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Buying gifts for anglers can be a tricky task. Whether you’re a participant, or someone not quite familiar with the sport, picking the perfect gift is often an intimidating and sometimes stressful endeavor as each angler possesses a unique taste. That being said, we here at Flylords wanted to take the guesswork out of the process and deliver to you the ultimate fly fishing gift guide for 2023.
How to choose (for non-anglers)
When it comes to finding a 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 never seems to be outside of an airport terminal, focus on a gift that embodies travel such as a backpack, or rain jacket. If they’re more of a weekend warrior, consider smaller gifts like a water bottle 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)
Finally, remember that sometimes it’s better to think little! Whether it’s a holiday, or just a token of gratitude, sometimes its a hat, shirt, or replacement tool that ends up being the gift that means the most. Not everyone needs something big and flashy. Plenty of times, just the simple reminder of knowing you care is more than enough.
1. BUFF CoolNet UV Neckwear Andrea Larko Tarpon Steel
BUFF is known for their versatile headwear, which can be worn in a variety of ways to provide protection and comfort during outdoor activities. The colorful and intricate patterns depict different fish in a vibrant and eye-catching way. The design is printed on high-quality CoolNet UV fabric, which is lightweight, moisture-wicking, quick-drying, and made from recycled plastic water bottles, making it ideal for outdoor use. Be sure to check out the new BUFF Andrea Larko Tarpon Steel BUFF and the new BUFF Spring-Summer collection, a great piece for the next time you’re out on the water.
2. Seager Whitewater Nylon Mesh Snapback Black Hat
The Seager Whitewater Nylon Mesh Hat is a stylish and functional hat designed for long days on the water, mountain rivers, and desert heat. The hat is made from high-quality materials, including a 50% ripstop nylon and 50% mesh that is both durable and comfortable. It also features a pre-curved visor, which helps to shield your eyes from the sun and reduce glare while fishing. If you’re a non-angler, this is a great gift to give for any of your fishy friends. Offered in three different colors.
3. Tacky Pescador Mag Pad Fly Box
Fly anglers always need new fly boxes, and if you’re a non-angler, this is a perfect gift to give a loved one. The Tacky Pescador Magpad Fly Box is a popular and innovative fly storage solution designed for anglers who want to keep their flies organized, protected, and easily accessible. One thing we love about Tacky Fly Boxes is that they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and the Tacky Pescador Magpad Fly Box is a great addition for any angler that fishes a lot of different types of water, and flies. If you fish bigger terrestrial dry flies, streamers, smaller dries, nymphs, squirmy wormies, or are into the #24 midges, this box has you covered.
4. Fishpond Largemouth PIOPOD
Are you doing your part to keep wild places free of trash? Check out the Fishpond Largemouth PIOPOD. This system is your dumpster while out on the water. If you went through multiple leaders, large amounts of tippet, have trash from a granola bar, or see some trash on the riverbank, simply throw your micro trash into the PIOPOD and throw it in the garbage later. Here at Flylords, conservation is our mission, and making sure we keep our surroundings clean of trash is important. Do your part, throw a Fishpond Largemouth PIOPOD onto your pack and leave no trace.
5. Flylords Field Issue Hat
Have you seen our merch line? Maybe you should take a look at it… Here at Flylords we take fashion to the next level. Introducing the new Field Issue Hat, offered in two different colors, green and tan. Take a look at our full store by clicking HERE.
6. Airflo Premium Fluorocarbon Tippet
If you want the ultimate in stealth, strength and knotability, then look no further than the Airflo Premium Fluorocarbon Tippet. Manufactured in Japan to precise specifications, this low visibility, 100% fluorocarbon tippet not only exhibits incredible tensile strength and superior abrasion resistance, but also knots easily for consistent, reliable performance. If you or a loved one needs new tippet, be sure to check out the Airflo Premium Fluorocarbon tippet.
