Getting the right gift is never easy, but it helps if you know the person you’re buying for really well, or if you’re very well acquainted with one of their hobbies.
And since fishing is such a common pastime activity for many people, we’d thought an article about the best gifts for fishermen is in order. If you don’t really know much about fishing or what would be suited for an angler, you came to the right place.
We’ll tell you all about the decision-making process, as well as show you some nice items that make perfect presents.
Gift Giving 101
The basic factors it’s wise to think about before buying a gift are:
Anglers love their equipment, which is why they take great care of their tools. Getting a quality gift doesn’t entail spending enormous amounts of money, but rather being careful about the materials and the design.
So if you’re in doubt, choose something that’s strong and durable rather than fancy. Anglers care more about reliable tools, and less about fashion.
It’s good to ask your angler these questions before getting them a gift:
- Where do you frequently fish?
- How long do your fishing trips last?
- What sort of fish do you usually go for?
- What equipment do you lack?
- What equipment do you already have?
- What’s our skill level?
- When exactly do you fish?
- Do you have a favorite style?
That’s because there are a lot of differences between fishing styles, places, big and small fish, levels of expertise, etc. So if you want to get a considerate gift, make it useful too.
We love versatile items that work regardless of whether or not you know the answers to the previous questions.
Sometimes, it’s pretty hard to ask or you want to keep your gift a secret. So here are some functional ideas every fisherman likes:
- Corky fishing-related photo frames.
- Fishing books.
- Food supplies and gift baskets.
- Free fishing trips in exotic locations.
- Indoor fishing decorations.
- Mermaid keychain.
- Photo albums.
- Rare fishing magazines.
- Fishermen can never have too many socks.
The Gifts We’d Make
These are the main criteria we’d consider before buying something for a fisherman, and after researching the market, we think any angler would be lucky to receive one of the items below.
Chef’s Choice 320 Diamond Hone Knife Sharpener, White
Weight: 1.2 pounds
Dimensions: 10.6 x 6.4 x 6.3 inches
Specifications: three-stage system; 100% diamond abrasives; patented flexible stropping; polishing discs; elastomeric spring guides; on/off switch; stabilizing feet
Best Use: sharpening knives
Description: This 4.6 stars and $87.50 Chef’s Choice 320 Diamond Hone Knife Sharpener, White is one of the tools any fisherman needs because they all have knives. And they use them, which is why they need a high-quality sharpener like this in order to resharpen their knives so they last longer.
This little gizmo does the trick perfectly since it can create very sharp edges, and it’s safe for a plethora of knives. It’s electric, so that means your angler doesn’t have to put in any work at all, at it can be used for:
- Fine-edge blades.
- Serrated blades.
- Sports knives.
- Pocket knives
- Single-bevel edges.
- Double-bevel edges.
It works for a lot of styles too, whether American, Asian or European designs, this knife sharpener does a good job for all high-quality knives, guaranteeing they’ll never distemper. That’s because it uses a sharpening process in three stages.
Firstly, there are elastomeric spring guides involved, which accurately hold the blade in place, at the right angle. After that, you get the 100% diamond abrasives treatment for a flexible stropping of the knife. And finally, the polishing discs are used for honing and making the knife look perfect.
Plus, the whole thing is sturdy and easy to use: it can be turned on and off with the simple push of a button, and it has stabilizing feet so it can be operated with just one hand.
The 3-year limited warranty is an important factor for getting this gift too since it gives you the additional assurance of its good functioning.
Costa Del Mar Cut 580 Plastic
Weight: 1 pound (shipping weight)
Dimensions: 11.5 mm (distance between lenses) X 130 mm (temple length)
Specifications: plastic lenses; glass lenses; case included; prescription-ready; integral handle; nylon frames; 100% polarization; limited lifetime warranty
Best Use: rugged use
Description: These 4.6 stars and $164.00 Costa Del Mar Cut 580 Plastic are perfect for the most extreme adventures your fisherman can think of because they’re one of the most resistant on the market. They’re made with great materials and have a comfortable design so they can fit comfortably.
The lenses are resistant to all sorts of scratches and minor damages that usually happen on the field, both the plastic, and the glass ones. The plastic lenses are very light, and will definitely protect the glass ones from other impacts.
The glass lenses are extremely clear, and that’s thanks to a patented technology used by Costa del Mar. And the good news is that these lenses can be rx-ed, which means they’re ready for a prescription if your angler needs that.
