The Best Fly Fishing Gifts: 65+ Top Suggestions

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The good thing about fly fishing is it is such a gear dependent sport that there is always something that the fly fisherman or woman in your life needs.

From gadgets such as tippet holders and magnetic net releases, to clothing options such as UV protective shirts and face masks to raw materials such as tippet and leaders, there are a wide range of fly fishing gifts to choose from.

We’ve also included nippers, forceps, fly boxes, wading belts and storage bags as well as dry pouches and more.

These gifts for fly fishers range in price from as little as $10 to more than $200 at the luxury end. To keep things simple, we divided them into price categories as explained below.

Any of these gifts will be well appreciated by the fly fisherman or woman who receives them and will come in handy on their next fly fishing adventure in the great outdoors.

And for off season fly fishing gift choices, you can’t do better than the fly tying gift ideas that we’ve compiled here.

Choosing the right fly fishing gift

We’ve listed 66 of the best fly fishing gift ideas here, broken down into the following categories:

  • Best Fly fishing Gifts under $25
  • Best Fly Fishing Gifts under $50
  • Best Fly Fishing Gifts under $100
  • Best Luxury Fly Fishing Gifts
  • Best Fly Fishing Gifts for Women
  • Best Fly Fishing Stocking Stuffers

Best Fly fishing gifts under $25

These are a selection of the best gifts for any fly fisherman or woman in this affordable price range.

1. Abel Nipper Lanyard

This is a great looking set of nippers for cutting line tags. It comes with a high quality unbreakable lanyard and ball bearing swivel. The swivel and welded ring are finished in a glare resistant black color. The slider and cord connector are Abel machined aluminum with stainless steel set screws and clear anodized.

2.Dr. Slick Nippers w/Pin, File & Knot Tyer

These Dr. Slick Knot Tying-Nipper have a nail-knot tying tool attached along with a pin for clearing out hook eyes. This is a great three-in-one piece of fly fishing gear that any fly fisherman will love.

3.Loon Neckvest Lanyard

The Neckvest Lanyard include the light and durable paracord construction with five carabiner attachments. It comes with e a Hot Box fly box, Bottoms Up floatant holder, Rogue Nippers, a horizontal post for storing tippet and a padded/adjustable next strap and quick release. It is a perfect fly fishing gift.

4.Smith Creek Rig Keeper

The Smith Creek Rig Keeper is an easy to use and practical multiple fly and hook leader holder for holding dry dropper rigs and all types of flies. This ideal gift for the fly angler keeps the rigs from hanging up in a pocket, tackle box or clothing.

5.Simms Neck Gaiter

The sun seems fiercer than ever these days and it is vital to protect yourself to avoid skin damage in later life. This is Simms’ most adaptable neck gaiter made from a soft, seamless knit polyester/rayon blend for smooth feel.

6.Orvis Nail Knotter Tool

Take the hassle out of tying nail knots to join fly lines to leaders and get a perfect knot every time with this Orvis Nail Knotter Tool. It’s a great fly fishing gift for the angler in your life.

7.Petzl Tikkina Outdoor Headlamp (250 Lumens)

The Tikkina is a lightweight headlamp that uses AAA batteries and provides up to 250 lumens of illumination for 120 hours of run time. It is a great fly fishing gift for anglers that love to fish through dusk.

8.NZ Strike Indicator

It is simple but deadly and was designed with the huge super wary brown trout that NZ is famous for in mind. Get the fly fisherman in your life this great indicator setup and they’ll enjoy catching those big, hard-to-fool fish in the river.

9.Tacky Original Fly Box

A great fly box for a great price – and made with recycled plastic to minimise environmental impact. The Tacky Original Box brings organization, visibility and reliability to fly storage. All fly fishermen and women will benefit from having this box – the silicone anchoring pad holds flies tighter, doesn’t absorb water, withstands extreme temperature swings, and won’t get torn up by sharp hook points.

10.Derek DeYoung T-Shirt

Derek DeYoung’s iconic images of trout and the patterns on their flanks have become a part of fly fishing culture. Get the fly fisher in your life one of these beautiful images on a quality T-Shirt and you won’t regret it.