7. Oros Strike Indicators
You can never have enough of strike indicators when you’re trout fishing. Introducing the Oros Strike Indicators, this design allows a clean set up for rigging your indicator on your leader without kinking. So, if you get into fish that are rising, you won’t have to worry about straightening your leader, nor have to experience a damaged leader before rigging up dry flies. The reason why we love the Oros indicators is because you can adjust them to the appropriate water depth without fully taking them off, simply loosen the two halves and slide them up or down your leader for the appropriate water depth. We also love these indicators because you can mix and match the different colors if there is bad glare. Take a look at the Oros indicators, unless you prefer throwing meat or claim to be a dry fly purist.
8. Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket
The Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket is a durable, versatile, and high-performing blanket that is perfect for a wide range of outdoor activities and environments. Its puffy design, synthetic insulation, and water-repellent coating make it a great choice for staying warm and comfortable in cold and damp conditions, while its stylish design and snap loops make it easy to use and transport. This is a great piece to give a non-angler, to keep in your car or truck for the next campfire you and friends have after a day of fishing.
9. onWater Fly Fishing App
Don’t use a hunting app to go fishing… The onWater App gives you exclusive access to different fishing locations, public fishing spots, and the best part: when you don’t have service, you can download maps directly to your phone so you know exactly where you are. You’re floating? No sweat. Don’t come across a hefty rapid without proper direction, the onWater App will notify you, giving you time to prepare and read your line before entering big waves trains and technical rapids. The onWater App offers an annual subscription of $39.99, giving you great access to accurate and interactive fishing maps, local fly shops, real-time weather data, and all the tools you need to get out on the water. If you’re interested in the onWater App, be sure to check out our “behind the brand” article by clicking HERE.
10. YETI Yonder Water Bottle
If you need a new water bottle, and are concerned about weight, especially if you’re backpacking, check out the all-new YETI Yonder Plastic Water Bottle. This bottle was strategically engineered to be lightweight, shatter resistant, and made to be durable. The Yonder is made of safe BPA-free materials, and is completely leakproof. One thing we love about the YETI bottles is the cap, on the Yonder, the cap is a two-piece system, simply untwist the cap and take a sip from the controlled spout, just like the ramblers.
11. Arcade Ranger Belt
One of the standout features of the Arcade Ranger Belt is its versatility. It is perfect for a wide range of outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing, camping, and more. The belt is designed to be lightweight and low-profile, so it won’t weigh you down or get in the way during your adventures. Arcade belts are a great addition to add to your waders; add one in your bag for your next adventure on the water.
12. SIMMS Neoprene Flyweight Fishing Sock
The SIMMS Neoprene Flyweight Fishing sock features a 2.5mm neoprene construction that provides excellent insulation and protection against cold water. It is also designed with a built-in gravel guard that keeps debris out of your boots and helps prevent wear and tear on the sock.The wading sock is also designed with a snug and comfortable fit, ensuring that the sock stays in place and doesn’t bunch up. In the summertime, the SIMMS Neoprene Flyweight Fishing sock is a great piece to have during hot days on the water, leaving you comfortable without the need of waders.
13. Loon Outdoors Trout Plier
A new product for 2023, Loon Outdoors released the “Trout Plier.” No need for the bulky saltwater plier when fishing for trout, Loon has created this piece for freshwater fisherman. One of the standout features of the Loon Outdoors Trout Plier is its versatility. It can be used for a wide range of tasks, including removing hooks, crimping, and cutting lines. The Trout Plier is also designed with a built-in cutter that can handle both mono and fluorocarbon tippet and leader material. This product is particularly who needs to quickly and efficiently change out their flies or leaders. One thing we love about this product is that it comes with a holster, making them easy to store on a pack, belt, or a pair of shorts.
