Updated September 16, 2020
This is a complete guide for our best fly fishing gifts of 2020.
In the guide below you will:
- Learn why a fly fishing gift for a fly fisherman / fisher-woman is one of the best gifts one can give
- Learn what NOT to get
- Explore the 30 best fly fishing gifts of 2020 for under $100
Everything in our best fly fishing gifts guide below can be found for under $100.
We felt it was important to keep a wide range of gift ideas to pertain to a multitude of different budgets. Whether you are looking to spend $20 or $100 we are confident you can find the best gift possible for that fly fisherman / fisher-woman in your life!
Fly Fishing Gifts are... special!
One of the best gifts I have ever received was my Patagonia sling pack. This was a TOTALLY unexpected gift from my wife and was something I honestly would not have purchased for myself. I am still grateful for this gift and use this pack for most of my fishing adventures.
We feel these gifts are special because:
- In many instances fly fishers wont splurge on these items
- A fly angler loves fishing!—these gifts encourage more time on water.
- These gifts are thoughtful and show that you know the person you are buying the gift for.
- Many of the gifts below can really enhance the preparedness of the angler and make their time on the water much more efficient and/or enjoyable.
What NOT to gIVE
One thing to keep in mind when purchasing a gift for your fly fisher is—what kind of fish do they normally target? There will be some major changes in equipment when fishing for different species of fish. The list we have compiled offers some useful gifts that any fly fisher will love, but most of the gifts are geared towards trout anglers.
Examples of gifts NOT to give are gifts that require knowledge, examples:
Sinking fly line. There are options here like weight of line, full sink or sink tip that you most likely will not know unless you are a fly fisher yourself.
Fly rods. Fly rods can be tricky to buy, as there are so many different styles and sizes to choose from. Depending on the type of fishing, you’ll need a specific type and weight. It’s best to leave the angler to purchase these on their own.
Avoid purchasing high end items in general. If one is about to get a new rod, reel or even boots or waders that cost over $300 they will very likely have it for a long time and want to choose it themselves.
30 Best Fly Fishing Gifts of 2020, All under $100
The Rio Tippet gate (w/ RIO tippet) is a great gift for the fly fisherman / fly fisher-woman in your life!
It comes with:
- 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, and 6X Rio powerflex tippet spools.
- Tipppet holder
The tippet holder is super handy, as the angler can clip it to their vest or pack to save valuable room. Moreover, a tippet holder makes tippet much more accessible on the water.
The holder itself is made by fishpond, who 100%, completely excel at the products they create. It has a rotatable razorblade line cutter, which is a unique feature and makes cutting a piece of tippet super easy.
The price is great—and would be more expensive buying each tippet spool and holder separately.
Fishpond’s encampment pack is a comfortable and flexible. The pack attaches around your waist and can be worn on your back or moved to the front. It is large enough to fit a few fly boxes and other small gear.
The Fishpond Encampment is constructed with water resistant fabric and zippers—with several pockets and cord loops for attaching more equipment.
The pack has a net sleeve in the rear of the lumbar section, which is a total bonus!
This floatant caddy is a such a sweet gift! AND the fact that it is currently available for under $25 makes it an added bonus.
Like the tippet gate—the function of this caddy is two-fold.
- Save space in your pack / vest
- Quick and easy access when you’re on the water
Made by Loon, this caddy comes with two bottles of floatant. The first is top ride dry shake for drying your flies after they become saturated.
The second is a bottle of Aquagel. Putting this on your fly before you start fishing will help keep your fly waterproof for a longer period of time—and give it a little shine to attract trout.
This lightweight lanyard is great for those quick trips to the small creek or times when you’re fishing and don’t want to haul all your gear. It comes equipped with 2 retractable cords, floatant caddy, small fly box and plenty of other hooks for your gear. It is made out of readjustable elastic cord.
Redington has created a great reel at a great price. This is one of the better reels for under 100 dollars and made our list for best gifts. The Zero reel is a large arbor reel that features a light weight design and click drag system.
This reel comes in different sizes depending on the rod and line weight—it also comes in four unique colors.
Nets are super important when fishing, and having a good net can make landing those big trout easier.
This net frame from freestone is made from high quality hardwood and carbon fibers. The mesh is made from clear rubber, which is safer for the trout and isn’t as harmful to their delicate slime coats as nylon nets, #RESPECTTROUT.
The net also come with a magnetic release and carabiner, offering a strong hold between the net and vest or pack.