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11.O’Pros Fly Fishing 3rd Hand, Belt Clip Fly Rod Holder

This could be the best sub $25 fly fishing gift. The 3rd hand fly rod holder gives fly fishers a convenient place to rest their fly rod while changing flies, altering gear or doing anything else that requires both hands. The rod holder keeps the fly rod steady – and out of harms way – while you do what you need to do. A great gift for a fly fishing fanatic.

12. Rio Trout Hopper Dropper Fly Assortment

This pack pairs six popular grasshopper imitations with six tungsten nymphs giving the recipient a host of dry-dropper rigs. Just the gift for the river fisherman heading into summer.

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13.The Yookee Home Neoprene Insulated Lunch Bag

This is one of the great gifts for fly fishermen – an insulated, flexible, waterproof and washable lunch bag that keeps the owner’s lunch warm or cold depending on the conditions. The size (12″ x 6″ x 13″) is perfect for lunch on the water.

14.Dr Slick Magnetic Net Keeper

This powerful magnetic net release keeps your net secure and ready for use. The carabiner clips on to your fly fishing vest or lanyard and holds the net secure until you need it – then you just pull to release. The retention strap prevents accidental loss of the net in heavy brush. A great gift that any fly fisher will welcome.

15.Loon Line Up Kit

This a great gift for any fly fisher. Few anglers pay enough attention to keeping their line clean and because of that, their casting suffers. Help your fly fishing husband, wife or significant other punch out long casts with ease with this line cleaning kit comprised of a cleaning fluid and special cloth.

16. Bearz Outdoor Microfiber Towel Set

These multipurpose microfiber towels are excellent fishing accessories. Dry your face after rainshower or your hands after releasing a fish – these always come in handy. This set includes a medium towel suitable for drying yourself after a swim or shower and a smaller face towel. Find out more about Bearz Outdoors products here: bearzoutdoor.com/

17.Rio Powerflex Plus Tippet 3 Pack

Basic fly fishing gear such as tippet always makes a welcome gift for fly fishers. Rio Powerflex is a high quality tippet and these three packs provide one roll of three different breaking strains – very convenient.

18.Rio Powerflex Trout Leader – 3 Pack

RIO’s Powerflex Trout leaders are made with an advanced copolymer material and are known for having a thick butt section that turns over even large flies in heavy winds. These three packs are a great gift and come in a range of lengths and breaking strains.

19.Yeti Rambler 20oz Tumbler

This is the quintessential gift for the fly fishermen. Yeti make great outdoor drinkware, but they are at the upper end of the price range. Hence many fly fishers are reluctant to by them for themselves and instead settle for a cheaper option. But ultimately you get what you pay for and Yeti’s unrivalled perofmrance and features make it the top choice. Why not spoil the fly fisher in your life with this great piece of outdoor equipment that will make their fishing experience a pleasure every time.

20.Fishpond Swift Current Thermometer

You might not realise it, but water temperature really dictates fish behaviour. Any fisherman or women will benefit from having this rugged aluminum covered thermometer, with a handy lanyard attachment point, to allow them to get precise water temperature readings. Another great fly fishing gift.

21.Fishpond Headgate Tippet Holder

This tippet holder carries up to seven tippet spools and clips easily on to your fly fishing vest, waders or lanyard. The spring-loaded design makes adding and removing spools easy and it also includes a cutting blade that comes in handy for cutting tippet if you have forgotten or lost your nippers.

Best Fly fishing gifts under $50

For a more meaningful present, these fly fishing accessories are a little more costly but will be welcomed eagerly by any fly fisher.

22.Orvis PractiCaster Practice Casting Rod

This mini rods let’s the owner practice the basic motions of fly casting anywhere they like – including their lounge room. This is hands down the best way for beginners to learn to cast before they head on to the water with all its distractions. They are also a great way for intermediate anglers to hone their casting stroke in the off season.