14. Free Fly Apparel Bamboo Lightweight Hoodie
Who doesn’t want another sun hoodie? The Free Fly Bamboo Lightweight Hoodie features a blend of bamboo and polyester fabric that provides excellent moisture-wicking properties, keeping you cool and dry during hot and humid weather conditions. The bamboo fabric is also naturally odor-resistant, making it a great choice for extended wear. One of the exceptional features of the Free Fly Bamboo Lightweight Hoodie is its eco-friendly construction. The bamboo fabric is sustainable and requires less water and chemicals to produce compared to traditional cotton fabrics. If you are looking at buying a new sun hoodie to add to your wardrobe, be sure to look into the Free Fly Bamboo Lightweight hoodie, it’s very comfortable and controls the nasty stench once you get off the water, and is made with eco-friendly materials.
15. Olukai ‘Ohana Flip Flop
The Olukai ‘Ohana Flip Flop features a durable and water-resistant synthetic leather strap with a quick-drying jersey knit lining. This ensures that the sandal stays comfortable and dry, even in wet conditions. The sandal also features a compression-molded EVA midsole that provides excellent support and cushioning for the feet. Here at Flylords, we love the ‘Ohana Flip Flop in the summer, a classic we wear when fishing for small-stream brook trout after a day in the office.
16. SpinRx Pulley System
If you’re a raft or drift boat owner and don’t have a pulley system attached to your anchor, look no further than the SpinRx pulley system. The SpinRx pulley system was designed out of necessity, ultimately eliminating anchor rope twisting while providing 2 to 1 mechanical lifting advantage of a pulley system. The SpinRx is made in Bozeman, Montana with the highest quality aerospace grade aluminum and hard anodized for corrosion protection and wear. If you’re tired of pulling all that rope up from the last spot you anchored, check out the SpinRx pulley system.
17. Grundens SIDEREAL Pant
The Grundens SIDEREAL Pant features a blend of Econyl recycled fabrics, which provides excellent breathability and quick-drying properties. One thing we love about this pant is Grundens goal of recycling fishing nets into apparel. This pant is ideal for outdoor activities in warm weather, as it keeps the wearer cool and comfortable. If you or a loved one needs a new set of wet wading pants, or a pair for your next salt flats outing, look no further than the stylish Grundens SIDEREAL pants, offered in 2 different colors “Anchor” and “Golden Brown.”
18. Umpqua ZS2 Wader Tote
Tired of river sediment and mud getting all over your car after fishing? The Umpqua ZS2 Wader Tote offers a durable and water-resistant fabric that provides excellent protection for waders during transport and storage. The tote also includes a large main compartment that can accommodate a pair of waders, as well as other gear such as boots and jackets. The tote includes a built-in changing mat, which provides a clean and dry surface for anglers to change into or out of their waders. The changing mat can be easily removed for cleaning or washing. One thing we love about the Umpqua ZS2 Wader Tote is that you don’t have to risk stepping on the ground with the included changing mat, leaving your neoprene wader booties in great condition.
19. Grundens Sea Knit Boat Shoe
The Grundens Sea Knit Boat Shoe features a durable and breathable knit upper, which provides excellent comfort and ventilation during hot weather. The upper part of the shoe also includes water-repellent technology, which helps to keep the shoe dry during wet conditions. The shoe also offers a slip-on design, making it easy and convenient to put on and take off. The insole provides excellent shock absorption, which helps to reduce fatigue and discomfort during long periods of standing or walking on sandy salt flats. The shoe also features a non-slip rubber outsole, which provides excellent traction on wet surfaces, making it ideal for use on rafts, drift boats, or skiffs. This is a great shoe for wet wading rivers, wearing it on the boat, or taking them into the saltwater for your next salt trip.
