What Dad Wants: For the Fisherman

Ideas for a sporting Father's Day

Field & Stream Online Editors

**1.****Simms/ Wading Staff **
Stand tall in turbulent water with this 56-inch collapsible, coated-steel wading staff. It breaks down into four pieces, but more important, it can be assembled in a matter of seconds. About $100. 406-585-3557; www.simmsfishing.com

2. Relic Lures/ Homer Simpson
D’oh! Pay homage to the ultimate dad, and if you’re lucky, real lucky, catch a bass. The 41/2-inch Homer Simpson shallow-running crankbait has a wide, fat wobble, embodying Homer’s greatest asset. About $13. 800-237-4444; www.cabelas.com

**3.****Humminbird/ SmartCast RF30 **
Even James Bond would admire this wireless fishfinder. Cast the small sensor over your favorite spot and check the unit’s wristwatchlike display to learn if anybody’s home down there. About $99. 334-687-0503; www.humminbird.com

Dawn and dusk are the best times to catch big fish and the worst times to spot them with traditional polarized glasses. Beloptix solved this problem with photochromic polarized shades-the lenses automatically darken in direct sun and lighten in twilight conditions. About $170. 877-235-6789; www.beloptix.com

**5.****Feather-Craft/ Panfish Collection **
Two fanatic bluegill fishermen at the Feather-Craft Catalog Co. argued for months about what patterns would compose this group of panfish flies. This stellar selection includes custom-tied Woolly Buggers, crickets, hoppers, and poppers. About $50. 800-659-1707; www.feather-craft.com

**6.****Rapala/ProGuide Lock’n Weigh **
The Boga Grip, the original one-handed landing tool, has many imitators, but the ProGuide may be the first to improve on it. It’s more affordable than the Boga, and it’s available with a 60-pound scale. About $80. www.rapala.com