Shopping for the fly fishing dad in your life? To help you get started, we put together this straightforward Father's Day gift guide.
Sun damaged skin is no joke, but remembering to apply greasy sunscreen several times a day is sometimes easier said than done. Buff garments offer the best of both worlds — protection from harmful UV rays without having slick sunscreen fingers. For the angling enthusiast, ($23, bugslinger.com
) there'™s even a specialized lineup call the Angler Collection and a series of fishy-branded pieces designed from the folks at Bugslinger.
Cabela'™s CGt Fly Rods
The Cabela\'s CGt glass fly rods were designed for trout anglers who enjoy a slower-paced casting stroke. They feature high-grade cork handles with model-specific grips, including cigar grips with knurled slide rings, a 20-inch trophy mark on the blank and a Cordura-nylon covered rod case. Six rod models are available from 2 through 5 weights in lengths from 5\'9" to 7\'6". MSRP: $149.99, cabelas.com
Cabela'™s MTx Fly Rods
Mixed with Cabela'™s MTx rods'™ premier blend of high-modulus graphite is a 3M Powerlux matrix resin that incorporates nano-sized silica particles to increase strength, durability and sensitivity, without adding weight. The fly rods are said to be 60-percent stronger and 15-percent lighter than conventional fly rods. Premium components include ion-plated hard-chrome single-foot guides and a Recoil stripper guide; weight-reducing skeletonized aluminum reel seat with carbon-fiber insert; and 4A-grade cork grip. They are available in weights from 3 to 10, and in a variety of lengths. Each includes a protective rod sock and carbon rod tube and comes with a 25-year warranty. MSRP: $400, cabelas.com
Cheeky Ambush 375 Reel
In 2009, Cheeky Reels appeared on the fly fishing scene with the goal of creating high-quality reels that also brought energy and style into the sport. So far, anglers have responded in spades, and the company continues to grow and push the envelope of performance and design. The Ambush 375 reel ($360, cheekyflyfishing.com
) has a sealed synthetic drag, is equally suited for rivers or stillwaters and available in 5- through 7-weight models.
Dylan Tomine'™s Closer to the Ground
Former fly fishing guide Dylan Tomine didn'™t find his true calling in life at the end of the line — he found it as a husband and father. His first book, Closer to the Ground ($29.95, patagonia.com
) chronicles his reconnection with nature through the eyes of his children. At times deeply personal, Tomine chronicles the sights, sounds and memorable moments as he and his family look to the woods and water of Puget Sound for sustenance in all four seasons of a year. Tomine, a contributor to the New York Times, among other publications, includes a forward by infamous author Thomas McGuane, is receiving praise for his first book-length work, and was recently highlighted as one of 'œTen Titles to Pick Up Now' in the March, 2013 issue of Oprah Winfrey'™s O, The Oprah Magazine.
Dakota Backpacker Clip Watch
Tired of anglers in your family coming home late and using the old '˜we didn'™t know what time it was,'™ excuse? If so, Dakota Watch Company'™s Backpacker Clip Watch ($25, dakotawatch.com
) is an inexpensive solution. This tiny timepiece is connected to a carabiner on a nylon strap so it can attach to a pack or vest, has a military dial and luminary face, and since it'™s waterproof up to 100 feet, it'™s perfectly suited for anglers.
Dr. Slick'™s Mitten Clamp Gift Set
You can never have too many zingers, nippers or pliers. Even if the angler in your life has backups, eventually he'™ll need backups for his backups. Trust me. But with so many makes and models, piecing together a gift assortment can be an ordeal. Dr. Slick makes it easy. Aside from making some of the finest tools in the sport, the company'™s preassembled Mitten Clamp Gift Set ($45, drslick.com
) eliminates the guesswork of assembling a matching set. Once more, the company displays each collection in a nice, clear plastic box — perfect for giftwrapping.
