Fly fishers can be a difficult group to shop for. The longer they’ve been in the sport, the more gear they’re likely to have. Which is not to say that they don’t want more (they really, really do), just that knowing what they might lack can be tough. Maybe you’ve been lucky; maybe they’ve been dropping hints for the last couple of months. But even then, getting just the right gift can be a minefield. Say they want a new rod. What weight? Do they prefer a fast-action rod, or one that’s got a little more flex? Do they like a softer tip on their rod, or not? Which rod would fit best with their particular casting style? You get the picture.
Don’t throw up your hands in frustration. There’s nothing wrong with resorting to the confused shopper’s best friend, the gift card. Yes, it’s fun to have something tangible to unwrap on Christmas morning. And most fly shops will happily make exchanges if you didn’t choose just the right gift. But why not give your angler the enjoyment of shopping for exactly what they want the most. Your average angler is going to jump at the chance to hang out in a fly shop and peruse all of the goods, especially with “money” to burn in their pocket.
Beginner, intermediate, expert. Any fly fisher would appreciate the thoughtful present of a gift card at his or her favorite fly shop.