The Ultimate 2022 Fly Fishing Gift Guide

Published on 11/29/2022 · 7 min readShopping for fly fishers shouldn't be hard—most just want to catch more fish! Here are 10 awesome gift ideas for the fly fishers in your life.
Andy Sparhawk, Fly Fishing Expert
By Fly Fishing Expert Andy Sparhawk

It's not easy to find a gift for a fly fisher. Fly fishing demands a great deal of technical knowledge and gear. You want to show you care by getting them something they will want to use. But, where do you start?

Luckily, the Fly Fishing Experts at Curated have you covered. Not only can we curate fantastic gift ideas for the angler in your life, but by working with fly fishers from all over the country, we’ve developed a keen sense of what they really want.

To start, check out this list of fly fishing gifts. After helping hundreds of fly fishing fanatics, I've come to recognize the types of folks that love to fly fish and the gear that is perfect for them.

1. For the Beginner: Orvis Clearwater Fly Rod Outfit

Fly fishing shouldn't be intimidating, but for whatever reason, walking into a fly shop can be for beginners. The last thing you need when learning something is to feel like you don't belong. That's why the Orvis Clearwater Fly Rod Outfit is my go-to curation for anyone willing to give fly fishing a try.

The Clearwater Outfit includes the Orvis Clearwater rod and reel loaded with fly line and backing. Just connect a leader and fly, and they'll have everything they need to build confidence and skill in the art of fly fishing. As a bonus, with a legendary brand like Orvis, they'll be part of a community and knowledge base that will show them they belong.

2. For the Weekend Warrior: Redington Butter Stick

After helping hundreds of clients through Curated, I've noticed that most fishers simply want to have fun. Most want to get out in nature and spend time with family and friends. That's why so many of my curations include a fiberglass fly rod.

Fiberglass fly rods are throwbacks to a simpler time. The butter stick couples its vintage look with a classic feel—adding the fun of casting bushy flies to eager fish back to the equation.

The Butter Stick is a great rod for beginners, too. But as a certified trout bum, I can tell you that most seasoned anglers would love to return to the sport's roots and remember what fly fishing is all about: fun.

3. For the Fishing Zealot: Simms Men's G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders

Fly fishing should always be fun, but sometimes getting to the fun is serious business and requires professional tools. Simms fishing tools are designed for hardcore anglers and pro fly fishing guides. Simms knew that if their waders worked for the pros in the harshest conditions, they'd work for anyone. So if the person on your list has plans for Alaska, Patagonia, or simply fishing every chance they get, they had better have the best waders on the market. The Simms G3 Guide Waders are those waders.

Simms waders are the only waders that use GORE-TEX. Couple abrasion resistance with comfort and security, and you can rest assured that your angler has the best wherever their fish adventures take them.

4. For the Beach Bum: Ross Evolution R Salt Fly Reel

Forget trout bums. This gift is for the beach bums: the saltwater fiends that thrive off the tragedy and triumph of the changing tides. They're gluttons for permit punishment and are haunted by visions of gray ghosts. For all of the suffering for their sport, having the right gear is more critical than us land-locked fish fans where a good day hinges on a well-placed size 22 dry fly. This is serious! This is salt!

The award-winning Evolution R is up for the task of fishing salt. The reel mechanisms are sealed so corrosive salt water can't ruin them. The drag slows down the most ridiculous runs without the risk of breaking down like other reels. Pound-for-pound, it's the reel any salt angler will be glad they rigged up when the big one bites.

5. For the Optimist: Douglas SKY G Fly Rod

No matter what type of angler you are, one of the best things about fishing is that you never know what will happen. Anytime you get on the water could be the day you land a fish of a lifetime or wind up hopelessly skunked.

With superb castability and recovery, the Sky G is so versatile, it is easily a go-to rod for any angler who has it in their repertoire. Available in weights 4–7, this gift is for the angler who is up for anything, and always ready for their next great adventure.

6. For the Fish Ninja: Monic Henley Clear Phantom Tip Fly Line

After years of agonizing over uncooperative trout, I feel confident in telling you one thing: fish aren't dumb. Heck, some could probably earn a PhD with the amount of time they spend studying our flies and line. That's why anglers need to up their game; become stealthier, like a ninja. Invisible even!

The Monic Henley Clear Phantom Tip is your typical weight-forward line with a secret weapon against tailwater trout who've seen it all in the most challenging tailwaters or the spookiest of fish like carp and bonefish. No, your angler can't be invisible, but their line can.

7. For Your Best Fishing Pal: Orvis Women's Ultralight Wading Jacket / Orvis Men’s Ultralight Wading Jacket

Fishing conditions aren't always ideal. Wind, rain, and even snow can put a damper on fishing. But just because the fishing might suffer doesn't mean your best fishing buddy has to.

The Orvis Ultralight Wading Jacket is 100 percent waterproof, but, like all excellent rain gear, offers breathability and tech that provides comfort. The jacket can't help them catch more fish, but it can provide more time out on the water together.

8. For the Die-Hard: Simms Freestone Foldover Mitt

Trout don't stop eating just because the snow starts flying. Winter fly fishing can be exceptional and provides a rare chance to fish in solitude. The price for this secret season? Numb fingers. But your die-hard fly fisher doesn't have to suffer long with a pair of Simms Freestone Foldover Mitts.

These two-in-one mitts are made from hearty fleece and spandex to allow access to the fingers for knot tying and fly selection while shielding from the cold and maintaining dexterity when covered. Don't go out in the cold without them.

9. For the Organizer: Orvis Super Slim Vest Pocket Fly Box

When the fishing is hot, keeping organized can suffer. I consider the mark of a great fishing season as a Jeep console cluttered with flies and a backseat with gear strewn about.

However, that doesn't mean we couldn't use a little organization in our fishing lives. The Orvis Super Slim Vest Pocket Fly Box is the game changer. It is perfect for unorganized anglers, like me, who need a low-profile fly box that's easy to stow in my chest pocket or wader pouch.

The Slim Vest Fly Box is an eight-compartment, magnetic base fly box that can easily hold up to 120 flies. When the fish are rising all around you, you need a fly box that makes fly changes and organization effortless so that you can focus on the fish.

10. For the Tech Nut: Sage R8 Core Fly Rod

Does the tech nut in your life have a fly fishing obsession? You know the type. The folks that always need the next iPhone before anyone else. The Sage R8 Core family might be the angler equivalent to new tech gear. From its inception, Sage has been on the cutting edge of fly fishing technology. The R8 Core is the latest in the line of next-level fly rods.

Giving the gift of an R8 Core isn't just giving them a fancy new fly rod. No. With the control and accuracy this rod unlocks, you're giving them more time on the water and more fish to the net. And that's what we all really want.

Gift Inspiration

Need extra help? Reach out to any of us Fly Fishing Experts at Curated; we’d be happy to help customize a gift for the person on your list. Better yet, why not give them the gift of fly fishing expertise? Grab a Curated Gift Card and let your favorite fisher take advantage of the wealth of knowledge right here at Curated.

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