Take a look at our top fly fishing gear picks for 2023. Any of these choices will make a great gift option, and they double as even better gifts for yourself!
Top 10 Fly Fishing Gear
If you or a loved one are searching for a lightweight, compact, and durable fly rod, look no further than the BCR Travel Rod. This small-water rod has a medium-action which is perfect for panfish, trout, and even bass. The blank is made of Japanese Toray Carbon, meaning it has plenty of backbone for a 3wt rod and weighs next to nothing. To top it off, Reyr Gear is throwing in a Cordura®️ rod tube, a compact fly box, and a lifetime warranty all for one amazingly affordable price. Not to mention, nothing says “I love you” quite like a brand-new rod to any avid angler.
The Howler Bros will have your friends and family howling for happiness when they find this beautiful gift wrapped and ready to open. The Spellbinder Parka is light as a feather and is packed to the gills with 100-gram PrimaLoft® Gold insulation and a thick hood to keep your head and neck protected on those cold windy days. Zippered hand-warming and chest pockets will keep your hands and gear dry and warm, no matter what Mother Nature throws at you. If you or your favorite angler is in desperate need of some quality water-resistant outerwear, then the Spellbinder Parka is what you need.
Now a net might not seem like the most exciting gift to give, but any serious angler knows that they are absolutely imperative when fly fishing. The wide-mouth design is perfect for easily and properly landing any fish, especially when catch-and-release fishing when the target’s wellbeing is of the utmost importance. It also saves your hands from getting hooked when dealing with an undersized net and unruly fish. Both you and your catch will give thanks when you can land, net, and release your catch in record time.
Most of us think of rods and reels when we hear the name Orvis, but they have actually become synonymous with quality footwear over the past few years. The Pro Approach shoes are an all-in-one answer to footwear that can tackle anything. These versatile kicks combine a wading sock with a lightweight polyurethane shell and a rugged Michelin® Outdoor Extreme rubber sole that provides unparalleled traction when wet. Wading, boating, and hiking are just three of the endless number of activities that these bad boys can handle. One piece of advice, make sure to order a second pair as a gift to yourself for making such a good decision!
Contrary to popular belief, all polarized sunglasses are not created equal! Kaenon absolutely takes the cake with their Avalon series shades. The patented Japanese-designed SR-91®️ and SR-91ULTRA™️ polarized lenses make glare a thing of the past, so much so that you might just be able to give the fish a wink as you set the hook. Put this together with the ultralightweight handmade Italian frames, and you have a winner in the glasses game this holiday season.
A quality base layer can make the difference between a crappy day in the outdoors and an unforgettable one. This is exactly why the Gila LS Hoodie from KUIU made our list of top-tier fly fishing gifts. It’s advertised as a hot weather UPF 50+ sweat-wicking hoodie for serious anglers, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a viable option in colder temperatures as well. We all know how easy it is to work up a sweat when hiking into our favorite honey holes. Regardless of the outside temperature, having a base layer that will keep you dry is paramount. Keep your favorite fishing buddies dry, comfortable, and happy as can be with this quality apparel.
It’s easy for some of us to go overboard when it comes to our outerwear. Overkill equals an uncomfortable angler, and nobody wants that, right? Reyr Gear designed these wading booties with versatility and comfort in mind. They weigh almost nothing compared to a pair of bulky wading boots, making them much easier to traverse uneven and wet terrain. If you prefer a little more protection in the soles of your feet, don’t fret. These wading booties make cuts and scrapes are a thing of the past!
This next pick is one that every serious angler will want, trust us on this. PurTrek’s 2-in-1 Pole and Water Filtration System is nothing short of a modern engineering marvel. No more sprained ankles with this 7075 Aircraft Grade Aluminum trek pole, and better yet, it can filter 2-liters of water per minute. Not to mention you can filter up to 2,000 liters of water before it’s time for a filter change! Quench your thirst over the holidays and stay safe outdoors with this genius design from PurTrek.
As far as style goes, the boonie hat can’t be beat. End of discussion. What sets Coal’s Spackler apart from any other boonie hat is the quality craftsmanship that goes into it. Made of UPF 40+ ripstop polyester, this sleek headwear can keep up with the wear and tear that goes along with trekking through the woods. The vented back panel will keep the sweat at bay, and the comfy chin strap will make sure the wind doesn’t steal your new favorite hat. Don’t miss out on this awesome gift idea from Coal.
If there’s one thing that Gordini knows, it’s how to keep your hands and feet warm when the temperatures drop. This is exactly why their hiking socks will make a perfect gift idea for your friends and family during the 2023 holiday season. Gordini offers 16 different styles of hiking socks for men and women alike. Everything from ultralightweight to heavy-duty, crew cut to calf length, and almost every color of the rainbow means these socks are king when it comes to the ideal stocking stuffer. Whether you fancy yourself a winter angler, hiker, skier, or snowboarder you can find a dual-layer Merino wool sock that is right for you.