Now is the time to make those gift purchases for anglers on your list. Here’s another batch of items to consider. From ice augers to sea fur hats, wading boots to packs, tackle to scents, Sea Tow memberships to guided fishing trips, our staff provides some things to consider to help thaw that mental block and get you down the trail to completing your gift purchases. Don’t forget to consult the Oct/Nov 21 issue for Part 1 of our annual Gift Guide for our other recommendations.
Eagle Claw EC2.5 Salmon/Steelhead Rods
Eagle Claw Performance Series EC2.5 Salmon/Steelhead Rods are built on high-performance, lightweight, and well-balanced blanks. The series is available in spinning and casting models in lengths and actions tailored to salmon and steelhead presentations. Feel the lightest bites without sacrificing the strength or durability needed to chase these magnificent fish. With many options to choose from, there’s an option for just about every angler which makes this a great option for a holiday gift.
P-Line SS Fluorocarbon Salmon & Steelhead Leader
SS Fluorocarbon Leader was designed specifically for the salmon and steelhead angler. Once it enters the water, SS Fluorocarbon Leader has the extreme invisibility that makes it the perfect choice when fishing in clear water conditions. Through rigorous testing, SS Fluorocarbon was developed to have the toughness and abrasion resistance needed to be an exceptional leader, while maintaining enough flexibility to tie great knots. Produced with the latest advancements in fluorocarbon materials and extrusion technology, SS Fluorocarbon will raise the bar of what anglers come to expect from a fluorocarbon leader. We’ve used this leader for years and love its performance. So will the anglers on your gift-giving list.
The BN2634C measures 26” wide by 34” long, with a 32” deep, flat-bottomed, coated net bag. This net features Beckman’s Quick-Connect Channel that allows for a fast connection of the handle to the yoke. The hoop features their internal Y-Bar construction for increased rigidity and stability. Their durable, one-piece aluminum yoke comes with a lifetime guarantee. The BN2634C is sold with your choice of handles. Every serious angler needs an array of good nets and Beckman offers a wide range making it a great gift choice.
Fishe Sling Pack
This collaboration between Orvis and Fishe resulted in a functional pack paired with Fishe’s popular and eye-catching Dolly Vee pattern. The pack includes the following features: foam-padded shoulder strap for all-day comfort, molded back panel to keep you cool, water-bottle holder, fly-drying patch, internal pockets and dividers to help organize your gear, an internal Velcro strip that allows for the addition of a waterproof pocket to protect electronics, tippet whippet with tippet bar, an improved forceps pocket, sternum straps to prevent excess movement of the pack while fishing or hiking and a unique zinger and tool attachment system that allows for easy integration of your favorite tool into the pack. The sling pack is made from durable, water-repellent polyester and is lined with tough 200D polyester in a contrasting color for easy interior viewing. The women anglers on your list will look stylish and be fish-ready on the water when you give this pack as a gift.
Pro-Cure Bait Scents Butt Juice and Garlic Butt Juice
For years, halibut and bottomfish anglers have relied on the best lures and top baits to put more fish in the boat. So why not increase your odds of success with the top bait scents on the market? Pro-Cure’s Butt Juice and Garlic Butt Juice are made of 100% bait and are a must-have for saltwater anglers. From Ketchikan to Dutch, using Pro-Cure’s Butt Juice will put more halibut and bottomfish in your boat. This makes a great stocking stuffer or for a bigger splash, add some egg cures and bait brines and you’ll be giving the angler on your gift list a pleasant surprise.
HT Siberian Tiger Hand Auger Kits
This premium kit features a 36-56” telescopic steel shaft with “quick lock” multi-height adjustments, ice-resistant steel flighting with hardened-steel serrated chipping blades, and a universal 22” extension bar with a built-in ergonomic-grip cordless drill adapter—all engineered to ensure remarkably smooth, efficient cutting performance whether powered by hand or a cordless drill. It is available in 6” or 8” diameter. This would make an adventurous winter angler quite happy to unwrap it over the holidays, find some virgin ice, and get to drilling holes.
Korkers River Ops Wading Boot
A tactically inspired wading boot built for guide-caliber performance, the River Ops was designed to take users deep into the backcountry with a level of durability, stability, and comfort never before seen in water-specific footwear. Features include the OmniTrax Interchangeable Sole System for customized traction on the fly; traditional laces with locking cleat for a customized bi-zonal fit; and Exo-Tec technology providing 360 degrees of molded, abrasion-resistant protection in a flexible, hyper-light package. Water flows through internal channels, then out midsole ports, quickly eliminating excess water and weight. The enhanced EVA midsole offers underfoot comfort and increased stability and support. The boots come with two options of OmniTrax soles: either the Felt Soles and Vibram XS Trek Soles, or the Alaska-legal Vibram XS Trek Soles and Studded XS Trek Soles. Think how happy your gift recipient will be when they unwrap their present and find these outstanding wading boots.
