The Ultimate Fly Fishing Gift Guide (2020)
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 Fly Lords wanted to take the guesswork out of the process and deliver to you the ultimate fly fishing gift guide for 2020.
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 towards 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.
Quick and Easy Gifts
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!
When it comes to functionality, really any pair of nippers will do the trick. However, what sets Abel apart from the rest of the pack is their quality. Not only are these made to last, but they’re manufactured in the United States as well. When you combine a solid, American made product with some of the best customer service in the game, now you’ve got yourself a winner.
Early Riser Coffee: Morning Mend
As fly anglers, it’s no secret that we enjoy our solitude. There’s nothing quite like pulling up to the river only to find that you’re the only person there. However, beating the crowds comes down to one thing and one thing only, an early wake-up call. There’s no better way to get yourself out of sleep mode than with Early Riser coffee. Early Riser currently offers three different options: Morning Mend, Strip Set Cold Brew, and Double Haul. The company also promises to donate $1 from every bag towards fisheries conservation. Between their tasty coffee and great cause, the question shouldn’t be, “why should I buy this coffee?” But rather, why WOULDN’T I.
O’Pros 3rd Hand Rod Holder
Ever wish you had an extra hand on the water? Well, wish no more! The folks over at O’Pros have you covered with their brand new 3rd hand rod holder. This product features a two-prong clasping system for easy attachment to your wading belt, and a sturdy bungee cord lockdown for increased security of your fly rod. After taking this bad boy on the water, you’ll never go back to two hands!
BUFF Filter Mask
Given the state of our world today, I think we all know how important face masks have become. Not only are they required by most states in public areas, but they’re crucial for protecting your health and the people around you. Luckily, the Buff Filter Mask has you covered. The mask is engineered with interchangeable replacement filters that block 98% of harmful air particles, and is equipped with a 4-way stretch cooling fabric for increased comfort. Make the world a safer place with the Buff Filter Mask.
Yeti Rambler 26oz Water Bottle with Chug Cap
Introducing the Yeti 26 oz Chug Cap water bottle, the first bottle in Yeti’s line to feature the new shatter-resistant drinking spout. However, this isn’t the only difference from their previous models. The new 26 oz bottle also features a variety of never before seen colors such as northwood green and copper! Whether it’s chilling at your basecamp or hiking in the backcountry, this bottle will keep you hydrated every step of the way.
GHOSTech Splashless 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 new splashless strike indicator. 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!
Lampelc Camping Keychain
While a keychain certainly isn’t the most exciting gift, the Lampelc Camping Keychain is a true necessity when exploring the wild. The keychain is equipped with a carabiner, bottle opener, and flint/metal fire starter. Not only is the keychain waterproof as well, but it weighs almost nothing, making transportation easy and efficient!
The Finnish Long Drink
Nothing quite hits the spot like a cold alcoholic beverage after hours of fishing on the river. luckily, our friends over at Long Drink have created the perfect beverage to quench your thirst, leaving you refreshed and ready to continue down the river. Containing only 5% alcohol, this gin-based cocktail is tasty and subtle all in one! (Available in limited Locations)
Gifts under $100
Lords of the Fly by Monte Burke
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!
Native Release Toss em’ Back Tee
Next up we have the Toss em’ Back Tee from Native Release. Constructed from 100% ring-spun cotton, this tee is built for comfort but strong enough for the great outdoors. The shirt features the subtle Native Release initialing on the front left breast, and conveys their signature Toss em’ Back graphic on the backside. This tee comes in two colorways: soft cream/livid blue and midnight navy/soft cream, so pick your poison!
12 WT. OCEANwt Longsleeve
Made from a double weaved polyester material, the 12 WT OCEANwt hoodie is designed to keep you cool in even the hottest conditions encountered on the water. With various colorways and sun protection levels, this shirt is a must-have in every angler’s closet!
Duck Camp Co. Drifter Pants
Duck Camp Co has created what they believe to be the best fishing pants on the market! Their new Drifter Pants feature a 2-way stretch nylon fabric designed to keep you cool and airy when on the water. The pants also include UPF 40+ sun protection, maintaining safety against the harshest of elements. Pick up a pair in their Sandbar, or River Rock colors today!
GoPro Zeus Mini Light
The GoPro Zeus mini Light is a necessity in any outdoorsmen’s bag. With hands-free, waterproof illumination, this light is a critical component in any nighttime excursion. Grab one today, we promise you won’t be disappointed!
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!
Women’s Bamboo Midweight Long Sleeve
When it comes to versatility, the Women’s Bamboo Midweight top from Free Fly is as good as it gets. Summer, Winter, rain, or shine, this shirt has you covered every step of the way. This long sleeve is the most recent release in Free Fly’s Bamboo Series and provides year-round protection due to its blend of viscose and bamboo fibers.
Orvis Anglers Pint
I think we can all agree that there’s nothing quite like an ice-cold glass of beer after a long day on the water, and what better way quench your thirst than with one of Orvis’ new angler pints! These glasses feature various fish species from brookies to stripers all designed and hand-painted by artist and angler Karen Talbot. The pints hold a total of 21.5 ounces of beer, so be generous with your pours!
