[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you have been dragging your feet on holiday gift items for your favorite angler, do not worry. It is not too late. You will not disappoint with these stellar fly fishing products. We tried out and used each one. Quality through and through.

Redington Rise Reel-

Redington sent us one of the reels to test recently and we were mightily impressed. Pricing aside, this is an impressive design with large arbor, quick line pick up, smooth and strong drag system, and excellent finish. Now place next to reels in it price class and it really impresses. At around 200 beans, it won’t break the bank and is backed by a veteran company with superb customer service. $189-$219screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-9-28-47-am

Eclectic Angler Version 5 “Build Your Own” Fly Reel-

“An all new approach to reel and kit design.” Eight designs that are as fun to assemble as they are beautiful. Eclectic Angler provides everything you need to complete and finish your kit. They estimate that the reel takes two to three enjoyable hours to assemble. They will even complete the reel and send it back to you if your efforts to construct it come up short. A very cool winter project over which to contemplate the forthcoming season. $70-$115screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-11-55-16-am

Einarsson 9 Plus Reel-

The current Plus series is a fully redesigned and revamped version of their original flagship reel upon which the company was founded. It is beautifully machined. It stands atop the mountain of reels available in today’s marketplace. If your favorite fly fisherman demands the best, you should consider an Einarsson Plus series reel. $532.00-$732.00screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-9-32-08-am


3-TAND Surgex Pliers-

We have been really digging these Surgex Pliers from the good folks at 3-TAND this fishing season. I love their light weight very much. I barely know they are there. When I need to release a fish or nip the tag ends on my blood knots or wire bluefish tippets, they perform perfectly. But, my favorite aspect to S-6+ is the split ring tool built into one of the 2 sets of interchangeable jaws/tips. $79.95 (sheath, lanyard, extra tips & tool included)photo10-600x450

Van Staal 6″ Pliers-

“Built to perform, and built to last.” These are the pliers against which others are judged. They work well and keep working. Gold standard status. $314.00 (w sheath and lanyard)screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-12-20-24-pm

Sage X Fly Rod-

This fast action rod uses new technology to allow the angler to make powerful cast while still feeling the rod flex into the butt section. Sage’s proprietary KonneticHD technology also attains faster blank recovery/tip stop. Power meets accuracy. $895.00screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-9-50-44-am

Costa Del Mar Polarized Glasses-

Costas are prime shades for staking the wily critters but might be best to leave style choice up to the angler. Costa Del Mar glasses are available at many fine retailers that have gift cards available.  Guaranteed to put some sunshine in your favorite fly fisherman’s life. $169.99costa-del-mar-cz-69-obmglp-2

Yeti Hopper 20-

Make your favorite angler the first amongst his crew to possess the filed tan and blaze orange version of this instant classic.  Could possibly encourage daytime drinking. $299.99screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-1-16-52-pm





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