The durability of these glasses is given by the integral hinge, which you know won’t break that easily even after extended use. The frames themselves are very sturdy since they’re manufactured with a strong type of nylon, TR 90, which is also lightweight. Besides, they’re user-friendly since they minimize any sort of eye strain by reducing the reflected glare, thanks to their 100% polarization.
Related: Costa del Mar offers this item in other sizes: Large
Redington Butter Stick
Weight: 3.1 ounces
Dimensions: 5wt x 8ft
Specifications: modulus fiberglass; slow action; cork handle; sliding reel; alignment dots; lifetime warranty
Best Use: fresh water fishing
Description: This $249.95 Redington Butter Stick is another nice gift especially for an angler who prefers fresh water fishing. That’s because it uses a slow action system, that’s perfect for catching these sort of fish. Plus, it’s made from very high-quality components and has a stylish design.
It uses fiberglass, which is a strong material, but also pretty lightweight and resistant. Its increased flexibility explains the ability of this rod to reach pretty long distances, which is again a great feat for fresh water fishing.
Plus it’s very long, which gives it more momentum and improves the casting precision too because it’s made from three pieces
Though manufactured from three parts, these rods have no ferrule in the middle, so their action is smoother and slower, which leads to increased precision.
The cork handle is top-notch, so your angler won’t have any problems with that, while the sliding reel for the seat rings works very well too. It can be set up very fast thanks to its alignment dots, and the golden butter-like color is quite appealing too.
Fishing Tackle Bag Advanced Anglers
Weight: 2.4 pounds
Dimensions: 12.5 x 8 x 5.5 inches
Specifications: multiple pockets; 4 utility boxes included; reinforced shoulder strap; 600-denier fabric; water-resistant; rigged shell; sturdy zipper
Best Use: day-long trips
Description: This $39.95 Fishing Tackle Bag Advanced Anglers is something every fisherman needs for their stuff because it’s capacious, lightweight and allows a good organization of their equipment.
For instance, they can place all sorts of fishing gear in the external pockets for an easy reach, or they can use the four included utility boxes to arrange their things better. These boxes can be later placed inside the bag, or they can be removed altogether in order to put something else, maybe bigger, inside.
The side pockets were specially designed for additional line spools, but anything else can be placed there. The front pockets can accommodate various snell leaders, while the inside pocket is perfect for maps and all sorts of legal documents.
Basically, your fisherman can use this bag as a stand-alone for a short hike to carry the minimum need, or they can use it along with another bigger bag or backpack.
That’s because it’s pretty small and easy to carry, passing the portability test with flying colors thanks to its reinforced shoulder strap. This can be adjusted so that the bag is carried on the shoulder, keeping your hands free, or it can be removed altogether if it’s incommodious.
The materials used are top-notch. The fabric is 600-denier, resistant to both water and UV rays and you get fast access inside with the big, sturdy zipper which unfortunately isn’t waterproof.
The construction is rigged shell, with a mesh on it’s back to act as a tool holder. The bottom isn’t non-skid which would also have been an amazing perk, but it’s still a great bag for this low price.
Weight: 5.4 ounces
Dimensions: 21.3 x 9.6 inches
Specifications: BUFF polyester microfibre; Gore Windstopper fleece; windproof; water repellent; elastic section; scooped shape; machines washable
Best Use: neck, face, and head protection
Description: This 5 stars and $33.00 Cyclone BUFF is the perfect gift for a fisherman who spends some time on a high-speed boat or who fishes for endless hours in cold weather. That’s because it’s the perfect fabric to cover their head, face or neck, depending on how they choose to use it.
It’s versatile enough to be used just as a neckerchief if they just need some cold protection around their necks.
Or it can be pulled up to cover their lower face and act as a mask. This close-fitting garment can be fitted in the shape of a balaclava, so as to cover the whole head and neck, or in the shape of a saharaine or beanie hat for protecting just the head.
This product is made from grade A fabrics that will keep wind and cold at bay. For instance, the BUFF polyester microfiber used is very strong and dense, yet feels comfortable enough and it’s breathable.
The Gore Windstopper fleece is a good insulator, accounting for extra warmth and comfort. The combination of these two layers with no seams will make for a windproof and water-resistant protection.
The fit is great, since it’s elastic and can be stretched to accommodate everyone, and the scooped shape in front is perfect for covering the jacket neck so the wind and cold don’t have any easy way in. Plus, it can safely be washed in the washing machine without fear of ruining its elasticity or other properties.
Related: Buff offers this item in one other size: One size fits most.
