What gifts should I get a fly fisherman?
Things are getting pretty festive around here, and as we all start to prepare for the holidays, some of you might be racking your brain trying to think what to get the fly fisherman in your life. Our fly shop is full of fantastic gear that any angler would want, but finding that right gift is still tricky. To help prevent the wide-eyed glassy stare when you come in, check out our holiday guide.
The Stocking Stuffers
We have several fresh off the press new shop t-shirts and sweatshirts. Want to give something extra special? Ask us about our custom options. Hats, hats and more hats. Any fly fisherman will tell you that they cannot have enough hats. Come check out our endless selection of Patagonia, Fishing with Feathers, Rep your Water and Three Rivers Ranch hats.
The essentials, also known as the socks and underwear of Christmas. Although they may not be the most exciting gifts under the tree they are most important. Come by the shop and have one our guides put together a Tacky Fly box ($24.95) complete with custom nymphs (+Flies up to $70.00) used for fishing our local rivers here near Boise. Have a dry fly fisherman in your house? Pick up the Big Bug Tacky box ($31.95) filled with foam flies (+ Flies up to $90.00) that you will find in our local rivers. Add some tippet and leader and it makes the perfect gift, ensuring that the fly fisherman in your life does not have to worry about running out of the essentials while on the water.
There are a ton of different choices when it comes to choosing fly fishing gear. Here are a few of our favorites…If you are looking to upgrade your pack, we recommend the
Patagonia stealth atom sling ($119.00). It has plenty of pockets to help your gear stay organized and it is large enough for a day fishing, the main pocket fits two large fly boxes!
We have all done it, the infamous starfish, you know the one where you slip on the rocks and face plant. However, with the right wading boots, this tends to happen less often. We recommend the Patagonia foot trackers ($279.00). With the award-winning aluminum bar technology, on even the greasiest cobble you will be sure to keep your grip.
If you talk to any one of us here in the shop, the most overlooked vital piece of equipment every angler should have is a good pair of optics. A good pair of sunglasses is first and foremost an important safety tool but also polarized lenses allow anglers to cut through sun and water glare, allowing anglers to see into the water and spot the fish of a lifetime. We recommend Smith optics, their ChromaPop technology ($189 ~ $209.00) is unbeatable. ChromaPop filters two specific wavelengths of light that cause confusion allowing for greater definition and insane clarity.
Have a new angler or someone you know who wants to get started in fly fishing? Getting started can be daunting. Scientific Anglers Ampere Outfit is a pre-packed, pre-rigged kit all for a great value, $199. The package includes a moderate-fast action fly rod, a cast aluminum disc drag reel pre-rigged with backing and fly line, a rod tube and reel case.
The Fancy Car
If you are going for that Ralphie Parker moment with the Red Ryder Carbine-Action air rifle moment on Christmas morning…We recommend a new Orvis Helios 3 Fly Rod (~$849.00). Accuracy can be the difference between success and failure in the fly fishing game. When failure is often measured in inches, you’re going to want the accuracy of the Helios 3.
Now you need a new reel to go with that new H3…We recommend Hatch reels, currently 20% off! (~$360 – $480) Every time we get on the water it is an adventure and who knows what could happen, Hatch reels are constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation and design. With a Hatch reel you can have confidence that no matter what your day of fishing has in store, you are prepared.
What better gift to that person who has everything than a guided fly fishing trip! We offer guided trips on the Owyhee, Boise River, Snake River, Henry’s Fork, Teton River, SF Snake river and all the rivers of Yellowstone Park and Montana. We even offer a 2-day, overnight camping trip. It would be something they would surely never forgot.
The Nitty Gritty
There is no greater feeling than catching that beautiful trout on a fly you tied yourself. If you are just getting started, we recommend Scientific Anglers Deluxe Fly Tying
Kit ($69.95). The kit includes a fly-tying vise, bobbin and threader, bodkin, hackle pliers and scissors, hooks, thread, tinsel, wire, dubbing, hackle feathers and marabou (aka everything you need to get started). For the more experienced fly tier, we recommend the Peak Fly Tying Vise ($169.95). It is designed for optimal tying efficiency designed to last a lifetime.
We all know there are a ton of options and even more information to sift through when it comes to finding the right gift for the fly fisherman in your life. Stop by the shop and let us do the hard work for you. We’re here 7-days a week from 9 am to 7 pm. You can also give us a call at (208) 939-6065, we offer FREE shipping on any order over $50.