It’s terribly close to Christmas, or to an important birthday and you completely forgot to get that special angler in your life something that will give them the joy they deserve.
There’s no reason to panic, we here at FlyFisherPro have come up with the ultimate list of gifts that your favourite fly fisher will cherish, love, and maybe even shed a little tear for. These are the best fly fishing gifts they either secretly want or wouldn’t buy for themselves.
We’ve conveniently listed them according to budget: Under $20, Under $50, Under $100 and Splurge! So from a little Secret Santa package to a big anniversary present, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s our list of the 21 best gifts for passionate fly fishermen (or women!)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 Gifts under $50
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!
“The vest” is essential to fly fishing.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Fishing Gifts under $100
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 backpack offers enough space for even the most gadget loving fisherman, with the comfort of being able to stash it all easily.
The Shakespeare Sigma 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.
This bag looks like it was made for royalty – fly fishing royalty.
You could easily imagine Hemingway wading through the river sporting this beautifully crafted piece. 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.
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!
Every angler needs a nipper, a forceps and a fly box. 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 trout print as well!
Gifts worth a splurge
Only the best – these 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.
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.
A tent is an adventurer’s essential, and the Coleman Cobra 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.
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.
Bonus: The Most Wanted
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!
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!