For most, learning to fly fish is a long-term process where you acquire new gear, try it out, and settle into the systems that work for your favorite streams, rivers, and lakes. For instance, for fishing close to a campground, a fly fisherman might go light with just a lanyard of core accessories and a fly box. But for an all-day outing on favorite river far from the road, waders with a backpack designed for fly fishing might be the smartest way to chase the fish of a lifetime.
There are not many types of flies that you can safely buy for most any trout-focused fly fisherman, but one of the safest is a set of hopper patterns. Most every fly fisherman uses hoppers for summer fly fishing at some point during the year. Not only do they bring big trout up from the bottom, they are particularly effective when used with smaller dropper flies tied to the end of the hook. Because hoppers are versatile and get used, they make great fly fishing gifts.
If in doubt, gift cards are the way. Just about every fly fisherman will have a pretty good setup of gear, so trying to guess what they need without tipping them off can be a challenge. So be safe and pick up a gift card.
Leatherman is one of those very few products that has moved from brand to noun. Every fly fisherman worth his salt either has a Leatherman or really really wants one, because they are just invaluable for any dedicated outdoorsman.
Having a Sage rod is a rite of passage for many a fly fisherman. The Sage X series is among the best fly rods on the market. The rod is lightweight, cosmetically flawless, and will last forever, due to some serious build quality.
A good net means a lot to many fly fisherman. Rubber nets are less stressful on fish, but tend to be a bit more expensive. Long handled nets make it easier to net fish, especially for older fly fisherman. If the person that you are purchasing for has a nice net already, this may not be the best bet. Here are some of the most loved nets by fly fisherman:
A fisherman without sunglasses is almost always blind when staring at the water. Polarized lenses allow fisherman to spot fish, and see the water far better than non-polarized lenses. A nice pair of sunglasses is essential for a long day on the water.
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