Fishpond Nomad Fly Fishing Carbon Fiber
Weight: 0.88 pounds
Dimensions: 37 inches length; 18 x 13 inches head
Specifications: RiverKoat finish; carbon fiber & fiberglass; waterproof; weatherproof; buoyant; net bag included
Best Use: catching larger fish
Description: This 4.7 stars and $159.95 mid-length Fishpond Nomad Fly Fishing Carbon Fiber is perfect for catching larger fish, and that makes it a great gift for any angler whose favorite game are trout or bass.
The quality of this fly net can be inferred from the fact that it’s a product registered for and awaiting patent approval. That’s probably because it uses amazing materials and a special design that render it unique in its category.
For instance, it uses an alloy made from carbon fiber and fiberglass. Both these materials are lightweight, but at the same time strong and resistant, which is what makes their end result in a very flexible, strong fishing net.
Besides, this item is waterproof, and it can resist to all sorts of extreme weather, either freezing cold or powerful sun. That’s also explained by its high-quality materials that make it UV-resistant.
Besides all that, it can float by itself, which is a great advantage for catching bigger fish. Since it’s lightweight, it can be easily handled, although it’s pretty long and capacious enough to catch a larger game. The fact that it has a RiverKoat finish is a great improvement as your fisherman won’t have any grip problems when the handle is wet, thanks to this rubberized paint.
Basically, you get a durable item that’s perfect for all sorts of conditions on the field. An angler can easily carry it between their back and their backpack, and grab it fast as they need it.
For longer-term depositing they can use the included net bag, that’s clear and made from rubber, which is another strong and resistant material.
Buffalo Jackson Trading Men’s The Glenfield Flannel Shirt
Weight: 15.2 ounces (shipping weight)
Dimensions: size small
Specifications: 100% cotton; 2 chest pockets; button flap; button down collar
Best Use: fishing trips
Description: This 4.4 stars and $46.41 Buffalo Jackson Trading Men’s The Glenfield Flannel Shirt is another considerate gift for a fisherman, who needs something very comfortable to wear on numerous fishing expeditions.
The good thing about this item is that you’ll be able to choose from a plethora of different color combinations that make interesting patterns. So you don’t have to settle for a design that might disadvantage the wearer.
And they can use this shirt for different occasions too since it has a classic design. So either wear a pair of khakis to make the whole outfit look more stylish, or a pair of jeans to make it more casual.
Either way, you’ll also be glad to know that the fit is 66% accurate according to the online reviews, which means you have good chances of getting something that fits. If you still have doubts, we advise you to get a bigger size rather than one that’s too small.
The material is great too since it’s made from 100% cotton. That means it’s a breathable, resistant fabric, that won’t tear and will keep your angler warm during extended fishing trips.
Cotton is the perfect material for prolonged sitting because it’s a great insulator, but it’s not that good for moisture wicking when you’re very active.
The two pockets in the chest area are great for a fisherman who wants to store some of their bait there, and the closing system is also very sturdy, with button flaps. Another thing we love is the ability of the color to be buttoned down and therefore held better in place so it doesn’t wrinkle under a jacket.
Related: Buffalo Jackson also offers this item in four other sizes: Medium, Large, X-Large, and XX-Large.
SF Fly Fishing Weight Forward Floating/Sinking Line
Weight: 1 at line weight
Dimensions: 100 feet length
Specifications: weight-forward; taper design; two color combo
Best Use: beginners
Description: This 3.9 stars and $19.99 SF Fly Fishing Weight Forward Floating/Sinking Line is the perfect gift for helping a beginner angler get the gist of fishing in no time. That’s because it’s a weight-forward sort of fly, meaning that the first third of it weighs more than the rest, which is thinner.
That will help the fisherman be more accurate when casting at bigger distances, even if the wind is blowing hard.
The weight of this item is pretty low, making it easy to handle, and the considerable length will help with longer casting.
The fact that it’s buoyant is another plus, as is the taper design which reduces thickness, making for a slender build. That, along with the core formulations render this product very consistent and precise.
Another important positive is that it uses two colors in its design, one darker and one lighter. This combination is very helpful for beginners especially, because they can use the line in different lighting conditions, and they’ll still see it perfectly.
That entails less effort with changing the line depending on the time of day, and less effort remembering to bring two different lines along.
What Will You Get?
All these ideas are great for anglers because we feel are very useful in different situations. We value quality and functionality above anything else, and we think it’s always better to get something practical.
So we tried to make a comprehensive selection, depending on various purposes and skill levels to make your job easier.
With all that being said, have you made your choice yet? What sort of gift do you think would be more appropriate for the fisherman you’re here for? And if there’s a gift idea we’ve missed, don’t be shy and let us know in the comment section below.