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Gone Fishin’: Fishing for holiday presents

Bruce Ajari

With the Thanksgiving holiday behind us and the Christmas season ahead, many of you will be shopping for your favorite fisherman. If your household is anything like mine, you have been receiving a multitude of outdoor catalogs.

Catalogs are great to get ideas and to order merchandise. The only drawback can be that delivery or possible backordering of items occurs and getting the merchandise in time for Christmas can be tricky.

If you do shop the catalog route, be sure and use a company with whom you have had positive past transactions. As with any company, they usually take care of their good customers.

Using the catalogs as gift guides and getting things locally is the safest method if you want to assure getting something to put under the tree for that favorite sportsman. This of course depends on if the item or items are available in local stores. They may not depending on how specialized an item may be.

So what is hot this year? Well there are many gadgets, videos and interactive video games for your computer, as well as the traditional items such as clothing and tackle.

Gadgets are probably best left to the angler’s personal tastes. The exception, items such as pliers, files, nippers, or hemostats, are probably safe bets for the fly fisher because these items either wear out or are easily lost during the year.

Videos and video games are not inexpensive, but can be just the ticket for the angler who has everything. In one of the video games for your computer you can fish by yourself or with friends on some of North America’s greatest rivers. This is a great option for people who cannot get out during the winter months to do any fishing.

Other videos and CD-ROMs are available with titles on everything from how to fish to how to clean and cook your catch. Some of my favorite titles are related to fly tying. Do not forget books or maps on the outdoors and fishing.

Last year the Nevada Atlas and Gazetteer by DeLorme was a hot item since it was just out. It is a complete topographic map in book form of the state of Nevada. A northern and southern California edition is also available as are many other states.

More traditional gift items of fishing tackle are available locally. Most everything that anglers fishing locally need is available right here in town so this is probably the shopper’s best bet in finding something for the fisherman or woman.

First, find out what type of fishing the individual does. Do they bank fish, troll (top-line or deep-line), or fly fish? This will give you an idea of what tackle they would prefer.

Next, consult with your local sporting goods specialists. They can make excellent suggestions and tailor them to your price range. I believe that you will have many choices and consulting with the local experts will allow you to get something that can be appreciated. This is your biggest benefit of shopping locally!

Do not overlook clothing. Each year I mention gloves for cold spring, winter or fall days. These can be the fingerless or traditional gloves made of wool, fleece, or neoprene. Keeping one’s hands warm is a high priority when trying to fish.

Anything else that can keep you comfortable such as clothing you can layer is a real bonus as well. Thermal underwear, warm socks and hats are really appreciated items by cold weather fishermen.

With the New Year just four weeks away, it will be time to get a new fishing license as well. This makes a great gift for the fisherman or woman.

Enjoy the holiday season and enjoy the fishing that is still available. Best wishes to all of you who have read my column sometime during the past 10 seasons.

Fishing Report

The local lakes such as Boca, Donner, Prosser, Stampede and Tahoe are still open. Fishing has been fair to good at these locations and will remain that way until winter truly sets in and makes some difficult to access or ice over.

Boca, Prosser and Stampede can provide some excellent ice fishing during the winter months. Stampede’s access is limited to snowmobiles or hearty cross country skiers once the road is snowbound. Boca and Prosser are a little easier to get to.

A little farther away from home Frenchman lake is still producing some nice fish. Perhaps the best lake to fish this time of year is Pyramid lake in Nevada. Pyramid provides some excellent angling this time of year for trophy Lahontan Cutthroat trout and fishing has been good.


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