To other kinds of anglers, fly fishermen can seem kind of odd. After all, they have a giant, thin rod used to cast a tiny “fly” in an effort to catch fish many anglers consider small. But to many fly fishermen, matching wits with a trout of any size is more fun than catching a dozen bass. When shopping for a gift for anyone who enjoys fly fishing, you won’t go wrong with these three ideas.

Fly Rod

This high-performance, fast-action fly rod features a deep blue four-section blank with carbon flake accents. Berkley

Sure, the fly angler you’re shopping for already owns a fly rod. But everyone needs a spare just in case the worst happens. Who knows, maybe they’ll be more likely to take you fishing if they own an extra rod! Fly rods basically come in three different actions. Fast-action fly rods have most of the bend in the tip, are less physically demanding than other actions and are used to make long casts. Medium-action rods, which bend about halfway down the rod during a cast, are the most versatile and perform well in a variety of conditions. Slow-action fly rods are the most flexible and are good for beginners.


These chest waders feature adjustable suspenders with quick fasten/release buckles. Dark Lightning

For fly anglers that spend a lot of time in moving water, a good set of waders is always a welcome gift. Even if someone already has a pair they like to use, most waders eventually spring a leak, especially if they’re used a lot. The big question about choosing waders for a fly fisherman is whether to get boot-foot or stocking-foot waders. While many prefer boot-foot waders for stability, wearing them in warm water can be uncomfortable. Others prefer stocking foot waders for a number of reasons, but mostly because they’re lightweight, versatile, and are often made from breatheable fabrics.

Fly Line

This high-quality floating fly line delivers accuracy for any distance and skill level. M Maximumcatch

While fly fishing isn’t an especially gear-intensive activity, there are some necessary items that need replaced from time to time. One of those is a fly line. Unlike regular fishing line, fly line is heavy and is what the rod actually casts, carrying an angler’s fly-tipped leader to where he wants to fish. The number one choice to make when choosing fly line is whether the line floats or not. As its name implies, floating fly line floats on top of the water and is commonly used for fishing dry flies. For sink-tip line, the first 10 to 30 yards sinks, but the remainder floats. It is the most common fly line for fishing nymphs and streamers. Sinking fly line has no floating sections and is more common when fishing fast water, deep pools, and deep lakes.