Scurrying to the mantle to pluck off your stocking on Christmas morning is something that never gets old no matter one’s age. Dumping it out to reveal Christmas prizes, treats, trinkets and toys is always exciting….especially if you’re an outdoorsman like me and your stocking is full of fishing gear!
If you’re shopping for fishermen this holiday season, then you’re going to need some thoughtful stocking stuffers for Christmas morning. Lucky for you, we’ve come up with a great list of stocking-sized gift ideas and tracked down some awesome deals on the best gear. This gift list is written by fishermen, for fishermen. We’ve found all sorts of fishing gadgets, apparel and accessories for your favorite angler’s gear locker that will have them getting excited to get on the water! There’s some inexpensive but quite practical fishing items here as well as a few awesome full on gifts — we wanted to include the best of both worlds so you can build the best Christmas fishing stocking possible! If the fishermen in your life have other outdoor hobbies as well, make sure to check out some of our other 2017 Christmas gifts lists for fisherman, hunters, hikers and survivalists — you’ll find some sweet deals on some killer gear there as well! Happy Holidays and tight lines from all of us here at Heavy!
1. Piscifun Aluminum Fishing Pliers
Here’s a pair of multi use pliers that will make a great addition to your favorite fisherman’s tackle box or fishing backpack. For most fishermen including myself, pliers and forceps have a tendency to come and go. It’s an item that’s frequently used and frequently lost while out fishing. Owning a nicer quality pair that’s really worth looking after (at not much of a cost) is a great way to ensure they won’t disappear. This pair of aluminum pliers by Piscifun is mindfully built to be super tough and highly functionable — it’s probably the last pair of pliers the fisherman you’re shopping for will ever own. The jaws are built from stainless steel while the included line cutters located in the deepest part of the jaw’s notch are crafted from tungsten carbide. All the materials used with this product have been selected for resistance against corrosion and overall strength! The pliers are great for removing hooks and even have some notches within the jaws for crimping down split shots. The included line cutters makes these pliers an awesome multi tool. The cutters can handle just about any thickness of fishing line, braid, or fly line so this is an acceptable tool for any style fisherman — fresh or saltwater. The blades are even replaceable so if your favorite fisherman is really hard on them and cuts a lot of wire line or tough braid, they can replace the cutters without needing to buy a whole new pair of pliers. It will take a lot of abuse to dull the cutters on this pair, but it’s still cool knowing that they can be replaced if needed. Piscifun also includes a sheath and a lanyard with this purchase so these pliers can be incorporated into the rest of your favorite fisherman’s gear right away. With 10 different color options to choose from, you’ll find the right one for who ever you’re shopping for. This product ships free on purchases over $25, so snag a few for all the beloved anglers in your life.
Price: $15.97 — 26.97 & FREE Shipping on orders over $25
2. SF Fly Fishing Zinger Carabiners
These are a fisherman’s best friend. Extendable carabiners that attach to a zinger have countless purposes when out on the water. They’re great for attaching small pieces of gear like clippers, forceps and tippet holders. Everyone loves the convenience of having their most used gear both right on hand and out of the way. These are of course also great for keeoing track of smaller fishing items so they don’t become lost. This three pack will make the perfect stocking stuffer for any fisherman that appreciates organization. Definitely a great buy!
Price: $7.99 & FREE Shipping (20 percent off MSRP)
3. Pro Angler High UV Buff
You may have seen some fishermen wearing these lately — and for good reason. Wearing a buff is a wise decision when spending long days in the sun. If you’re shopping for a fisherman who spends a lot of time on the open water, tidal flats or sunny streamside, then this is a great gift for them. The purpose of a buff is to protect from the harmful effects of the sun. This pro buff features 95% UV protection — it’s designed for outdoorsmen who see a lot of sun exposure and want to minimize their dangerous UV intake.
You see a lot of professional fishing guides, commercial fishermen, and other characters who really know what they’re doing out on the water wearing these. Aside from UV protection, a buff like this provides perspiration and humidity control as well. It can worn as a neckerchief, balaclava, headband, bandana, cap or anything in between. The material is machine washable and even odor resistant. It’s a pretty awesome (and simple) piece of gear that is honestly a really wise thing to own for most fishermen. Buffs aren’t silly looking in the lightest either — it’s a piece of gear that says “I know what I’m doing out here” and the sign of a knowledgeable angler. With 21 different colors and patterns to choose from, there’s no doubt one that suits the fisherman you’re shopping for. There’s even some cool fish patterns that resemble particular species of game fish — find the type of fish that your favorite angler enjoys catching most and help to protect them from the harmful effects of the sun!