20. YETI LoadOut GoBox 15
Here at Flylords we have always loved the YETI LoadOut GoBox 30, and were very excited to put the new 15 model to the test. The boxes are tough, reliable, built for bad weather, and will be the last box you buy to organize your fishing gear for the boat, leave in your vehicle, and put to the test while traveling. After using the 15 model, we love using this for our weekend float trips. Specifically we organize our phones, wallets, car keys (we forget to give the shuttle driver), cameras, and all of the gear we like to keep dry. The YETI LoadOut GoBox 15 is a great addition for anyone that needs a reliable box to store gear. To check out the full gear review, click HERE.
21. Airflo Superflo 2.0 Kelly Galloup Nymph Indicator Fly Line
Time to mend your line. The Airflo Superflo 2.0 Kelly Galloup Nymph Indicator fly line is a high-performance weight forward floating line designed for fly anglers who demand the best from their gear. The line developed by Kelly Galloup, features a unique design that reduces surface friction, allowing the fly line to shoot through the guides with ease. This design also helps to reduce tangling and improve accuracy, making it easier for anglers to cast their flies precisely. This design is made for turning over the heaviest rigs, which is essential when for nymph fishing. The taper also helps to transfer energy smoothly from the fly rod to the line, making casting easier and more efficient. The outer coating of the line is made from a tough and durable PVC free material that is resistant to abrasions and other types of damage. If you need to get a new fly line this season, be sure to check out the Airflo Superflo 2.0 Kelly Galloup Nymph Indicator fly line.
22. Loon Outdoors Complete Fly Tying Tool Kit
Getting into fly tying? Check out this fly tying kit Loon Outdoors put together. If you’re just starting off on the vice this is a great kit to get you tying in seconds. In this kit you’ll find ten different tools, all you ever need and more. One thing we like about this kit is that it comes in a hard case. Once you’re down twisting some flies up, put them away neatly and take them onto your next adventure.
23. Orvis PRO Approach Salt
The Orvis Pro Approach Salt boot is a high-performance wading boot designed specifically for saltwater fly fishing; however, they do offer the same model in a freshwater boot (click here for the Orvis Pro Approach Hiker). The Pro Approach Salt boot features a durable and protective design that is perfect for fishing in challenging saltwater environments. It is made from a tough and abrasion-resistant synthetic material that provides excellent protection against rocks, coral, and other hazards that are commonly encountered while wading in saltwater. If you’re going on a saltwater trip, look into the new Orvis Pro Approach Salt boot.
24. Costa Corbina Pro Polarized Sunglasses
The Corbina Pro sunglasses from Costa are a classic and stylish design that is both functional and fashionable. They are available in a variety of frame and lens colors, allowing wearers to choose the option that best suits their personal style and needs. One of the best features from Costa sunglasses is their polarized lenses. The lenses are made from high-quality Costa 580G glass or 580P polycarbonate material and feature a polarized coating that helps to reduce glare and enhance clarity. This makes them ideal for fly fishing or other activities where glare can be a problem.
25. SIMMS Dry Creek Z Hip Pack
The SIMMS Dry Creek Z Hip Pack is a high-quality and versatile fishing pack that is designed to keep your gear dry and organized while on the water. It is made from a rugged and water-resistant fabric that provides excellent protection against rain, splashes, and other forms of moisture. One key feature we really like that SIMMS has added onto this hip pack is the Hypalon lash points for attaching a fly rod or a piece of outerwear. If you need a new fishing pack, look into the SIMMS Dry Creek Z Hip Pack.
26. Riversmith SwiftCast Fly Rod Holder
Finally, say goodbye to the DIY PVC rod tubes for your raft and hello to a safer way to transport your fly rod when going out for weekend float trips. Riversmith introduced the all-new Swiftcast Fly Rod Holder specially designed for safe fly rod transportation on rafts. One thing we really like about this product is that it is universally designed for any raft, and you can add up to four Swiftcast Fly Rod Holders together. The Swiftcast has an elastic cord that you can cinch down on your reel seat–so no need to worry about losing a rod when going through bigger rapids. If you’re interested in the all new Swiftcast Fly Rod Holder, check out our article HERE.