Flylords Needlepoint Trout Hat
In collaboration with Trout Unlimited, we’ve put our heads together to create the Needlepoint Trout Hat. Not only is this cap the most comfortable dad hat we’ve ever worn, but each sale we make benefits TU. This emerald green hat portrays an embroidered Rainbow Trout on the front, Flylords branding on the back, and the Trout Unlimited initials on the side. Make this your new go-to fishing cap today!
Orvis x Fishewear Sling Pack
Orvis and FisheWear have combined forces to create the Orvis x FisheWear Sling Pack. Stemming from the classic sling pack silhouette we all know and love, FisheWear has taken creativity to the next level with their detailed, colorful fish graphics. In typical fashion, the pack features a water bottle sleeve, various pocket space, and a tippet and nipper holder.
Fishpond Confluence Net Release
When it comes to fly fishing, the last thing you want is faulty, unreliable gear. Well, fear not, the folks over at Fishpond have taken the word “reliable” to a whole other level with their Confluence Net Release. Not only does this product feature some seriously strong magnets, but it performs time and time again when you need it most!
SIMMS Taco Wader Bag
Everybody loves a good taco. The same goes for this guide-favorite Taco Bag. Powered by PU-coated 600 denier ballistic nylon shell fabric, ingredients include a large circular design opens completely to form a handy changing mat and, after fishing, swallows two pairs of dripping waders and their muddy boot companions. Mesh vents prevent mold and mildew. This bag is the best, and most convenient way to transfer waders, boots, and all the other gear you just couldn’t fish without.
Fishpond Lowcountry Hat
Whether it’s floating the river or stalking the salt flats, the Fishpond Lowcountry Hat has got you covered every step of the way. With a 4.5″ flat-brim and a Guatemalan Palm crown, this hat is guaranteed to shield the sun when you need it most!
Tightloops Fine Art Print
Everyone knows Aimee and Chase for their incredible Youtube videos. As it turns out, their artistic ability on paper is no exception. Their website offers a wide variety of fine art trout prints that are sure to take your breath away. Grab one for yourself through the link above!
Scientific Anglers Amplitude Trout Line
When it comes to fly-line, nobody does it better than Scientific Anglers. With their new line of amplitude line, SA utilizes patented divot technology to get your line further and smoother with each cast. Specializing in accuracy, this is the ultimate trout line.
Catch Cam Net
For the past couple of years, Catch Cam Nets have been on quite the come up. Not only do these nets come in various shapes and sizes, but they are fully customizable with different handles and colors to mimic patterns found on your favorite fish species. As if that wasn’t enough, the nets also feature a GoPro mount on the handle, taking release shots to a whole new level! In addition to the nets, Catch Cam just released their new net holster as well, so check that out as well when picking up a net for yourself!
YETI Roadie 24 Cooler
The trusty Yeti Coolers are back and better than ever with their newest model of the Roadie 24. While this model has kept many elements from its predecessor, there are a few noteworthy changes. Yeti has scratched the T-Lock bindings from the past model and implemented a new quick latch system for easy, one-handed access. In addition, this model is 10% lighter, has a 20% larger capacity, and performs 30% better thermally. Yeti has taken this cooler to the next level with a slimmer and taller design, making it wine compatible for the first time ever!
SIMMS Dry Creek Z Hip Pack
Built with the ingenuity one would trust from a pack made by SIMMS fishing, The Dry Creek Z Hip pack is everything you could want in a fly bag and more. Engineered to be completely waterproof, the Dry Creek Z’s patented TIPZIP technology keeps your gear safe and dry. Built big enough to hold all your gear and then some; you’ll have to buy more fly boxes just to fill the main compartment.
RailRiders 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.
Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Backpack
It’s no secret that every angler needs a reliable pack. Undependable packs can often be the difference between a great day of catching fish or a stressful day of sticking your phone in rice. Well, you can kiss waterlogged valuables goodbye with the Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Backpack. Built from a recycled nylon base, the Thunderhead Submersible Pack guarantees that the contents of your bag will remain bone dry for the duration of your time on the water.
Orvis Pro Approach Shoes
Prepare to kiss those neoprene boot inserts goodbye with the new Orvis Pro Approach Wading Shoes…yes, we meant shoes. These sneaker-like wading shoes are packed with a polyester/polyurethane upper, a built-in ariaprene sock, and a Michelin Outdoor Extreme rubber sole. Stay light on your feet with a pair of Orvis’ first-ever wading shoes!
Watershed Mission Pack
Watershed is redefining the word tough with their brand new Mission Pack, a pack so sturdy that even the armed forces are using it! This military-grade bag is packed to the brim with 21 liters of capacity, a polyurethane-coated fabric upper, and a snap seal closing strip that can endure up to 300 feet of underwater pressure. I think its safe to say that when it comes to backpacks, our friends over at Watershed don’t mess around.
