2014 Driftless on the Fly Holiday Gift Ideas
The holiday shopping season is now in full swing. If you have an angler on your list, it can be a challenge to find something they’ll love and need, much less go to a store and find it. That can be especially tough if you are a gift-giver who is not an angler. The fly fishing industry, like any other industry, is filled with things that anglers that want and things anglers need. Let Driftless on the Fly present you with a few ideas that will put a smile on the face of your angling gift-ees. Below is a fairly practical list of items that will give any angler the ability to fish.
LEADERS AND TIPPET
You’re not going to fish long without a supply of either of these. Rio manufactures our prefered leader and tippet of choice. Choose a 3 pack as a gift- it’ll cost slightly more, but is much more practical. For fishing most spring creeks in Iowa and the driftless, a 7.5 ft 5X leader will do the trick. Remind your angler that when these get chopped down through use they can always use them for fly fishing bass and warmwater species. Rio manufactures tippet in nylon and fluorocarbon. Nylon works in almost all situations here in Iowa, while fluro absorbs light and is less detectable by fish. 5x/ 30 yard will work with your aforementioned leaders.
Find it (leaders): http://www.fishwest.net/flyfishing/product/RI31PFTR.html#.VIpKhmTF-A8
Find it (tippet): http://www.fishwest.net/flyfishing/product/RI32PFTS.html#.VIpKpmTF-A8
We nymph fish in Iowa year round in Iowa for trout. One component that is a must for this kind of fishing is a strike indicator. There are literally dozens of strike indicators on the market, each one claiming their own benefit. Sometimes, simplest is best, that’s why we often grab Palsa adhesive indicators. These are easy to use, easy to be seen, adhesive tabs that wrap onto your leader and land gently on the water when fished. Find them at Cabelas among other online locations.
Flies are a very difficult item to purchase for the angler, even if you have a source to get them from online. Without local knowledge, size and type of fly can be a mystery. Driftless on the Fly can help. We carry 16 varieties of flies that we have personally selected for use in the driftless region for trout and for warmwater fishing. Confused on what to select? Send us an email at email@example.com and we’ll help you get your angler what they need to get on the fish!
Clothing and Gear
SIMMS KINETIC JACKET
This is a terrific new jacket made by Simms Fishing. With a water resistant shell, fleece arms, and PrimaLoft down for insulation, it will keep you warm and dry all day. It’s just as comfortable on the stream with the rain and wind as it is grabbing coffee in the morning on the way to work. Simms makes an incredible line of waders, boots, and clothing that wear well and are made in Bozeman, MT. Check them out.
REDINGTON SIREN WADERS
Redington has intelligently invested in a growing and needed women’s fly fishing line. One of their newest creations was the Redington Siren Waders. Designed specifically for female anglers, it comes in two different fits. Amanda got ahold of pair this year and enjoys the flattering fit, insulation in the stocking feet, and paisley print. Many of us know that a comfortable pair of waders can make the difference between a good day and bad. These are going to make the good days on the water even better.
They even fit a pregnant angler very well…we’ll see how many folks catch that!
LOON MITTEN SCISSORS
Mitten scissors are the best of both worlds. On one hand a clamp for holding flies and pinching weights, and a scissors for trimming knots. They come in extremely handy when the temps are cold, a fish has taken a fly deep, you’re handling small flies, or when you’ve caught a fly in your clothing and have to perform a small surgery to remove it. One of those valuable little tools to keep on you.
A small dab of gel floatant will keep your dry flies and terrestrials riding on top of the water all morning long. High Horse Fly, located here in Iowa, makes a variety of floatants and floatant holders. Priced very reasonably, this is an essential item for the fly angler from April to October. Support the local Iowa economy with this great gift or stocking stuffer.
Find it: http://highhorsefly.com/.
RODS (starter package)
It’s tough to suit up someone with a rod without knowing what to get or allowing them to try it out. When we teach community classes on fly fishing, one of the most commonly asked questions is “what rod should I purchase?” For most angling in the driftless, a 8’6” or 9’ 5-weight rod will do the trick. It will handle fishing warmwater and trout. How much you want to spend, is entirely up to you. Redington sells some great combo packages that are ideal for the beginner, all that come with rod and a reel, pre-spooled with line and backing, leader, and a carrying bag. Can’t go too wrong with that. One of the top considerations should also be a warranty. Rods break- end of story. Find a company that will back them up. Redington does that and does that well. I can personally attest to it.
Driftless on the Fly Gift Certificate
We’re very excited to also offer gift certificates for guided trips this holiday season. These certificates can be purchased for full or half day trips for 1-2 people. This is a great way to help the friend who always wanted to try fly fishing, an angler who has always wanted to fish the driftless region, or a couple looking for a fun weekend on the water. We’d love to show you the waters we call “home.” Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and pricing!
For more fun, couple the gift certificate with one of our custom Simms logo trucker hats!