With the holidays right around the corner, the search for the perfect holiday gifts has officially begun. Our team at Flylords is proud to present this installment of our annual list of the hottest fly fishing gifts on the market. From any preference and price range, we have something that’s sure to make you the best catch of the angler in your life. (2021 Edition)
How to choose (for non-anglers)
When it comes to finding a fly fishing gift for the angler in your life, it feels like there are a million options to choose from. So, when trying to find the perfect gift to give, focus on the person you’re buying for, not an exact item or brand. If they are someone who calls an airport terminal their second home, focus on a gift that embodies travel such as a backpack, or rain jacket. If they’re more of a weekend warrior, consider smaller fly fishing gifts like a water bottle that’s built to last, or a cool hoodie. By matching the lifestyle of the person you’re buying for, as opposed to their estimated taste, you’re far more likely to find the perfect present they didn’t even know they needed. (But just in case, it never hurts to save the receipt)
1. Yakoda Supply Flies. $8+
Yakoda offers several collections of flies curated for trout anglers at great price points, including several flies that are only available from them. Choose between a variety of packages, from the Dirty Dozen Essentials to a quarterly subscription of hand-picked flies shipped every 3 months in one of their signature fly tins. Regardless of which option you gift, feel confident that these are tested patterns that are bound to catch trout just about anywhere. Any angler would be eager to receive a selection of Yakoda Supply flies to fill their fly box this holiday season.
2. Fishpond PIOPOD Container $12.95
With more anglers on the water than ever, it’s important that we all do our part to preserve the waters we love. There’s no easier way than keeping leaders, tippet, split shot, used flies and more from polluting our watersheds. Fishpond made it easier than ever to have trash disposal at the ready while you’re on the water with their PIOPOD Containers. Available in a variety of sizes, theres a Fishpond PIOPOD Container to dispose of all your angling waste, the perfect gift for any angler.
3. Airflo Polyleaders $10+
Airflo Polyleaders have been a favorite around Flylords for a while now and we aren’t looking back. Whether you’re looking to precisely present a dry fly with the Polyleader+ Trout leaders or dredge streamers through the depths with an interchangeable sink tip, Airflo Polyleaders will help get the job done. Sinking Polyleaders are available in different lengths and sink rates, allowing you to turn your floating line into a streamer line in seconds. Airflo Polyleaders enable anglers to target fish in a variety of ways with one floating line. Be sure to check out our complete guide if you’re curious to learn more about Airflo Polyleaders.
4. N-Gage Pet Toys $9.99+
Have a river loving pup that deserves a gift this holiday season? Look no further than the full line-up of dog toys from N-Gage. N-Gage Dog Toys are designed to keep your dog engaged and active with a variety of purpose built toys. Whether you’re after the perfect tug toy or want to work on your dog’s retrieval, N-Gage has the ultimate gift for your pup.
5. Umpqua Dream Stream Spring Creek Forceps $10.99
What angler couldn’t use a new pair of forceps or even a backup? The Umpqua Dream Stream 5” Spring Creek Forceps are great for tiny tailwater flies in the upcoming winter months. Smooth jaws are perfect for crimping the barb on hooks down to size 26. These are some of the more durable and functional forceps that we’ve come across, at a price you can’t resist.
6. Fishpond Sandbar Travel Pouch $12.95+
Staying organized is a must in order to avoid wasting precious time on the water. The Fishpond Sandbar Travel Pouches, available in 3 sizes, are an affordable and effective solution for staying organized and keeping items dry. The Sandbar Travel Pouches are made of a water resistant rubberized material (not submersible) and are great for stashing less used items like spare leaders, spools of tippet, licenses, cell phones, or keys securely in a pack or bag.
7. The Optimist – David Coggins $13.99 (Hardback)
Whether we want to admit it or not, winter is here which can make getting out on the water more difficult. Help soothe the angling urge and cabin fever this winter with The Optimist from David Coggins. Coggins tours fly anglers around the globe with humorous and relatable tales. A great read for fly fishing enthusiasts and novices alike.
