November 09, 2022
By Fly Fisherman Staff
Most fly fishers believe you can never have enough flies, rods, reels, and many other types of fly fishing gear. Here are some gift ideas for the fly angler on your list, both stocking stuffers and under-the-tree presents that we think they'll love.
Conversely, if you're the angler that wants some fishy gifts, e-mail this list to your non-fishing family and friends.
Magpul Eyewear merges ballistic impact protection, premium features, and smart design to provide comfortable sunglasses that bring advanced color, clarity, and contrast to your outdoor adventures.
$99-150 | magpul.com
Looking for the best gift for the fly angler? Postfly boxes put smiles on fly anglers' faces all year round, making this a perfect gift for any new or seasoned fly-fishing angler! Postfly works with top fly fishing guides to curate the perfect universal fly patterns and accessories that will give you more hookups on the water. Each Postfly Guide Series box will teach you guide-proven tips and tricks to raise your fly fishing IQ and catch more fish. Postfly sources the highest-grade, commercially-available fly fishing patterns on the planet and delivers them to your doorstep in each of our Postfly boxes (24 Premium Trout Flies Included). Each Guide Series box features the best brand-name gear from around the fly fishing industry. Check out Postfly for subscriptions and other holiday gift items for the fly fishing enthusiast.
Starting at $27.95 per month | postflybox.com
Humminbird Helix 9 CHIRP MEGA SI+ GPS G4N Fish Finder
The Humminbird Helix CHIRP MEGA SI+ GPS G4N Fish Finder provides MEGA Side Imaging+, MEGA Down Imaging+, Dual Spectrum CHIRP Sonar and internal GPS with Humminbird Basemap. As with all HELIX G4N models, this HELIX 10 includes standard features such as AutoChart Live, Wi-Fi and NMEA 2000. In addition, the Humminbird Helix CHIRP MEGA SI+ GPS G4N Fish Finder includes Bluetooth and Ethernet networking for compatibility with the One-Boat Network family of products from Humminbird, Minn Kota and Cannon.
$1599.99 | midwayusa.com
Pescador on the Fly El Jefe Wild Outfit
Interested in having a bluegill take you into your backing? Pescador on the Fly, manufacturers of travel and backpacking fly rods and reels, has produced a limited run of “small water combos”–extremely lightweight 0 to 2-weight rod and reel outfits. These four-piece specialty rods range from 6-foot-6 to 7-foot-6 and were designed for targeting small yet scrappy fish in the smallest waters.
Whether casting for 6-inch cutthroat on overgrown mountain creeks, stunted brookies in backcountry ponds, or dock fishing for sunnies, these fast rods are a hoot. The petite reel has a sharp finish and reliable click drag. If you plan on throwing anything larger than a mayfly dry or Pheasant Tail, or casting in the wind, you might consider overlining it to get some extra oomph. And God help you if that holdover 16-incher grabs your fly…
$500 | pescadoronthefly.com
Nightwave – Color Digital Night Vision Marine Camera
Nightwave is a color digital night vision camera revolutionizing boating as we know it. Built around SIONYX’s patented Black Silicon BSI CMOS sensor, it connects directly to your MFD and allows all levels of mariners to easily spot obstacles and debris in moonless starlight without white light or expensive thermal cameras – navigating safely, avoiding collisions, and maximizing time on the water.
$1,595 | sionyx.com
Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro (Explorer 2000 PRO + 2x SolarSaga 200W)
To celebrate its 10-year anniversary and the Black Friday Sale, Jackery is offering its No. 1 product, the Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro, for only $2519. This means, for a limited time (November 24-28, 2022) only, you can save a whopping $1080 on the most powerful Jackery product! The 2000 PRO powers almost all household appliances, including coffee makers, electric grills, refrigerators, and outdoor gadgets. Additionally, with its advanced solar recharging technology, it charges fully in just 2.5 hours. The Solar Saga solar panels are Jackery’s signature creations made with monocrystalline solar cells and fitted with adjustable stands that maximize charging efficiency and make the most use of solar power. The solar panels are lightweight and portable, making them easy to carry and install conveniently.
MSRP: $3599 (Available now on Amazon for only $2519! | jackery.com
MyOutdoorTV Gift Cards – 30% Off!
MyOutdoorTV is the ideal gift with more than 20,000 episodes of the best-in-class hunting, fishing, shooting, and adventure programming available on-demand anytime, anywhere. Watch your favorite shows like MeatEater, Drury's THIRTEEN, CRUSH, Guns & Ammo, Pigman, Major League Fishing, and more. Plus, get access to MOTV Huntstream, our 24/7 LIVE streaming channel, featuring the best of MOTV. MyOutdoorTV is available on all your favorite devices, including Roku, Fire TV, AppleTV, Xbox, iOS, Android, and newer LG and Samsung smart TVs.
