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. (2020 Edition)
Supporting Small Businesses This Holiday Season:
This year has been tough on all of us. However, no one has been hit quite like small businesses. So, we wanted to do our part and encourage all of our readers to make the extra effort to shop small this Holiday season. When you shop small, not only are you giving the gift of checking off an item on a loved one’s wish list, but you’re also gifting your support for the backbone of the fly-fishing industry.
While you’re scrolling, look for any item marked with the “Shop Small” icon. This indicates any products that you can choose to support small businesses,
as well as non-profit initiatives (look for the icon below)
However, even if the product doesn’t have a “Shop Small” option, you can still find the option to “Locate a local Dealer” (Look for the icon to the right) below the product description. Through this, you can still find ways to support your local fly-shops and retail stores that need your help this holiday season!
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)
Fly Fishing Gifts Under $100
1. BUFF – Filter Tube
The Buff Filter Tube Mask is a must have on this years holiday list. Featuring a three layer replaceable breathing filter, this mask will keep you safe and comfortable at the same time! The masks come in a variety of colors, proving that safety never looked so stylish!
2. Duck Camp Co – Lightweight Bamboo Crewneck
Our friends over at Duck Camp Co have dialed in the details of comfort with their all new Lightweight Bamboo Crewneck. Whether you’re a Florida flats angler who prefers lightweight garments, or a Pennsylvania trout angler looking to layer up for the winter, this crewneck packs a punch no matter where you’re located! Check out our review HERE.
3. Tacky Daypack Fly Box
A perfect stocking stuffer for the angler who ties more than they can tote. The Tacky Fly box is a classic that should be a staple in any anglers pack.
4. Seager Co – Camp Mug
When camping, traveling light is of the highest necessities. Lugging unnecessary, heavy items into the backcountry is an unconventional nightmare. Well, our friends over at Seager have embraced the idea of convenience with their all-new 10oz Carabiner Camp Mug. Not only is this mug one of the lightest on the market, but it features its very own carabiner handle, making for easy access when you need it most! Check this product out on HuckBerry, a great catalog for all things adventure.
5. Rep Your Water – Creek Dreams Old Fashioned Glass
Whiskey on the rocks is pretty neat. Wait, no it’s not? Regardless, treat the angler in your life to a classic set of glasses that match the creek dreams that are surely flowing though their thoughts after a great (or terrible) day on the water.
6. Croakies – Brook Trout Belt
Introducing the classic name that has had the back of your shades since you tossed your first worm. Now, they’re here with a belt that’s sure to match the flavour of your favorite species. Wear your pride around your waist, and know times never waisted when on the water with the Croakies Brook Trout belt.
7. FRDM – Vigor Liner
Never miss your buddy’s lifetime achievement award-winning grip and grin because fumbling around with your gloves ever again. Introducing FRDM’s low profile, touch screen friendly liners that are sure to keep your hands warm and your lines tight.
9. Fishpond – River Rat Beverage Holder
Keep your beer close and your hands warm with Fishpond’s all-new River Rat Beverage Holder. This tricked out koozie features its very own neck strap, keeping your hands free for when you need them the most!
10. Flylords Sun Hoodie
Introducing the newest sun hoodie in our apparel line. Not only is this hoodie built for performance, but it’s also built from 100% recycled materials. Head over to our store to pick one up for yourself!
11. Ghostech – Strike Indicators
When it comes to nymph fishing, there’s nothing worse than spooking fish with the splash of your indicator. Well, our friends over at Ghosttech have you covered with their splashless strike indicators. Not only does this indicator limit the amount of splash, but it’s designed to mimic bubbles on the surface of the water! Increase your catch rate with the Ghosttech strike indicators! Check out our review HERE.
12. Marsh Wear Clothing Rutledge Vest
When looking for outerwear, this vest from our friends at Marsh Wear Clothing immediately caught our eye. Designed with the all-around sporting enthusiast in mind, this vest delivers the versatility and comfort your outdoor lifestyle requires.
13. LID RIG – Magnetic Nipper System
These nippers have recently come out of the woodwork, and we could not be more pleasantly surprised. Constructed with corrosive resistant stainless steel, rare earth magnets, and sharpenable blades: these nippers do just about everything besides net the fish for you. Toss on an eye-hole clearer and a built-in bottle opener, and you’ve got the perfect tool for destruction that rests firmly on the bill of your cap. Perfect for those who can’t seem to keep track of their nippers, this system is the end-all when it comes to reliability and efficiency.