8. Fishpond Headgate Tippet Holder $19.95+
Fishpond’s take on a tippet tender can hold up to 6 spools of standard size tippet and has quickly become the industry standard. The Fishpond Headgate Tippet Holder can be found strapped to a majority of the backpacks and lumbar packs of the Flylords team. Looking to carry more spools or saltwater sized tippet? Look no further than the Headgate Tippet Holder XL, capable of carrying 12 standard spools of tippet or five 4” spools of large capacity tippet. Best of all, the Fishpond Headgate Tippet Holders are compatible with any brand of pack or bag.
9. Tincup Whiskey $24.99
Well…this might be the one stocking stuffer that doesn’t last very long. This American Style Whiskey features a bourbon style profile and a spicy finish. Made with Rocky Mountain water, this evokes the western spirit of yesteryear and gets its namesake from the early distillers who took their whiskey in a tin cup. Keep the tradition alive by giving a bottle of this fine American Whiskey this holiday season.
Gifts Under $100
10. Topo Designs Camera Strap $29
Having a camera strap is great…until it’s not. Enter the Topo Designs Camera Strap, which provides a stylish and functional upgrade to any camera. This strap is equipped with two sturdy plastic clips that make removing the strap a breeze when needed, all while providing a secure connection when having a strap is preferred. Choosing one of the 4 color ways is a sure fire was to instantly add some personality to a camera.
11. Simms Wool Half-Finger Gloves $29.95
Just because the temperatures are dropping doesn’t mean there aren’t fish to be caught. There’s no better way to keep hands warm while out on the water than with a pair of quality wool gloves. Simms has nearly perfected the design in the latest iteration of their Wool Half-Finger Gloves. These wool-blend gloves naturally repel water and keep hands warm even after being fully submerged. These are the ultimate gloves for the angler who doesn’t let a little foul weather keep them off the water.
12. Arcade Adventure Belt $29.99
The Arcade Adventure Belt is the go anywhere, do anything belt. These belts are made of durable nylon and natural elastic that has just the right amount of stretch for comfort after scarfing down big meal or slugging a few beers. Throw this belt in jeans, hiking pants, or even use it as a wading belt. The non-metal buckles are great for traveling and airport security. The Arcade Adventure Belt is available in more colors and designs than you could imagine.
13. Buff $31
A piece of gear that every angler should have on hand: BUFF multifunctional headwear. From the original EcoStretech to CoolNet UV and Merino Wool, there’s a function and style that can meet every angler’s needs.
14. Seal Skinz Socks $39.95+
These are an item that anglers can enjoy year-round. Seal Skinz are 100% waterproof socks that are incredibly warm and comfortable in a variety of thicknesses and heights for all your outdoor needs from fishing to hiking, biking, and snowshoeing. They are lined with a fine merino wool that’s moisture wicking for all day comfort.
A nod to @cbarclayflyrods for the tip on wearing these socks instead of waders in the shoulder seasons when water temps cool down but waders aren’t necessary. You can have all the benefits of wet wading without soggy, frozen toes at the end of the day.
15. Flylords Tan Dead Hoodie $60
The newest design in our Grateful Dead Collection. This design is special, designed by @austincollins5 in our dead art contest. A portion of the proceeds from this collaboration are going straight to @accessunlimited – a nonprofit creating adaptive outdoor adventures for those with disabilities.
16. Loon Core Fly Tying Tool Kit $60
Interested in learning to tie? Seasoned pro? Either way, the Loon Core Fly Tying Tool Kit includes top notch fly tying tools that would make a great addition to any fly tying kit. This tool kit includes everything anglers need to tie countless patterns including a heavy duty travel case, the Ergo All Purpose Scissors, Ergo All Purpose Bobbin, Ergo Bodkin, Ergo Whip Finisher, and Ergo Hackle Plier. All the essentials. This is an excellent choice as a gift for the first-time tyer, or the tying enthusiast who wants to trick out their bench with something new.
17. Patagonia Capilene Midweight Bottom $69
Staying warm on the water this winter is is made easy with Patagonia’s Capilene Midweight Bottom. This midweight base layer is great for active winter pursuits like fly fishing and skiing. These aren’t your average long johns and have an anti-odor property amongst other benefits. These bottoms effectively trap in warmth thanks to their unique diamond pattern and wick moisture when activities ramp up. A proper pair of long johns are every bit as essential as a pair of gloves on a cold winter day. Some of the best fishing of the year happens in the winter when rivers and fish are under less pressure. Give the gift of cold weather fishing this year with the aid of Patagonia Capilene Midweight Bottoms.