Purchase an annual or 6-month subscription to give to your favorite outdoor adventure enthusiast, now 30% off! Use Promo Code: GIFT30 at checkout. Offer valid for a limited time.
Promo Code: GIFT30 | myoutdoortv.com
Costa Jose PRO Sunglasses
Named after legendary Cuban-born TV-show host and fly angler Jose Wejebe, Costa’s new Jose PRO frames help anglers manage sweat, reduce fogging and keep their frames locked in place. The lenses are Costa’s proprietary 580G polarized glass available in five different colors for different fishing situations, with tack-sharp optics and handsome styling. They also come standard with the Hydrolite temple grips that get stickier the wetter they get. The legacy of Wejebe lives on with these top-of-the-line shades. No angler would be disappointed to find Costa's latest and greatest offering beneath the tree.
Available in five lens colors, two frame colors, and Rx lenses.
$284 | costadelmar.com
Patagonia Swiftcurrent Wading Jacket
As we were recently reminded with its founder and owner Yvon Chouinard basically donating the company to causes that defend the environment, Patagonia is constantly at the forefront of saving our planet and rivers and streams. So it’s no surprise to see that the Swift Current Wading Jacket was designed to repurpose nylon made from reclaimed fishing nets–a material called Bureo’s NetPlus®. The 4-layer, waterproof/breathable H2No® Performance Standard shell is free of perfluorinated chemicals (which can cause health issues) and made of 100% recycled nylon. And like much of Patagonia's line, it's Fair Trade Certified™ sewn.
The Swiftcurrent Wading Jacket was engineered to cast freely, eliminate line snag and keep water where it belongs—in the river.
Support the environment and keep your angling loved ones dry with this sharp new jacket. Available in six sizes and two colors.
$399 | patagonia.com
Orvis Wide Mouth Guide Net
Orvis Wide Mouth Guide Nets use simple geometry to provide a net with maximum scooping size, so landing fish is easier. Once you’ve got the fish in the net, you’ll find that the deep, knotless, rubberized, barrel-shaped bag with a flat bottom doesn’t bend the fish into a U-shape, and it allows plenty of space for you to get in there and remove the hook while the fish rests in the water in a neutral position. The net is made from a carbon composite that is tougher and lighter than wood, and is the right size to use as a wading staff.
$198 | orvis.com
Simms Men's Cardwell Vest
This rustic and vintage-designed vest is a new offering from Simms Fishing Products. It features water-resistant fabric with just a little stretch for mobility. The fabric is a Nylon elastane blend woven into a stretch canvas and it uses chunky baffles with PrimaLoft Insulation for maximum warmth. It's also equipped with a stand-up collar and is lined with Sherpa fleece with a center front rubber-coated snap closure. It comes standard with a snap closure on the left chest pocket with an accessory cord loop and dual handwarmer pockets. It's perfect for the angler who appreciates style and warmth.
Available in two color schemes and six sizes.
$200 | simmsfishing.com
Simms Women's Exstream Hooded Jacket
This cold-weather jacket was designed to wear under waders but works and looks great off the water as well. Its low-profile and compressible, but was also built with what Simms calls "pre-baffled stitchless construction." Which is to say that there is no thread that could break down from under-wader abrasion. It was built to last.
It has two handwarmer pockets a zippered chest pocket, a fully insulated hood and the insulation on the cuffs extends to the end of the sleeve. For a flattering fit, the jacket features a shaped waist and a scalloped bottomhem.
This jacket would make a thoughtful gift for the winter-fishing women in your life. Available in two colors and six sizes.
$300 | simmsfishing.com
A fly-fishing book makes a reliable gift when you're not sure what they need. A number of great reads have recently hit the shelves that will delight and fill the gaps when the temps are low and the flies have all been tied.
