Amazingly, it seems just yesterday that we were preparing the 2021 Holiday Gift Guide. Time sure flies when you are catching fish! Now we realize that October is early for making gift purchases for anglers, but since we know you are busy chasing the last of the year’s open-water fish, winterizing boats, beginning to think about the transition from soft- to hard water, and generally are thinking of 100 projects you need to do to get ready before the next open-water season kicks off with spring steelhead, well, we totally understand what you are thinking and want to make it easy on you.

Most anglers love anything that can help them catch more fish. And most recognize that while we really don’t need more gear, we love it, and can’t help ourselves. That makes it pretty easy to buy fishermen gifts. Considering the amount of consumable gear we donate to the fish gods, it’s a safe bet that an angler can always use more of something.

So, with that wisdom in hand, allow us to present the 2022 Holiday Gift Guide Part 1.

gift purchases for anglers
gift purchases for anglers

LeeLock Crab Cracker
leelock.com
This tool from LeeLock will help you to measure your Dungeness crabs to determine which ones are legal to keep, and then crack them in half, thereby separating the two clusters from the shell and guts. The cracker has been designed so that it sits on top of a 5-gallon bucket when cleaning crabs. The bucket gives you a stable base which makes it easier to clean the crabs, and the guts and mess go into the bucket, which makes cleanup a snap. This is a very handy design feature and makes this tool unique. Crabs cleaned this way take up half as much space as whole crabs so you can cook twice as many in your kettle. The Crab Cracker is made from solid, anodized aluminum, and greatly aids in cleaning Dungeness crabs.

gift purchases for anglers

Batson Enterprises Alps Power Rod Wrapper
batsonenterprises.com
Batson has the perfect tool to keep you busy during the long Alaskan winter and ensure that you’re geared up when spring arrives. The Alps Power Rod Wrapper is the industry standard when it comes to creating custom, high-performance fishing rods used by discerning anglers, charters, and professional guides. If you’ve ever considered building your own fishing rods or making an honest buck selling them, make this the year you take the plunge and create rods for the way Alaska fishes. Reach out to them at BatsonEnterprises.com and get on the path to rod-building mastery.

gift purchases for anglers

Alaska Sausage and Seafood  Great Alaskan Gift Pack
alaskasausage.com
The Great Alaskan Gift Pack is an extraordinary selection of the best tastes of Alaska. Enjoy the abundance of the Great Land. Includes: 3/4 lb. Smoked Sockeye Salmon; 3/4 lb. Lemon Pepper Salmon; 3/4 lb. Cajun Salmon; 6 oz. Smoked Salmon Strips; 6 oz. Sliced Salmon Lachs (lox); 12 oz. Alaskan Sausage Chub w/ Reindeer; 2, 12 oz. Alaskan Sausage Rings w/ Reindeer; 9 oz. Alaskan Salami w/ Reindeer; 8 oz. Alaskan Hunter Sticks w/ Reindeer; 8 oz. Alaskan Teriyaki Sticks; 6 oz. Alaskan Pepper Sticks; 3 oz. Smoked Salmon Snack Pack; Gouda Cheese; Alaskan Chocolate Bar; Crackers; 4.2 oz. Alaskan Alder Smoked Mustard; 5.5 oz. Alaskan Sourdough Sauce; and Alaskan Herb Tea.

gift purchases for anglers

Big Ray’s Uganik Series Fly Rod
bigrays.com
Inspired by fishing experiences within the Uganik River, the Uganik Series Fly Rod was developed by Alaskan anglers on Kodiak Island. Available in weights from 5 through 9, the 4-piece rod  features an IM7 graphite blank, premium cork grip, a spare tip section, a triangle-shaped rod tube with a carrying strap, and comes backed with Big Ray’s 2-year, no hassle warranty. The rod pairs well with Big Ray’s 7/8 fly reel and the combo would make a fine gift for any angler interested in flyfishing.

