For years now I have been seeking ways to cut down on the gear I take fishing, I remember well when I was a boy I’d be able to get all the gear for an overnighter on my bicycle. But just look at all the clobber we laden ourselves down with now.
I made some progress when I had my camper van as I only needed my rod bag, tackle bag and mats to get out on the bank. But swapping my camper for a 4×4 has meant I’m back to brolly and bedchair.
That is until this week…..I’ve just got myself a “hammock and tarp” to use in the summer months in place of my brolly and bedchair. Shaun Harrison first showed me this system and I must say I found it really cool. Most of us hate carrying a heavy bivvy and bedchair to a swim. Not only are these very weighty items, a Nash Titan with all the bits weighs over 15kg, and even a light bedchair is going to be 10-15kg extra. So you have a combined weight of over 30kg just to bivvy up.
The model I went for is the DD Travel Hammock with their Camo tarp. The two items cost less than £80 and will fit nicely into any rucksack or bag.
The pros aside the massive saving in weight are that the hammock is comfortable, I’ve always found bedchairs to be hard and uncomfortable after a few nights on the bank.
The set up time, if you use a quick suspension system is around 5 minutes. And the whole set up means you can cut down on bags, trips to the car etc.
The downside is you need trees or some kind of post to set this up, but looking around the Croix Blanche most swims have trees I could use close by, and if I only have one tree I can always hook the other end up to the roofrack of my 4×4.
Taking the set up down is also very fast and means you can move, break camp or pack up far quicker.
When Shaun posted this on Facebook it caused a lot of comment, so now I’ve got the set up I intend to use it everywhere I can this summer.