Shopping for the angler in your family can be difficult. Most fisherman that are serious about it are very particular about the products they want and many are quick to buy any new toy they desire. Here are 10 of the best fishing gifts of 2016. All are very affordable and universal!
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Best Fishing Shirt
Columbia makes outstanding fishing clothes. They can be a bit pricey but they are extremely comfortable, durable and lightweight. They have “Omni-Shade” sun protection technology that protects your skin on sunny days while still being light and breathable. The shirt comes in over a dozen colors and in sizes up to XXL. Columbia also makes a short sleeve version but I prefer the versatility of the Tamiami II.
Best Fishing Sunglasses
Every angler needs a good pair of sunglasses. I always recommend a curved wrap-around style that allows you to see without glare coming from the sides or above. Flying Fisherman, a company based out of the Florida Keys, is highly regarded as one of the best fishing sunglass manufacturers in the world. Their sunglasses are specifically designed for anglers and very affordable.
Best Fishing Magazine
In-Fisherman Magazine – $10
If the fisherman in your life is still old-school and prefers books and magazines to a computer screen, then In-Fisherman is the best bet. All of the articles are written by true experts. Their articles are tangible and contain amazing innovations and ideas for catching more fish. All freshwater species are covered in the magazine.
Best Fishing Book
These twenty-eight stories are incredible. Any fisherman, freshwater or saltwater, will enjoy this collection of amazing tales. The book contains stories from a variety of different authors from around the world. I can’t say enough good things about this book.
Best Fishing Pliers
As I’ve stated before, a good set of pliers is one of the most valuable tools any fisherman has. They are used to remove hooks, cut line, adjust equipment and even open pesky bags and containers. Rapala makes a variety of affordable pliers that work great. Even if your angler already has a pair or two, they will still appreciate this gift. You can never have too many pairs of good pliers.
Best Electric Fillet Knife
Okay, there are probably better (and more expensive) electric knives out there. However, the Mister Twister is the best value. You can also purchase replacement blades which is something you can’t easily do with most other brands. In addition to cleaning fish, these knives can be used to cut other meats, bread, foam and just about any semi-soft item you can think.
Best Rain Gear
Frogg Toggs All Sport Rain Suit $30 – $60
Anyone that has been out on a lake or river during a rainstorm knows how valuable a good rain suit is. Rain pants aren’t the most stylish clothing item in the world but they beat wet pants. Frogg Toggs make great sets of no-frills combos in a variety of colors.
Best Water Shoe
Going in and out of the water and don’t wear waiters? Water shoes are your answer. These work great when docking/undocking a boat or hiking through wet terrain. Unlike most water shoes, these actually don’t look too bad as well.
Best Home Fishing Decor
If you’re looking for something for a home office or den, this is the perfect gift. As most fisherman know, fish generally get active when the barometric pressure is falling (and in some cases rising). This is an affordable item that also looks great.
Best Key Chain Item
This affordable and practical item is a great small gift. Every dentist will tell you – it’s terrible to bite line with your teeth. Don’t do it! A nipper allows you to make clean, close cuts on your line and has a pin that is great for painted over jig heads.
Do you have any great gift ideas for an angler in your life? If so, share them below. Also, what’s are some of the best fishing gifts you’ve received?