Fly anglers are a loyal bunch of folks when it comes to equipment. Once a fly fisherman finds something he or she likes, he typically stays with it. So when it comes to buying gifts for an angler with a fly fishing theme, it is often hard to determine what should be purchased. However, with some insight and advise, choosing the right gift can be made easier and result in a very happy angler.
Fly Fishing Gear
The first thing that comes to the mind of many gift-givers is to buy some this or that to be used while fly fishing. Not that it will not be appreciated, however, many fly anglers are very particular about the gear they use. Unless you have detailed "inside" information as to exact rod, reel, or that the angler may want, it may be wise to steer away from this type of gift. Consider a selection of flies matched to the area in where the angler fishes. Local and online fly shops can assist with everything from a few flies of a certain pattern to entire fly books filled with an assortment of dries, streamers and nymphs.
A gift of clothing is risky, but if you hit the mark, you can score major points. Pay attention to the style or brand of clothing the angler likes to wear. There are many outdoor clothing manufacturers from which to choose, some that are specifically geared toward fly fishing. You will need to have some idea of color preferences and sizes before making a purchase such as clothing. Gift certificates are a great way to go when the goal is to present a gift of clothing. The opportunity to shop and select the exact right item of clothing, at no cost to him or her, may often become part of the gift itself.
Thinking Outside the Box
If you are really struggling or you have the available budget, you might want to consider thinking beyond the traditional wrapped gift. For example, several national companies feature guided trips to worldwide fly fishing spots. From Europe to the Far East and South America, there is an entire world of fly fishing waiting to be explored. Too extravagant? Consider a several day getaway to a less remote destination such as Jackson Hole, Wyoming, or the Florida Keys. Determine your budget to see if there is a trip or destination within your means. Planned trips make great gifts that will often be remembered for a lifetime.
Article Written By Keith Dooley
Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.