14. BTT – Beanie
From Bonefish Tarpon Trust comes the beanie that’ll keep you feeling warm in the colder winter months, and keep you feeling satisfied knowing your gear is directly benefiting a good cause. For the fishy folks of Florida who need a little help bearing the cold, to those who were born in the snow and want to help a (not-so) faraway cause, this hat makes the perfect gift for the nature lover in your life.
15. Stetson – The Kelso Outdoor Hat
Remember when you first saw ‘A River Runs Through It‘ and all you wanted to be was Brad Pitt in a set of waders. (Yeah us too, we don’t have to talk about it). Well, whether or not you’re packing up your wicker basket and bunyon bugs for a trip to your local trout stream, you can still embrace the heart of your endeavors with a Stetson on your noggin.
16. Monte Burke – Lords of the Fly
If you love Tarpon, you’ll love Monte Burke’s Lords of the Fly. The book tells the tale of a single man, desperately searching for the world’s largest Tarpon on his fly rod. Much like the fish itself, Burke’s writing has been described as, “flashy, brawny, and electrifying.” So, was the world record Tarpon ever found? Find out for yourself through the link above!
17. Sierra Club – Outdoors for All T-shirt
Outdoors For All. It’s more than just a motto, it’s a mission. Show your support for the ‘Outdoors For All’ initiative by repping some of these awesome shirts from the Sierra Club. Made with 50% recycled material, you don’t have to wear your heart on your sleeve, but you can wear your mission on your chest.
18. GoPro – Zeus Mini Magnetic Clip Light
Who says just because the sun’s down the fun has to stop? The new GoPro zeus mini is the perfect gift for the angler who always seems to be pulling into the boat ramp under the stars. It’s magenetic base will stick to your boat, or any other metal surface you can find, while its accompanying clip can attach to anything else. This holiday season, give the gift of a few more hours of fishing (or fly tying in our case) with the Zeus Mini light.
19. Vedavoo – NO-KINK REEL CASE & COVER
For the angler who can’t seem to tell their reel from their … uh, rod… comes the perfect fly fishing gift to keep your messy angler’s gear in check. This reel case straps on right over your rod, and offers premium protection for that piece of gear you spent your whole paycheck on.
20. Yakoda Supply – Fly Tin
There’s no denying that convenience is crucial when spending a day on the water. Nothing feels worse than digging around your pack for what seems like hours, trying to find the fly box where that perfect fly lives. Well fear not, our friends over at Yakoda Supply have created the perfect fix. The Yakoda Fly Tin provides easy access to all your favorite flies right at your fingertips. Whether it’s big rivers in the heart of Montana or small brookie tribs in the Pennsylvania mountains, we promise you won’t leave your house without this thing!
Fly Fishing Gifts $100-$200
21. Sightline Provisions – Thin Line Collection
From the maker of the angling community’s favorite leather cuffs, comes the minimalists dream fishing accessory. If you’re looking for a high quality, hand made fly fishing gift for the angler in your life who has an attraction to all things shiny, look no further than Sightline’s thin-line collection.
22. Howler Bro’s – Lighting Quilted Jacket
With winter creeping in, now is the perfect time to invest in some new gear. The Howler Bros Quilted Jacket is an excellent option for bold anglers eager to brave winter fishing conditions. This jacket features a core warming 60 gram PrimaLoft insulation system, keeping you warm on the coldest of winter days.
23. Fishpond – Thunderhead Chest Pack
For those of us who like to have everything you could ever need just below your chin, look no further than Fishpond’s Thunderhead chest pack. We have taken this pack across the continent and put it through every condition one could experience on the water. This fully waterproof chest pack is an investment that is built to last. For the angler in your life who’s pack is one seam away from becoming a burlap carpet, look to the future and gift them a pack that knows no quit. Check out our review HERE.
24. O’pros – Mid Length Landing Net
Is it a hockey stick or a fishing net? Well, technically both. The bearded brothers at O’pros put their fuzzy heads together and came up with the perfect lightweight net that’s just as visually appealing as it is practical. For the duster turned angler in your life, this net is the perfect homage to the action that goes on above AND below the pond.
