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
In my opinion, this is the best tarpon permit/rod on the market. He has the backbone to fight the biggest fish and is cast in any wind, yet still remains light in hand. $950
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.