By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter
The holidays are upon us and if you're like me you still haven't done any of your shopping. Whether it be Christmas, Chanukah, or Kwanzaa that you celebrate there's sure to be presents involved. Our friend Tom Bie of The Drake and flyfish.com has compiled these five gifts that are sure to please the fly fisher in your life.
Simms Freestone Wading Boot simmsfishing.com
Unless you only fish in Florida or only during the warmest days of July and August, a good set of waders and wading boots are a necessity in flyfishing. I've worn my Freestones hard for almost two years now and they feel like they are just getting better every time out on the water. No hooks or D rings have broken off and my ankles feel very protected while wading around in the rocks. 99.95
Cortland Flyfishing Combo cortlandline.com
Cortland has long been known as the leader in offering affordable, beginner combo outfits--kits that come complete with rod, reel, line, leader, and often a small selection of flies and some sort of beginning instruction manual. The company makes several types of combos to choose from, but three that are all less than one hundred dollars are the Youth Flyfishing Combo, the Cortland Fairplay Combo, and the Cortland Salmon and bass combo. Some specialty flyshops carry these, but they are often found at many of the Big Box retailers such as Bass Pro Shops or Cabela's. 79.99--99.99
Orvis under Wader fleece system orvis.com
Late winter or early spring wading often requires an extra layer under your waders to keep warm. This full body fleece from Orvis works as extra protection for cold fishing. Special stretch material adjusts to individual body type, plus gives crucial mobility and increased durability. Stirrups hold suit in place for easy on and off of waders. Updated fit with smaller arm holes and higher neck to block wind. And a breast flap pocket secures wallet, keys, and other essentials. 98.00
Scientific Anglers new Sharkskin Fly Line scientificanglers.com
Almost a hundred bucks may seem expensive for a fly line, but if there's a trout fisherman on your Xmas list, this is the hottest line to come along in years. A new, proprietary coating adds distance to your cast, floatability to your presentation, and is said to outlast anything on the market by 2 years. 99.95.
William Joseph Equinox williamjoseph.net
William Joseph has developed dozens of innovative flyfishing vests and packs in recent years, and the Equinox is one of the most popular. The key to the Equinox is its ability to distribute weight across your entire upper body, so if you like to pack a lot of water, or beer, or lots of the unused gear that flyfishers are known for, this pack allows you to haul it without feeling fatigued. The Equinox is also designed in a way that makes it easier to access all your gear.