Fly fishers we know always smile after they receive more rods, reels, flies and any other new fly fishing gear as gifts. Here are the top picks for the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for the fly angler on your list.
— Cheeky's impressive trout reel has regularly finished at the top of scored fly reel rankings in 2015, and will certainly make a similar appearance atop the holiday wish lists of many anglers. Known for its impressively strong and reliable drag, lightweight design, and good-looks, the Boost 350 is a can't miss gift for fishermen in need of a new fly reel. Also available in other sizes, $219.
Artisan Fish Skin Products
— New for 2015, Wingo Belts manufactures artisan fish skin Wading Belts, Everyday Belts, Dog Leashes and Collars in 10 'fishy ' patterns. Affordable prices and beautiful art make Wingo Belts an excellent gift choice for the angler who has it all. Made right here in the USA, Wingo is a new company to keep your eye on, $25 to $30.
— It's a win-win for your feet, and for the waters you love. Chacos partnered with FishPond to create a custom webbing design for the Chaco Flip and Chaco Z/2s, with gallery=201.50 from the sale of the Flips and $5 from the sale of the Z/2 sandals going to the WRC. WRC works to protect river ecosystems in the Western United States by acquiring habitat and providing public access, $110.
— What may be the best sub-$100 fly rod on the market, the crisp, medium-fast action also has surprisingly good components and finish. Available in 3- to 7-weights, this rod is nothing fancy, but it's a good starting point for new fly fishers, or a perfect backup rod to keep in the back of your SUV, $90-$100.
— This is the fly reel you had when you were a kid . . . or at least it looks just like it. But it feels, sounds, and performs much differently because the Medalist has been reborn with a machined spool and frame, an upgraded click-and-pawl drag, and three sizes to handle any freshwater fish, $120.
— Using Matrix resin together with a carbon fiber system called SINTRIX, Hardy rebuilt its premium fly rods from the ground up with Fuji titanium stripper rings and super hard REC Black Pearl Recoil guides. The new Zephrus is available in 11 freshwater and 9 saltwater models, $650-$800.
— According to the label, this special sauce will 'Fix your fly dysfunction! ' It's an extremely thin, watery treatment, which means it soaks deeply into even the most bushy flies. There are 2 ounces in each wide-mouth Nalgene bottle. Drop your whole fly inside, replace the lid, and shake it around to completely saturate the fly. We're not sure what Fly Agra actually is, but it smells like kerosene and the manufacturer says it's a variation of a Montana guide's home brew, $7.50.
Nomad El Jefe
— The Nomad El Jefe is constructed using the same materials as a fly rod — carbon fiber and a little bit of fiberglass — to produce an incredibly light and strong frame that floats, yet doesn't require paint or maintenance. What we like best is the soft, durable, clear rubber net bag that is easy on fish, doesn't snag your flies, and is easy to replace, $200.
— Built for big adventures, the Outcast PAC 1000 has a load capacity of 500 pounds (including rower) so you can haul all the gear you need for multi-day trips down the Green, Middle Fork of the Salmon, New, or South Fork of the Boise. For day trips, the rear platform is perfect for a Yeti cooler or a 100-pound Labrador retriever. The pontoons are 10 feet long with an 18-inch diameter, rockered to handle even the roughest whitewater, [imo-slideshow gallery=201],500.
— The Simms ProDry jacket is built to do one thing, and do it well. This is the jacket for guys who fish out of a boat and doesn't need seven fly box pockets. This is for winter steelheading, Alaska monsoons, tailwater midging, and anyone who carries a pack while doing it. Built from 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric, the Dry Cuff design locks out moisture, and the adjustable hood system and oversized fleece-lined collar work to keep sideways rain out of your face and keep you fishing . Available in black, boulder, and fury orange in six sizes, $550.
— The Session camera is 50-percent smaller and 40-percent lighter than GoPro's other HERO4 cameras. The tall perspective SuperView allows users to easily capture both the subject and the surrounding scene. It automatically adjusts frame rates according to lighting conditions for enhanced low-light performance. It can also take photos, capturing up to 10 images per second — perfect for fast-action photography, $299.
— The newest rod from Sage with Konnetic Technology shines in the most important and common trout-fishing scenarios where the trout are relatively close, and you need a delicate and accurate touch with lighter tippets, $850.
Now, get the technology you want in a compact, lightweight and rechargeable design. Featuring our German-engineered OPTISENSE Technology™, the SEO 7R will sense the light level in your surrounding area and will adjust its brightness automatically to save battery life and give you light when you need it, without taking your hands from your task. A red LED preserves your night vision and helps to make sure you stay safe while enjoying the activities you love. Get it all with the SEO 7R, $90.
Kryptek Icon 1/4 Zip Neptune
— The Krypteck Icon, Huk's most technological mid-layer SPF mock neck, is designed to keep you cool, free of stains, comfortable in the sun, and smelling good, too. The material features a stain release to keep the blood or bait stains at bay. The innovative anti-microbial keep fish and body odor scents to a minimum. The shirt also has a small amount of spandex for non-restrictive body movements, plus, strategic venting keeps you comfortable all day. The color of the shirt helps you blend in with the aquatic habitat/surrounding nature, $54.99.