18. Abel Nippers $85
The industry standard of nippers. Available in Abel’s famous anodized finishes directly through Abel or from your favorite fly shops. Replaceable jaws mean these will be the last nippers any angler will ever need.
19. Airflo Tropical Punch $90
Looking for the perfect gift for the saltwater angler that chases a variety of species? Look no further than the Airflo Tropical Punch fly line. These lines were developed in the Florida Keys where unrelenting winds are the norm. The Airflo Tropical Punch features an aggressive taper to combat high winds. Additionally, these fly lines help reduce tangles thanks to the Ridge technology making sure every shot counts. This line does it all: permit, bonefish, tarpon, you name it.
Fly Fishing Gifts $100-$200
20. Airflo Power Taper Line $100
Know a freshwater angler who likes to target a variety of species with the same fly rod and reel? The Airflo Power Taper has a forward biased concentration of mass making it a great fly line for throwing big flies like streamers, poppers, foam flies, and also turning over heavy multi-fly nymph rigs when needed. The aggressive taper also helps in high wind scenarios faced on many western waters. Durable welded loops and a PVC-free design helps these fly lines outperform and outlast the competition.
21. Fishpond Nomad Hand Net $135.95
Fishpond is known for making durable, fishing specific gear and their series of Nomad nets are no different. The Nomad Hand Net is the original Nomad net and features a short handle, great for stowing in a lumbar pack or behind a fishing vest. An extra deep basket and generous opening mean this net can land lunkers. 20+ in trout? No problem. The Nomad Hand Net is available in Original Nomad Green/Black or “Tailwater” in Brown/Burgundy. This net is capable of landing the fish of a lifetime and perfect for the angler who chases big fish.
22.Spot Gen4 Satellite GPS $149.95
We’re fans of getting off the beaten path and finding fish in desolate places. Doing so comes with a risk of getting lost or hurt. Theres no better way to ensure a way home or communicating for help than a satellite GPS device with messaging capabilities. Enter the Spot Gen4 Satellite GPS. For less than $150 (plus monthly service fees) you can guarantee you can find your way home from backcountry fishing spots. The Spot Gen4 also has messaging features to check-in with your location and an emergency SOS button should things really go wrong. From Alaska to Colorado our team has relied upon on the Spot Gen4 Satellite GPS.
23. NRS Raku PFD $159.95
River safety is no joke. If you or someone you know fishes from a raft, drift boat, kayak, SUP, or any boat for that matter, personal floatation devices (PFD’s) are a must. The NRS Raku PFD has been our go to as it was designed with anglers in mind. This medium profile PFD has reduced bulk under the arms to allow uninhibited casting and rowing while still maintaining Type III certification.
24. Tornado Anchors $160
Tornado Anchors have revolutionized the way raft and drift boat owners can anchor their boats. Unlike traditional anchors that are made of lead, Tornado Anchors are made of steel plates that are safer for the environment and made in the USA. The biggest benefit of the Tornado anchor is that the steel plates rotate individually to conform with the river bottom helping to lock the anchor in place and reduce drag unlike a traditional pyramid anchor. A Tornado Anchor is the perfect gift for a raft or drift boat owner that has it all!
25. Regal Medallion Fly Tying Vise $174.99+
A quality fly tying vise makes tying flies easier for beginners and long time fly tyers alike. The Regal Medallion is just that: a high quality, American made vise that won’t break the bank. The Medallion is a classic vise in the lineup from Regal that will literally last a lifetime and is capable of being passed down for generations to come.
The Medallion series of vises all revolve around a 360º axis and articulate 220º to allow the perfect tying position. Available in 6 different model from the Midge model capable of holding flies down to size 32 and to the largest Monster size designed to hold flies in sizes 1/0 to 8/0, there’s a Medallion Series vise for any angler. The Medallion Series comes standard with a C-clamp base but can also be purchased with a variety of bronze and aluminum bases as an upgrade.
26. Fishpond Firehole Backpack $179.95
New for 2021, the Fishpond Firehole Backpack might just be the ultimate backcountry angling backpack. This backpack was designed for the angler who likes to take the road less traveled and hike into their favorite fishing holes. The Fishpond Firehole Backpack places an emphasis on comfort and weight with a lightweight foam shoulder strap, hip belt, and molded back panel. Adjustable sternum straps and a removable hip belt round out the comfort features.