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23.Hammers Collapsible Wading Staff

Wading staffs help fly fishers to fish safely. They are particularly handy in crossing freestone rivers. This model is one of the better priced fully featured wading staffs (carbide steel tip, contoured EVA grip with wrist strap) and the bungee corded collapsible design means it folds down to a convenient 12inch size.

24.Simms Guide Wading Socks with Gravel Guard

These are a great fly fishing gift for anglers that fish in summer. When it is too warm to fish with waders, wet wading is the go and these neoprene socks fill out your wading boots to ensure perfect comfort when you aren’t wearing waders. Simms quality and built in gravel guards – what a great gift.

25.SF Fly Fishing Landing Net Soft Rubber Mesh Trout Net Catch and Release Net

This fly fishing net features a soft, clear rubberized net material that’s gentle on the fish and won’t tangle or rot. It comes a magnetic net release and features laminated bamboo and hardwood handle. This is one of the best fly fishing nets you can get in this price range for any trout fisher.

26.Croakies Artisan 2 Belt with Bottle Opener Buckle

This unisex belt features stylish printed designs that are perfect for tackling the outdoors or making a fun fashion statement. The belt buckle doubles as a bottle opener. What more could someone want when fly fishing?

27.C&F Design Small Waterproof Fly Box for Large Flies

C&F are the leader in fly box design and this box is perfect for fly fishers who use big lure style flies – streams, salmon flies and salt water flies. This box waterproof allows anglers to carry a small selection of these flies tucked safely into the microslit foam.

28.Simms BugStopper SunGaiter

This lightweight, breathable fly fishing gaiter protects your face from sunburn and insects.

The SolarFlex stretch fabric is comfortable to wear and has laser-cut breathing holes.

This is a great gift idea for any fly fisher.

29.Simms Neoprene Wading Belt

This 5-mm Neoprene Wading Belt features a new heavy-load buckle for added strength & safety. A wading belt is a must for all fly fishers to prevent water entering the waders in the event of a fall, possibly leading to disaster. This Simms belt is the best in the business and is an ideal gift for someone who deoesn;’t have a wading belt or has an inferior one.

30.Umpqua Bahamas Deluxe Fly Selection

This selection is ideal for those chasing bonefish and other flats targets in the Carribean. Includes popular and proven crab and shrimp patterns including the incomic Crazy Charlie, Clouser Minnow and many other patterns.

31.Simms Solarflex Sunglove

These lightweight fly fishing gloves protect your hands from the sun and wind and bugs, while not compromising your knot tying or line handling dexterity. One of the best fly fishing gifts you can provide as it gives ongoing protection and value.

32.Simms HardBite Studs (20)

These studs dramatically enhance wading safety for anyone who uses Simms wading boots with Vibram soles. These studs provide excellent grip on slippery rocks substrates and are one of the great fly fishing gift ideas.

33.Simms Taco Wader Bag (holds two pairs of waders and wading boots)

This guide-favorite Taco Bag is one of the great fly fishing gifts. The large circular design opens completely to form a handy changing mat and, after fishing, it can hold two pairs of dripping waders and boots.

Best Fly Fishing Gifts under $100

Once you get up towards the $100 mark, you can get some substantial and high quality fly fishing gear.

34.FishPond Summit Sling Fly Fishing Pack

This is a great sling pack. It has a molded drop down fly/cargo bench with outside velcro for fly foam attachment. Along with YKK zippers, it has the full array of attachments for tools and tabs to lash on a rod tube.

35.C&F Design Medium 7-row Waterproof Fly Box Box with Flip Page (CF-25676)

This is one of the iconic fly boxes of our era. This holds hundreds of flies across six rows of Micro Slit Foam on each side with a flip page with another seven rows on one side and a flat foam face on the other. Perfect for medium sized dry files and nymphs and an ideal gift.

36.Simms Intruder Bicomp Shirt

With two zippered, fly box-sized chest pockets and knit fabric on the cuffs to keep pulled up sleeves in place, this is a great fishing shirt. The quick drying anti-odor fabric is perfect for long days fishing and it includes Knit side-sleeve panels for added comfort and a Sunglass chamois inside bottom hem.

