If you’re not in the fly fishing world as much as we are, imagining what the perfect fly fishing gift for that special someone in your life can be near impossible. In this guide we breakdown 54 of the top fly fishing gifts at different price points so you can quickly get that gift you need.
Here’s our quick list of the best fly fishing gifts if you’re in a hurry:
If none of them take your fancy, then please check out our full list below. These are the best gifts that they are unlikely to have, but would be proud to own!
The Best Fly Fishing Gifts in 2020
We’ve conveniently listed the best presents according to your budget: Under $20, Under $50, Under $100 and a splurge kind of item! So from a little Secret Santa package to a big anniversary gift, we’ve got you covered.
Hook Line & Sinker Enamel Mug
A beautiful, fly print mug, made of lightweight steel and coated with shock-proof enamel. Easy to carry and clean, this jewel of a mug will be a trusty companion for fishing expeditions for years to come and may even provide a bit of inspiration in choosing a fly.
The Fishermans Journal
This sturdy fisherman’s journal is a perfect gift for someone who’s got a knack for writing and a lot of fishing stories to fill it! The journal has prompts and offers a great structure for both note-taking and storytelling. It even includes an area for photos to prove to the naysayers that that trout you caught in Scotland WAS 30 inches long!
Dr. Slick Nippers w/Pin, File & Knot Tyer
High-end nippers can get insanely expensive, but in the end, they serve an important purpose – protecting your teeth and protecting your line! We’ve got the scoop on all types of nippers, but this one will do the job perfectly without frills and will be a solid companion to your favourite angler for years to come.
Buff High UV Pro Multi Functional Headwear
One of the few things that can get in the way of an amazing day of fly fishing are the elements. Though we love nature, it can sometimes get pretty sweaty, frosty, or windy. That’s where the Buff UV Pro Headgear comes in. The print is so beautiful and realistic that you might get confused for a trout.
History of Fly-Fishing in Fifty Flies – Ian Whitelaw
A beautifully illustrated book, like Ian Whitelaw’s History of Fly Fishing, is the perfect substitute for one of those days when your most prized angler can’t go out and conquer nature. If a historical book isn’t what you think they’d go for, we have the insider angle (get it?) on some of the best fly fishing books ever written. Have a look!
Fly Fishing Cufflinks
For a unique fishing gift that combines a bit of class with a whole lot of love for fly fishing, you can’t go wrong with these cufflinks. This will let your favourite fly fisherman represent his love of the sport even on the most special of occasions. They’re also a pretty great conversation starter for finding people that are in the know: “Is that a fly reel?” Why, yes it is!
Allen Gallatin Ultra Light Fishing Vest
It harbours all the necessary tools, widgets, gadgets, boxes and everything in between. This one from Allen Company is extremely lightweight as well, allowing for the full range of motion and freedom for some of those more creative casts. Having a fly fishing vest is essential and can be great to have an alternative lightweight one, for summer.
Leatherman Free Multitool
Leatherman is one of those very few products that has moved from brand to noun. Every fly fisherman worth his salt either has a Leatherman or really really wants one, because they are just invaluable for any dedicated outdoorsman. If you’re lost on a desert island, forget books and records, a Leatherman is what you’d want!
Fly Assortment Box with Handmade Fly Fishing Lures
One thing is certain: you can never have enough flies. This set contains a selection of popular flies, including classic patterns like Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Woolly Bugger, Griffith’s Gnat, Egg Fly and Stimulator. There’s definitely a few your fly fisherman can use.
Vouchers for their local store
Look up the closest fly fishing shop, and get your loved one some sweet vouchers. Fly fishing is a hobby that can sometimes get expensive, so having a little bit of money reserved for refreshing that fly collection will be very welcome. Plus, nobody knows their gear and what’s missing better than the fisher him- or herself.
Multi-Tackle Large Backpack
This backpack is pretty much an angler’s dream. It’s not only a simple bag, but it’s also a whole laboratory of possibilities. The front pocket opens flat to reveal a full work surface, and the bottom opens up to store up to four #3600 trays. This fishing backpack offers enough space for even the most gadget-loving fisherman, with the comfort of being able to stash it all easily.
Avantik Large Fly Box
The Aventik is a famously practical fly box. It’s double-sided, so it keeps dry flies neatly separated from wet flies. It’s easy to open and close, and can be operated easily in the sometimes harsh conditions of the great outdoors, with wet, cold hands.
