Are you on the hunt for the ideal gift for the fly fisherman in your life? Look no further! We've curated a list of 25 amazing fly fishing gift ideas available direct or on Amazon that will make any fly angler's day. Whether it's their gift for the holidays, birthday, a special occasion, or just a token of appreciation for their passion, these hand-picked gifts are sure to reel them in with excitement. From practical gear to unique accessories, the Fly Fishing Insider has you covered.
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Fly Fishing Books: Expand their knowledge with books on fly fishing techniques, strategies, and stories. Here is by far my favorite book. Seasons for Trout by Rick Haffle, Dave Hughes, and Skip Morris is an excellent piece that compares three minds all of which have an extensive background in fly fishing and entomology. Each person gives their perspective and the ability to learn from it is unparalleled. Price: Around $22.00
Hardy Fly Fishing Rod and Reel Combo: Kick off the list with another fantastic combo that every angler will appreciate as a fly fishing gift. A high-quality rod and reel combination is the backbone of any fly fishing setup. Try a Hardy rod and reel that all would appreciate. This classic brand is respected by core anglers for its time tested name and authenticity. A novice or expert angler would be ecstatic to receive a gift of such high quality. Price: Around $1,150.00
The Hardy 4 WT 9’9” Ultralite is a sought after rod by all anglers. Its beauty and versatility should be in any anglers quiver of rods. Combine that with the modern but classic touch of a Hardy Ultraclick UCL Fly Reel and all spectators will be jealous.
Bonus: Want to up the anty so your receiver can fish the rod and reel combo right away? Get a top of the line matching line that will get them on the water in just a few. I suggest the AirFlo SuperFlo Floating Tactical Taper fly line in the matching weight WF4F as an added fly fishing gift.
Fly Tying Kits: For the DIY enthusiast, a fly tying kit is a thoughtful fly fishing gift. They can create custom flies to enhance their fishing experience. Entry level kits can get you started and advanced tyers will appreciate a few detailed items.
Try the Loon series of fly tying tool kits. The Loon Complete Tool Kiit for serious tyers, or the Core Tool Kit for those that want to remain minimal. Either one you can’t go wrong with as a fly fishing gift because of the quality and workmanship. Price: Around $120.00
Bonus: If your angler is ready for a new vice or doesn’t have one, this is my recommendation. This vice is extremely versatile and will certainly have other anglers enveying them. The Renzetti Presentation 23000 Fly Tying Vise with a streamer base is the ticket. Get the larger streamer base and material clip option with your fly fishing gift. You’ll save in the long run. Remember, this item will last a lifetime and can be passed down through generations. Price: Around $430.00
Waterproof Fly Box: Help them keep their flies organized and dry with a waterproof fly box. It's a small but incredibly useful fly fishing gift. There are thousands of varieties but what I think would be special is to purchase a smaller box filled with flies that are specific to hatches but work anywhere. In this case I suggest the Umpqua UPG Silicone Waterproof Daytripper Fly Box as a great all around choice. This box can be added to the other box collections or singled out for a light and simplified day on the water. Price: Around $35.00
Bonus: Fill the box with these flies that are great anywhere and any time for an ultimate fly fishing gift. 4 - 7 of each in the suggested sizes is a great universal suggestion.
- Bead Head Flashback Pheasant Tail Fly - Size 16
- Guides Choice Hares Ear Fly - Size 14
- Jigged Rubberlegs Nymph Fly - Size 10
- Bead Head Tailwater Sowbug Jig Fly - Size 16
- Parachute Adams Dry Fly - Size 18
- Morrish Hopper Fly Tan - Size 10
- Bionic Ant Fly Size 14
- Stimulator Dry Fly Yellow, Green or Orange - Size 16
Fly Fishing Vest: A comfortable and well-organized vest is essential for carrying gear, flies, and accessories while on the water. Vests are back in style because people are figuring out that the convenience and comfort is there vs. bags, hip packs, etc. Technology has also allowed for significant advancements in usability. Try the Patagonia, Stealth Convertable Vest is my favorite. It offers the ability to go light but has all the features you need. Additionally, you can add on a waterproof pack for your camera, phone, down jacket, etc. that needs to stay dry. Price: Around $100.00
Bonus: A fully submersible backpack to keep everything important dry. Any angler knows that rain can bring the best fishing. Don’t let it stop them and instead pick up the Patagonia, Guidewater Backpack 29L in Green hasn’t changed in a while because it works. I’ve used one for over 7 years now and never look back. In fact, I think it was orginally a fly fishing gift.
Polarized Sunglasses: Protect their eyes from harmful UV rays and get an advantage spotting fish beneath the water's surface. This is one of the most valuable tools for anglers. Because it is so valuable I recommend Costa Sunglasses as they are the best polarized sunglasses available. Price: Around $150.00
Bonus: Having a low light and a highlight color is advantages. I personally have several colors but my favorite three are the Yellow for low light, Amber for all around and Blue for bright clear saltwater days. You can pick up all three at www.Backcountry.com
Waders: OK this is a big one! Serously, oune of the biggest fly fishing gifts you can arrange. Keep them dry and comfortable with a pair of durable waders. Ideal for fishing in streams and rivers.
