best fishing umbrellas

The 7 Best Fishing Umbrellas - (Fishing Brollies & Shelters Fully Reviewed)

If you are UK based then you’ll know that we can have all four seasons in one afternoon. It’s a brave man who fishes without an umbrella. But the question is which umbrella? 

This article will shine some light on what you should look for in the best fishing umbrellas, and we’ll even throw in a few suggestions of our own for good measure.

The article is an approximate 6 minute read so if you're in a rush, the following list shows the best fishing umbrellas we recommend. 

Here is a top line summary of our choices for the best fishing umbrellas, but please read on to find out more on what features to look for in the best fishing shelters...

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What is a fishing umbrella?

A fishing umbrella is simply a system that is designed to keep you dry whilst fishing. They tend to be relatively light, easy to reposition and portable. The key feature is their size and shape. The ultimate aim with a fishing umbrella is to be able to actually carry on fishing, whilst you are sat under it.

Brolly System or Fishing Umbrella?

Whilst the terms are used interchangeably, they are not quite the same. A brolly system is like a hybrid between an umbrella and a bivvy. A fishing umbrella is a much lighter solution. It is rare that you will find room under a fishing umbrella to stow a fishing bed chair or sleep system, nor would you want to.

Whilst the best fishing umbrellas will occasionally have optional side walls, they are designed more to keep a temporary squall from interrupting your day than as a more permanent and fixed solution like a brolly system. The best fishing umbrellas might borrow elements from a brolly system however.

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Example of a brolly system

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Example of a fishing umbrella

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What to look for in the best fishing umbrellas

Ok first things first, think of the main reason you want to use an umbrella. We hope you said ‘to keep me dry’. Therefore, we want something that is waterproof, not weather ‘resistant’ or capable of withstanding only a shower or two, proper waterproof.

When looking out for waterproof qualities in a fishing umbrella, you should look out for the fabric rating often referred to as PU rating. PU is short for polyurethane and is a composite material made of resins joined by urethane links and / or a textile backing made from cotton, polyester, nylon etc.

There is often a number related to the PU rating of an umbrella for example PU 210T. The number relates to the number of threads used in the construction of the material and in this example 210 threads are used. The higher the number, the more waterproof the material.

In terms of a fishing umbrella, a PU rating of 210 is more than adequate to fulfil its purpose and protect you from the elements even in the worst of downpours.

There are a whole host of materials used in the construction of the best fishing umbrellas, but keep in mind that it may be being used under trees, or on overgrown ground. Lightweight material may rip or tear if it comes into contact with anything sharp, so pick something strong.

A good feature to look out for as a sign of strength in a fishing shelter is reinforced or taped seams. The seams are often the weak point in an umbrella so to have them reinforced would mean strengthening the weakest part and increasing the products longevity.

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What Shape Should The Best Fishing Umbrella Be?

Shape is important too. You are looking for a shape that will allow water to run off the umbrella with ease. The best fishing umbrellas will normally have some sort of system in place to ensure that any water does not fall down onto you whilst you are sat dreaming of sunny days.

A desirable factor alongside shape, is to select a fishing brolly with a tilt action. Rain and / or sun will come at you from all angles and let's face it, you don't really want to be fishing with your back to the water you are fishing. A tilt action will allow you to keep the elements off whilst still fishing effectively. 

What Colour Should The Best Fishing Umbrella Be?

Colour is important too. Green and black fishing umbrellas seem to be the popular choice. Anything other than that and you are risking two things. The first is being an eyesore on the bank, and the second (which is somewhat related) is that you might actually spook the fish. So leave your neon pink monstrosity at home and choose something drab.

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How To Secure A Fishing Umbrella

While many fishing umbrellas have a central ‘spike’ the best fishing umbrellas normally have a system that allows you to reposition the canopy once you have hammered it into the ground. Tilting umbrellas are the order of the day.

When it rains it can often get a bit windy too. You wouldn’t want to go out and splash the cash on the best fishing umbrella only to have it disappear over the horizon as soon as it gets a bit gusty. Look for features such as firm central spikes, bendable or anti break spokes, and guy lines, all designed to keep your umbrella where you left it.

When securing your umbrella on gusty days, you will need to ensure the central spike is firmly in the ground and ideally guy ropes with pegs are deployed to pin down the back of the umbrella. The best brollies come with elasticated rings or hoops at the ends of the framework to thread ropes through before pegging down.