Fishpond Summit Sling Fly Fishing Pack
Recommended by a number of guides and a highly sought-after piece on the drive this pack does it all. In the wild and sometimes tacky world of gifts for fishermen, this is a class act and would be a delightful gift for any avid fan of the sport.
Rotary Fly Tying Vise
This is a breathtaking piece of equipment for the inveterate fly fisher, especially if they have a passion for fly-tying. The 360-degree rotation allows you to finish fly tying without having to remove the hook. Convenience, speed and ease are the main benefits of this technology. It allows a fly tier to finish tying fast and get on with the final purpose of it all: the thrill of the chase! You can also visit our full review on the best fly tying vises here.
Dr Slick Fly Tying Tools Gift Set
Every angler needs a set of quality, fly tying tools. If they’re just starting out, this is essential gear they can’t do without. If you want to give them a hand, this set has it all, in a beautiful brown gold dip as well!
Costa del Mar Tuna Alley
Only the best – these fly fishing sunglasses are the darlings of ophthalmologists all around the world because no other brand goes such a long way to offer the highest levels of protection and clarity. With world class polarization, scratch proof mirrored glass and a thousand more tech credentials that we don’t even understand, these bad boys are the pinnacle of fishing sunglasses.
Orvis Men’s Pro Wading Jacket
This is the best gear money can buy, no compromises, no cut corners. With 20K Waterproofness and 15K Breathability rating, this jacket can almost double as a diving suit and will keep you toasty and dry in the middle of a tsunami. If you have the money, it’s worth it just to see the recipient’s tears of joy.
If the fly fisher in your life is the adventurous type, they’ll appreciate a world class dry bag. This one has been tested all the way from the hot springs of Oregon to simply dropping it in the pool to see what happens. This thing is impenetrable! It’s excellent for any type of camping or wilderness trip and will keep their belongings nice and toasty while looking pretty darn good for functional outdoor gear.
Featherstone 2 Person Backpacking Tent Lightweight
A tent is an adventurer’s essential, and the Featherstone is where you’d want to be when some tough weather looms on the horizon or you’re simply miles away from home. Comfortable, spacious and dry in all weather, this tent is a no frills but a highly functional option for the flyfisher who wants to get away from it all and spend a weekend alongside his favourite waters.
Korkers BuckSkin Wading Boot
River bottoms can be treacherous. Slippery rocks, muddy terrain, changing landscapes. A fly fisher needs the footwear to brave them all. This excellent wading boot combines utility with looks. It features the OmniTrax 3.0 Interchangeable Sole System which allows you to simply add another layer of sticker sole material of the going gets tough (or slippery!). For more tips on the best wading boots known to man, here’s our breakdown and buying guide.
Sage X Fly Fishing Rods
Having a Sage rod is a rite of passage for many a fly fisherman. The Sage X series is probably among the best high-end rods on the market. The rod is lightweight, cosmetically flawless and will last forever, due to some serious build quality. Sage’s KonneticHD Technology makes casting almost effortless and the new X series is chock full of the kind of deep knowledge and technology only a legacy company like Sage could accumulate. With all of these factors combined this makes the Sage X Fly Rod by far one of the greatest fishing gifts out there!
O’Pros 3rd Hand Rod Holder
Lock down your fly rod using O’Pros new 3rd hand rod holder to keep your hands free when you poke the skiff. The O’Pros 3rd Hand Rod Holder easily attaches to your wading belt, waist bag, and just about anywhere else, too.
Early Riser Coffee
Solitude and early mornings are synonymous to fly fishing. Early Riser Coffee offers a refreshing variety of blends that include Morning Mend, Strip Set Cold Brew, Double Haul, and Espresso Dark Roast. With $1 from every bag sold going towards conservation of fisheries, this sustainable brand has long been a favorite of fly fisherman everywhere.
The Yeti 26 oz Reusable Chug Cap water bottle
Featuring an all-new shatter-resistant drinking spout, the Yeti 26 oz Reusable Chug Cap water bottle is another gift available in a variety of colors. Made with 18/8 kitchen-grade stainless steel, this rust- and puncture-resistant gem also features a “No Sweat” dry hands outer wrap, is safe for use in dishwashers, and tested 100% leak-proof.
BUFF Filter Mask
Maintain social distancing when amongst the crowds with the Buff Filter Mask. Designed for all-day active use and engineered with 3-layer replaceable and interchangeable filters to block 98% of all harmful air particles. The BUFF Filter Mask is also made from durable, cooling, 4-way stretch fabric for increased comfort.
