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A trout could care less if you throw them an imitation of an emerging mayfly with a $100 rod or one that fetches $1000 (not including the line and reel of course). But that doesn't stop the fly angler who values a nice piece of gear from seeking out that next tool or accessory to bring on their next outing for the purpose of achieving a marginal gain or simply enhancing their angling experience. Trust me, I'm one of them. And there's no such thing as too much fly fishing gear.
Finding a gift for the gear-orientated feather flinger can be quite the task. To help make lighter work of finding a gift for your fly fishing loved one, I've gathered some carefully selected items that they likely don’t already own–if they do, they probably would have talked your ear off about it already.
The Best Fly Fishing Gifts for Holiday 2023
Yelling to your fishing buddy over the roar of rapids and riffles isn’t how you should spend your day on the water. I’ve had great luck communicating with my partners upstream and around bends with a pair of these handy radios to find out what fly patterns and techniques are working.
I tie more flies than I need, so I keep a tall stack of fly boxes on hand to house them. Fishpond’s patented silicone fly boxes do an exemplary job of holding my flies tight, and the magnetic pad even keeps the tiniest midge patterns right where I need ‘em.
Lumbar and sling packs have their merits, but only a backpack fits all the extra layers, meals, and an unreasonable count of fly boxes for a day on the water. Pair this submersible pack with either a clip-in 3-liter or 4-liter chest pack for supreme convenience.
Once you get into the habit of packing multiple rod tubes and reel cases to multi-day trips, you’ll start to appreciate the genius of this case that provides nearly the same level of protection with the added compartmentalized organization. Make sure to carry-on unless you really trust those luggage slingers.
Wading has its limits, and so does my budget for hiring driftboat guides. This folding kayak features a rail system for mounting a rod holder and other accessories, while skipping the burden of trying to store a rigid watercraft in even the most modest dwellings.
When air temps start rivaling water temps, these fleece-lined pants bring substantial comfort to the cold water angler that keeps casting after the fair weather fishers have hung up rods. Don’t be surprised if your angler starts wearing off the river and around the house; they’re really that cozy.
Skip the wading boots and cast from shore with style in Huckberry’s signature colorway of these Alaskan guide-approved boots. They’re also perfect for days on the boat or just bopping around in nasty weather. As any outdoors lover knows, you can't beat a pair of Blundstone like boots.
This smart pack attaches to wader shoulder straps to put five liters of cargo just above your belly. A dream gift duo pairs the work station with the Guidewater Backpack or Stealth Pack, both of which are designed to integrate with the small bag.
This 100% Norwegian wool sweater brings a classic look to equally classic activities, like swinging for salmon and kicking back next to the lodge fireplace. Knitted by Norwegian knitwear brand Norlender, who’s got nearly 100 years of experience outfitting commercial and recreational fishers.