Do you need a brolly for your fishing trip?

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There’s nothing better than a spending a gorgeous summer’s day on the banks of a river or lake! With your rods out and set-up, your shades on and the sun glistening on the water, all is right with the world. The fish are at your mercy and your first catch is just moments away. But could there be something missing?

Protecting your bait

Warm sunny days are wonderful and certainly bring the feel-good-factor to your angling trips. But they can play havoc with fresh bait or dampened pellets. Everything tends to dry out before you get a chance to use it and that can be enormously frustrating.

Then there’s the British weather which can deliver all four seasons in a single day! That sunny afternoon can soon produce a shower which might not be sufficient to see you running for cover but will leave you feeling unpleasantly damp.

Your handy fishing umbrella

A good fishing umbrella can come in extremely handy, whatever the weather on any given day. Providing shade and shelter, a brolly protects your bait and keeps you feeling comfortable in the sunshine as well as the rain. It’s a lightweight and mobile shelter that you shouldn’t leave home without – ever!

What to look for in a fishing umbrella

Your fishing umbrella should be light enough to transport easily. Fibreglass arms reduce the weight of the best models, making them much more practical but without sacrificing strength and durability. Your umbrella is going to take a beating and needs to be up to the task.

It helps if you have a model with a wide spread and one which is adjustable throughout the day as the sun moves across the sky. An adjustable brolly will also enable you to angle it precisely to protect you from rainfall or the sun. Pegging points will allow you to secure the umbrella and keep it in situ when the wind is blowing. You can continue fishing when others are desperately trying to hold on to their brollies!

You will also benefit from a fishing umbrella which offers UV protection as it will ensure that you are safe when you are spending several hours exposed to the sun.

On rainy days, waterproof taped seams keep you, your bait and your tackle out of the worst of the weather. You will be more comfortable and your bait will remain in prime condition for longer. If you think that you might benefit from additional height occasionally, a telescopic brolly pole is a real boon.

Don’t leave home without it!

Your fishing umbrella protects you and your bait from the sun and the rain. It can also act as a windbreak. Your brolly will work hard for you and thankfully is an accessory that won’t cost the earth. A brolly is definitely a great investment and once you have found the perfect model for you, don’t leave home without it!

What is a Zig Rig?

You will have heard anglers talking about zig rigs, but if you’re new to the sport you may be wondering what they are! Zig rigs are nothing new but have become what can only be described as the in thing in recent years for those who are fishing for carp.

A zig rig is nothing more exotic than a suspended floater. It is a long nylon hooklength which sits at a predetermined depth. But this little bit of kit could help you to land a good catch even when all else is failing. Continue reading “What is a Zig Rig?”

How to Choose a Carp Rod

As with hobbies and interests, the world of carp fishing can seem confusing to the uninitiated. There’s a vast array of equipment and accessories available and then on top of that there’s all the jargon to deal with! If you have friends or family who enjoy angling then they can help you out but what if you fancy taking up carp fishing as a hobby but don’t have anyone to turn to for advice? Fear not! Continue reading “How to Choose a Carp Rod”

How is Your Rod Licence Money Spent?

Nobody relishes paying fees and taxes. Anglers are obliged to pay for their rod licences and this is a fee which many would doubtless prefer not to pay. Perhaps this is how you feel but you might be more enthusiastic about the charges if you knew that the money was being put to good use? Continue reading “How is Your Rod Licence Money Spent?”

Fishing Rod Licences – Current Laws and Proposed Changes

In England, Wales and the Esk region of Scotland you require a rod licence to legally fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel on any waters. You need a licence even if you are fishing on private lakes and only children under the age of 12 are exempt. Even then, if you help a child by holding the rod, you need a licence! Continue reading “Fishing Rod Licences – Current Laws and Proposed Changes”

How to Boost Your Bait with Attractants

Attractants are big business and offer your intended catch a huge variety of flavours to savour. If you want to increase your luck without too much effort or breaking the bank then attractants could certainly be the way forward but what should you use?

Natural Extracts

Pouring Molasses by Chris Waits via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Pouring Molasses by Chris Waits via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Natural extracts are liquids that are formulated from edible products and that feature proteins and Continue reading “How to Boost Your Bait with Attractants”

A Guide to Artificial Lures

If you’re new to fishing, the world of fishing baits and lures can be a confusing topic. You’ll find you have a vast array of bait and lures to choose from and you may be wondering what’s what and how to make the best choices.

This article is all about artificial lures. This type of lure has the advantage that you can use them again and again, unless of course they’re lost or a fish makes off with them. With a selection of lures at the ready, in time you may discover you have certain favourites that you wouldn’t be without; lures that help you to Continue reading “A Guide to Artificial Lures”

Fishing Bait on a Budget

As we’ve highlighted in previous articles, anglers have had amazing success using just about everything as fishing bait. This is great news if you’re really on a budget as it shows that you have plenty of options. If money’s tight then we certainly wouldn’t recommend Continue reading “Fishing Bait on a Budget”