The Firehole Backpack features a pass-through for a hydration reservoir hose for longer treks. Angling specific features include integrated net slots, a landing net attachment loop, Lariat Gear Strap attachment points, and a removal panel that helps anglers carry wading boots when needed. It’s not often that a backpack will get us this excited but Fishpond has done it again with their new Firehole Backpack.
27. Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Lumbar Pack $183.96
The go anywhere lumbar pack. From high alpine lakes, backcountry trout streams, or desolate saltwater flats, the Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Lumbar Pack is a piece of gear we don’t consider leaving behind and have turned to for a few years now. This pack is 100% submersible thanks to T-Zip premium watertight and air tight zippers.
28. Aquatech AxisGO $199+
Looking for the perfect gift the aspiring fly fishing photographer? The Aquatech AxisGO is a pro-grade underwater photography solution that enables photographers to capture breathtaking underwater footage with an iPhone. The AxisGO is compatible with iPhone models 7-12 Pro Max. For less than $200 you can give the gift of breathtaking underwater photos and video to your favorite angler. The optional AxisGo Dome Port attaches to the AxisGo housing an allows anglers to take breathtaking over/under shots. Check out or recent in-depth hands-on review of the Aquatech AxisGO waterproof case for iPhone.
29. Blundstone Original 500 Chelsea Boot $189.95
Chelsea Boots should be a part of everyone’s wardrobe as far as we’re concerned. Blundstone Chelsea Boots in particular, are a piece of gear that many members of the team at Flylords rely on day in and day out,. Blundstone is the preeminent manufacturer of Chelsea boots with a history dating back to 1870. These boots are capable of withstanding an exploratory lifestyle where it’s best to expect the unexpected.
30. Costa Untangled Collection $199+
Costa sunglasses have been at the top of the polarized sunglasses market in the fly fishing space for good reason, they’re durable frames with high quality lenses. Spotting a fish before it sees you is the name of the game and a good pair of polarized sunglasses are an essential piece of angling gear. There aren’t many anglers who would be disappointed to receive a pair of Costa Sunglasses and the new Untangled Collection of sunglasses from Costa are no different.
What’s new? Costa is recycling fishing nets that are at the end of their lives and turning them into eco-conscious sunglasses. With 9 stylish frames to choose from, there’s a pair of sunglasses for any angler in the new for 2021 Costa Untangled Collection.
31. Simms Flyweight Access Hoody $199.95
The Simms Flyweight Collection of gear has had our attention since it was released earlier this year. The entire collection was designed to help anglers get to remote fishing locations with ease. From waders and boots to jackets, packs, bags and accessories, Simms really delivered with the Flyweight collection of gear. The Flyweight Access Hoody is a performance jacket that balances warmth and breathability.
The outer shell of the Simms Flyweight Access Hoody is made of recycled micro-ripstop polyester and Polartec® Power Grid along the sides and underarms for improved range of motion. The Flyweight Access Hoody features are rounded out with a hood, zippered stretch mesh chest pocket, and two zippered hand pockets. This is the ultimate jacket for anglers that know no limits.
Fly Fishing Gifts $200-$500
32. YETI Crossroads Bags $199.99+
Here at Flylords, we won’t let a road trip, multiple layovers, or helicopter flights stop us from pursuing fish around the globe. Such extensive travel requires backpacks, duffels, and luggage that can take a beating and withstand the elements, precisely why we’ve turned to the new Crossroads® Series from YETI.
The Crossroads® series of duffels, luggage and backpacks are the perfect gift for the angler that’s always on the go. The Crossroads® Backpacks come in 3 sizes: 22L, 27L, and 35L, perfect for day trips up to longer weekends. Need more space than a backpack? The Crossroads® 22” and 29” rolling luggage are perfect for heavier gear and longer hauls. 40L and 60L duffels round out the Crossroads collection with maximum storage in a flexible format. Any angler or outdoor enthusiast can benefit from YETI’s new Crossroads® Series of bags.
