No, not literally fishing with a hammock but using one instead of a tent. When I am not fishing and on a pure hiking and camping trip, Hiking and Camping I often choose a hammock and tarp shelter system over a tent, so why not go fishing with a hammock? Granted, it is not always possible to find a suitable place to tie up a hammock at your favorite fishing spot, but if you are able to give it a go then you won’t regret it. Some fishing ponds don’t always allow tents to be pitched or your car to be driven up close, so you are left with few shelter options. Umbrella tents and bivvy bags will do just fine but why not upgrade to something better?
Benefits of Fishing with a Hammock
A rain tarp is extremely durable and can be pitched in multiple ways to create a makeshift shelter, all you need is a single tie off point and you are ready to go. To use a rain tarp with a hammock, you need two strong tieing off points which will support the weight of your body. Once you have both your tarp and hammock up, you have an extremely comfortable bed with a large area underneath the roof to stay dry.
Other than the benefits of sleeping better and having more space out of the rain, you also have a great view of your lines and can easily get out of your hammock quickly when you get a bite. Taking a hammock and tarp fishing is also a good way to lighten the load of your pack weight as the combined weight of a hammock and tarp is often well under 1kg and extremely compact.
Where to Start
Some good hammock systems to check out are the Hennessy Hammock Explorer range as well as the Hennessy Backpacker Hammock which both include bug netting and a rain tarp. While Hennessy Hammocks are high quality and specialty built designs, you may prefer to buy the hammock and tarp separately. Doing this allows you to buy a cheaper hammock and a larger rain tarp to suit your budget.
A good sized tarp to get is about 3 x 3 meters with lots of attachment points so that if you are unable to use it with your hammock then you can still make a ground-based shelter. You can now buy tarps that weigh just a couple hundred grams however the ultralight material is not always great for fishing or hunting shelters. Diamond shaped tarps are better suited for hammocks but I personally prefer a square tarp and then use it from corner to corner.
Hammocks start from about $20 and go all the way into the hundred’s. I would say however that you can get a very good hammock on its own for around $50 which will not be too different from a $20 – $30 hammock. Two materials that I would recommend are either ripstop nylon or parachute fabric which is comfortable, lightweight, and affordable. These types of hammocks typically weigh around the 450-gram mark but can weigh as little as 190 grams.
Check out this list of the top 10 best backpacking hammocks Top 10 Backpacking Backpacks for an idea of what is out there. Backpacking hammocks work great for fishing as they are lightweight, compact and tough. Thanks for reading this post about fishing with a hammock, happy fishing.
Andrew, Gear Assistant