Fly Fishing Gifts for Christmas
Last Minute Ideas
Time is running out for buying gifts for your friends and family. With all the recent cold weather, it may be hard to think of gift ideas for a fly fisherman. Anglers can be a hard group to buy for unless you know exactly what they have. There are a few things you can never go wrong with that will always be appreciated by all fly rodders.
The makers of fly fishing movies have really elevated their game in the ten years or so. Boring instructional tying and casting videos have been replaced with incredible footage of exotic fishing locations for everything from golden dorado in small jungle streams to giant tarpon landed from float tubes in remote Central American rivers. The cinematography, soundtracks and overall quality of fly fishing movies make for a great stocking stuffer for anglers suffering through winter, longing for some warm weather and big fish. Vail Valley Anglers has a deep selection of the latest fly fishing DVDs.
Gifts in this category can be used while fly fishing but are also just as useful off the water. A nice warm beanie will be used on the slopes and on the river. Merino wool layering pieces are also a favorite among active outdoor athletes and anglers. Belts are another great item that may not be too exciting but are always a necessity. Buffs are popular among anglers and skiers and you can never have too many of them. I use mine more during winter for warmth than in for summer sun protection. You can find all of these gifts at the fly shop in Edwards.
Guided Fly Fishing-Money Well Spent
Whether it is for a novice angler or an experienced fly fisherman, a gift of a guided fly fishing trip can be appreciated by anyone who enjoys fly fishing. It is the perfect gift for someone who is looking to get started but has never fly fished. They will learn more in a few hours with a guide than than they could in a dozen solo fly fishing excursions. For a beginner with some experience, new skills can be learned and advanced techniques explained by a professional expert. For anglers with lots of experience catching trout, the gift of a guided float trip during the height of dry fly season is full of fun excitement and access to water normally unavailable to wading fly fishermen.
Go Big With a Yeti Cooler
Vail Valley Anglers is proud to be the only Yeti Coolers dealer in the area. For anglers, a cooler is a vital piece of gear whether for the back of vehicle or in the boat. For those anglers who have suffered through buying a cheap cooler every year or two due to breakage, leaking or plain old poor insulation, Yeti Coolers are rugged long-lasting with superior components, insulation and durability. They come in a range of sizes and styles for specific individual needs. No one, fly fisherman or not will be disappointed with a Yeti Cooler as Christmas present. They’ll never need to buy another cooler-unless they need a bigger Yeti.
For anglers lucky enough to already own the best cooler on the market, there are several accessories and gadgets available from Yeti they will be happy to own. Yeti coolers are an investment; protect them with the Security Cable lock system. Secure your cooler in the boat or trailer with the Yeti Tie-Down system. Beverage holders, cooler dividers and baskets, and seat cushions are just a few of the add-ons that can be used to customize a Yeti Cooler.
For more great gift ideas, swing by the shop or give the Vail Valley Anglers experts a call. They’ll have plenty of suggestions for the perfect fly fishing Christmas present. Happy Holidays from everyone at Vail Valley Anglers.
Brody Henderson, Senior Guide and Web Content Writer