Stocking Stuffers for Anglers

Get 'em hook, line and sinker with these thoughtful fishing accessories this holiday season.

For some, a summer day spent on a stream or lake is pure bliss. Help your angler channel those feelings this holiday by filling their stocking full of fishing gifts and gear. Make sure that when they thaw from winter’s chill that they are geared up and ready to cast their lines.

Finding the perfect stocking stuffers for your fisherman can be easy with a little guidance. Most fishing gear is small in nature and the perfect size for a smaller present. In addition to the always-convenient license holder, you can easily cover the angling essentials by throwing in some fishing line, lures, hooks and bobbers as well as a new fishing stringer. Additional sinkers, split shots and swivels can also help you keep your fisherman stocked to the gills with the necessities.

You can also keep your angler prepared with travel-sized sunscreen, insect repellent, a first-aid kit and the ever-important deodorizing soap, which can help eliminate the slime and grime from handling that monster fish.

There are also plenty of fishing tools that can fit well in a stocking of this theme. Add pliers, forceps, a line cutter (or just a pair of fingernail trimmers), stream thermometer, hook remover, lip gripper or a multi-tool for some ease on the water. A fish scaler or filet knife can also fit and make processing the day’s catch much easier, along with a hook sharpener and knife sharpening kit. Don’t forget to help your angler keep track of their day with a fish counter, fish scale and measuring tape.

Of course, not every tool has to be extremely utilitarian. Mix up your fisherman’s stocking with electronic gifts like a fishfinder, marine radio, headlamp or flashlight. Don’t be afraid to add apparel items, either. A fishing shirt, fishing gloves, neck gaiter, hat or pair of sunglasses — with matching sunglasses cord — can all round out a well-stocked stocking.

Extras such as a reel cover, rod sock, fish diary and pocket knot guide can be the final touches to your impressive gift ensemble. A bottle opener or koozie can also be great presents for your fisherman — perfect for those fish stories around the fire after a long day on the water.

If your stocking needs to be more attune to niche fishing styles like fly fishing, there are plenty of items available. Fly reels, fly line, backing, leaders and tippets can all easily fit in a stocking, with added accessories like a knot tying tool, tippet holder and lanyard making great gifts. If your angler is avid about fly tying, a new tying vise, tying supplies or a full tying kit can be perfect stocking stuffers as well. Don’t forget a bottle of floatant, a new fly box and even a few pre-made flies to give your fisherman a great holiday.

Lastly. you can also cater to the ice fisherman on your list with items such as ice fishing line, reels, lures and bobbers. Safety equipment like ice cleats, ice picks, a whistle and emergency rope can also be great stocking stuffer gifts that will be much appreciated on the lake. Depth finders, collapsible live wells, hand and feet warmers and a small tackle box can also dress out your frozen angler’s holiday harvest.

Cast your gift-giving line this holiday and reel in those great memories with a stocking full of fishing gear and accessories. Follow these Pro Tips for a boatload of festive fishing gifts.

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