25. Costa – Permit Performance Sunglasses
There’s no one that does it quite like Costa. Plain and simple. Whether you’re actually targeting permit off the bow of a Florida guide’s skiff, or just working your local stretch with hopes of a hungry trout, these polarized sunglasses are top of the line. If the angler in your life can’t take a fishing trip without stopping at a local gas station to replace their $13 dollar shades, it’s time to gift them a pair of sunnies that’ll last them a lifetime.
26. ORVIS – Premium Tying Kit
Let’s face it, fly tying can be intimidating. Between hefty start-up costs and overwhelming feather choices, one rarely knows where to start. However, the folks over at Orvis have you covered with their brand new fly tying kit. This kit includes all the necessary materials you may need when embarking on your fly tying journey. Click the button above to purchase one for yourself!
27. Airflo – SUPERFLO POWER TAPER FLOATING FLY LINES (Editor’s Choice)
In appreciation of the new USA relaunch of Airflo line, we present our absolute favorite line out of the new collection. For those who can’t seem to toss a fly further than the back of their shirt, this line is a true game-changer. Effortlessly toss any streamer as the power taper guides your fly to its target like a trout-seeking missile. Mixed with Airflo’s PVC free pledge, this line delivers a peaceful state of mind, while also changing what it means to be a fly line.
Fly Fishing gifts $200 and Over
28. NOMAD – Portable Grill & Smoker
Built in Texas, but looking like it was designed by NASA (which yes…would also be in Texas), the NOMAD grill is the only charcoal smoker you can carry in a briefcase. Just like briefcases are for, this grill means business. For the steak-searing, kabob skewring, vege-roasting, grill addict in your life, there is no better addition to a skiff, drift boat, or any vehicle that goes straight such as the likes of which are represented here. The perfect addition to any camping trip or day on the water, this military-grade grill is something that’s sure to bring joy to the hearts of all who are in it’s presence.
29. G-LOOMIS – NRX + LP Rod
As fly anglers, I think we can all agree there’s nothing quite like a good dry fly eat. While dry fly fishing can be fairly straight forward, it is often the most precise and technical way to catch fish. With that in mind, we’d like to introduce the all new NRX fly rod from our friends at G Loomis. This rod gives anglers the much needed advantage when casting to rising trout. Take dry fly fishing to the next level with the G Loomis NRX + LP.
30. SIMMS – Women’s G3 Z Waders
For the lady in your life who needs a pair of waders that can keep up with her fervoerous pursuits of all things finned and scaley, get a pair of waders that she can actually count on. Built to last, the SIMMS G3 waders are not only form fitting, but easy to zip on and off in a flash. No longer does this angler need to sacrifice comfort for practicality, as these USA made waders are engineered to last anything you can put them through.
31. Tutlebox Audio – Turtlebox Speaker
The turtle sized speaker with a Texas sized sound. Introducing what we consider to be the YETI of outdoor speakers. The Turtlebox is built to take a beating, and can withstand sand, water, and molten lava (okay don’t quote us on that last one). For the angler that can’t go a minute without jamming to their favorite tunes, this is a perfect gift for boat and the backyard alike. (Anglers: Enjoy with consideration to others).
32. Norvise – Legacy C Vise
Looking to add a little color to the cave dwelling tyer in your life? Well, that’s exactly what the family owned business, Norvise, was looking to do when they released their all new Legacy C vises. With the same old Norvise quality, you can match the hatch with your favorite color that’ll spice up any tyers “work station”. Now, your vise can be as perosnalized as the flies you tie on it.
33. Rail Riders Wind River Jacket
If you’re looking for a durable and stylish waxed cotton jacket, but can’t justify the price of the standard name brand options, look no further. With the brand new Wind River waxed cotton jacket from Rail Riders, you can still enjoy all the perks of a bad-ass looking waxed cotton shell, without having to blow your budget. This jacket makes a perfect gift for those who uphold the classic fly-fishing style, but need still a jacket that can keep up with their incredible everyday adventures.
34. ABEL – Casey Underwood x Abel Reel
One reel to rule them all. Hit the water with the all-new, Casey Underwood Edition fly reel from Abel Reels. Each reel in the lineup includes its very own unique laser engraved graphic, and is offered on all the different Abel models that you know and love. These reels tend to fly off the shelves, so we highly recommend purchasing soon.
35. YETI LoadOut GoBox Divided Cargo Case
Here, we bring you the YETI GoBox. This case is perfect for holding expensive camera equipment, tools, reels, flies, you name it. Whatever you need to be kept safe will be kept safe in this fortress of a cargo case.
