by Melissa Norris

It can be hard to think of something to warm Mom’s heart on Mother’s Day. If she’s an avid angler, here are a few gifts to consider that will be sure to make her smile and think of you every time she uses them.

1. Fishe Fly Box (Get a Free Fly for Mom!)
A totally unique gift for Mom is this new Troutrageous Rainbow patterned fly box made with high-density EVA foam. It’s easy to open, super light, fits streamers and dry flies well, and it floats. She’ll love this great innovation designed by FisheWear. Also brand new is their Fishe Hydro Flask in 3 colors. You could also get Mom a Fishe Wading Belt or a pair of their amazing leggings. They are so comfortable and so fun! Their studio at 511 W 41st Ave. in Anchorage is open Thursday and Friday from 10-5, or you can shop online at Enjoy a Free Fly for Mom: Every order between now and May 13, 2018 will include a free custom Fishe fly made by Heidi Wild (while supplies last).

2. Salmon Sisters XTRATUF Boots New Styles! 
Pre-order their new styles at The 15” Legacy boot is now available in Jellyfish and Whale while the 6” Deck Boot is available in Jellyfish, Herring, and Whale. Hats, t-shirts, and hoodies feature Wild Salmon themes. The Salmon Sisters are an iconic Alaska brand honoring life on the water. These designs are scheduled to ship at the end of June, but you can show Mom with a print out of your order in a card. And you get a free pair of socks when you pre-order.

3. TFO 9-foot, 8-weight Casting for Recovery Fly Rod
Translucent purple blanks with pink lettering reading “Supporting Casting For Recovery & Hope” define this rod that was designed to benefit Casting for Recovery. A $25 contribution is made to the organization when one of these rods is purchased. It’s a great way to get Mom a quality fly rod with a unique design all while supporting a great cause. You can find this fly rod at Sportsman’s Warehouse.

Is Mom the master fish and game processor in the family? She’ll love this major upgrade air-chambered machine that will make it a breeze for a family that is actively processing a ton of fish and game. Go to your nearest Three Bears Outpost for a good selection of LEM Products. I saw this MAXVAC PRO on sale there this morning for $699. It’s a great price! Three Bears also sells the air chamber bags.

5. Charter a Trip
Take a special and memorable trip with just you and your Mom. Book a charter with any number of great outfitters throughout the state. Call us at the magazine if you would like some of our top recommendations for charters.