27. GoPro Hero 11 Black
If you’re looking to spice up your photography on the water, look no further than the GoPro HERO 11 Black. This camera is a perfect addition to add into your fishing pack, it is completely waterproof up to 33 feet, shoots 5.3K60 + 2.7K240 video with megapixel stills from video. The best thing about this camera is how tough it is. Don’t drop your expensive DSLR, mirrorless camera, or phone into the water ever again with the GoPro HERO 11 Black camera.
28. Patagonia River Salt Wading Boot
Patagonia collaborated with Danner boots to craft a collection of these boots, the foot tractor that consists of cleats on the bottom of the sole, the river salt, and the foot tractor sticky rubber. Each boot is made from a high-density, scratch-resistant synthetic leather material that is designed to withstand harsh conditions.
Additionally, the Patagonia River Salt boot is reinforced with a Vibram rubber sole for added protection against rocks and other hazards. This boot is made both for freshwater and saltwater, so–don’t be fooled if you’re a spey or trout fisherman and see that it’s a “salt” boot. Here at Flylords we love the Patagonia X Danner boots, they are great quality, they’re comfortable, and they are stylish. Be sure to check out the Patagonia River Salt Wading Boots, we primarily use them in freshwater and they are built to last.
29. Turtlebox Audio Gen 2 Speaker
The Turtlebox Audio Gen 2 Speaker is a high-performance, portable speaker designed for outdoor use. The speaker is housed in a durable, waterproof case that can withstand exposure to water, dust, and extreme temperatures. Additionally, the speaker is shock-resistant and can withstand impacts and drops. The Turtlebox Audio Gen 2 Speaker is also designed to deliver powerful, high-quality sound. Not only does the speaker have great sound, the battery life is incredible. This speaker is fully rechargeable and provides up to 50 hours of continuous playback time, so users can enjoy music all day without having to worry about running out of power. We love this speaker for evening campfires, enjoying tunes floating down the river (quietly), and for its durability.
30. Ross Reels Evolution LTX Matte Olive Reel
If you’re in the market for a new reel to add onto a new rod, check out the new Ross Reels Evolution LTX reel in the “olive green” color way. As the Evolution series is defined as the “modern trout reel” and has had a long history of sticking pigs, the team over at Ross has engineered this design to the next level. The Evolution LTX drag is four times stronger than its older brothers, while retaining the sound and feel that made the Evolution lineup iconic. Not only does this reel fit local freshwater needs, it has the amplitude to take on saltwater fish like Redfish, Bonefish, and Snook. Be sure to take a look at the all new Ross Evolution LTX in the new “olive green” color way, offered in light 3/4 weight models up to 7/8 weight models for larger freshwater fish or saltwater.
31. Sea Run Cases – Riffle Gear Case
The Sea Run Riffle Gear Case is a high-quality storage case designed for anglers to keep their gear organized and protected while traveling, or even on the water. One of the key components of the Sea Run Riffle Gear Case is its water resistant construction. The case is made from a tough, water resistant, patented double-wall composite that will protect gear from moisture and rain, ensuring that it stays dry in wet conditions, and safe from impact. One component we love about the Sea Run Riffle Gear Case, is that it is TSA-compliant for travel, having three combination locks to keep your gear safe and secure. The case is designed to hold a variety of fishing gear, up to three fly rods (4 piece – 11 foot), including fly boxes, leaders, tippet spools, and other accessories. This case is perfect to help keep gear organized and easy to access when traveling, or out on the water.