33. B&W Trailer Hitch $199+
Anglers who prefer to target fish from a drift boat, raft, skiff, or other vessel will inevitably need to trailer their boat and shouldn’t settle for any old trailer hitch. B&W Hitches provide maximum versatility and durability in their lineup of Tow & Stow hitches. The predominant feature of the Tow & Stow series is that the trailer hitch ball(s) stow under vehicles when not in use, preventing bruised shins. The Tow & Stow series also features and adjustable height for level towing regardless of what vehicle it’s mounted to. Made in America with a Limited Lifetime Warranty, this is the last trailer hitch any angler will need.
34. Sea Run Cases $329.00+
Sea Run Cases are a new line of premium fly rod and reel protection made from the same extreme polymer technology found in Negrini gun cases and feature TSA Compliant combination locks. Long gone are the days of carrying multiple fly rod tubes and reel cases through airports. Sea Run cases are now available in a variety of models for single and two handed rods to meet the needs of any angler.
These premium fly fishing carriers can carry anywhere from 3-5 flyrods in rod socks up to 11′ depending on the model, with 5 or 6 fly reels and other essential tackle. Sea Run Cases allow anglers to travel with peace of mind knowing their prized possessions are safe and secure. Considering picking up a Sea Run case for yourself or as a gift? Be sure to check out our full hands on review.
35. Grundéns Windward GORE-TEX Infinium Insulated Jacket $349.99
Just because the mercury drops doesn’t mean there aren’t fish to be caught. Going out, and staying out, in freezing temperatures is made comfortable with the Grundéns Windward GORE-TEX Infinium Insulated Jacket. This jacket is WARM. Lined with Full GORE-TEX Infinium technology, the Grundens Windward GORE-TEX Infinium Insulated Jacket will keep anglers on the water when other jackets would have them running for a warm truck.
Grundéns isn’t a stranger to designing clothing for anglers who regularly face foul weather, and the Windward GORE-TEX Infinium Insulated Jacket lives up to the name. This is Grundéns ultimate cold weather jacket and the perfect winter fishing companion.
36. Ross Colorado $370
Click and Pawl reels should be in the arsenal of any serious trout angler. Unlike modern sealed drag fly reels, Click and Pawl reels like the Ross Colorado feature a simple tooth and gear mechanism that act as a drag and prevent the reel from over spooling. Anglers can apply pressure of varying degrees to the spool with the palm of their hand, providing a more intimate experience and challenge when landing a fish.
The Colorado reel from Ross Reels is a beautifully machined click and pawl style reel designed and manufactured in Montrose, Colorado. Available in matte black or a satin platinum color, both finishes on the Colorado are designed to reduce glare when pursuing spooky fish in skinny water. Available in sizes ⅔ and ⅘ there’s a model for any light freshwater application.
37. Orvis Clearwater Fly Rod Outfit with Clearwater II Reel and Line $376
For less than $400 you can gift someone the passion of a lifetime with a fly rod and reel outfit from Orvis, backed by a 25 year guarantee. Better yet, this kit includes a fly line and leader, everything an angler needs to tackle their favorite waters or discover new ones. The Orvis Clearwater Fly Rod is designed with a purpose-built taper and action to help deliver flies accurately in any scenario. Available in weights 2-9 there’s an option for any angler whether they target trout or fish light salt water applications like striped bass, redfish, bonefish and more.
38. Riversmith River Quiver $429.99+
We’ve been a fan of rooftop fly rod carriers for some time and the Riversmith River Quiver is one of the best on the market. Designed and assembled in Boulder, CO the Riversmith River Quiver transports rigged rods up to 10′ 4″ in the standard model and 11′ 4″ in the extended model for nymphing rods. The 2 Banger model carries two rods and is perfect for the weekend angler while the 4 Banger carries 4 rods and is perfect for weekend warriors and guides who like to be prepared for whatever the river has in store. The Riversmith River Quiver can be mounted to stock and aftermarket crossbars on just about any vehicle.
Fly Fishing Gifts Over $500
39. Simms Flyweight Stockingfoot Waders $549.95
Wader technology generally doesn’t change much from season to season, but that all changed when Simms released their new Flyweight Stockingfoot Waders. These are Simms latest take on a backcountry wader that’s lightweight and packable without compromising durability and comfort. At first glance, it’s obvious that these waders are different thanks to the 5.11 HEXGRID attachment system that allows anglers to attach a variety of accessories like the Simms Flyweight Large Pods and Small Pods on their chest for easy access to essential gear.