SIMMS Taco Wader Bag
Transfer your wet gear in style with this large circular-design Simms Taco Wader Bag that weighs only 14 oz but packs a whopping 35 L in storage capacity. Shaped like a taco, this wader bag is ventilated for easy drying, and opens up to create a dry changing mat with mesh vents that prevent mildew, mold, and odor.
GoPro Zeus Mini Light
Early mornings and little light are two things the avid fly fisherman will happily tell you all about. The GoPro Zeus Mini Light is hands-free and waterproof, illuminating even the darkest corner of your boat and a critical tool in any backpack.
Lampelc Camping Keychain
With everything virtual these days, a keychain isn’t exactly the most exciting of gifts. However, the Lampelc Camping Keychain is not your average keychain. Ultra lightweight, this handy keychain is fitted with a bottle opener, flint/metal fire starter, and a carabiner for ease and efficiency.
YETI Roadie 24 Hard Cooler
The YETI Roadie 24 Hard Cooler is the latest Roadie 24 model to make this gift guide. The smallest of the hard coolers, the Roadie 24 keeps cans and wine bottles cold. Boasting a new, quick-latch lock for one-handed, easy access, an easy-carry handle for those who need more than two hands at the end of a long day, and is slimmer and taller than other models. Product descriptions note that the Roadie 24 is 10% lighter, 20% larger, and 30% more efficient at insulating than previous models.
Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Backpack
The Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Backpack offers maximum freedom of movement and is perfect for hands-free angling. Guaranteed waterproof and fully submersible, this essential accessory is built from recycled, bombproof nylon base. Designed for comfort and all-day wear, the Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Backpack keeps technology and clothes dry and safe.
Benchmade 533BK-1 Mini Bugout Knife
Smaller than the other Benchmade knives on offer, the new Benchmade 533 Mini Bugout Knife is available in two colors, and is simply a scaled-down version of previous Bugout knife models. Weighing in at just 1.5 oz and a closed length of 3.7”, this fold-up knife is small enough to fit into either your fly tin or your pocket.
Garmin Instinct Outdoor Watch
With a battery life of anywhere between 16 hours and 14 days (depending on usage), the Garmin Instinct watch is a must-have for those off-the-grid trips and is equipped with trackback data, smartphone compatibility, and GPS. The Garmin Instinct’s built-in explore app also lets you plan your routes ahead of time, and is military-rated to 100 meters for thermal, shock and water resistance. The Garmin Instinct range features a display that is chemically strengthened, scratch-resistant, high contrast, and sunlight readable. Truly one of the best fishing watches on the market.
SIMMS Dry Creek Z Hip Pack
The SIMMS Dry Creek Z Hip pack is everything you’d expect from a fanny pack and more. Used for technical targets and deep-end wading, this compact hip pack is completely waterproof, and big enough to hold your fly tin and all your essentials. The SIMMS Dry Creek Z Hip Pack is loaded with features, fully submersible, can be converted to a sling pack, and comes fitted with a waterproof and self-healing zip for ultimate peace of mind on the water.
Available at: Simms
Orvis PRO Mens’ Underwader Pants
For added warmth against icy conditions, the Orvis PRO Mens’ Underwader Pants are designed with an athletic fit and tapered legs. The high-pile fleece inner provides maximum comfort and warmth, and the lightweight stretch panel on the cuff-hem reduces bulk in the wader. The rear zip boasts a security pocket, and the Orvis PRO Mens’ Underwader Pants also include two hand-warming front pockets, two mesh side-zip vents, full elastic waistband with belt loops, and a durable and water-repellent finish.
YETI Hondo Base Camp Chair
When you’ve got to sit all day, the chair you choose could make the world of difference. The new YETI Hondo Base Camp Chair is rated to be one of the most comfortable and durable camp chairs on the market. This sturdy and roomy outdoor chair is backed by a three-year guarantee against defects. And for those wondering where to put their coffee, it also comes with a cup holder that makes it a great gift idea for avid fly fishermen and adventurers everywhere.
Simms Neoprene Wading Socks with Gravel Guard
When you still want the protection and grip of wading boots, but don’t feel like wearing them, the Simms Neoprene Socks with Gravel Guard offer a secure and comfortable fit that keeps out gravel and other debris found in water. The fold-down gravel guards can also be attached to wading boot laces with hooks. Made with dense neoprene to minimize compression and foot ache on the footbed and softer neoprene uppers for comfort, great fit, and stretch when you need it.