Finally let’s talk a little about convenience. The best fishing umbrellas are light enough to carry easily wherever you intend to fish. They should be easy to put up, and indeed take down. (it doesn’t rain all the time you know?)

If you can't decide whether you want a fishing umbrella or to go more advanced with a brolly system, have a look at this video below it may give you some more ideas...

The Best Fishing Umbrellas

The following fishing umbrellas have been tried and tested and exude some of (if not all) of the recommended qualities and features mentioned above:

Our favourite fishing umbrella

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Korum Super Steel 50" Brolly

The Korum Super Steel 50" Brolly is one of our favourite fishing umbrellas we have tested.  

Built on a strong and durable steel wire frame, this brolly is as solid as they come.

The inner pole is constructed from extra thick walled aluminium to give the ultimate robust and durable brolly.

The 50-inch frame is really lightweight for its size at only 2.9kg.

The umbrella is fitted with a 210D Nylon cover that has been fully taped sealed and reinforced at all potential wear points.

Checkout this brief video showcasing some of the features of the Korum super steel brolly:


Overall this is a fantastic fishing umbrella that we could consider one of the best on the market today.


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Daiwa 50" Green Umbrella

Another one of our favourites... this premium quality green brolly from the reputable Daiwa is designed to withstand harsh wind conditions.

The padded handle provides a comfortable grip, while the steel frame and ribbing provides strength and stability. 

Added features include detachable centre pole with multi tilt operation for increased versatility and telescopic spikes that allow it to be spiked down for added security.


Best Budget Fishing Umbrella

Bison Top Tilt Fishing Umbrella

If you are looking for something you can just stuff into your holdall and go, then this is a worthy choice. This umbrella isn’t too large, but if you need bigger it is available in a range of sizes.

It is constructed from lightweight nylon, which is incredibly waterproof, but if you are going to areas where there is likely to be thorns or sharp foliage then you should perhaps consider one of our more substantial offerings.

The seams are stitched meaning failure is highly unlikely, even in strong winds.  Our favourite feature is the adjustable tilt top. Hammer in the spike, and then angle the top until you have got it sitting perfectly.


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DAIWA N'ZON SQUARE UMBRELLA

The Daiwa N'Zon is a high quality, durable and easy-to-use umbrella which provides good coverage in all weathers. 

The canopy is made from 100% nylon for strength and durability and comes with taped seams for added protection against wind or rain. 

The centre pole can be detached and rotated to three different positions, providing you with flexibility when you need it most.

This classic umbrella also comes with handy D rings fitted inside the shaft so that you can secure your umbrella in place no matter what the contours of your swim contain.


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Koala Ultra Lite 50" Fishing Brolly

The Koala Ultra Lite Fishing Brolly offers great value for money whilst boasting many of the characteristics of a much more expensive umbrella.

The brolly is made from polyester coated nylon and features an extendable centre pole with a tilt mechanism making is very versatile.

With reinforced edges, a 19mm wide pole and a total weight of only 2.8kg, this is a fishing umbrella you won't be disappointed with.


Ultra Fishing - 2.2m Span Fishing Umbrella

Whilst this umbrella isn’t bristling with new technology what it will do is keep you dry and the wind off.

Detachable side walls will keep you safely ensconced even if the rain is going sideways! 

The umbrella has a tilting mechanism and comes with nylon guy ropes and pegs to complete the package.


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KINGCARP - Fishing umbrella 2.5m

What do you get if you cross a brolly system with an umbrella? Perhaps one of the best fishing umbrella systems we have seen.

The wind will no longer be a problem if you go down this route, with two super strong guy lines and enough pegs to stop a horse get set up and sit down in comfort.

A really neat feature is the removable centre pole. Once you get set up, you can unscrew it and put it out of the way, giving more space and flexibility. The seams of the umbrella are taped, so absolutely no chance of leaks.


Conclusion

If you’ve ever seen someone struggle with an umbrella in bad weather you can probably see what you want to avoid when purchasing a fishing umbrella.

Imagine that feeling of being wet through with an upside down parachute trying its best to unseat you, whilst you pray it doesn’t fly into your swim alongside the majority of your gear. You might as well call it a day there and then!

A decent fishing umbrella is therefore paramount to avoid all these nightmare scenarios. As stated above, after extensive testing the best fishing brolly in our opinion is the Korum super steel 50" brolly and if a budget version is needed then the Bison top tilt will do the trick.

Provided you stick to our guidance however you should fare well. Choose the best fishing umbrella you can.

Thanks for reading, we’ll see you down on the bank, it won’t matter if its raining!

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