people comfortably.
The sturdy and rigid design is wind resistant and stands firm thanks to the reinforced fibre glass ribs poles and pegging points.
It features a back panel that can be opened for either ventilation on hot days or pole shipping.
The TFGear day shelter packs up small and compact and fits neatly into the supplied carry bag.
Michigan Fishing Umbrella Shelter
If you are looking for a no nonsense carp brolly then then Michigan Umbrella shelter is definitely worth considering. Unlike the previous models it doesn’t offer as much protection from the weather but for the price you can hardly complain.
Ideally it is best suited for mild weather protection and offering privacy from passers by.
It comes with pegs and guy lines for securing it to the ground and features a tilting mechanism allowing you to adjust the angle it faces.
This is good for offering some protection from the wind and rain. Another positive is the ability to adjust the height of the umbrella, which does come in handy .
It comes in a choice of two sizes which are 75″ or 86″ and is made from 210T polyester fabric. There is also a carry case and when packed the dimensions are 140cm x 15cm.
Ultra Fishing Angling 2.2m Umbrella
Meeting all of the requirements needed for a good quality umbrella for fishing the Ultra Fishing brolly with side panels is the best selling model on Amazon. The Ultra Fishing range of umbrellas have been around for a long time and they offer very good protection from the wind and rain making them very popular.
Lightweight, easy to assemble and take down with a compact design it ticks all the right boxes. The side panels are attached with zips and they have windows. It has both fully adjustable tilt and height allowing you to find the perfect set up position.
Made by a top brand and at a price that is hard to ignore you can see why it is the best selling umbrella.
- From flat to ready to go shelter in just a few minutes, this umbrella with zip-attached side walls...
- 2.2m umbrella, Zip on walls providing rear and side protection
- Multi-angle tilt function
- Adjustable height of umbrella
- Pegs included to anchor walls to ground
Bison Top Tilt Fishing Brolly
Bison are another highly popular brand with a wide range of umbrellas to their name. This top tilt model is finished in the usual green and is made from durable and long-lasting material. It’s also large with a 203cm diameter when opened and only 110cm when folded.
It comes with tent pegs and guy ropes for securely anchoring it to the ground and the spokes are reinforced ensuring it can withstand strong winds. One thing I really like about this brolly is the ground spike as it secures the whole thing very firmly to the ground.
Fully adjustableand with a full tilt top you can angle it to your requirements whther they be protection from the wind and rain or the sun on a hot day. Like all the best models its easy to assemble and put up and it can be taken down without too much fuss. Light in weight and quite compact it makes for a top choice among fishermen looking for a good brolly.
- 36" brolly spokes opens out to aprox 66" (1.7m) in diameter.
- Stands up to 1.8m high, with a drop length on the sides of approx. 1.5 meters.
- Angle tilt top, and adjustable spike.
- Superbly made from PU Coated Nylon, Complete with Tent Pegs and Guy Ropes.
- Carp chair in photo is for illustrative purposes only.
NGT Carp Fishing Camo Umbrella