Sea Tow Southcentral Alaska Membership
Sea Tow is a national company that offers on-the-water assistance to boaters. For an annual membership fee, boaters that have joined the Sea Tow network have the peace of mind that they will get help if they have a breakdown at sea. That’s a really good thing in Alaska. Our friends Captain Trey and Alyssa Hill own and operate this business and offer service in Homer, Whittier and Seward. If you have boaters on your gift-giving list, this is a great choice.
Sea Fur Sewing Sea Otter Fur Trapper Hat with Seal Skin
This beautiful, handmade, sea otter fur trapper hat is windproof, warm, soft and water resistant. Master craftsman Robert Miller stitched this hat using sea otter fur for lining and seal fur for the shell. It is perfect for all cold-weather activities and would make one heck of a gift for the people on your list. As a Native Alaskan from Sitka, Robert offers a wide range of items featuring fur from various animals including sea otter and seal.
Guided Fishing Trip
It’s hard to go wrong getting a guided fishing trip as a gift for an angler. Yeah, many of us relish the opportunity to fish on our own and the satisfaction gained in catching fish using your own skill, rigging, technique and wits. Still, it’s nice to get pampered sometimes, and to have someone run the boat, bait your hook, net your fish, cheer you on, and it’s a fun experience no matter how long you have been fishing. Better yet, choose a new fishery or location for your gift recipient so that they may expand their knowledge base and potentially learn some new tactics.
Strikemaster Lithium 24v Auger
A lightweight, hole-punching powerhouse, the Lithium 24v crushes the performance of standard, hand-held, cordless drills. Fitted with an 8-inch auger, StrikeMaster’s new Lithium 24v weighs 14.3 pounds and can punch as many as 50 holes (tested on 16 inches of ice) on a single charge. Fitted with a 6-inch auger, a Lithium 24v weighs only 13.3 pounds and can punch as many as 65 holes on a single charge. The StrikeMaster Lithium 24v auger power system includes an internal battery-management system to ensure battery longevity, a 3-LED battery-status indicator, and a wall-mountable, 2-amp charging station that can bring a battery from empty to full charge in as little as two hours. If you have been fighting with gas-powered augers over the years, this will be a welcome addition to your arsenal and will make an awesome gift for any ice angler.
Three Bears Alaska Grizzly Tech Dry Bags
These dry bags come in a range of sizes and options including duffels, dry bags and dry packs. Features include an airtight waterproof zipper on some models, adjustable shoulder straps, and 100% waterproof high-quality material that is easy to clean. Field tested by our editorial staff, we gave the camo backpack an Editors’ Choice Award in the 2021 Annual Gear Guide for both Fish Alaska and Hunt Alaska. Every outdoorsman needs dry bags, and with a range of sizing options, this product is a good choice for anyone on your list.
Gift Card to Soldotna Trustworthy and Fishing
This business has been a cornerstone of the Soldotna community for decades, and for good reason. Combining helpful staff, with excellent products and local knowledge, makes this a targeted destination for visiting and resident anglers alike. And one great present that you can get for anybody is a gift card. This way your angler can really hone in on what they need for that next special day on the Kenai River, and know that they most likely will find it, and a whole lot more, at Soldotna Hardware and Fishing,
Qiviut is the soft underwool from the musk ox, is eight times warmer than sheep’s wool, and is extremely lightweight. The Native Alaskans from Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers’ Co-operative hand knit some of the most amazing garments from this incredible natural fiber. They are both beautiful and highly functional. Qiviut is not scratchy and will not shrink when washed. A favorite piece is the Nachaq, also known as a smokering. It is cozy, warm, beautiful and functional on the water. It comes in several different patterns, each one striking in its own right. There are many great options for gifts available at Oomingmak, and any of them will bring a smile to the recipient’s face when they receive the gift, and every time they wear it.
This local Alaskan coffee company sources beans from places like Ethiopia and Hawaii and has many options to consider as gifts for outdoorsmen. Among the whole bean options are light, medium, dark and espresso roasts. They are all delicious. One of the products that we think is highly suited for adventurers is Genesis Coffee’s Steeped Singles. We like the collaboration between Genesis Coffee and Three Bears, their Espresso Roast Steeped Single.
If you are still looking for ideas look at our Holiday Gift Guide Part 1 for gifts for many outdoor enthusiasts.