Father’s Day Gift Guide: The Best Fishing Gear

What’s so great about Father’s Day for dads who fish? This day happens to be a good time for meat in the best part of fly hunting season (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere). This means, of course, that any equipment offered can be used – to be used in a trout stream or on an infinity tarpon deck. Immediately. Does he need (or want) a new rod or reel? Some fishing clothes? fishing goggles? book? Maybe even a guided day on the water? I have some ideas. Below, a list of 9 items for a daddy who catches with a fly.

Orvis CFO III . Fly Reel

Orvis resurrected the 1971 classic by reel-making legend, Stan Bogdan. The perfect push-and-go fishing trout reel, a pure joy of fishing. $329

Fly Rod Hardy Zen Pro

Baggio Roca sunglasses

Perhaps the most important part of fishing is being able to see fish. The Roca’s excellent coverage (and side vents that prevent fogging) keep the light out, making finding fish in the water an easier task. Comes with polycarbonate or glass lenses. I would suggest glass. $249 (for glass lenses)

Simms Flyweight Access Boot

Weight and traction are the two most important features when it comes to a water boot. Flyweight Access has perfect scores on both. It’s one of the lightest shoes in its class, but it doesn’t sacrifice when it comes to gripping slippery river rocks. Great for anglers who like to hike in secluded places. $250

Free Fly Bamboo Lightweight Sure Hoodie

Hunting shirts are all about feel and protection. This offering from Free Fly feels great on your skin and offers SPF 40. Bonus: This hoodie also uses water for hikers, cyclists, and even golfers. $68

Lone Bison Heritage Flight Table

Did your dad take it to the next level and start catching flies? Heritage is a killer portable table my dad can put on his lap and tie the flies on while he watches The river runs through it for 30The tenth time. The table has slots for every tool needed and magnets to hold the hooks in place. It’s as much a work of art as Father of the Flies would create on it. $315


A stunning coffee table book, beautifully written (by Tom Rosenbauer, with an introduction by Callan Wink) and illustrated (Brian Grossenbacher), showcasing trout waters from around the world. $50


When shopping for Dad, may I suggest you make your purchases at a local airline store rather than Amazon or a major retailer? You can check your local listings, but here are three good ones: Tailwaters in Dallas, Urban Angler in New York, and Bear’s Den in Taunton, Massachusetts. Another idea: Head to Geartrade to buy or sell used equipment. Prices vary.


Give a pop in a day on the water with a top-level guide. Again, you should check out those local listings, but here are three suggestions: Paul Weamer in the Yellowstone National Park area, Brendan McCarthy in Long Island, and Brian Dopirak in the Tampa-Clearwater area. Prices vary.

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