32. SIMMS Freestone Wader – Stockingfoot
As many know, the freestone collection has been a staple to Simms’ wader offering for the last 20 years, and has been marketed as their most “accessible” pair of waders. Sitting at the lowest price point within Simms’ catalog, the all-new freestone collection is offered in two different color variations: smoke, and the brand new, “midnight” color way. As the freestone wader doesn’t offer the bells and whistles like their older brothers, the G3, G4, and G4Z, they certainly aim to highlight unique personalities. The Simms freestone wader is made of 4-layer Toray QuadraLam Upper & Lower, and comes with dual rear belt loops with a 38mm stretch elastic wading belt. Not only does the freestone have the same attributes of their older brothers (the G series), it also offers a built in Tippet Tender Pocket, giving you easy access to the gear you need. Here at Flylords, we are huge fans of the Simms wader line, given their durability attributes, you can never go wrong with a pair of Simms waders, especially the all-new Simms freestone wader.
33. Sage SALT R8 Fly Rod
The Sage SALT R8 Fly Rod is a high-performance fishing rod designed for saltwater fly fishing. It is built to handle the unique challenges of fishing in saltwater conditions, including wind, waves, and powerful fish. The rod is designed to provide a quick, powerful cast that can cut through wind and deliver a fly accurately to a target. This fast action also allows anglers to quickly retrieve line and set the hook when a fish strikes. The Sage SALT R8 Fly Rod is also designed for maximum sensitivity and control. The rod is built with Sage’s new R8 graphite technology, which improves the rod’s overall sensitivity and helps anglers feel even the slightest movements of a fish. This sensitivity also allows anglers to maintain better control over their fly and detect subtle changes in the water and conditions. Sage also has their freshwater R8 fly rods, be sure to check out the collection of the Sage SALT R8 and the freshwater version HERE.
34. NRS Slipstream Raft 139
If you are an angler looking to tackle new challenges, interested in float fishing, and don’t want to go through the hassle of building a fly fishing raft on your own; check out the new NRS Slipstream Raft 139. This packaged deal consists of everything you need to get out on the water and float. The NRS Slipstream Raft in the 13 foot 9” model is offered in either a standard or deluxe package. One thing we specifically love about the Slipstream series from NRS is the design. One of the most annoying parts of float fishing is getting your line caught on D-Rings, valves, and other hazards. NRS has eliminated a lot of these components, and have deliberately placed these points so you don’t end up catching your line in the fishiest water. If you’re interested in float fishing, and want a sweet new raft, check out the full rundown of the NRS Slipstream raft by clicking HERE.
35. Sight Line Provisions Cuff Trout 2.0 Brown Bracelet
Looking at spicing up your jewelry box or want to give someone a thoughtful handmade gift? Sight Line Provisions offers a lot of different pieces to keep you in fashion. One of our favorites here at Flylords are the Sight Line Provisions bracelets. In this model, we introduce to you the Sight Line Provisions Cuff Trout 2.0 Brown bracelet. This piece is made from the best quality leather and stainless steal. One thing we love about Sight Line Provisions is the attention to detail. Each product is thoughtfully made and comes out looking great. Be sure to check out Sight Line Provisions, and especially the Cuff Trout 2.0 brown bracelet.
36. Benchmade 317-1 Weekender Knife
The Benchmade 317-1 Weekender Knife is a high-quality folding knife designed for everyday use and outdoor activities. The knife offers two, stainless steel blades designed to hold sharp edges and resist corrosion, and a bottle opener. The biggest component we love about this knife is that it consists of multiple blades, and a bottle opener, so if you don’t have a twist off, take your Benchmade 317-1 Weekender Knife out and pop that cap off.
37. Cody Richardson Trout Art
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, so while yours may look similar to others, they will never be completely identical. Pick one up today through the link above!
38. Abel Reels – Rove
One reel to rule them all. Hit the water with an all-new, customized Rove reel from Abel Reels. Abel enables any of their reels to be customized with a hand-painted finish that can be modified to incorporate over 89 different designs! Show someone you truly know them with the unique gift that will distinguish them from anyone on the water. The Abel Rove Reel is available in light 4-6 weight models and up to 12+ weight models for the saltwater angler.
39. Trout Unlimited Membership
Not all 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.
40. Fly Shop Gift Card
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.