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Whether he chases trout with a fly rod, striped bass from the beach, or redfish from a boat, we have the go-to guide to best gifts for Dad who loves fishing. Fishermen love new gear and gadgets that might help them land their next trophy. Having strong and reliable gear to trust each time a fisherman hits the water makes for better days and more fish in the net. These fishing gifts for dad on Father’s Day will help him hook more fish, have more fun—and of course, tell more stories.

What Makes the Best Father’s Day Gifts for a Fisherman?

Each style of fishing is unique. It may be the species the angler pursues or how the angler chooses to do it. Either way, every diehard fisherman shares the passion and obsession of hooking into a giant—no matter how they do it. It’s what keeps us out there through the rain, heat, and snow. If there’s any piece of gear that might help an angler land a personal best fish, you better believe he’s going to want it, so the best Father’s Day gifts for Dad do just that—as do all of our suggestions below.

Best Father’s Day Gifts for Fly Fishermen: Orvis Clearwater Fly Rod

A classic fly rod with great sensitivity and backbone for trout fishing. Cabelas

This 4-piece rod comes in three different line weight sizes, but the 9-foot, 5-weight may be the perfect trout rod. If you’re looking for one of the best fishing rods for a Dad who loves to flyfish for trout, this is it.

Best Father’s Day Gifts for Bass Fishermen: Abu Garcia Silver Max Baitcast Reel

A well handling reel with strong drag and smooth casting. Cabelas

The best gifts for dad? A great catch every time. The ability to make consistently accurate casts is the hallmark of a good bass reel and this Abu Garcia silver max does the job. It has magnetic braking for smooth controlled casting and a drag system with strong stopping power. The lightweight design makes for easy handling and comfortable grip. This is one of the best fishing reels in its price range.

Best Gift for Dads Who Are Saltwater Fishermen: SAMSFX Aluminum Fishing Pliers

Aluminum fishing pliers for every situation while on the water. SAMSFX

Every diehard angler understands the importance of a good pair of fishing pliers. These rust resistant pliers are great for saltwater anglers. They include a built in hook remover and line cutters that snip through braided line easily. A bonus monofilament line nipper has a hook sharpener and a hook eye cleaner. The pliers are equipped with a retractable coil lanyard and comes with a nylon sheath that fits onto a belt.

Best Gifts for Dads Who Ice Fish: HOT SHOT Ragg Wool Mitten Pop-Top

Have your fingers accessible while remaining warm on the ice. Jacob Ash

Nothing may be colder than ice fishing, which makes tying knots and baiting hooks anywhere from challenging to painful if you can’t keep your hands warm before and after the job. That’s what makes these mittens ideal gifts for dads who ice fish. Simply flipping down the mitten flap frees the fingertips to do whatever needs doing. When finished, put the flap back over.

Best Gifts for Dads Who for Kayak: Absolute Outdoor Manual Inflatable Vest

Stay safe without it impacting your fishing. Onyx

It’s always critical to stay safe while fishing from a kayak. Having a life vest on at all times adds a great deal of safety, but it can be difficult to fish and paddle with a traditional life vest. This inflatable life vest will keep you comfortable and safe at all times. The bulkiness of a normal life vest is gone and a simple pull of the handle inflates for maximum safety.

Best Fishing Jacket for Father’s Day: Orvis Pro Wading Jacket

Keep yourself dry and out of the elements with this well-constructed wading jacket. Bass Pro Shop

A good wading jacket keeps you dry and protected from rain and wind, and is cut so it won’t get wet while wading. This waterproof and breathable 3-layer shell is perfect for wading and for any sort of fishing, in waders or not.

Best Fishing Waders for Men: Simms Freestone Stocking-Foot Waders for Men

Reliable and durable fishing waders. Bass Pro Shop

The Simms Freestone Waders are extremely durable and can be worn anytime throughout the year. They are breathable, which makes for comfortable fishing (perspiration has nowhere to go in non-breathable waders) and they are roomy enough to wear extra layers during the colder months.

Best Wading Boots for Men: Simms Freestone Wading Boots for Men

They’re built to stand up to tough use during all-day wear. Bass Pro Shop

The rubber toes and heel panels make these wading boots extremely durable, and the EVA midsoles provide extra support–important when you figure an angler in waders is always standing. The rubber outsoles offer stability in the river.

Best Fishing Backpack: Orvis Waterproof Backpack

Keep your gear handy and dry while on the water. Bass Pro Shop

Things get wet while fishing—that’s just the nature of the sport. The Orvis waterproof backpack allows an angler to keep his essential gear and electronics dry while he’s out there. The large main compartment is ideal for tackle boxes, extra clothes, and food. It has two rod tube pockets and a D ring to attach a landing net. The nylon construction adds extra durability.

Unique Father’s Day Gift: Boomerang Tool Company Fishing Line Cutters

They cut both mono and braid, and retract out of the way when you’re done. Boomerang Tool Company

Dads appreciate unique Father’s Day gifts, and this is one of the best gifts for Dads who fish. The Boomerang line cutters have a retractable tether that attaches to waders, jacket, or backpack for easy access. The 420 stainless steel cutters will snip line up to 50-pound test. They’re a great little gadget that makes quick work of cutting line—which allows a fisherman to get back to fishing that much quicker.

Buying the Best Gifts for Dads who Fish on Father’s Day

Before you shop, take note of what Dad goes fishing for—trout, bass, saltwater species—and how he does it. There’s no point in buying waders for a Dad who fishes primarily from a bass boat, and an ice fisherman won’t have any use for a fly rod. Once you know what he does, use the above guide to find the best gifts for dads on Father’s Day that he’ll really use out on the water.

Field & Stream wants to help you find the most useful and expert shopping recommendations for the best gift ideas. Searching for more unique gifts? Check out more gift guides here: outdoorsman’s gift guide, fly fisherman’s gift guide, father’s day gift guide.

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