Price: $25.00 & FREE Shipping
4. Tacky Fishing Original Fly Box
Here’s a great stocking stuffer for a fly fisherman who has a lot of flies! This little polycarbonate fly box from Tacky is perfect for stashing tackle. It’s a simple and affordable box, but it’s actually quite nice. The construction is durable and the silicon inserts hold flies well. I personally like the blue colored back drop of this box because it’s a starkly different color than most of the flies that will go in it. This box even employs magnetic closure which is a nice added touch — especially when you’re on the water with your hands already full. Whether the fly fisherman you’re shopping for needs some extra storage for their vest, or a few extra boxes for organizing things at home, this unit by Tacky will suit their needs just fine. If you purchase more than one this item will ship free, so grab a few and stuff that stocking!
Price: $23.50 & FREE Shipping on orders over $25
5. Costa Del Mar Tuna Alley Sunglasses
Does the angler you’re shopping for appreciate a good pair of sunglasses? Any experienced fisherman knows that a quality pair of polarized shades is an absolute MUST while on the water. The enhanced visibility a good pair of fishing sunglasses provides gives you a huge edge when trying to spot underwater structure and of course, fish. There’s also the added benefits of UV protection and relief from eye strain that a good pair of sunglasses will provide. Being on the open water can really do some damage to your eyes if they’re not properly protected. Sunglasses while fishing are more than just a tool to help with visibility, they are important for maintaining good eye health as well — especially for fishermen who spend a lot of hours on the water each season. The take away here, every angler needs a polarized pair of shades.
These shades by Costa Del Mar are an excellent pair of fishing sunglasses. Costa was kind enough to send me a pair of the Tuna Alleys in order to get a chance to check them out, and I gotta say — I’m impressed. Costas are renowned amongst fishermen for being some of the best of the best — it’s easy to realize why once you’ve put on a pair. The Tuna Alleys have a really great fit that sit well on your face. I am a normal sized guy and these shades fit as good or better than any other sunglasses I’ve owned. The frames are made from a nylon material and built dam tough — they’re meant to handle the expected abuse that comes with fishing. Definitely the most superior feature of these sunglasses is the lenses. The 580G glass lens that Costa has designed here is 20% thinner and 22% lighter than the average polarized glass lens. It’s a complex, multi-layered lens that employs an encapsulated, scratch proof mirror for an even longer lifespan. There is impressive clarity with these glasses and most important of all, great visibility through reflective water and glare. I would recommend the blue or green mirror lenses for fishing purposes. For saltwater fishing or lake fishing on larger bodies of reflective open water, the blue mirror lenses will likely perform best. The silver mirror lenses are also a preferred choice for stream fishing — if you are shopping for a fly fisherman who does a lot of fishing on the river, then consider these. When it comes down to it, all the available lenses are top notch and will perform great no matter the context, but considering the investment of these sunglasses it’s in my opinion worth buying the ones that are best suited for the fishing conditions you expect. Aside from the exceptional lenses and tough build of the frame, these shades provide some great ventilation as well. They have a sharp and clean look that is not at all flashy or loud. It’s tough enough to buy glasses for yourself without being able to try them on never mind for someone else, but these shades work well on almost anyone so they’re a safe choice. The same goes for a lot of other sunglasses by Costa — they typically built products that are compatible for a really wide range of people!
If you’re having a hard time finding the right frame color lens, definitely check out the Blackfin Sunglasses also by Costa as well as the Saltbreaks — they are both great models for fishing comparable to the Tuna Alleys. Another brand of sunglasses I’ve had success with is Suncloud. I’ve owned a pair of Milestone’s in the past that performed well enough for fishing purposes. They’re certainly not Costas but they are a great budget option if you don’t have the funds to buy the best of the best.
If you’re going to spring for the Tuna Alleys, whoever you are buying them for is going to need a retainer (the band that attaches to glasses and goes around your neck). Costa Del Mar recommends the C-Mono retainer in particular for the Tuna Alleys. The retainer is under $10 and might just save the shades from going overboard or being lost in a bunch of different scenarios — absolutely a smart buy to pair with such nice glasses.
Price: $121.52 – $249.00 (sale prices available on select options)
6. Smith Creek Rod Clip, Wearable Fishing Rod Holder
Here’s a neat little gadget that will make a great addition to any fisherman’s vest. If you’re shopping for someone who does a lot of wade fishing, this is an awesome gift. This tiny little unit by Smith Creek is essentially a fishing rod holder that attaches right to you while you’re wading! It enables you to set down your rod while out in the water so you can more easily tie knots, take a photo, eat a sandwich or use a wading staff. You just push your rod right into the foam notch and it won’t go anywhere! As someone who does a lot of wading myself, it can be pretty frustrating when you’re waist high in the water and you want to take a photo of the fish your buddy just caught. A clip-on rod holder like this is an easy and affordable solution — definitely a cool piece of gear that your favorite fisherman will love.