37.Simms Dry Creek Waterproof Gear Pouch

Great for keeping essentials dry during any fishing adventure, this makes a wonderful gift. A roll-top, seam-sealed design keeps everything inside safe from the inevitable splashes and spray that come with being in and around water. At 36 liters, it’s big enough to hold a set of waders and boots.

Best Fly fishing gifts for female anglers

With more and more women discovering the joys of fly fishing – and absolutely crushing it – leading brands have turned their minds to accessories specially tailored to female anglers. We have put together some examples below.

38.Flyvines Bracelet -Recycled fly line accessory

These bracelets make great fly fishing bracelets for either sex, but particularly for female anglers. They are made from recycled fly lines as part of a program dedicated to minimizing plastic waste. They also look cool while you are catching fish.

39.Simms Women’s Superlight Solar Sombrero

This great hat has a 360 degree brim, a black underbrim to reduce glare and has foam in the brim to nesure it floats when accidents happen. Specially deisgned for female fly fishers, this is one of the best fishing gift ideas.

40.Orvis x Fishewear Sling Pack

This combines the awesome design of the Orvis slingbank with a female-centric design from Fishewear that looks very cool. The pack holds everything you need and has plenty of loops for tippet reels, forceps and snippers.

41.Yeti Rambler Wine Tumbler

Convenient, insulated and tough – and dishwasher safe. The Yeti Rambler Wine Tumbler will be heartily appreciated by any female angler.

42.Simms Women’s SolarFlex UltraCool Hoody

This UPF equipped, quick-drying hoody has a back zippered pocket for stashing essentials and built-in thumb loops. The Solarflex fabric keeps you cool and is machine washable and can be tumble dried.

43.Women’s Tributary Waders – Stockingfoot

These dry, breathable Simms waders are a great entry level pair of waders for a female angler. Designed specifically for women, they include a large fleece-lined, reach-through, hand-warming pocket for fishing through cooler days, plus a secure chest pocket for keeping essential tools and fly boxes within easy reach.

Best Luxury Fly Fishing Gifts

44.Smith Creek Rod Rack, Heavy Duty Vehicle Interior Rod Racking System

The Smith Creek Rod Rack uses straps and window suction cups to create an overhead rod rack for most any SUV, wagon, van or hatchback for up to four rods. It all packs down small into the included drawcord bag and makes an ideal fly fishing present.

45.Simms Dry Creek Z Fishing Sling Pack – 15L

This is the best waterproof sling pack on the market and will be a welcome gift for any angler. Comes with interior stretch mesh storage pockets, exterior lash points and built-in easy-access tool storage and an external net holster.

46.Smiths Polarchromic Copper Guides Choice Sunglasses

The clear choice for freshwater fishing – the Polarchromic copper lens adjusts to the available light to maximise fish spotting ability. These lenses are a game changer for freshwater sight fishing.

47.Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Backpack

This fully submersible backpack is one of our toughest bags ever and is equipped to carry and protect everything you could ever need for a day on the water.

48.Simms Guide Fishing Vest

What fly fisher couldn’t use an upgraded vest? Especially when it is one of the best on the market. The Guide vest includes 26 pockets and comes with a ventilated, padded collar.

49.YETI Roadie 24 Cooler

The YETI Roadie 24 Hard Cooler is perfect for keeping your apres fishing cans and wine bottles cold within easy access. The Roadie 24 is 10% lighter, 20% larger, and 30% more efficient at insulating than previous models and is the leader in its class.

50.Simms G4Z Waders

The best zippered fly fishing waders on the market make for an ideal present for any angler. Tough, durable, breathable and comfortable – these stockingfoot waders are designed to give years of loyal service.

51.Olympus Tough TG-6 (Waterproof Camera)

Waterproof to 15 yards, dustproof, shockproof to 2 yards, crushproof , freezeproof and anti-fogging – this might be the perfect fly fishing camera. Completely waterproof cameras like these are great fly fishing gifts.

