The best fly fishing equipment
As the fishing season in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere begins to draw to a close and the holidays approach, it’s time to start thinking about giving (and getting!).
Below are some holiday gift ideas for the fly fisherman in your life.
Orvis Helios 3 blackout bar
Yes, rod makers release new rods every year because they think they have to and, yes, many of the new iterations are not that different from the ones they replaced. But this is not the case with the Helios 3 Blackout. It is distinctly different from its predecessors, in size, feel and even appearance. I tested the 5 weight option, 9’5 “, which worked great on small streams with bushy banks (the extra five inches of length helped) and was great on larger waters, for long casts. and repairs. $ 998
Headwaters Bamboo Premier Series Fly Rod
Bamboo rods, vinyl records from the world of fly fishing, will never go out of style. If you’ve never fished with it, you should try it. This will take you back to the roots of the sport. Headwaters’ offerings are a great way to get started with bamboo – affordable and done right. $ 500 (although on sale $ 310 if you act fast!)
Costa Pargo â Untangled Collection
All anglers need polarized sunglasses. You want to be able to see fish and protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. The Pargo is a really cool product – sunglasses that give back, so to speak. This is a great pair of sunglasses made primarily (97%) from recycled nylon fishing nets, pulled from the ocean. $ 206
Bajio is another sunglasses company that is doing the right thing for the environment. Its lenses are made from polycarbonate of plant origin, which biodegrades much more easily than typical polycarbonate. The Balam is a super trendy pair of sunglasses for the women who fish in your life. $ 199 for polycarbonate lenses; $ 249 for the glass
Electric Howler Hat â Fatigue
In addition to sunglasses, every fisherman also needs a hat. This one is super tough – the front doesn’t collapse after a while like the fronts of some other hats do. Fans of howlers (which I am one of) should also check out the company’s new book, A decade of howler brothers, for a really cool look at the history of the Austin-based brand so far. Hat: $ 35 Book: $ 75
Simms Fall Run Insulated Vest
Simms brought back an old favorite, just in time. This vest is super functional and can be used in a variety of weather conditions, as a diaper or solo. It is made of 60% recycled materials. The hand warmer pockets are a nice addition. $ 120
Fisherman shirt Tom Beckbe
This shirt, made by the clothier from Birmingham, Alabama, will keep you cool and dry, and unlike many fishing shirts, it’s soft to the touch. $ 110
Kuiu Fairbanks Jacket
The Fairbanks Jacket is medium weight, breathable, water resistant and has a useful interior zip pocket. It looks good out of the water too. $ 179
To be involved!
As a gift to yourself or someone you know this year, may I suggest you become a member of a conservation organization? The resources we love are woefully fragile and they need your help. Give back to what you love. You can try Trout Unlimited, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Captains for Clean Water. Or you could find a local organization that does a great job. These groups â and the fish â need our help. $ 25 to $ 50