2015 Father's Day Gift Guide

2015 Father's Day Gift Guide

Rather than buying Dad gifts like a sweater or a six-pack of socks, how about getting the father in your life something that fits his fly fishing lifestyle. To help you sort through the options, we offer the following suggestions in our 2015 Father's Day Gift Guide.

Abel Zinger

abelreels.com - Abel seems to have found a niche in taking necessary but often poorly made accessory items and turning them into highly functional precision instruments you can be proud of. The company started with the Abel Nippers a few years ago and in 2013 produced Abel Hemostats, but wouldn't it be nice if you had a comparable retractable zinger you could use with those items?

Abel's made-in-the-USA Zinger is constructed from cold-finished aerospace-grade aluminum with a screw mechanism to pin it directly through a vest or jacket, or you can use the included 'S ' carabiner to hang it from any loop or D-ring. The 36-inch retracting cord is a 40-pound-test Spectra/nylon blend that withstands pull-tests of 25,000 repetitions. (Don't worry, the one you buy is brand new.) The Zinger is 2.5"X2.5", weighs one ounce, and is available in black, matte black, olive, and platinum. $50

Buff Stripping Guards

buffusa.com - Strip, strip, ouch! Remember the days when stripping streamers used to cut a bright pink, painful gouge in your finger? That doesn't happen with Stripping Guards from Buff. Sold in packages of three in a variety of designs and colors. $8

Nautilus CCF-X2 Silver King

nautilusreels.com - The CCF-X2 drag system generates an enormous amount of friction at the top end — up to 20 pounds of drag with less than 1% start-up inertia when the fish starts running. The sealed drag system uses both cork and carbon fiber inside the hub for its heavyweight stopping power. Hybrid ceramic bearings and TPX bushings keep the weight of the reel low (compared to other reels with the same volume) and ensure the spool tracks true even on the heaviest drag settings. We've used the CCF-X2 drag for tuna in Louisiana, Bahamas permit, in fresh water for Chinook salmon and it has performed flawlessly each time. What's new for 2015 is the Silver King version which with a 5" diameter can pick up to 15 inches of line per crank of the big game handle. At 9.1 ounces it's truly the lightweight of the heavyweight division. $685

Orvis Recon

orvis.com - What if you could get a rod that felt a lot like a Orvis Helios 2 but at almost half the price?

You might say the Recon is Orvis's attempt to 'knock off ' its own top-selling brand. Hey, if you don't do it someone else will. Although Recon rods do not have the same kind of carbon fiber or thermoplastic resins as Helios 2 rods, they are designed with similar tapers and they have the same slim ferrule design. The outside of the ferrule is thinner, with a deeper seating of the male end for a smoother transition of power, greater strength, and lower weight compared to Orvis's previous mid-priced rods.

Recon freshwater rods come in 3- to 6-weights with a black nickel reel seat and dark burl wood insert. Saltwater rods from 6- to 10-weight have EVA foam-and-cork fighting butts and saltwater-safe components. $425-$450

Tibor Signature Series

tiborreel.com - Tibor introduced its Signature Series sealed drag in 2011, but was presented with a challenge in 2013 when designers tried to make the sealed system fit on a new 5/6 reel size suitable for trout fishing. To make it work, they reversed the drag assembly so the sealed connection was on a flatter, broader surface facing inside. The result wasn't just a more secure, dependable seal — the separate, exposed hub could be painted different colors for different esthetic color combinations. It worked so well, Tibor reverse-engineered the entire Signature Series to match the 5/6 design. The newly designed reels are available in six reel colors and six hub colors including violet 3D, lime, crimson, black, and aqua. The enclosed drag surface is cork — the same as the original Tibor — with a graphite-based lubricant. The simple drag system can be completely disassembled using just a penny or screwdriver, and using the same tool you can flip the clutch dogs to turn the reel from left-hand to right-hand retrieve. $685-$885

G.Loomis PRO4x

gloomis.com - G.Loomis kickstarted the mid-priced, high-performance game a few years ago when it introduced a line of trout rods similar in feel to its flagship NRX brand, but without the expensive components or proprietary resins. Since then, the company has vastly expanded the range of rods in the PRO4x series to include saltwater versions, two-handed Spey and switch rods, and in 2015 two new specialty rods — Long Handle Predator (LHP) and ShortStix models in the PRO4x series.

