“What do I get for my [insert: dad, uncle, cousin, mom, friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.] who fly fishes and already has everything?”
Nothing, they already “have everything”.
However, that question is asked in our shop almost daily through the Holiday season and is also a logical fallacy. No one can “have everything”. Everyone needs or wants something, and really, fly anglers always have an idea for that next something but you, the unsure gift-giver, are just left to guess. Don’t worry, we are here to help.
Our 2020 Fly Fishing Gift Guide will help you get the creative Christmas gift-giving juices just flowing from every pore until you are drenched in holiday giving slime. Though, if after reading this, you are still having trouble figuring it out, stop in the shop or give us a call at 970-385-4081 and we can help tailor the perfect fly fishing gift for the angler who “has everything”. We can help you help them realize that no, they don’t have everything, and also, you are super thoughtful.
Everyone wants something, and maybe they only want some time to spend with you on the water, fishing the day away, chatting about life, and communing with the outdoors. A guided trip is a great gift option that can make this happen. Of course, if all else fails, we got you covered with gift cards! These are great for the veteran fly tying angler who can pick up the materials they need or the traveling angler in need of a few more flies for their next trip!
For a more personal touch though, see our ideas below.
$25 and Under
This is the classic Tacky fly box with a Fishpond twist and it’s also what all the cool kids are using these days. Make sure your favorite fly angler isn’t lame.
We love the Loon Quickdraw Forceps because unlike others, they DON’T GET LOST! With the integrated carabiner, these are always handy to cut line, remove hooks, and mash barbs.
Start Euro nymphing without the cost of, well, euro nymphing. Everything you need to tight line nymph with your current setup, or even a Euro specific rod using your current reel!
Every fly angler, no matter who they are, can always use more flies. Trout and trees steal them all the time. You can never have enough and we can create custom assortments for where they fish.
$50 and Under
Sure, grandpa’s toenail clippers work just fine to cut line, but the cheapest doesn’t mean best. Or level up harder with the Simms Pro Nippers.
A great beginner pack, minimalist pack, or backpacking chest pack. Great for keeping everything handy in the backcountry including your phone for that inevitable Instagram photo.
Who doesn’t like a nice comfy shirt sporting your favorite fly shop logo! Shop local, shop small, shop awesome.
A good pair of gloves can make or break a winter day on the river, and these are so nice and comfy you will also use these when you walk your dog!
$100 and Under
A gift set shouldn’t be a bunch of cheap crap thrown together and then called a “set”. This isn’t Amazon. Some of the best fishing tools now come in a GREAT waterproof fly box that can be used for dries, nymphs, streamers, and small saltwater flies.
Moms often give flannel pajama pants out for Christmas. Don’t be a normal mom, be a cool mom. These are pants for lounging. Pants for chilling. Pants for wearing under waders. Pants for running to the store. Pants to shovel the driveway. Pants for (almost) everything.
If you call tying flies “flying ties” then this is probably the gift you should give to the beginner “tie flyer”, or the one who needs to up their game. High-quality tools that you won’t have to learn the name of to give as a gift!
Another gift for your aspiring “tie flyer”. Don’t buy them the generic kit, get them this great vise (made in Colorado), the Loon Core tool kit, Charlie Craven’s Basic Fly Tying, and you will set them up FOR LIFE!
$200 and Under
Next level gift-giving for the fly tying fanatic (or “tie flyer”). This bag keeps everything one would need on hand for road trips or group tying nights! Also makes a great low-key: “clean your fly tying stuff up” statement.
Depending on who you are, a fly rod gift says: “I want you to come fishing with me” or “I want you to go fishing and leave me alone”. This rod can say both without costing an arm and a leg, a 25-year warranty, and is a damn fine rod for someone to use for years.
Style on the water. Style at work. Style when you are stylin. This is the do-everything jacket to wear to work, on the water, with a chainsaw, or at the bar.
Secret: you don’t need a ton of extra stuff for a week of saltwater fishing. A few shirts, shorts, undies, flip flops, and a reel or two will get you through. This bag covers road trips to international destinations can even work as a carry-on.
“No one needs $270 fishing pliers!” might be a true statement if your giftie is a “no one”. But if they are actually “someone” and they are special to you, then why not have them think of you every time they grab their rad Made in America pliers on every fishing trip they make for the rest of their life.
No one asks for a rain jacket for Christmas, but at some point, everyone wishes they did. This jacket was designed to win when fishing for weeks on end in the rain. From steelhead country to running saltwater flats in a squall, built for winter storms to the tropics and even comes in Women’s Sizes.
Good gear makes for good gift-giving, and the price on these just DROPPED. The most comfortable, longest-lasting boots ever made (in America) with a Patagonia Ironclad Guarantee. We bet these will be the best gift they will get this year…unless they also got a trip to the Seychelles which is better.
A light trout reel built for small creeks to hucking streamers and everything in between, with a drag system that absolutely puts the BRAKES on any hard running fish. Plus, turquoise coloring which is awesome.
Almost every angler needs new waders. It’s a fact because if they don’t need them now, they will at some point after they fall down a hill or walk through a thorn bush. G3s are the best that we rely on day in and day out.
One of the best casting rods available, built for dry fly finesse to accurate distance casts! The Helios D means distance, the F stands for finesse which makes a lot of sense. We love both for everything from trout to bonefish and beyond.
This bag says “we are going on a long vacation together” because it’s so big you can pack everything you both will need in it, including fly rod tubes. 2020 kind of sucked, start planning a vacation.
Remember when Goldilocks tried all three of everything and it was either “too hot” or “too big” or “too cold” or “too small”? She eventually found her “just right”. For Goldilocks, this rod is her “just right”. Plot twist, you are Goldilocks, and this rod is so so good.