Artwork with a fly fishing theme can definitely be humorous. Options include a funky photo frame, such as a transparent acrylic one that holds hand-tied flies embedded right in the frame; a talking or singing battery-operated trout that come mounted on a plaque; or posters depicting humorous fishing scenes or phrases, such as "I'd rather be fly fishing." For those who really want to go all out, check out a reproduction of a Tom Browning oil painting, "Catch of the Day," that depicts Santa Claus fly fishing. You can also make a collage of humorous fly fishing cartoons, images or three-dimensional objects, like the notable hand-tied flies, using fishing magazines and supplies from a tackle shop as fodder.
T-shirts make a fly fishing gift that are both funny and useful. The gift recipient can always wear the shirt when he indulges in his fishing. T-shirts with apropos phrases are a good bet. A couple include "Born to Fish, Forced to Work," and "Beyond a Reasonable Trout." You can also find shirts that are colored or designed to resemble fish scales or showcase different fish types, tackle or lures. If you can't find the shirt you envision, dozens of companies specialize in making custom T-shirts where you can supply any artwork or wording you want on them.
If fly fishing itself is not game enough, you can always get your favorite fly fisherman a game. One option is a jigsaw puzzle depicting an amusing or endearing scene, such as three dogs surrounding a fishing basket. You can also have jigsaw puzzles custom-made if you supply the photo. Fish playing cards are another humorous option, with photos of fish as the design on the back of the cards. These come in poker decks or even as a deck adapted for a traditional game: "Go Fly Fish." You can even find playing cards that depict the famous fly-fishing flies instead of the fish.
A few other humorous gifts are ideal for the fly fisherman in your life. Fly tacks, which are pushpins outfitted with hand-tied flies, can grace the angler's corkboard at the home or office. The fly fisher might like the Screamin' Reel Alarm Clock that wakes up the sleepyhead with the phrase "Hey, wake up! You got a bite." Humorous books about fly fishing, some with essays, others with cartoons, are another prime choice.
Article Written By Ryn Gargulinski
Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist and performer whose journalism career began in 1991. Credits include two illustrated books, "Bony Yoga" and "Rats Incredible"; fitness, animal, crime, general news and features for various publications; and several awards. She holds a Master of Arts in English literature and folklore and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing with a French minor from Brooklyn College.