36. SIMMS – ExStream Jacket
Show winter weather who’s boss with the all new Exstream Jacket from SIMMS. This jacket features Thermoplume Blowable 120g insulation in the body, and 100g quilt construction on the sleeves, ensuring you’re toasty warm every step of the way!
37. ORVIS – Pro Wading Boot
When you see the Michelin logo at the sole, you wouldn’t actually expect the boots to act like a pair of snow tires on a sunny day in May…would you? Introducing the boots that don’t actually need much introduction. If you want to be the reason your fishing partner stays above the surface on even the most tricky of ford’s, we’d highly recommend these workhorses as the holiday fly fishing gift they’ll never quit thanking you for.
38. Whistlepig – Boss Hog Whiskey
Nothing beats the bonechilling grip of the winter better than a tin mug full of whiskey. With the new release of their Boss Hog VII 17 year aged rye whiskey, Whistlepig Distillery has officially pulled up a chair to the big kid’s table. Inspired by the first recorded circumnavigation of the globe, The Boss Hog VII: Magellan’s Atlantic is a Straight Rye Whiskey with an uncharted cask journey that stretches across continents. This complexed single barrel whiskey is sure to be the perfect gift for any whiskey aficionado looking for their next flavourful endeavor.
39. Benchmade – Table Knife Set
Handcrafted in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, the Table Knife redefines the kitchen landscape through the fusion of lifelong performance and American-made quality. Benchmade’s proprietary SelectEdge™ technology delivers precision to every meal, earning a seat at every table, no matter where your table sits. The Table Knife set includes four knives stored in a red birch wood case crafted by H. Arnold Wood Turning
Unique Fly Fishing Gifts
40. Fishewear – Kaleido King Dry Bag Backpack
These beautifully vibrant bags stand out like nothing else on the market. Made by Women, for Women, Fishewear combines their knowledge of functionality and design to deliver a piece of fly fishing gear that is not only up for anything you can put it through, but will captivate the attention of any passerby on or off the water.
41. Cody Richardson – Custom License Plate Fish Sculpture
Spice up your fly tying room with one of Cody Richardson’s custom license plate fish sculptures. These jaw-dropping displays are completely custom made, and encapsulate the journeys of anglers and travelers alike in a beautiful culmination of history and style.
42. Flylords – Corduroy Dancing Bear Hat
Check out our newest editions to our officially licensed Grateful Dead line. Now available in Burnt Orange and Navy Blue, you can march along to the beat of your favorite jam sesh with your favorite brown trout bear lid firmly on your dead-head.
43. David Danforth – Unique Fish Print
These prints are as unique as the fish framed on the canvas. Perfect as a distinct centerpiece in your home or office ( or more likely nowadays, your home office), these prints will never cease to draw the attention of everyone in the room. This holiday season, give a gift that’s like no other, all while supporting an independent artist.
44. Customized Abel Reel
Speaking of incredible handpainted fly fishing gifts, our friends over at Abel reels offer an extensive number of incredible and unique patterns in order to make the perfect reel. Freshwater, saltwater, trout or Tarpon, there’s a design that will channel the spirit of any angler.
45. Trout Unlimited – A Membership to TU
Not all fly fishing gifts have to come in boxes with ribbons. If you’re struggling to find the right gift for the guy who has it all, consider giving the gift of giving back. With over 300,000 members across the country, Trout Unlimited is a non-profit organization that is responsible for the preservation of some of the most important trout waters in the US. Coming in at only $35, this is not only one of the most affordable gifts you can give, but one of the most meaningful.
46. A GiftCard 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!
47. Boulder Boat Works – A Custom Drift Boat
It’s time to stop wasting big red bows on shiny new sedans parked in the driveway on Christmas day. While this gift may be out of the price range of some, it’s certainly a present that will make anyone’s year (or many years). Built by hand here in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, a Boulder Boat is more than just a drift boat. Constructed with a bulletproof frame, and accented by beautiful wood gunwales, seats, and other internals, a boulder boat is a fly fishing gift that lasts forever. For the seasoned angler in your life, this isn’t a material good that comes wrapped and stashed under the tree, but a vessel for adventure and experiences that will last a lifetime. Check out how you can design your own Boulder Boat below.
48. 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.