2017 Holiday Gift Guide Part 2
It’s that time of year again—the holiday season is of course a time for family and friends, and sooner or later that means exchanging a gift or two. Hopefully, you’ll not only give but also receive some super gifts this year, and to help, we here at Fish Alaska magazine have been busy compiling a list of new and interesting must-have equipment for your shopping needs this holiday season, all in the hopes we can make your gift-buying excursions a little easier and get you back to the festivities that much quicker. Take a look through the items below, where we have featured everything from fly rods to meat samplers and see if there is something to bring a smile to that special someone’s face.
P-Line SS Fluorocarbon Leader
Make your angler happy with Salmon & Steelhead SS Fluorocarbon Leader from P-Line. Extreme invisibility of the line makes it a good choice when fishing in clear water. It’s also tough and abrasion-resistant, but flexible for tying effective knots. It comes in 6- to 40-pound-test in 100-yard spools.
Indian Valley Meats Alaskan Sampler
Indian Valley Meats, established, owned & operated by Doug and Millie Drum since 1976, is well-known to Alaskan hunters and fishermen for their high-quality fish-and-game processing, delicious custom flavors, their pleasant service and great people. Give a taste of Alaska this holiday with an Alaskan Sampler gift box from Indian Valley Meats. For just over $50, plus overnight shipping, it includes Caribou Siberian Sausage, Reindeer Hot & Spicy Sausage, Hickory Smoked Salmon, Pepper Smoked Salmon, Honey Mustard Sauce, Reindeer Polish Sausage, Reindeer Hotdog, Teriyaki Stick with Caribou, Pepper Stick with Venison, Trail Stick with Buffalo, Reindeer Jerky, and Teriyaki Musk Ox Jerky. Folks will love receiving this gift.
Man Gear Alaska
Holiday shopping for that special outdoorsman left you “high and dry?” Man Gear Alaska chest holsters help hold that handgun “high” on the body away from hip belts, backpack straps and the body’s range of motion while being active. After being out in the most extreme elements, they dry without the need for oiling or the worry of overstretching. They are the perfect balance between flexibility and ruggedness. These holsters are handcrafted in over 32 different models, in both right- and left-hand draws, and they come in three color options.
Fish Fighter Products Kwik-Pull Anchor Retriever
Looking for a perfect gift for the boater in your life? The Kwik-Pull Anchor Retriever is a great option. To retrieve your anchor just install this handy device to your anchor rope and buoy, drive the boat forward, and your anchor retrieves itself. To find out how it works go to fishfighterproducts.com and watch the video. This is one device that’s revolutionizing how people retrieve their anchor.
Eagle Claw Shappell Jet Sled XL in Winter Camo
This gift will be useful to a lot of people for a range of different reasons. Use it for ice fishing, hunting, transporting firewood and many other jobs in the snow. Weighing in at 21.5 pounds, this rugged polyethylene sled is built to last and to haul heavy loads. Its molded runners and contoured hull allows users to easily navigate rough terrain and with the optional hitch, it can be towed by a snowmachine or ATV.
SPOT GEN3 and TRACE
Make sure your angler is home for the holidays. SPOT is here to give you peace of mind when your angler ventures within or outside of cellular coverage. By providing the latest satellite technology, SPOT allows users to stay connected to family, friends and emergency responders, as well as protects their toys from theft. Enjoy 50% off 11/5/17 thru 12/31/17.
Frontier Safety and Supply Fast-Acting Combat Gauze
Fast-Acting Combat Gauze is the ultimate wound-care dressing. A must-have for all Alaska hunters, this advanced hemostatic dressing combines surgical gauze with a proprietary formula to stop arterial and venous bleeding in seconds. It is X-ray detectable, does not generate heat, is packaged in an easy-rip military-grade foil package and is recommended by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care as the first-line hemostatic product. Product sales and training are available at Frontier Safety & Supply, and their CPR & First Aid Training Center is located at 2207 E. Tudor Rd, Suite 34 in Anchorage. Consider filling those stockings up with safety and survival gear.
Aire Lion 16’ Cataraft
Here’s one for the whole family. Go down to Alaska Raft & Kayak and check out the AIRE Lion 16-foot Cataraft. It’s the perfect choice for river trips and offers plenty of room for fishing. With 27.5-inch tubes this raft is incredibly stable and boasts a very shallow draft to perform well in low-water conditions. Do yourself a favor by making DIY fishing more accessible and spend more time with your family this coming summer out on the river.
Fishewear Dry Bag Backpack
Fishewear’s new Dry Bag Backpack has a 28-liter carrying capacity and a roll-top with quick-release buckles, plus a splash-proof exterior pocket for making small items accessible. The initial product is offered in the Groovy Grayling design. Your lady angler will love this totally unique and high-quality gift.
TFO Axiom II Fly Rod
Do you have a fly fishing ace on your holiday gift list? Check out the TFO Axiom II family of fly rods. Engineered to fit the angler, the Axiom II fly rod offers the optimization of the three-dimensional approach to casting a fly, hooking a fish and landing it. These medium-fast fly rods provide both fresh- and saltwater solutions and are engineered to satisfy the broadest range of casting styles and strokes. The A2 rod design is very efficient, making it easy to load and quick in unloading, which ensures accurate and true tracking. No bounce, shock and no wobble on the stop: A2 rods are smooth casting tools.
Salmon Sisters Bamboo
Now here’s a great gift idea for your next Alaska fishing adventure: The Salmon Sisters bamboo line delivers comfort and performance on and off the water. Crafted from sustainably harvested bamboo, which boasts breathability as well as moisture-wicking, thermal regulating, anti-odor and anti-itch properties. There are two pieces to choose from in the collection currently—the Small Fins Half Zip and the Make Waves Leggings.
Every angler can use a new high-quality reel for their lineup, and they don’t come much better than the PENN Warfare, which was engineered to be an extremely versatile all-around reel at an affordable price. This level-wind reel features a smooth drag, a lightweight graphite frame and Line Capacity Rings to eliminate the question of how much line you have left when fighting a fish.
Fishing Charter/Guided Trip
For a gift your special someone is sure to love, book a day of guided fishing on one of our blue-ribbon Alaska rivers or a day of fantastic saltwater fishing with a professional charter. If you’re itching to stave off cabin fever this winter and get on the water right away, consider a charter for winter kings out of Homer. Otherwise, there are a multitude of fine options for the summer season, including guided excursions across this month’s feature destination, the Kenai Peninsula. Saltwater trips from Homer, Seward or Deep Creek/Ninilchik are hot tickets, while day-fishing the mighty Kenai or Kasilof river is always a favorite gift. For more advice on possible destinations, top guides and our favorite charters, visit our recommended charters/guides page at www.FishAlaskaMagazine.com.
Caddis Gamechanger Waders
Outfit a friend or relative with these outstanding chest waders from Caddis this year. Designed with 100% waterproof construction, they also feature a reinforced knee and seat, a built-in hard fly and accessory box, as well as a wader belt and a repair kit for on-the-fly fixes.