Available at: Simms
Flyvines Recycled Fly Line Dog Accessories
For the pooch that just can’t stay out of the water, the Flyvines range of accessories for man’s best friend includes collars and leashes made from recycled fly line, making it waterproof, sustainable, and waterproof. The Flyvines dog collar range is available in a wide selection of colors and sizes, and can be custom-made to fit your pooch’s larger-than-average neck in a standard 5-day turnaround time. The Flyvines dog leash perfectly accessorizes the Flyvines dog collar and is available in either 3- or 6-ft lengths and ½- or ¼-in widths which are lightweight and suitable for all breeds and sizes.
Dr. Slick Tungsten Carbide Scissors Gift Set
Designed for modern, synthetic fly tying materials, the Dr. Slick Tungsten Carbide Scissors guarantee a clean cut every time to increase your fly-tying skills. Tungsten carbide is seven times harder than stainless steel, can handle all types of tying materials, and holds an edge longer than conventional scissors. The gift set consists of three Dr. Slick Tungsten Carbide Scissors for every fly-tying task, and includes a transparent fly box.
The Hammers Collapsible Wading Staff
You’re never too young to start using a wading staff, and the Hammers Collapsible Wading Staff is the perfect excuse to spoil yourself. A critical addition to your toolbox, this piece of equipment is specifically designed for fishing in fast-water streams with boulders and slick bottoms. Sporting a bungee-corded and collapsible design that folds to just 12-in and opens up with one hand, if necessary. The Hammers Collapsible Wading Staff features a contoured EVA grip and wrist strap, ¾-in aluminum alloy tubing, and a carbide steel tip.
Loon Outdoors’ UV Fly Tying Kit
Moving from traditional cements to UV cures, finishes, and resins, the Loon UV Fly Tying Kit features a set of three thicknesses of UV resin for thick, thin, or ultra-thin flow that instantly cures with sunlight or UV light. The Loon UV Fly Tying Kit includes a UV bench curing lamp, and various needle tips for precision-tying. Build fly heads and bodies with confidence.
The Yookee Home Neoprene Insulated Lunch Bag
Reusable, machine-washable, and waterproof, the Yookee Home Neoprene Insulated Lunch Bag is ideal for keeping your snacks and meals fresh all day. Compact and durable, this lunch bag is insulated with a neoprene outer layer, and a double inner layer that is leak-proof, BPA-free, and PVC-free. The sturdy design with its easy-to-clean and dirt-resistant exterior is available in black, sized 11.5″ x 6″ x 11″ (LxWxH).
The Purpose-Designed Orvis Fly Fishing Lanyard
The modern angler demands tools within his reach and at his fingertips. The new purpose-designed Orvis Fly Fishing Lanyard features Molle-style webbing that lays flat against your body without twisting. Six paracord loops easy access to attach your tools. This item ships basic, and allows for expansion by adding great fishing tools such as the Comfy Grip Forceps, Comfy Grip Nippers, and a Floatant Holder. The loaded lanyard also includes three spools of 30m SuperStrong Plus Tippet. The Orvis Fly Fishing Lanyard is imported and comes with a built-in shirt clip to keep the lanyard out of your hands’ way.
Fisherman’s Bait Selection
Fishing bait is any substance that is used to attract and catch fish. Fishing bate can be used on the end of a fishing hook or inside a fish trap. There are two main types of bait: Traditional bait and Plastic bait. Traditional bait includes small fish, insects and worms, where plastic bait is made from soft rubber and has been created to look like traditional bait.
Fire-Fast Emergency Waterproof Survival Fire Starter Rod
This military-grade magnesium Fire-Fast Emergency Waterproof Survival Fire Starter Rod can kick-start a fire even in the worst of weather conditions. The magnesium is easily scraped off with the striker and is ignited by sparks from the flint. The hardwood handle is made of strong wood and has a very strong grip. The handle can be scraped for dry tinders in an emergency situation. The striker/scraper is made of hardened steel and is used to scrape the magnesium rod and hardwood handle with ease.
Krafty Personalized Fly Fisherman’s Tobacco Tin
The Krafty Personalized Fly Fisherman’s Tobacco Tin is the perfect gift for any avid fisherman at just 18cm (L) x 11cm (H) x 6cm (D). Apart from keeping cigarettes and your fire starter kit dry, the box can also be used to store sweets, medication, sewing kits, pens and pencils.
