Top 5 Holiday Gifts for the Fly Fisher
Ok, first a disclaimer: I'm biased. I like what I like, but that doesn't mean other stuff isn't also good. That said, here are the top 5 items on my fly fishing Christmas wish list this year and some suggestions for fly fishing gift giving.
1. Simms Waders. There really just isn't another wader out there that compares with the comfort, durability, breathability, and durability of Simms. I happen to want the G4s but there is a full line of Simms waders to fit every angler and every budget.
2. Korkers Wading Boots. When you're a guide you go through boots almost every year. Even though I've been pretty happy with boots from other manufacturers, I really want to try Korkers Guide Boots this year. I really like the convenience of the speed lace system and the grip of the Kling-On rubber soles.
3. Flies. The number of flies I lose throughout a season is staggering. So, even though I tie a lot, I still love getting flies, especially those I don't like to tie. Most anglers are in this same boat. I actually don't like selections, there are usually too many flies I just don't need. So, simply find out the person's favorite flies and get a bunch of them. My favorites are the Tungsten Hot Wire Prince Nymph, Copper Johns, the Carnage Attractor, the PMX, and the Clouser Minnow. (Hint, hint, hint)
4. Fly Lines. Just after wading boots, fly lines are the next most often worn out piece of my equipment. Floating weight forward lines take the brunt of my (and most angler's) abuse.You simply can't go wrong at Christmas time with a gift of a quality fly line by Rio or Scientific Anglers.
5. Gift Cards. If you are not comfortable knowing exactly what to purchase, go with a gift card. This solves everyone's Holiday gift anxiety issues. The fact that you thought to give a RiverBum gift card shows that you were really thinking about it but want the recipient to get themselves exactly what they want. The recipient will appreciate the freedom to choose.
Lastly, don't forget to give the gift of a little time with the fish. Whether it's the camaraderie of fishing buddies or the solitude of wilderness that you and your loved ones enjoy, there simply is no place where it is greater, than out on the water.