There are three companies that I recommend. Simms, Grundens, and Patagonia. You can’t go wrong with any one of them. My favorites for years have been Simms G4Z due to the durability and fit on the foot. Grundens modeled theres after that and Patagonia just won best in show for their bodels.. All three have multipel models based on features and benefits with great returns and they all support the environment. My secret key is to get zipper front waders. Having the ability to zip down, cool off or use the lav is a bonus. Price: Around $950.00
Other Resources: Patagonia Swiftcurrent Zipper Front Wader Review, Simms G4Z Zipper Front Wader Review
Bonus: Protect your reciever’s feet with a few pairs of great socks. These Merino Wool Socks can be worn all the time but they are my favorite for fishing. The lighter socks allow for more breathability and warmer feet. Something that is invaluable on those colder waters. Minus33 Heritage Liner Over the Calf socks are by far my favorite. They are thin enough to allow for breathability, use quality raw materials, have an extremely durable woven construction and are the right height so they don’t pull off and on with your waders. They are simple and a classic fly fishing gift that is easy on the wallet.
Fishing Boots: High-quality fishing boots provide traction and stability while wading in various terrains. However, very few offer it all. That is until Korkers came along and has had time to refine their patents and now everyone has been left behind.
Korkers boots have exchangeable soles saving you tons of money and effort. You can change the sole you use based on your purpose. There are two models I recommend; a studded boot sole and a non-studded sole. The importance is that on many occasions you can’t wear a studd because you would damage something like the floor of a boat. Pick a boot that is reasonable. There are slight differences but they are preferences in my opinion. Regardless the person wearing them will love you for this awesome fly fishing gift! The key is the soles and my recommendation is the Tripple Threat Aluminium Hex and the Kling-On Sticky soles. Price: Around $225.00
Bonus: Make it extra special with an accessory like a pear of Wading Socks or a Savior Sole Bag to store your dirty exchangeable foot soles in.
Fly Line: Upgrade their fly line for smoother casting and improved accuracy. There is a little homework that needs done here. Ask a friend or look at there rod. Above the handle a number will be scribbed in there. This is the rod weight and you need to match that. I recommend finding the rod weight and matching it to an intermediate line, This line is great for all sorts of applications and is an excellent upgrade.
My suggestion is the Airflo SLN Euro Nymph Fly Line - Crystal Clear. This specialty line can be added to reel and used on a variety of line weights so you can avoid the secrets. It’s also a technique that is easy to learn and a great skill to have. Price: Around $55.00
Bonus: Help them rejuvenate their current lines with an inexpensive line cleaner. Loon Line Cleaner offers the ability to clean quite a few lines for under $10.00.
Fishing Hat: A sun-shielding fishing hat is a must-have for long days on the water. Backcountry.com has a ton of hats to choose from. When buying a hat I like to have the right breathability for the weather so closed and warm for winter and open for hot summer days. I also prefer a black underside to my rim to prevent glare but in reality…I just want to like it. Pick one you love and they will love the fly fishing gift too. Price: Around $35.00
Thermal Socks: Keep their feet warm in cold water conditions with thermal socks designed for anglers. Keep them warm after the water with a thicker pair for wearing around town too. Let’s face it you sweat in waders and your socks get damp. There is nothing like a fresh pair of socks to make your day finish strong. Minus33 is the brand of choice here. I have multiple pairs and they stand up far better than the traditional socks made of Merino Wool. Liner socks are great for in the waders and heavier Midweight socks are the ticket for after that long day of fishing.
Price: Around $20.00
Fishing Gloves: Protect their hands and stay bug free with specialized fishing gloves. Sungloves in particular are extremely helpful. Heavy UV can eat you up and cause the horrid BIG “C.” Take a step towards protecting the hands with the Simms Sun Gloves.
Price: Around $35.00
Fishing Multi-Tool: A versatile tool with everything from line cutters to hook removers is a handy addition to their gear. Gerber Gear offers several great new tools for fly fishing and my favorite is the Hemo Plier allowing you to pinch, grab, cut and unhook all with one hand.
Price: Around $45.00
Bonus: Step it up again and get your angler a multi-tool. Anglers are always looking for the right tool and a good multitool in your vehicle or truck can save the day. Gerber Gear has a bunch but my suggestion is don’t go overboard. Half the junk you don’t need on the expensive ones and they are big and heavy. Instead here is a favorite of mine called the Gerber Suspension that is smaller and has the basic tools you actually need.
Dry Bag: Ensure their belongings stay dry with a waterproof dry bag. Most people don’t need a full on backpack or boat bag but one I’ve found very helpful is a size that fits a number of smaller things like phones, cameras, even clothes. The Simms Dry Creek Gear Pouch in size 4 Liters fits the bill. I store my DSLR Camera, phone, accessories, clothing, etc. in it on all kinds of occasions and just toss it into another bag. That way I know important things are safe.