USB-charged ZAP IT! Bug Zapper
This little USB-charged ZAP IT! Bug Zapper features a 4,000V grid to zap flies, mosquitoes, or any other annoying pests. Easy to charge with a conventional USB charging port, the bug zapper has a Lithium battery which provides up to 10,000 zaps on a single charge. The bug zapper features a safety button that switches it on before you zap insects and a triple-layer mesh to protect your skin from accidental zapping.
Barnsley Fly Box + 100 Assorted Fly Fishing Fly Kit
The Barnsley Fly Box and Assorted Fly Kit includes the perfect set of fly fishing equipment, including the Barnsley Aluminum Slotted Foam Fly Box, 50 dry & parachute flies, and a set of 50 assorted nymph, beadhead nymph, wet, scud, streamer, and worm flies. The fly fishing bait is housed in an aluminium box that features a foam cushion, and is an affordable option for the avid fly fisherman.
Croakies Artisan 2 Belt with Bottle Opener Buckle
The Croakies Artisan 2 belt bottle opener fishing belt features 1.5-in high quality recycled polyester webbing and equipped with a metallic artisan buckle. This belt is very comfortable and secure, fitting a waist of up to 52in, sporting a stylish unisex design – perfect for tackling the outdoors.
The Coleman Portable Deck Chair/Table
The Coleman Portable Camp Chair/Table is equipped with a huge-volume cooler bag to help keep food and beverages at a constant temperature. It comes with an easy to use detachment system, and the lid of the cooler bag can be used as a table. The camp chair is made from sturdy aluminium, supporting 300lbs. The polyester fabric is durable and is easy to clean. This set also features a side table with a cup holder, and a handy phone pocket under the seat.
Smith Creek UV-Resistant Rig Keeper – Dropper Rig System
The Smith Creek Rig Keeper is an easy to use and practical multiple fly and hook leader holder. It has exposed ribs that protect flies. This device keeps the rigs from hanging up in your pocket, tackle box or clothing. The device holds flies, hooks and lines securely, featuring cut-outs and slits for the hook and retention.
Trout Depot Car Top Fly Rod Carrier & Vault
This convenient Trout Depot Car Top Fly Rod Carrier and Vault kit can be mounted on top of any car roof rack. This kit includes everything except the PVC pipe which you must purchase locally. The device holds 4 rods and can fit on virtually any roof rack. It has a lockable reel box that keeps your rods secure and the padding keeps the reels from being damaged. The elastic retention cord keeps the rods secure inside the carrier.
Fly and Field Rod, Reel & Tackle Travel Case
This Fly and Field Rod Travel Case is made from a durable synthetic material to resist adverse weather conditions. The case has different compartments which make it easy to store your rod, reel and tackle. The travel case has zippers to ensure your contents do not fall out. This travel case allows you to carry up to four rods and multiple reels along with you when getting to your next fishing destination. This is a perfect accessory to any fisherman’s expeditions.
Available at: Trident Fly Fishing
Heegon Waterproof Underwater Digital Video Camera
The Heegon Waterproof Underwater Digital Video Camera for snorkelling is waterproof to a depth of 10ft and has no housing. The waterproof camera is a budget-friendly camera for taking pictures of fish underwater. The camera takes high-quality photos and shoots in 12MP and can take videos at 1080p. The camera features a long battery life and can last up to 2.5 hours, is sturdy and water-resistant, and has a shockproof iron frame making it resistant to minor falls.
eGift Cards work just like regular gift cards but a digital card with a code is emailed to the recipient. E-Gift Cards are used just like regular gift cards online or in stores.
To wrap up… (get it?)
Whatever your budget or tastes, there is no shortage of great fly fishing gifts that will bring a smile on your favourite angler’s face, a spring in their step and a twinkle in their eye. We hope this little guide was helpful. To be very honest, we’ve filled it with everything we’d personally like to find under the Christmas Tree, so you can rest assured that they’ve been hand-selected by a few excited anglers. See the complete line up of recommendations at our fly fishing accessories page.
A good start in researching awesome gifts for your loved one would be to snoop around in the Reddit fly fishing corners for the newest, most desirable gear. That’s where the pulse of the market is usually most accurate and up to date, and asking for advice there is never a bad idea. The fly fisher community on Reddit is full of incredibly knowledgeable and helpful people, so go ahead and ask away!