The Bug Book is a great companion for every fly fisherman / fly fisher-woman.
This book breaks down the insects and other food that trout eat. The Bug Book provides helpful information on the life cycles and behaviors of the most common bugs found across the county.
After reading this book my knowledge of aquatic insects vastly improved and so did my fly fishing game. It skips the etymology jargon with easy to understand explanations and pictures.
This is a really unique gift for the fly angler as it’s not seen any many fly shops.
The line holder easily attaches to the base of the rod using gripping bands, and uses two rubber grommets to grip the leader or fly line.
This product makes changing flies faster and easier as the angler doesn’t need to worry about their heavy fly line falling through the eye holes, dragging the leader with it.
Because this product is so unique, we have embedded the video below to help demonstrate how it works!
You can’t go wrong with an assortment of flies that all anglers use.
Venture Fly Co’s premium flies include 48 guide selected patterns in different sizes. The flies are chosen for their versatility and capacity to catch fish.
The flies are fine quality and to purchase 122 at your local fly shop will cost at least 4x the cost of Venture fly Co flies.
Rheos sport sunglasses are sleek and stylish. They belong in every fly fisher’s pack.
The ever-so important polarized lenses help take the glare of the sun off the river. They also float—preventing those awful moments when your sunglasses fall and sink to the bottom of the river. These sunglasses are lightweight and durable.
Rheos also donates proceeds from every sale to protect coastlines and waterways #RESPECTTROUT.
FYI Since publishing this article, we have produced a complete resource on sunglasses for fly fishing if that interests you.
Trout hunter creates some of the best leaders and tippet currently on the market.
Here you can get a 3 pack of 9ft leaders in sizes 0X, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X or 5X. The leaders are made from clear fluorocarbon, excellent for very clear water and savvy trout.
Fluorocarbon’s material closely matches the water’s properties of light refraction, resulting in an almost invisible leader. Fluorocarbon also protects better against abrasion making your leader last longer.
Smith Creek’s rod clip is a very simple but useful piece of equipment. This is a unique product that the fly angler in your life probably doesn’t have.
The rod clip is made out of sturdy aluminum and connects easily to your pack or waders with a retractable zinger.
This rod clip comes in super handy when you need both hands free to tie on flies or take a picture of your fish.
Every fly fisherman / fly fisher-woman needs some weight when wetfly fishing—Orvis has a great product.
These nontoxic split shots are made from tin, which is for us a HUGE plus.
Another useful feature is they are reusable; they can be taken on and off to adjust to changing river flows or flies.
Orvis makes these weights in natural silver or camo.
We have featured Dr. Slick’s fly tying tool gift set on a previous post, our Best Fly Tying Kits, and are so fond of it we wanted to feature it here as well.
The tying tool kit includes high quality tools to get started tying or as a viable upgrade from one’s current tools. The tools pack into a case with a foam lining for easy organization and transport. The foam lining can also be removed to create a fly box.
This is a simple but essential piece of gear for any fly angler.
The fly box is beautifully trout colored and comes with an extra leaf for further fly storage. The interior is made with slit foam for a secure hold of the flies.
It is always nice to have extra fly boxes for additional organization of your flies or for creating specific pattern boxes.
Books can be enjoyable on those fishing trips when you’re off the water and resting back at camp or during the off-season when you can’t fish.
John Geirach has written several books now and they all share intimate short stories of life as a fly fisherman. His stories go beyond catching monster trout (there is some of that) to the more subtle intricacies of philosophy and culture that surround the sport.
John Geirach’s message is delivered in a straightforward and clever way. We chose Standing in the River Waving a Stick because it was the first fly fishing book I’ve ever read.
Aventik makes a great fly tying tool holder and caddy for the fly tyer in your life.
This foam holder has various sizes of holes to fit all of your tools, and includes a few larger holes for wax and head cement.
The caddy can be moved around on your bench allowing for optimal organization. I don’t know how many times I’ve misplaced tools underneath all of my tying materials.
These are great little trash containers that we should all use on the water.
Do you know it takes up to 600 years for monofilament tippet and leaders to biodegrade, and 4,000 years for fluorocarbon to biodegrade?!
With snags and line breaks it’s hard to keep the rivers completely free of these tiny materials, but Fishpond’s Micro trash container will help. It’s a very small and simple receptacle that hangs on your pack or waders.
The container has a rubber cover with slits to easily discard those bits of tippet, old leaders, and any other small garbage. Eric has had one on his pack for years and he swears by it!
