Looking for a gift for an angler who’s been very, very good? Want to really up the ante in your gift giving? The recipient won’t be able to thank you enough if you pop for one of the following ideas.
High-end fly rods are an experienced angler’s dream gift. There’s nothing quite like unwrapping one of these beautiful fishing tools. You’re not going to get off cheap; top-end rods retail right around $800. As with more modestly-priced rods, there are a number of great options on the market. Three we like a lot are the Sage One, the Scott Radian, and the Winston BIIIx. All are fast-action rods, built with the best components out there. Buying a rod for the frequent spring creek or small water angler? Consider Sage’s slow-action Circa. Or look into the hand-crafted beauty of a classic bamboo rod, such as those from Sweetgrass. Saltwater anglers would love to receive the aptly named Sage Salt. Want to give the ultimate? How about the Sage One Elite ($1295), which sports a titanium reel seat and a spare tip.
We already mentioned a few high-end options in our post about reels, such as the Hatch Finatic, the Abel Super Series, and the Ross F1. A gift of any of those would be met with great fanfare. Another reel that would excite your recipient, particularly if they’re fishing saltwater, is the Tibor Signature ($685-$865, depending on size). It can be engraved with the recipient’s name, as well as with various fish species (at an extra charge). New last year is a trout-sized (5-6 weight) version. Yum!
Do they need a new pair of waders? The Simms G4Zs ($799.95) are the ultimate pair of waders on the
market. They’re durable, highly breathable, and come with all the bells and whistles. Of note is the extra-long waterproof zipper, which eases the often-difficult task of donning and removing waders (and is mighty handy when seeking quick relief).
Original art work, a new drift boat, a first-edition copy of the angler’s favorite classic fishing book….
Or why not send your loved one (and perhaps yourself as well) on the fishing trip of a lifetime? Maybe to someplace warm this winter, such as Belize, the Bahamas, or Brazil. Or next summer, to Alaska or, to really splurge, to Mongolia to fish for the world’s largest trout species, the taimen. Give the gift of life-long fishing memories!