LHP rods are 9 feet long with a long two-handed handle meant to toss extremely large flies and handle big game like salmon, muskies, and tarpon, but without the fish-fighting drawbacks of a long rod. With two hands it's also more powerful for lifting heavy lines, easier to use in a boat, and reduces fatigue over the course of the day. They come in three weights: 9/10, 10/11, and 11/12.

ShortStix PRO4x take the concept one step farther — all the way down to 7'6" rods for 8/9- to 11/12-weight rods. Designed by G.Loomis director of engineering Steve Rajeff in collaboration with saltwater anglers Ian Devlin and Mark Sedotti, these shorties make quick, powerful casts with surprisingly little effort if you load them up with the right lines like the Scientific Anglers Titan Taper, the new Siege (details on that line of page 43), Airflo Sniper, or RIO OutBound Short. With these short rods, it's important to have a line with a short, heavy head for maximum performance. They are perfect for kayak fishing, wading shallow water, and for big fish like reds, roosterfish, cobia, and striped bass. €¨$375-$550

Orvis Safe Passage Guide Sling

orvis.com - The redesigned Guide Sling Pack is better than ever. The coated nylon is more water resistant, it has a built-in forceps sheath with a magnetic anchor, the cord loops for the tippet bar are more strategically positioned, and despite the fact that it's the same spacious 1,391 cubic inches, Orvis made this improved version $50 cheaper than the old one. $129

Patagonia Nano Puff Pants

patagonia.com - Finally, we get the breathable, comfortable, and packable Nano Puff insulation for our bottom half. These aren't just great for layering under your waders, you'll find yourself wearing them to start the cabin fire, shoveling snow, and crisp fall walks. $180

Scott Split Cane

scottflyrod.com - Designed and built in collaboration with legendary Japanese rod builder Naoki Hashimoto, Scott's SC rods honor the craftsmanship and history of split cane while at the same time taking the material to new levels of performance. First, they take more material from the hollow inside to make the rods lighter with a lower swing weight, and on the outside they triple-heat the hand-planed strips before they are glued to increase the modulus (stiffness) of the bamboo. Toshiyuki Hariki makes each nickel silver low-mass ferrule by hand to fit each piece of the rod. $3,250

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Breaking the Surface

Breaking the Surface

Attack of the Bass continues as Breaking the Surface attacks bass with fly and lure 12:30pm ET Sunday, April 17th.

Fly Fishing for Taimen in Mongolia

Fly Fishing for Taimen in Mongolia

Finding giant Mongolia taimen and a state of enlightenment.

Bahamas - Bonefish

Bahamas - Bonefish

Conway casts for his personal best bonefish while fishing the Grand Bahama islands.

Black Beauty

Black Beauty

Master fly tier Charlie Craven discuss the tools and materials needed to tie the Black Beauty.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

The fly fishing communities in the U.S. and Belize are mourning after twin slayings that occurred on what appeared to be a routine guide trip on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in a shallow lagoon near San Pedro, Brazil. Industry

Fly Fishing Community Stunned by Twin Slayings on Belize Saltwater Flat

Fly Fisherman Online Staff - June 27, 2019

The fly fishing communities in the U.S. and Belize are mourning after twin slayings that...

Best Panfish Flies Flies

Best Panfish Flies

Skip Morris

Best Panfish Flies

You don't always catch large trout in these alpine lakes and streams, but even the small ones are brightly colored treasures. Trout

Alpine Lakes for Remote Monsters

Landon Mayer - April 18, 2018

You don't always catch large trout in these alpine lakes and streams, but even the small ones...

American River California United States

American River California

MIchael Wier - March 23, 2017

American River California

See More Trending Articles

More Accessories

The Abel Native 5 is a collaboration between two American manufacturers: Abel and Spyderco. Accessories

The Abel Native 5 Knife

Ross Purnell - August 05, 2019

The Abel Native 5 is a collaboration between two American manufacturers: Abel and Spyderco.

The YETI LoadOut GoBox makes it easier to be organized and ready to start the next adventure. Accessories

YETI LoadOut GoBox

Ross Purnell

The YETI LoadOut GoBox makes it easier to be organized and ready to start the next adventure.

They will help your dry flies land right side up. Accessories

Scientific Anglers Micro Swivels

Matt Mccannel

They will help your dry flies land right side up.

To say this wader is feature-rich is an understatement. Accessories

Orvis Pro Wader

Dennis Pastucha

To say this wader is feature-rich is an understatement.

See More Accessories

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.