Getting a holiday gift for any fishermen can be a stressful experience for many, but it doesn’t need to be. Avoid the crowds and get a jump on gift giving, and you will probably appreciate it as December rolls around. For the planners out there who like to get holiday gifts purchased and wrapped before the Halloween decorations are put away or the Thanksgiving turkey is nothing but a wishbone, here’s a list of some items to consider from our trusted partners.
Promar Landing Nets promarnets.com
Promar makes many fine products for anglers. We love their landing nets, crab-fishing gear, and gaffs. They make a wide range of nets and we use many different models. If you have a stillwater trout angler on your list, consider some of Promar’s options. We use the ProFloat Landing Nets which feature floating material on the frame and handle so the net won’t sink if you drop it, has a big basket that will allow you to land the biggest trout, and has rubber-coated net material that is easy on fish and resists hook snags. Plus, the net has a long handle, allowing you to land fish while using a long leader. This is everything a stillwater angler wants in a net.
Santiam Fishing Rods santiamfishingproducts.com
This company specializes in travel rods, and we have tested and endorse many of their offerings. One of their strengths is their halibut-rod lineup. They offer two-piece rods that fit in a travel case and can be carried on the plane, as well as a very short, one-piece rod. Travel rods designed for halibut fishing are not very common, and these rods perform well. We’ve recently been fishing their carbon-fiber blank, and it’s strong, light and comfortable to fish hard all day long. And we did just that. Santiam also makes great choices for travel rods for king and silver salmon fishing, a range of fly rods, and options for various specialty fisheries.
Daiwa D-VEC Boat Bag daiwa.us
Tackle storage is an important concern for anglers. Being organized and in many cases portable, can be one of the keys to success on the water. Daiwa’s new Boat Bag, which comes in medium and large sizes, may help improve your tackle-storage system. From top to bottom, Daiwa’s Boat Bag is meticulously designed and constructed of only the best materials. Beginning with the outer material, the Boat Bag features an incredibly durable and waterproof marine-grade vinyl. The marine-quality, double-zippered top is further protected by a storm flap, enhancing the Boat Bag’s ability to repel water. Below, you’ll appreciate the non-slip, thick EVA padded bottom. The padding adds cushioning for more delicate items like a camera or smartphone. Transporting is a breeze, too. The Boat Bag sports padded side-grab handles, a pair of topside handles with Velcro closure, and a padded, removable shoulder strap for hauling when you load it to the gills. And you can rest assured that the handles won’t tear away under stress, either, as the Boat Bag’s triple stitching is your insurance policy. In addition, Daiwa double-stitches all fabric seams. Daiwa’s Large Boat Bag measures 18” x 12” x 12”, the Medium, 15” x 11” x 10”.
Alaska Sausage and Seafood alaskasausage.com
The Great Alaskan Gift Pack is an extraordinary selection of the best tastes of Alaska. Enjoy the abundance of the Great Land. This gift includes: 3/4 lb. Smoked Sockeye Salmon, 3/4 lb. Lemon Pepper Salmon, 3/4 lb. Cajun Salmon, 1 lb. Smoked Salmon Strips, 6 oz. Sliced Salmon Lachs (lox), 12 oz. Alaskan Sausage Chub w/ Reindeer, two 12 oz. Alaskan Sausage Rings w/ Reindeer, 14 oz. Alaskan Salami w/ Reindeer, 8 oz. Alaskan Hunter Sticks w/ Reindeer, 8 oz. Alaskan Teriyaki Sticks, 6 oz. Alaskan Pepper Sticks, 4 oz. Smoked Salmon Tenders, Gouda Cheese, Chocolate Bar, Crackers, 4.2 oz. Alaskan Alder Smoked Mustard, 5.5 oz. Alaskan Sourdough Sauce, and Alaskan Herb Tea.
Leelock Crab Cracker leelock.com
This new tool from Leelock will allow you to measure your Dungeness crabs to determine which ones are legal to keep, and then crack them in half over the top of a five-gallon bucket, thereby separating the two clusters from the shell and guts. Crabs cleaned this way take up half as much space as whole crabs so you can cook twice as many in your kettle. It’s made from solid aluminum, and greatly aids in cleaning Dungeness crabs.
ZOLEO Satellite Communication Device zoleo.com
For the past year and a half, we have been operating this device and it works very well. It uses the Iridium satellite network to allow you to send texts and emails when you are off the grid, and Wi-Fi and cellular networks when on the grid. We tested it in remote locations where no on-the-grid service was available and the ZOLEO unit excelled. Users download an app for their smartphone which allows them to both text and email easily. We like the added functionality of using our smartphone. To become a subscriber, purchase the unit for a reasonable fee and then choose from a number of monthly service plans. ZOLEO assigns you a unique email address and SMS number; the unit also includes weather forecasting, SOS alerting, and a check-in feature to let others know you are ok and to share GPS coordinates of your location.
Spyderco Resilience spyderco.com
Spyderco makes many, many fine knives for outdoorsmen, hunters, anglers and chefs. We have tested many models over the years and they never disappoint. One of their new models is the Resilience. This member of Spyderco’s popular Value Folder series stretches all the proven features of its family to an extra-large platform ideal for big hands and demanding cutting chores. Still packed with power, the latest version of this formidable folder is lighter in the pocket than ever thanks to its injection-molded, fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) handle scales. The Resilience Lightweight also benefits from an enhanced non-slip grip thanks to Spyderco’s signature Bi-Directional Texture pattern. With a full-flat-ground 8Cr13MoV stainless-steel blade available in PlainEdge, CombinationEdge, and fully serrated SpyderEdge configurations, this offering is further supported by a sturdy LinerLock mechanism, as well as full skeletonized, stainless-steel liners. The Resilience Lightweight is also available with a stealthy, black-oxide-coated blade with coated liners, clip, and handle hardware to match. Rounding out the features on this workhorse folder are the fully accessible Trademark Round Hole for swift, one-handed opening and the versatile four-position pocket clip to accommodate any carry preference.