MFC Artist Series Hip Flask
Some days, when the fish don'™t seem to like anything you'™re throwing them, it'™s best to become an observer, take a nip from a hip flask and wait some clue to reveal itself. Montna Fly Company'™s artist series lets you do it with pizazz. These stainless steel sippers ($30, montanafly.com
) are uniquely designed by some of the sport'™s most appreciated artists like AD Maddox, Jeff Currier, Josh Udesen and Bern Sundell and fit perfectly in a vest pocket or pack. Filling up the flask with top shelf scotch, however, is up to you.
Nikon COOLPIX AW110
The days of riverside fumbling with camera gear to capture the highlights of the day are long gone. Now, with today'™s modern point-and-shoot cameras, not only do anglers not need to worry if the housing takes a dunk, they can capture high-res digital images, high-definition video, and underwater scenes — all with one device. The Nikon Coolpix AW100 ($350, nikonusa.com
) is a 16 megapixel waterproof camera with a 5x optical zoom, three-inch LED screen, ability to shoot HD video (1920x1080p / 30fps), is waterproof up to 60 feet, and shockproof from heights under six feet. What'™s more, it has Wi-Fi functionality and GPS capabilities built in.
Orvis Li\'l Guppie Multi Tool
If James Bond were a fly fisherman, Orvis'™ Lil Guppie ($35, orvis.com
) would certainly be in his pocket. This nifty, little stainless steel carabiner can attach to a vest or pack and has a one-inch folding knife, bottle opener, phillips and standard screwdriver heads, money clip and an adjustable wrench.
Petzl TacTikka XP Headlamp
If your son or husband is like most anglers, they'™re either out before the sun is up or coming back well after it sets. Petzl'™s TacTikka XP headlamp ($60, petzl.com
) can help them find their way in the dark. The lamp has three lighting modes, including a '˜boost'™ mode to increase light intensity, four colored lenses (white, blue, red and green) and a battery charge indicator light. It'™s compact, light (3.4 oz.), adjusts to fit any head size, and can run up to 120 hours on three AAA batteries.
Sage 7-weight, 4 piece ONE Rod
Sage'™s ONE rod series introduced anglers to the company'™s new konnetic technology — a proprietary process the company says keeps the rod from twisting side-to-side during a cast so anglers can make more accurate casts. While the concept is especially appealing when situations call for casting tiny flies to large, educated trout, it'™s also suited well for streamer fishing — when throwing large, meaty representations close to structure requires pinpoint accuracy. The Sage ONE 7-weight ($780, sageflyfish.com
) is a fast-action, four-piece rod available in 9'™, 9.6'™ and 10'™ lengths.
Under Armour Charged Cotton Short-sleeve Tee
Just after revolutionizing the world of athletic garments, Under Armour made a big splash (yea, pun intended) in the fishing world with a string of button-down shirt and breathable pants. But for those that prefer a more casual look or simply brighter, solid colors, there'™s the Charged Cotton Short Sleeve Tee ($25, underarmour.com
). Made from the company'™s proprietary breathable fabric, these shirts are light, comfortable and breathable — perfect for late summer temperatures on the river or open water.
LL Bean'™s Kennebec Switch Pack
The L.L. Bean name is an American staple. Aside from its deep Northeastern roots, the company (along with other names like Orvis) helped foster the growth of fly fishing in the early 1900s, and remains at the forefront of innovation and value. Case in point is the company'™s new Kennebec Switch Pack ($130, llbean.com
). Anglers can use the 1,500 cubic inch capacity daypack for bulky cargo, and two smaller pouches for flies, tippet, or other accoutrement. Once on the water, the pouches can attach to the front of the straps and the unit functions like a fly-fishing vest. Available in both regular and long size models.
Cabela'™s Guidewear River Runner Jacket
River Runner jackets are perfect for wading. The waterproof, breathable construction is complemented by functional pocket design that provides easy access to needed gear.
The 75 denier polyester shell with GORE-TEX laminate sports a durable waterproof finish to protect you from heavy rain and wind. GORE-TEX-taped seams ensure there'™s no seepage. Durable bonded seams and pockets. It also features a cord-lock-adjustable hood and sweep, spandex interior cuffs and mesh interior pocket.
MSRP: $280, cabelas.com