Now that the snow’s melting, it’s time to start thinking about the next round of fishing gear. Keeping up with last years fly-fishing gift ideas post, here is an updated log for 2017. We know more than most that the market is flooded with new brands and products, and hopefully this can point you in the right direction on what’s worth the investment.
Best Fly Fishing Equipment of the Year
Echo 3 Fly Fishing Rod
If you haven’t had the opportunity to throw an Echo rod I would strongly recommend it. The Echo 3 shown above with an 18lb Coho is one of Echos most advanced rods, built with high modulus graphite fibers, equaling strong and light. I felt completely at ease letting the rod do the work battling pods of dime-bright, screaming coho. For me the 10’ 7wt is a great streamer stick for big water. And, for the price, it can’t be beat. Also the lifetime warranty is crucial, even though that’s par for the course these days, these guys had my rod back to me in two weeks.
Patagonia Foot Tractor
Once again, Patagonia is changing the game. Their new redesigned Foot Tractor wading boots have aluminum bars built into the sole offering superior traction while wading. The malleable metal actually bends to match the slick boulders or algae covered bedrock. Combined with Patagonia’s durability and iron clad guarantee, these boots will have you fishing for many years to come.
Yeti Rambler Mug
The Yeti Rambler is a gift that will keep on giving. Whether your going out for some winter midging or a float in the peak of the summer action, this mug is for you. The Rambler will keep your hots HOT and your colds COLD far longer than any other mug out there.
TFO Springbrook Magnetic Net Release
Every angler has been there. Big fish on the line, and no net. Worry no more with the TFO Springbrook Magnetic Net Release. With this elastic cord your net will be with you instead of those worries about loosing the monster. The magnetic connector keeps the net out of your way during the hike in and allows for easy access during those precious seconds so you don’t have to tell that “one that got away” story again.
The Drake Subscription
Odds are that that special fisherman in your life doesn’t spend nearly as much time on the water as they would like. The only thing that compares to being out there is reading The Drake. Might as well spend those lazy hours at the office reading and planning your next big adventure rather than trolling fishing feeds on Instagram. The Drake is a perfect gift for those anglers who are hard to please.
Hopefully this guide gives you a few gift ideas for the anglers in your life. But, as with anything these days it’s not all about the gear, but rather just getting out and enjoying the adventure.
Previous picks below:
Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fly-fish, and he’ll spend way too much time and money obsessing over the perfect setup. For someone unfamiliar to the sport, walking into a fly shop without an understanding of the basics can be intimidating. Questions about the differences between a fast or slow action rod or whether you need a floating or sinking line can leave you running for the door. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered with some holiday gift ideas for those special anglers in your life.
Sage One: A great versatile rod for any serious angler. There was a lot of hype about the new rod technology in the One, but to put it simply; its carbon fiber inner core equals an ultra light ultra powerful rod. The 6 weight is perfect for chucking meaty streamers in late fall or tossing hoppers on a windy summer day. A definite must in the arsenal.
Orvis Clearwater: Have an aspiring new fly fisher? The Clearwater outfit is the perfect setup with everything you need to get started and the quality to keep up with your progression. The 9′ 5 weight is an all around winner for dries, nymphs, and streamers. Not to mention Orvis’s killer lifetime warranty.
Patagonia SST Jacket: This wading jacket is the ultimate shell when it comes to staying dry and warm. Designed to wade deep and packed full of angler friendly features the SST Jacket boasts 3-layer H2No technology. The only downside in gifting is you can count on those anglers being gone a little longer.
Simms Rivershed Sweater: Perfect piece for those brisk mornings or late evenings on the water. The Rivershed Sweater is available in quarter and full zip styles and looks as good as it feels. No need to change after a long day on the river, letting you go straight to the lodge or bar to share the days story of the one that got away.