Skinner Sights HTF Garment Bag skinnersights.com
What do you get the gun owner who has everything? Something to put them in. The Skinner Sights Tactical/Concealed Garment Bag holds a long gun (up to 40” long), two handguns in generic emergency holsters, 10 spare handgun magazines, three spare rifle magazines, a tactical flashlight, and large survival/fighting knife or suppressor ALL in a conventional-looking “Garment Bag” that hangs in your closet to disappear amongst your clothes. It easily folds for quick and easy “Bug Out” or convenient carry. A super-duty hanger is included to support this bag, fully filled, in your closet. Made in Montana from premium heavy-duty Cordura and materials. Concealed in plain sight.
Three Bears Big Frig Coolers threebearsalaska.com
The Big Frig line of coolers from Three Bears offers many advantages for the active outdoorsman. They provide superior ice retention, one-handed lid operation, feature handles that can be removed without tools (designed for UTV/ATV applications), have a built-in exterior accessory rail system, incorporate a flush quick-latch system, and possess an industry-leading warranty. Sportsmen have the option of purchasing this cooler in a camouflage pattern, which is a pigment through the entire shell and not just a wrap. A high-end cooler like this has many applications for hunters and anglers, so this would make a great gift for many people.
Diamond D Outdoors Denali Chest Holster diamonddoutdoors.com
The Denali Chest Holster is designed and tested in Alaska. The innovative design is built to withstand the most-challenging weather conditions while providing unmatched comfort and versatility. The holster is designed to be worn tight on your chest for one-handed, quick-and-easy drawing of your handgun. Without a need for extra buckles tied to your belt, around your neck cutting off circulation, or filling your chest with its footprint, the Denali Chest Holster is handmade and offers a streamlined, minimalist design. It is made in the USA using the best material on the market and is trusted by thousands. The Denali Chest Holster is the most universal-fitting and comfortable chest holster on the market. Also check out their other company, which has been present in this magazine for many years, Dimond D Custom Leather. Both companies produce products that make excellent gifts for outdoorsmen.
RoosterWrap Cell Phone Harness roosterwrap.com
The RoosterWrap phone safety harness keeps your phone safely secured to your body during activities. The stretch-to-use cord keeps your phone easily accessible so that you can answer calls, check text messages, and access music while keeping the phone securely attached to your body. We have found this to be a good tool to use when fishing and think it will make a handy gift or stocking stuffer for those on your holiday gift list.
Silver Horde Selection silverhorde.com
The Herring Aide Ace Hi Fly is the newest color addition to the Ace Hi Fly family, bringing their most-popular color pattern to one of their most-popular lures. The Ultra-Violet Herring Aide pattern is blended with the highly reflective super pearl material to create a realistic baitfish pattern that is extremely visible. Coho Killers come in many fish-catching colors and we have found them to be supremely effective when targeting salmon on the troll. They accurately mimic a needlefish, which makes them look like a tasty snack to just about everything swimming. Halibut, lingcod and rockfish have been known to eat a Coho Killer in their kitchen. Kingfisher spoons are deadly when trolling for salmon and should also be in your arsenal. Add a KatchKooler Deluxe and your gift recipient will be trolling with joy.
Grundéns Deck-Boss 15-inch Fishing Boots grundens.com
The all-new Deck-Boss 15-inch Boot features an updated design, all-day comfort, high-performance fit, superior tr
action, and features that every fisherman will appreciate. Designed to be tough, durable and long lasting, the Deck-Boss Boot is built with a flexible and protective toe cap and an injectionmolded upper. The patented “Herkules Grip” compression-molded rubber outsole is certified with SRC Slip Resistance, providing best-in-class traction on wet surfaces. The flexible upper folds down when the full 15-inch height is not needed, and a 1-inch groove holds a durable silicone band that keeps pants out of the muck. Every saltwater angler needs a good pair of boat boots and these are a good choice for a well-appreciated gift.
FisheWear Waffle Fleece Pullover and Pant fishewear.com
This set will keep you warm and cozy under your waders. Both the pullover and pant are made from 92% polyester and 8% spandex which gives the garments stretch and promotes increased mobility. The pullover features a 1/4 zip with zippered chest pocket and slim fit for layering, while the pant makes a perfect base layer and has a wide waistband for a comfortable fit. The women anglers you know will appreciate the pullover and pant whenever they wear them; consider the set as a holiday gift.
E-Z Anchor Puller Remote Control System ezanchorpuller.com/WirelessRemote
E-Z Anchor Puller’s long-range wireless remote comes with two key fobs and a wireless receiver unit that will be connected to your E-Z Anchor Puller anchor winch’s solenoid. Now with 12-volt and 24-volt options, the long-range remote is designed for boaters who need to control their unit away from the helm. Operate the Rebel free-fall series by holding the deployment “Down” button for only two seconds, then retrieve the anchor rode by holding in the “Up” button for the entirety of retrieval. If you know someone with an E-Z Anchor Puller, this would make them really happy at gift-giving time.