52.Scott Centric Fly Rod

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Arguable the best trout fly rod ever made, the Centric combines excellent feel with casting performance and accuracy. This trout fly rod – the successor to the Scott Radian – is taking the fly fishing world by storm.

Best fly tying gift ideas

Fly tying, like fly fishing, involves a lot of different accessories. We’ve listed some great options for presents below for the fly fisherman or woman who ties their own flies.

53.Renzetti Traveler Rotary Fly Tying Vise

This is one of the best rotary fly tying vises you can buy – and it is highly portable packing down to a small size. It’s also reasonable value for the quality and would make a great upgrade for most fly tyers.

54.Renzetti Hair Stackers

These are great hair stackers that come in three different sizes depending on the type of flies you tie. A high quality but inexpensive gift.

55.Loon UV Fly Tying Kit

The Loon UV Fly Tying Kit contains three types of UV resin for thick, thin, or ultra-thin flow. The resin cures instantly in sunlight or with the aid of a UV light (which is included, along with various nozzles to help you create perfect heads on your flies).

56.Loon Core Fly Tying Tool Kit

This kit contains the Loon Ergo All Purpose Scissors, Ergo All Purpose Bobbin, Ergo Bodkin, Ergo Whip Finisher, and Ergo Hackle Plier. Packaged in a sturdy travel case, this it is an excellent gift.

57.Tiemco TMC 100 Dry Fly Hooks (100 pack)

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Why not get a pack of the most popular dry fly hook on the market? Any fly tyer would be delighted with this gift.

58.Tiemco TMC 3761 Wet Fly Hooks (100 pack)

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And you could also get a 100 pack of the most popular nymph hook out there!

59.Ahrex FW503 Light Barbless Dry Fly Hooks (24 pack)

For those who love tying with barbless hooks, no one has a better barbless range than Ahrex and this is their standard barbless dry fly hook in a 24 pack. A great present for both fisherman and fish.

60.Whiting Farms Full Saddle Hackle

Whiting dry fly saddles the industry leaders and these pelts provide hackle for hundreds of flies and form the key part of many fly tyers kits.

61.Hareline Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing – Multicolor Assortment in Dispenser

Superfine Dry Fly dubbing is the ideal choice for standard dry flies such as the Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis and many other patterns. This multicolor dispenser has all the necessary colors to tie a variety of trout flies and will last the lucky recipient decades. This is what I use for my dry flies and it works great.

62.Hareline Trout Ice Dub – Multi Color Assortment in Dispenser

This synthetic dubbing excels for nymphs and wet flies. Package in this handy dispenser, it provides enough material for thousands of flies.

63.Dr Slick Steel Tyer Set

This kit includes the standard Dr Slick Scissors along with a bobbin, whip finish tool, hair stacker and more.

64.Zephr LED Fly Tying Light

With its flexible shaft and bright LED lighting, the Zephr light makes fly tying easier and more fun. Any fly tyer will appreciate the extra assistance that this light provides.

Best fly fishing stocking stuffers

Sometimes the best gifts are thoughtful little things that just make fly fishing easier. Here is a specially compiled collection of stocking stuffers for just that purpose.

65.Angling Designs Quick Seine

This handy seine net is used by fly fishers to strain the current in a river or stream to check on the insect life that’s present to help them match the hat. Too few fishermen use these devices.

66.Simms Stripping Guard

Stripping guards like this make a great inexpensive gift for those anglers who fish the salt or for steelhead and salmon, or any kind of fishing that requires many casts and retrieves in a day’s fishing. The stripped guard protects the finger and prevents chafing and bleeding that occurs when the line wears a groove into the flesh! They are also great for getting a good purchase on the line when strip-striking into a hard-mouthed fish.

67.Cortland Tippet Rings

Tippet rings are becoming more and more popular for joining tippet to leader. Not only do they prevent loss of leader material, they also allow for a stronger droppers than any other method. A perfect stocking stuffer for a fly fisherman.

Author

  • Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He is a regular on fly fishing podcasts and appeared in the international fly fishing film Predator.

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