Ruin by Leigh Seippel
Ruin (City Point Press, 2022) is a fly-fishing novel about finding peace and rejuvenation in our beloved sport after life takes a turn. After a couple's comfortable world disintegrates, they are forced to navigate a destitute and foreign lifestyle in New York's Hudson Valley. Hardcover/e-book, 320 pages, ISBN 9781947951600. $23 | amazon.com
Spey Flies by John Shewey
John Shewey, long-time editor-in-chief of Northwest (and American, Southwest, and Eastern) Fly Fishing magazine, is a foremost expert on these beautiful and history-rich fly and fishing style. Spey Flies (Skyhorse Publishing, 2022), an update on his classic Spey Flies & Dee Flies (Frank Amato Publications, 2002), is really an entirely new title with many new insights, profiles, and historical facts. A great gift for spey anglers. Hardcover, 288 pages, ISBN 9781510756045. $40 | simonandschuster.com
Headwaters by Dylan Tomine
Headwaters: The Adventures, Obsession, and Evolution of a Fly Fisherman (Patagonia, 2022) is a collection of essays and stories written over the lifetime of impassioned angler, former fly-fishing guide, and current writer, father, and conservation advocate Dylan Tomine, who uses his platform to spread information in an effort to save wild steelhead and salmon. Headwaters could be looked at as a book of adventure as the author takes us to Russia, Patagonia, Christmas Island, Japan, Cuba, British Columbia, and other locations with witty, funny, and honest prose that allows readers to clearly feel the pelting winds of South America and the anxiety of travel through the Russian landscape. Hardcover/e-book, 256 pages, ISBN 9781952338076. $28 | patagonia.com
Casting Onward by Steve Ramirez
In Casting Onward: Fishing Adventures in Search of America’s Native Gamefish (Lyons Press, 2022), you might expect author Steve Ramirez to grab a fly rod and put the world behind him. But Ramirez is not that guy, and this is not that book. He recognizes, in this eloquent guide to the healing power of fly fishing, that if we are going to get out of this mess—personal, societal or planetary—we need each other. He does indeed go fishing to heal. But he does so by seeking out others. Hardcover/e-book, 280 pages, ISBN 9781493062294. $28 | lyonspress.com
Reading the Water by Mark Hume
Reading the Water: Fly Fishing, Fatherhood, and Finding Strength in Nature (Greystone Books, 2022) is an account of the author's quest, and of his efforts eventually to share his discoveries with his two daughters in this elegant memoir. Hume, a long-time reporter and environmental columnist in Canada, has produced a gentle, evocative tale that reminds us of the many ways that nature can shape us as people, while also warning about the threats to nature from climate change and environmental destruction. Hardcover/e-book/audiobook, 288 pages, ISBN 9781771645690. $25 | greystonebooks.com
Dry Fly Strategies by Paul Weamer
Despite the “90-percent rule” (that 90 percent of fly-caught fish are hooked under the water's surface), most anglers relish any opportunity to cast dry flies, especially on those magical occasions when all the trout in the river are looking up and gorging on recently hatched aquatic insects or windblown terrestrials. Enter Paul Weamer, longtime Fly Fisherman contributing editor, author, fly-fishing guide, and expert on aquatic entomology. His book Dry Fly Strategies (Stackpole Books, 2021) serves as both an excellent primer for those new to fishing drys, and a great leap forward for anglers who already have experience in the dry-fly game. Hardcover/e-book, 192 pages, ISBN 9780811739535. $30 | stackpolebooks.com
Perfecting the Cast by Ed Jaworowski
Ed Jaworowski’s large-format (8½ x 11 inches, printed on heavy, glossy paper and copiously illustrated with hundreds of high-quality color photographs and diagrams) book, Perfecting the Cast; Adapting Casting Principles for Any Fly-Fishing Situation (Stackpole Books, 2021), is different from many other instructional fly-casting volumes you may have read. The author’s focus is not so much on casting per se as on fishing—or, more precisely, on developing and improving your casting skills for the purpose of presenting flies to the fish you’re trying to catch. Jaworowski maintains that the casting principles he advocates apply to all fishing situations, whether you’re stalking a burbling backcountry stream in search of native brook trout or casting long distances from a boat’s casting platform on a tropical flat, hoping to deceive a bonefish, tarpon, or permit. Hardcover/e-book, 224 pages, ISBN 9780811739719. $40 | stackpolebooks.com
Sight Line Provisions Bracelet
These handsome wrist accoutrements were designed with class in mind. The bracelets feature a bronze badge mounted on 0.60” leather bands, and are fastened with "just right" adjustable sizing closures to size down to a 5" or up to a 8.5" wrist. Sight Line Provisions makes a wide variety of bracelets, cuffs, notebooks, necklaces, and more adorned with everything from trout, tarpon, permit, redfish, bonefish and dry flies to dogs, bikes, and bones. And they can make accommodations for allergies. The "Lost Cast Skinny Permit" badge is shown.