The Flyweight Stockingfoot Waders feature 3-layer GORE-TEX PRO shell material on the uppers and 4-layer on the lowers for the waterproof-breathability you can count on from GORE-TEX. These waders also feature GORE-TEX PRO Stretch in the crotch and arm gussets for improved mobility on and off the water. These waders are the perfect gift for the angler who likes to goes farther in search of beautiful fish in remote waters.
40. Abel Vaya Fly Reel $550
From trout and bass to bonefish and redfish, the Abel Vaya is a do-it-all reel capable of freshwater and saltwater applications. Models sizes ⅘, ⅚, and ⅞ allow anglers to target a variety of species with an instant classic from Abel featuring a dual pawl drag system that’s easy to clean and maintain.
With over 80 of Abel’s durable anodized finishes and 8 handles to choose from, you can give a personalized gift that any angler would be thrilled to receive. Abel Reels are known for quality and durability and the Vaya delivers.
41. G. Loomis NRX+ $795+
G. Loomis and the entire lineup or NRX+ fly rods have stolen the show from the saltwater specific NRX+S series to the dry fly NRX+LP. There’s a premium fly rod for every angling scenario you can think of in the NRS+ series. The NRX+ Swim Fly (SF) that was released earlier this year might be the biggest game changer yet. This rod was designed to throw baitfish and articulated “swim flies”, staples in any bass anglers box. The NRX+SF is the ultimate tool for tucking large fly patterns into tight cover and properly animating the fly on retrieve. Fly anglers who regularly pursue bass have long turned to saltwater fly rods as a best-compromise, but there’s no need with the new NRX+ Swim Fly rod from G. Loomis.
42. Hardy Ultralite X $850
The Hardy Ultralite has been getting a lot of attention since it was released earlier this year for its incredibly fast action. Ultra fast fly rods have their time and place, and when anglers need to tackle technical situations, throw big flies into heavy winds, or pick up sink tips, there’s no better choice. The Hardy Ultralite X is the fastest rod in Hardy’s lineup and is available in weights 5-8 to cover a wide range of angling scenarios. The Hardy Ultralite X features Sintrix NSX construction and ceramic lined titanium recoil guides. This ultra fast action fly rod would make a great gift for anglers who frequently find themselves fishing in technical environments.
43. Benchmade 3 Piece Set $850
The Benchmade 3 Knife Chef’s Knife kit is the perfect gift for the no compromise chef who is equally at home cooking a meal over an open fire as they are in a professional grade kitchen. This set includes a Chef Knife,Utility Knife and Paring Knife with extremely sharp edges thanks to Benchmade’s proprietary SelectEdge technology. Custom choices for this set of knives include CPM-154 and 440C steel blades in BlackDLC or Polished finishes. Want to really let someone know they’re special? Custom engraving and handle colors can really add a personal touch to this heirloom quality set of American made knives.
44. Orvis Blackout $998
Earlier this year, Orvis revealed their new Blackout line of H3 fly rods including 3 purpose built models with special angling applications in mind. The 3 new models include an 11-foot 3wt designed for euro nymphing, an 8-foot 5-inch 8wt perfect for throwing streamers and large articulated patterns and last but not least, the 9-foot 5-inch 5wt a specialized trout rod that is built to aid mending over varied currents and provide more accuracy when casting dries. These rods were meant to compliment the existing lineup of H3 fly rods that are multi-application as a more specialized piece of gear. Be sure to check out our hands on review of the 8’ 5” 8# and 9’ 5” 5# from a recent trip to the Swedish Laplands.
Unique Fly Fishing Gifts
45. A Gift Card to Your Local Fly Shop
Still can’t decide what to get the angler in your life? With the complexity of the fly-fishing market, we can’t blame you. Instead of losing sleep over it, just google your local fly shop’s website and look for a gift card option. Take the guesswork out of it all and let your loved one decide what they want!
Check out gift card options with our friends over at Cutthroat Anglers below!
46. Take Someone Fishing!
Whether it’s their first time on the water or their 10,000th, there’s no better fly fishing gift to give than bringing someone on an adventure. Push aside all the premonitions that clutter the meaning of our true mission as anglers, and go make some memories that could never hold a price tag.