Costa Fantail Sunglasses: The best sunglasses on the market. These full coverage sunglasses offer superior protection and clarity. With the Fantails spot those monsters lurking before they spot you and be able to read the water like never before. For the best clarity get the glass lenses.
Fishpond Westwater Boat Bag: One of the secrets to fly fishing is organization, especially in a boat. Keeping all your gear protected from the elements and organized is essential for any successful float or day on the water. The Westwater bag has a welded construction for durability and features external tie down points as well as accessory attachments.
These are just a few gift ideas to fill the ever-shrinking gear closet of most fisherman. Although shopping may seem like a daunting task all anglers know its not just about the gear but getting out on the water. Happy fishing everyone.
High End – Fly Fishing Equipment Guide below by Nicholas Siriano
JACKSON, WYO – An outdoor enthusiasts dream location. The winter brings endless days of powder skiing, and the summer brings endless miles of trout fishing. When your backdrop is the Tetons, and wildlife lives amongst your activities, it is hard to picture a place more perfect than Jackson.
This is a list of five holiday dream gifts for fly fishing people.
The Sweetgrass Bamboo Quad
Most bamboo rods are made from five or six strips of glued bamboo. The Quad is a four-sided bamboo rod pioneered by Jerry Kustich and Glenn Bracket at their shop in Twin Bridges, Montana. This version is an 8′, 5-weight with two tips, nickel silver ferrules, and an agate stripping guide. Even the olive wood reel seat of this future heirloom is hand-turned by Montana craftsmen. The rod is beautiful, it isn’t your drift boat buddy rod, this is your heirloom, one of a kind, perfectly crafted trout rod. If you’ve ever felt like where you are, and what you’re doing should be a seen straight out of A River Runs Through It, then this rod completes the scene—elegant, simple, respected.
A Limited Edition Bougle Reel The 1912 Pattern Check
The model presented here is the first ever 3 ¼ inch Bouglé to feature the prized 1912 check. The 1912 pattern check is thought by many to be the most attractive of all the many different styles of check fitted to the Perfect reel, although the reason for its introduction was probably because owners had experienced trouble with the early mechanisms jamming in use. The new check introduced a ‘floating’ pawl, connected via a spring to a brass lever. As you can see from the artwork, a twist of the regulator was all that was needed to set the drag using this remarkably elegant mechanism.
A Handcrafted Richard Wheatley Fly Box with Custom Engraving
Hand-crafted fly boxes machined from American Black Walnut. Each box has three coats of hand applied clear varnish and comes complete with hinges, clasps and a solid brass nameplate. The interiors are fitted with flat foam; ripple foam or 16 dry fly compartments. These boxes are truly meant for your finest dry flies. If you’ve reached the peak of your fishing career then it is time to gift yourself a Wheatley box. Built with class and sophistication, a Wheatley fly box is sure to add a touch of class to your presentation.
Mechanic’s Swiss Vintage Alarm Watch by Orvis
A modern rendition of the rugged timepieces believed to have been used during WWI by the mechanics and motorcycle couriers of the British Isles. Elegantly simple and Swiss-accurate, our handsome Mechanic’s Alarm Watch offers only the functions you need to stay precisely on time, while the alarm function—visible at all times in its own dial—ensures you never miss an important appointment. Housed in a stainless steel case expertly finished to resemble brass, it features an Italian leather band detailed in a mock-crocodile pattern. Easy-to-read calendar numerals appear in their own date window. Case diameter 45mm. Water resistant to 150 feet. Add custom engraving for a sophisticated touch.
Custom Landing Net
Each net is hand made from American hardwoods. The rough lumber is re-sawed and milled into strips oriented to best display the wood’s grain when finished. Using waterproof glues and pressure, the handle inset and hardwood strips are laminated together. After the initial construction, additional layers of laminated wood are added where the handle and hoop meet, strengthening a trout net’s most vulnerable joint. These multiple layers provide strength to the handle and hoop as well as allow a variety of artistic options.