$55-$170 | sightlineprovisions.com
If your recipient is the type of person who enjoys a quality-crafted, designed, and made-in-the-U.S. tool, they'll pick up these nippers, feel their heft, run their thumb and forefinger over the smooth faceplate and grooved recesses, and won’t want to put them down. When the jaws are pinched together, the hardened 440C steel blades meet with exact precision. The blades are replaceable, and can be sharpened at home. They melt through any monofilament or multifilament like a light saber, and then “spring” back open, without any springs at all. The jaws float open because of opposing nickel-plated neodymium magnets—two of them on each side of the nippers. While you may choose to clip the nippers to your own lanyard or zinger, Abel Nippers come on their own adjustable cord coated with layers of thermoplastic polyurethane.
$250 | abelreels.com
Nick Mayer Art – Hand-Signed Redfish Print
A common trait amongst fly fishermen is their appreciation for the beauty and colors of the fish we catch. Since most of us release our fish, often this marveling at our catch is rushed into a few seconds. Nick Mayer’s hand-signed prints capture the intricacies and unique features of your favorite gamefish and allow you to appreciate them for as long as you like.
Mayer holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Marine Biology from Brown University and did an exchange program at the Duke University Marine Lab, and has worked seasonal research jobs for Alaska Fish & Game on Kodiak Island, Oregon Fish & Wildlife, Caribbean Conservation Corps in Costa Rica, and SeaCamp in the Florida Keys. He knows these fish and it shows.
$89 | nickmayerart.com
Skwala Sol Tactical Hoody
Skwala’s Sol Tactical Hoody is a perfect example of how good design and premium materials can combine to make outerwear hyper functional.
The Sol Hoody has a knit fabric in the body to maximize air flow and evaporation to keep you cool. The hybrid panels in the lower arms and shoulder are made from Primeflex stretch woven fabric. When you release a fish, the water runs right off it like the back of a duck. It has a zippered stretch woven fabric for tippet, cell phone, or anything else you need to lock in place. It also has sewn panels of Primeflex fabric side panels that create deep cargo pockets.
The Sol Tactical Hoody is available in four sizes and two colors.
$119 | skwalafishing.com
YETI LoadOut GoBox 30 Gear Case
YETI’s LoadOut GoBox 30 is a sturdy, waterproof, dustproof, stackable dry box that’s usage is limited only by your imagination. It can be used for a million angling uses, and nearly any outdoor pursuit.
It’s as sturdy as anything from YETI, and doubles as a stool, bench, or table. It can permanently live outside and will keep its contents dry and safe due to its tight-locking clasps. It keeps contents dry for 30 minutes while submerged in 1 meter of water, and is compatible with YETI's locks and Tie-Down Kit.
A box like this has a million uses and few anglers would have no use for one.
$250 | yeti.com
Orvis PRO LT Hoodie
The new PRO LT Insulated Hoodie is a lighter layering jacket that the original Orvis PRO Insulated Hoodie. With 40g of Primaloft Gold Active Insulation (compared to 80g in the original) the PRO LT Insulated Hoodie excels as a layering piece with athletic versatility. The insulation and 20-denier mechanical ripstop nylon shell move with you, keeping your casting uninhibited. An internal zippered security pocket can be used as a stuff sack. Elastic cinches around the waist and hidden zippered hand pockets keep the jacket sleek. An active cut ensures the hoodie won’t bunch in your waders. A DWR coating resists wind and water. You’ll be ready for any fall and spring fishing adventures above the freezing mark. Available in five men’s sizes, and three colors: ink, granite (shown), and olive.
$219 | orvis.com
RIO Products Leaders and Tippet
Leaders and tippet are a great way to acknowledge your loved one's hobby with gifts you can be confident they'll use. With both monofilament and flourocarbon options for across-the-board fishing applications, these would make great stocking stuffers. Whether they prefer fishing dry flies, large flies, nymphing, Euro nymphing, streamer fishing, sight fishing, salmon/steelhead, bass, pike/musky, wire, bonefish, tarpon, redfish, striper, barracuda, or swing/spey, RIO has leaders and tippet for them. Available at many fly shops, so supporting a local retailer is a nice bonus.
$7-$45 | farbank.com
Patagonia Provisions Seafood
Patagonia Provisions seafood is a delicious gift option for the sea-foodie on your list. In its on-going quest to save the planet, Patagonia has branched into selling food "that restore, rather than deplete, our planet" and that maintains healthy topsoil. For seafood, Provisions sells anchovies, sockeye and pink salmon, Atlantic mackerel and mussels from thriving fisheries with techniques that help protect marine ecosystems. It's available in a wide variety of sizes and flavors, and even comes as camp meal kits and pasta recipe kits.
$8-$120 | patagoniaprovisions.com