gift purchases for anglers

Women’s Flyfishing Beginning Fly Fishing Classes
womensflyfishing.com
Are you a woman who wants to start flyfishing but don’t know where to start? We have the answer! Women’s Flyfishing specializes in teaching women to flyfish, as well as hosts trips throughout Alaska and destinations abroad. Their Beginning Fly Fishing Class is a two-day, in-person class. On the first day, students are introduced to flyfishing and learn some history of the sport. They are given instruction on rods, reels, knots, clothing and gear. On the second day, students are instructed about flies, casting, hooking and landing fish, as well as fishing etiquette, safety and friendship. All equipment is provided for the class and it’s an excellent primer for women entering the sport.

gift purchases for anglers

FisheWear Fish Camo Pocket Leggings
fishewear.com
After listening to customers, Fishe added pockets to their leggings and the resulting product is sure to be a hit. The leggings feature a high waist, hidden pockets in the waistband, and printed side panels with generous pockets. Constructed from a blend of spandex and polyester, they are supremely comfortable while rocking the FisheWear style. They are available in multiple eye-catching patterns.

gift purchases for anglers

Spyderco Pacific Salt 2
spyderco.com
The Pacific Salt 2 platform combines the highly refined ergonomics, grip texture, and four-position pocket clip of the iconic Endura 4 Lightweight with ultra-corrosion-resistant materials. This all-new version of the Pacific Salt 2 further enhances the design with a full-flat-ground LC200N blade, a distinctive green FRN handle, and black-coated handle hardware and clip. Available with either a PlainEdge or fully serrated SpyderEdge, this fully ambidextrous design provides unparalleled cutting performance in and around the water

gift purchases for anglers

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, USA, from premium heavy-duty Cordura and materials. Concealed in plain sight; who steals your clothes?

gift purchases for anglers

Korkers Neo Arctic
korkers.com
The Korkers Neo Arctic features 8 mm of ultra-warm, waterproof, weather-ready neoprene to combat the world’s coldest regions. The OmniTrax Interchangeable Sole System provides traction on the fly; you can easily change soles as conditions or terrains demand. The boots sport 16 inches of 100% waterproof, vulcanized-rubber construction to keep feet bone dry. In addition, 8 mm of ultra-warm neoprene with a cozy fleece lining provide unmatched warmth. A reinforced heel counter provides performance heel and ankle fit, plus these boots incorporate an adjustable top gusset. A shock-absorbing EVA midsole offers underfoot comfort and increased stability and support. Comfort rated down to -60º, these boots provide slip-on comfort with enhanced heel-kick for easy, hands-free removal. At 16 inches tall, the boots weigh 5 pounds 10 ounces per pair and are available in whole sizes from 8 to 14.

gift purchases for anglers

XTRATUF ADB Ice Nylon
xtratuf.com
As a resident of the 49th state, and in many other northern climates, you learn to endure some of the harshest winters on this planet. Through extensive field work, the team at XTRATUF identified a gap in the marketplace when it came to traction on wet and icy surfaces. The ADB Ice Nylon is the ultimate wet-weather winter boot. It’s constructed from an innovative, highly abrasion-resistant upper material coupled with TUFloft, a synthetic insulation made of hydrophobic fibers for water resistance and warmth. The ADB Ice Nylon features TUFdry, their waterproof breathable membrane, accompanied by a faux shearling lining. This boot features the Glacier Trek Pro outsole, a proprietary ice-gripping compound paired with an SRC-rated, slip-resistant rubber for the ultimate in slip resistance.

gift purchases for anglers
gift purchases for anglers

Scent Striker
appanagefishing.com
Scent Striker products are designed to help you catch more fish. The lure comes in multiple styles, all with one thing in common—they allow you to apply scent and they hold that scent for some time. Combine that with Scent Striker’s DBS Striker fish attractant and you have a potent scent attractant with long-lasting power. Use the Original Scent Striker under a hoochie for a super effective coho trolling lure, or clip on a Scent Striker FOB above a halibut jig and bring more bottomfish to the rail. The applications are only limited to your imagination.

Looking for more gift ideas?  Check out or Gear Bag and be sure to check back here for Part 2 of our Holiday Gift Guide next month.

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