Give gear this holiday to your fishing friend
Time has flown by this year. It is hard to believe that the holiday season is already upon us. Christmas is only a little over two weeks away.
The good thing about the holidays is that I get a chance to spend a little time with my two children who are both away from home at school. I did get a chance to have a very short and enjoyable visit with them at Thanksgiving in the Bay Area.
Each year I get a lot of questions directed to me regarding shopping ideas for the sportsmen or women in their families. This year is no different.
I always tell people that the choices are pretty endless regarding gifts for fishermen. Whether they fish from a boat, from shore, with bait, lures or flies; there is always something an individual can get them that will be put to good use and that can fit just about any budget. This even goes for those people that seemingly have everything.
For big ticket items, rods and reels are probably the obvious choice. Waders, fishing vests, and an all-weather jacket are also good choices. However, these items can be quite costly.
Medium-priced items include items such as fishing line. Fly fishing lines can be pretty expensive, but are a lot less expensive than the above big ticket items. They do however come in many different sizes and vary in floating and sinking types and have to be matched to the specific fishing rod that the individual fishes. If you are going to purchase one of these, I would strongly suggest contacting one of their fishing friends to get an idea as to what they need.
Lower priced items include terminal tackle such as lures, flies, weights, and hooks. These make wonderful gifts for anyone that fishes a lot and even those with everything will appreciate these items. Anglers tend to go through these items during the course of a fishing season because they tend to lose them.
Warm, moisture-wicking clothing layers are also very good to purchase for anglers. I have seen way too many individuals fishing with the standard hooded cotton sweatshirt during cold weather and getting very chilled. Moisture wicking clothing can be fairly expensive, but getting the items one piece at a time can make it more affordable. It certainly makes a huge difference in the cold weather months in the spring, fall, and winter.
Gadgets such as small photon lights and even head lights, nippers (line cutters), and pliers are other great choices for the angler in your life.
Finally, if all else fails, there is always the option of getting the angler in your life a gift card or certificate at his or her favorite fishing store. This allows the angler to choose just what he or she would like to have.
Do not stress on a gift for the holidays. My experience with gifts is that each one is appreciated just because of the thought. Spending time with those that are special to you each day is the best gift that all of us can share. Have a very wonderful and safe holiday season.