Price: Around $65.00
Bonus: Want to step it up a bit and get a real dry duffle? Then look no further than the Simms G3 Guide Z Duffle Bag. Waterproof T Grip Zipper technology allows you to access your gear quick and fast. This top of the line bag is the best out there for versatility and ease of access.
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Hemostats and Nippers: Every angler has and cherishes great hemostats and nippers because they are used non-stop. Loon has a tool kit that has a perfect pair of tools. In particular the hemostats have a fine tip and nice set of scissor like cutters and a clip on handle. The Loon Iconic Tool Kit has a lot to offer and a few extras to make an angler’s day.
Price: Around $57.00
Classic Style Hardy Reel: Nostalgia is a great gift to give an angler so help them take a step back in time with beautiful engineering and style. The Hardy 150th Anniversary Fly Reel 3 Weight is something to celebrate. I’d love to add one to my collection and most anglers would notice that thing like a ten table ring. Price: Around $500.00
Portable Grill: For a relaxing fishing trip with a delicious catch-of-the-day or game burgers as a meal. Camp Chef has a Versatop Grill System that is perfect for anglers. The griddle top allows you to cook anything and clean up quick. It’s big enough for a small party but small enough to store in the vehicle. Doesn't sound like a fly fishing gift but this one keeps giving every meal!
Price: Around $190.00
Starter Kit: Start fly fishing! Anglers seem to love teaching so perhaps purchasing a great rod and reel as a starter kit for your angler to use and let other borrow. This way they can feel confident that their lesser expensive setup is in the hands of a beginner while there prized possession are safe in there own. Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) has numerous rods that are very high quality but extremely affordable. Here is an excellent setup that would fish just about any stream confidently. The TFO NXT Black Label Fly Rod Kit in line weight 5 and 9 foot long is a fly fishing gift that will just keep giving.
Price: Around $500.00
Lifestyle Fly Fishing Clothing: Everyone has there own styles but here are five that I love for fly fishing. Howler Bros Clothing, Ibex, Patagonia, Simms and my favorite Fish Hippie. Each one is different but unique in it’s style and all are respected and enjoyed by anglers. I have a favorite from each that I’ll share.
Howler Bros - Has tons of unique styles but I love this Twilight Mouth version. It goes with anything and has some real style to it.
Ibex - The Men’s Shak Light Jacket is one of my go to grabs for all kinds of activities. The weight and compactability for such a versatile piece is fantastic.
Patagonia - All anglers need a puffy jacket. You honestly can’t have enough of them they are so versatile and required for cold mornings, evenings, rainy days, etc. The Hooded Nano Puff gets you a light version with extreme versatility.
Simms - The Men’s Cold Weather Hoodie is a great piece that fits a lot of scenarios. I almost never leave home without it.
Fish Hippies - I'm giving three here because I love this stuff so much. Try the Local Performance Hoodie for the angler first mentality with style. Then get some causal wear with the Cedar Island Pullover and Cubuya Pants.
Fly Fishing Backpack: A specialized backpack with compartments for all their gear is a thoughtful gift. Simms has a Freestone Backpack that has a few unique points of interest. Quite a few fly fishing specific pockets, and easy access side panel, and a waterproof rain cover.
Price: Around $160.00
Fly Rod Case: Manage all of your gear in one case for day to day and travel purposes. Rod cases can act as grab and go articles. They can hold just about anything and everything you need and they are the latest and greatest hit with fly fisherman. The Sea Run Norfork Expedition Fly Rod Case takes the cake! Don’t even bother considering another case as these are the very best.
Price: Around $400.00
Fly Reel Case: Protect their valuable fly reels during travel or storage. The Fishpond Stowaway Reel Case is an Excellent joice. It stores well and packs easily all while protecting your valuable reels.
Price: Around $100.00
Fly Fishing Net: Help them help themselves with a landing net. Although there are many options I like to consider where they fish. If you regularly see photos of smaller fish in your region then aim for a nice landing net otherwise consider a longer handle. Both of these Simms Landing nets are great joices.
Price: Around $175.00
Travel Bag: A travel bag system for anglers is a never regret scenario. You can use it for anything really but for fly travel there is nother better than the Patagonia Black Hole travel bag system. I love the two main bags in the wheeled version plus the MLC but there is more to be offered.
Price: Around $240.00-500.00
Bonus: Get a set of two with a few Cubes to keep things tiddy.
Fly Fishing Experience: Gift them a guided fly fishing trip or lessons to enhance their skills. Trips are worth more than their weight in gold. You can relax, learn and more. The two types of experiences I enjoy are learning and hosted and travel non hosted. I can help you with both scenarios and book trips all over the world. Some are hosted and we work together and others are specifically designed for the angler. I’m always glad to help in that scenario. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Additionally a well qualified source is Trident Anglers. They have a fantastic program and can help with numerous locations all over the world as well.
From practical essentials to thoughtful personal touches, these gifts are bound to make their fly fishing experience even more enjoyable. So, go ahead and surprise the angler in your life with the perfect present that's sure to hook them in!
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By Christian Bacasa
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