Howler Bros Voltage Quilted Pullover
With fall and winter just around the corner, now is a perfect time to stock up on some heavier pieces. With the Voltage Quilted Pullover from Howler Bros, you’ll get versatility at it’s finest. Whether it’s a brisk fall morning or a chilly winter afternoon, this pullover will get the job done whatever the situation!
YETI Hondo Base Camp Chair
When it comes to chairs, there’s no question that comfort is key. After a long day of fishing, the last thing you want is to be greeted at basecamp with a flimsy, uncomfortable chair. Thanks to Yeti’s new Hondo Basecamp Chair, that’s no longer a concern. Not only does Yeti consider it to be the most comfortable and durable piece of outdoor furniture on the market, but they back it with a three-year guarantee against defects of any kind! Oh, and don’t worry….it comes with a cup holder.
Costa Ferg Sunglasses
Is this really a fly fishing gift guide without a pair of Costas? Introducing the Costa Ferg. Named after Costa founder Ray Ferguson, these shades feature top and side eye shields, integrated Hydrolite rubber, and 100% UV protected polarized lenses. As if that wasn’t enough, Costa’s there when you need them the most with a limited lifetime guarantee!
Benchmade 533BK Mini Bugout Knife
Described as being, “Small enough for a mint tin, yet large enough for adventure,” our friends over at Benchmade have put their heads together to create the 533BK Mini Bugout Knife. While this knife has been scaled down in size from its predecessor, it still gets the job done 100% of the time. The knife is offered in two different colors, and can be laser marked to customize it to your liking!
AFTCO Solitude Fishing Jacket
Next, we have the AFTCO Solitude Rain Jacket. This jacket features a 2.5 layered ripstop nylon fabric, 10K waterproofing, and fully taped seams to keep you dry 100% of the time. Being the only jacket on our list, we knew we had to pick a good one….and boy did we!
Gifts $300 and Over
Garmin Instinct GPS Watch
The Garmin Instinct is a necessity when heading off the grid. Equipped with GPS, Trackback data, and smartphone compatibility, you’ll never get lost when exploring the backcountry. The watch also features an explore app which allows you to plan your route of travel before you even leave the house!
Whistle Pig Boss Hog VII: MAGELLAN’S ATLANTIC
When the Pig Whistles, we listen. 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.
North Face Assault 2 Futurelight Tent
With fall just around the corner, there’s no better time to invest in a new tent, and what better tent than The North Face Assault 2 FutureLight. Not only does this single-walled tent protect against the harshest conditions found at high altitudes, but it also features a removable vestibule for increased sleeping capacity. Conquer the elements with the Assault 2 Futurelight!
Ross San Miguel Fly Reel
This next product is a blast from the past! Introducing Ross’ newest model of the San Miguel Reel. Pulling inspiration from the previous model, this new reel features a sleek black finish, with a canvas micarta reel nob to increase performance when wet. Not only is the reel packed with new technology, but its packed with history as well!
SIMMS G3 Riparian Camo Wader
If you’re looking for waders that manage to match their functionality with their ingenuity, look no further. The SIMMS G3 Riparian waders are a testament to wading technology and could be considered the most scientifically advanced waders on the market. Built with Veil Camo, these waders distort the fish’s ability to detect shape and movement, all while keeping you dry with their GORE-TEX Pro Shell. If it’s time for your old waders to go, be sure to make an investment that will pay off for years to come, and invest in a pair of the G3 Riparians!
*Note: Wading boots are not included in this list, but can be found HERE
Douglas Upstream Fly Rod
The Douglas Upstream presents minimalism at its finest. With a ring reel seat and a bamboo colored blank, this rod looks (and feels) like you’re back in the good ol’ days! Pick one up for yourself through the link above!
Pendleton Cheif Joseph Blanket
Whether you’re curled up by the fire or snoozing in the tent the Cheif Joseph blanket from Pendleton is a must-have on all camping trips. The Cheif Joseph is a classic in the Pendleton line and has been around since the 1920s. Featuring a napped combed fabric and felt binding stitching, it’s no wonder this blanket has stood the test of time!
Handmade/ Personalized Gifts
Custom License Plate Fish Sculpture by Cody Richardson
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!
Hand-Painted Customized Abel Vaya Reel
One reel to rule them all. Hit the water with an all-new, customized VAYA reel from Abel Reels. Making their second appearance on the list, Abel enables any of their reels to be customized with a hand-painted finish that can be modified to incorporate over 70 different designs! Show someone you truly know them with the unique gift that will distinguish them from anyone on the water.
Painting from David Danforth
Trout, Permit, Tarpon, Bonefish, you name it, our friend David Danforth (aka @Reellocal) most likely has a print of it fresh and ready for the wall. With creativity that questions everything we know about fly-fishing art, these pieces are a perfect accent to a rod room, tying station, or any room with walls.
A Custom Benchmade knife
Head over to Benchmade’s custom knife designer to create a gift that’s more than just a knife. Each knife can be customized to match the individual’s exact style, blade, and color preferences to ensure that while Benchmade’s life-long quality standard will never give, neither will that person’s connection to a one of a kind tool.
A Membership to Trout Unlimited
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.