It’s that time of the year again; the time when the snow doesn’t immediately make many of us cringe, but rather reminds us of the upcoming holidays. Yes, Christmas is right around the corner—I know, snuck up on me, too—and that means it’s time to start shopping for gifts. Though the angler in your life may not be on the water right now, that doesn’t mean they don’t have their eye on tackle. Here are a few great ideas to wrap and place under the tree this season for your favorite fisherman!
A new reel will never go amiss in an angler’s tackle box, and if you’re looking for one that will make your angler giddy with joy, but won’t break the bank, the REVO SX spinning reel from Abu Garcia is the way to go. For $160, you get Abu Garcia’s reliable craftsmanship in the form of a lightweight carbon body, nine ball bearings, braid-ready spool, carbon-matrix drag system, and an EVA foam handle.
For the fly angler who wants easy access to a variety of items, Patagonia’s Atom Sling makes a nice addition. This handy pack slings over your shoulder and can easily slide from back to front for access to a built-in fly box and other storage compartments. The Atom is light, comfortable, and is a steal at $80.
Fishing sunglasses can be a priceless commodity in varying sunlight situations, and Costa’s 58op Sunrise ($150-$250) glasses are a great investment for early morning or late evening anglers. The bright yellow lenses are designed to block yellow light from entering your eyes, which creates sharp color contrast on the water and makes it easier to spot movement and pick out depth changes when the sun is low and the glare is at its worst. The glasses are also available in a wide variety of Costa’s frame styles to suit different tastes.
For the more tech-savvy angler on your list, a LifeProof iPhone Case ($70-$80) is a great investment. The case is submersible up to seven feet for 30 minutes and when you partner it with a floating LifeJacket ($40), they’ll never have to worry about losing their phone at the bottom of the lake again.
Of course, if you don’t know specific items your angler wants, or are unsure, then you can never go wrong with a gift card as a stocking stuffer. This way, you at least know they’ll find what they want. Also, memberships to outdoor retailers are great, as well as subscriptions to fishing magazines.
I wish you luck in your Christmas shopping this year. Because we’re so picky, anglers can be hard to shop for, but the gifts outlined above are great ideas to at least get you started on the right foot. Be safe on the roads and in the stores and have a merry Christmas!