This is a great product that is working to keep our rivers and streams beautiful for years to come #RESPECTTROUT.
We’ve included the Griffin Odyssey Spider Tying vice as a great gift for the new fly tyer or for someone wanting to upgrade their vice. It is one of our favorite vices for the quality and price.
It features a C-clamp to attach to your tying desk or bench, a 360 degree rotary function, and bobbin cradle.
This also makes for a great travel vice for the tier on the move.
Forceps are ESSENTIAL to have on the water—these rouge quick draw forceps could quite possibly be an angler’s new best friend.
The carabiner feature allows for quick and secure attachment to your pack or waders; making for easy access and quick release of your fish #RESPECTTROUT. I don’t know how many times I’ve fumbled with my forceps trying to detach them from my pack or having them fall into the river without even noticing.
Three other things about these forceps are
- The price point (a good pair of forceps at this price is awesome)
- The fact that they have scissors and an eye clearing needle built in
Rio is one of the top authorities when it comes to fly fishing line.
Their gold fly line is a great all around floating trout line. This product contains several different color variations and comes in 3, 4, and 5 weight lines.
Rio also sells a wide array of other lines for the angler who fishes more specific styles such as deep water, spey, euro-nymphing, and more.
Orvis makes a nice trout beanie for those cooler days—and because the fly angler can’t wear their trucker hat all the time.
This well-crafted beanie is navy blue with Orvis’ logo on the front. This hat looks great out on the water or wearing through town during those frigid fall and winter months.
These great little spikes screw into the bottom of your wading boots for added traction when wading through the slick river bottom.
Within Redington’s wading spikes you will receive 30 3/8 inch spikes and a magnetized nut driver and socket.
These are great quality and less expensive than many other brands.
This buff is great for fishing on those hot sunny days.
The buff is made from breathable microfiber polyester keeping your head or neck protected and cool from the sun. This one comes in a brown trout pattern but other colors are available.
There are also numerous ways to wear the buff to fit whatever needs the wearer has.
25. Scientific Anglers Deluxe Fly Tying Kit with Vise, Materials, Tools, Hooks, and Instructional DVD in Travel Case
This is a great fly tying kit for the angler who wants to start learning to tie their own flies.
This tying kit includes all the basic tools needed, and all the materials to create several integral flies every angler uses.
An instructional DVD is included giving a step by step tutorial for each pattern.
All of the tools and materials fit well in a sturdy case ideal for organization and travel.
Rep your waters make some great hats and other clothing.
They offer a lot of different styles, but this brown trout trucker hat is super sweet.
It features an adjustable back strap for a one size fits all hat. Another really cool thing about Rep Your Waters is 3 percent of every sale goes to supporting conservation groups across the country. Something we at Anchor Fly appreciate very much! #RESPECTTROUT
This little fishing kit is great for all fly fishers.
It includes stainless steel forceps for removing your fly from the fish’s mouth. Secondly, there is a leader straightener great for those hard-to-uncoil loops in brand new leaders. There is also a retractable pin for holding smaller tools. Lastly, Booms tool kit includes a tie fast combo tool which helps aid in tying three different knots, can cut line and tippet, and has an eye hook needle (used to clear out the eye hole on flies).
This gift is a great price for all the tools you get!
Thingamabobbers are popular strike indicators used commonly by many fly fishers.
This affordable pack includes 3 small, 4 medium, and 2 large indicators in orange, pink, yellow, and white colors.
The variations offer versatility depending on the type of water you’re fishing and flies you’re using. These strike indicators are easy to apply and readjust when out on the water.
Perfect for those chilly fall or winter days out on the water. Simms’ headwaters gloves are made from wind resistant fleece that has a pocket for a heat pack in each glove.
The gloves are finger-less making it easy to change flies without needing to take off your gloves.
You cannot beat the quality and price of Redington’s Clark Fork Vest. The vest is made from nylon and offers sizes from small to XXLarge.
Bulky packs and bags have been replacing fly fishing vests over the last several years—However the simplicity and utility of this vest is very compelling even for anti-vest anglers.
It includes large pockets for fly boxes, and numerous zippered and Velcro pockets for additional gear.
If you are viewing this best fly fishing gifts guide and are new to angling all-together, we want to let you know about our Fly Fishing for Beginners resource guide. This is a comprehensive guide for beginners and breaks down everything the beginner needs to know about the sport.
Moreover, if you have gift ideas or general feedback please let us know in the comments section below.