Get the outdoorsman or woman on your list something they will actually use this holiday season. We've rounded up some of our favorite gear from apparel to fly reels get your shopping done now while the deals are good
TFO Power Fly Reel
This is a high end fly reel from TFO, if the angler on your list wants the best of the best, get them the Power Reel. This fully machined and lightweight reel is designed to handle hard fighting fish. With carbon-fiber-stainless steel brakes you can dial in the power needed based on which species you are chasing. Easily swap between left and right handed retrieve. This is the reel the fisherman in your life deserves.
KUIU Guide DCS Jacket
Hunters know that KUIU makes some of the best gear in the game. With a 4-way stretch but serious wind and water resistance you can stay dry and comfortable while sitting in a tree stand. Featuring primeflex fabric this piece is stretchy, but does not absorb water like other materials might, keeping you drier and more comfortable than ever. Get this for the hunter on your list and you’ll find they are wearing this jacket all the time and not just while out in the elements.
Filson Waterfowl Wading Jacket
We love the classic styling of Filson gear. This is one of those pieces that is a bit of a throwback. Featuring a waxed cotton protection from the elements and the original Bottomland camouflage from Mossy Oak. This is purpose built for wading, with a short cut to keep it out of the water. Smart features such as merino wool lined pockets and storm flaps to keep you warm are extra bonus. If you’ve got a dedicated duck or goose hunter on your list who loves classic styling they’ll be stoked to unwrap this and head out to the blind.
Redington Rise Fly Reel
The good looks of the Rise reel from Redington are backed up with an incredibly well-performing reel in a lightweight compact package. With its large arbor reel, the Rise takes up line quickly so when that fish makes a run straight for you, you can keep tension on the line. We paired this with the ultra-lightweight Hydrogen rod for an ultra-lightweight setup that still packs a punch and handles bigger fish. The powerful carbon drag system is stout enough to handle hard-fighting fish, yet the lightweight construction doesn’t way you down when you are fishing backcountry streams for small brookies where the reel serves more of a line storing function than anything else. Pick up the Rise reel and you’ll be ready for a variety of angling opportunities.
Redington Vice Fly Rod
If you are looking for your first fly rod the Vice might be your choice. As a beginner, it is difficult to justify some of the astronomical costs of some fly rods on the market. The Vice is a little more budget-friendly than some of the other options on the market, but it doesn’t compromise on quality. You can certainly get a cheaper rod, but you’ll likely be looking for an upgrade as your casting improves. We took the 8 weight 9 foot model of the Vice out to the Flats of Belize chasing bonefish and whatever else would take a fly. The anodized guides and reel seat keeps the rod in top condition when faced with corrosive saltwater. Consequently, the first fish hooked with this rod was a baby tarpon off the deck of our hotel. The 8 weight had no trouble standing up to the king of the flats and paired with the strong drag of the Behemoth reel our tester was able to bring in the fish without issue. With the tarpon out of the way, there was little doubt that the rod could stand up to some of the smaller species we are after. From bonefish to mangrove snappers this rod stood up to them all. The fast action made sending out long casts with heavy flies a breeze, even when the winds picked up the Vice still punched straight through and delivered the fly.
Oakley Standard Issue Split Shot
While out for long days on the open water having a good pair of fishing glasses is key. With the specifically designed Prizm Deep Water Polarized lenses you’ll be able to cut straight through the glare and get a much better idea of what is happening under the water. The frame is designed smartly to work well with a hat and has a built in, yet removable leash to keep the glasses in place when the seas get rough. The high wrap design helps block light leak and glare. If you’ve got an avid fisherman they’ll be stoked to take their eyewear to the next level. Select members of OSI can expect up to 45% Off retail price.
Orvis Recon Rod
High-end fly rods can cost more than your monthly mortgage payment. While affordably priced, the Recon shares a lineage with Orvis's world-famous, award-winning, and pricey Helios 3. Improved hoop strength, sharpshooter accuracy, and damp handling are all at your fingertips with this high-performance redesign of a longtime classic. While Orvis revamped the tech, the Recon remains one of the lightest rods on the rack, making it a favorite for long days on the river, especially amongst anglers who enjoy hiking to their honey holes. We tested the 7'6" 2-weight this summer and fall and found it the perfect companion for backpacking along alpine streams. That said, the Recon lineup includes both saltwater and freshwater rods, ranging from that dexterous 2-weight to game-ready 12-weights. All are equipped with silver snake and stripping guides and anodized aluminum reel seats, come in durable nylon rod tubes, and are backed by Orvis' angler-approved 25-year guarantee.
Orvis Hydros Reel
One of Orvis' most popular models, the Hydros Reel has landed more fish than most. Recently updated, the Hydros boasts many technical improvements; the angling engineers shaved weight, stiffened the spool, and improved the drag knob and seal. The resulting masterpiece is a featherweight large-arbor fly reel with zero start-up inertia that's easy to adjust on the fly and performs predictably under pressure. Available for line weights 1 through 11, the affordable Hydros is ready for whatever you are.