Price: $27.95 & FREE Shipping (7 percent off MSRP)
7. Columbia Sportswear Bora Bora Booney II Sun Hat
This one would look great sitting atop a loaded Christmas stocking. Fishing hats are about as classic of a look as it gets (besides a fly fishing vest). If your favorite fisherman doesn’t already own a sun hat for use out on the water — they oughta! This hat is built from nylon and should hold up to years of fishing. It’s built with Columbia’s Omni-wick material on the sweatband and also employs mesh into the design so this hat has been designed to keep the wearer cool on hot days. An adjustable chin strap is a nice added touch — Columbia has built this hat to be user friendly. There’s even five different color options so you can find the right look for who ever you’re shopping for. When the sun is high and the glare off the water is aggressive, the fisherman you’re shopping for will be thrilled to own a nice fishing hat.
Price: $28.48 & FREE Shipping (5 percent off MSRP)
8. Waterworks-Lamson Liquid Fly Reel
This would be a huge surprise to find in a stocking! This might be better wrapped and tucked under the tree, but then again whoever you’re shopping for definitely won’t expect to find a fly reel in their stocking! If you’re shopping for a fly fisherman who enjoys collecting gear, this is an awesome reel they will be impressed with. It’s quite affordable but it’s also a high quality reel that is far from cheaply made. The Lamson Liquid is a rugged, pressure-cast aluminum reel that is built with top notch CNC-machined drag system components. Lamson builds their highest end reels with the same fully sealed conical drag system — this reel performs exceptionally for such a budget unit. It’s a $100 — $200 reel that’s built with the same drag system as their $400+ models! Lamson even offers some extra spools for this model depending on what size you buy — that’s a dam good value! This one is absolutely worth owning for a wide array of fishing scenarios — whoever you’re shopping for will absolutely find a use for this reel if you’re concerned it might be an obsolete item for them. This would make an outstanding back up reel as well as a totally great main reel! If you’ve got the money to spring for this exciting stocking stuffer, than you’re looking at a killer piece of fishing gear that will be used for years! For some other affordable fly fishing reel options, check out our Top 10 Best Affordable Fly Fishing Reels for 2017 post — there’s some great additional options there. If you’re shopping for a salt water fly fisherman than make sure to read up on the Redington Behemoth included in that list — it’s another great value reel that won’t break the bank!
Price: $94.25 – $199.95
9. Scientific Anglers Premium Fluorocarbon Tippet
If you’re building a stocking for a fly fisherman, I can almost guarantee they could use some tippet. It’s the kind of thing that’s always being used and depleted from everyone’s fly fishing vest — every fly fisherman could always use some. Not all tippet is created equally, (not even close!) Scientific Anglers is a trusted, high quality outfitter to purchase tippet from. It’s tough to know what strength tippet you’re favorite fisherman is most in need of, but typically for fresh water fisherman 3X, 4X and 5X are always in demand. Check out this link to some tippet packages by Trout Hunter that included a few different strengths if you’re having a hard time deciding — they make perhaps the best tippet on the market. If who you’re shopping for is more of a salt water fly fisherman, then consider buying them a spool of some heavier strength, monofilament tippet geared towards saltwater fishing. Save the fishermen you love a few trips to the tackle shop this season and set them up for success with a fully stocked vest.
Price: $11.90 – $14.95
10. Hodgman Neoprene Wade Shoe
Wading shoes could be a great fishing gift for any fisherman who enjoys wade fishing but doesn’t require full on waders or hip boots. These are perfect for tossing on and getting in the water when the weather and water are at a tolerable temperature. It’s certainly a whole lot easier than suiting up in chest waders! It’s smart to protect your feet while walking in the water, and nobody wants to ruin a pair of sneakers — so here’s the solution! This pair has tough rubber outsoles and is built with neoprene three and a half millimeters thick, so they will protect from anything sharp in the water as well as keep you warm! These wade shoes are quite affordable too — they’re an awesome way to get in the water with confidence without breaking the bank. These can be worn barefoot, or with a pair of neoprene socks if preferred. Make sure to buy these a size or two big if you’re going to pair them with the socks. It’s more of a comfort factor than anything — the wade shoes are adequately warm on their own. The fisherman in your life will no doubt enjoy the freedom these bad boys grant to explore the shoreline and find some fish!
Price: $38.10 – $85.97 (sale prices available on select options)