For some, a summer day spent on a stream or lake is pure bliss. Help your angler channel those feelings this holiday season by filling their stocking full of fishing gifts and gear. Have them ready to cast their lines when they thaw from winter’s chill with this Pro Tips gift guide.
Finding the perfect stocking stuffers for your fisherman can be easy with a little guidance. Most fishing gear is small in nature; the perfect size for a smaller present. You can easily cover the angling essentials when looking for stocking stuffer inspiration. Cast in some fishing line, lures, hooks and bobbers, as well as a new fishing stringer for a great foundation. Sinkers, split shots and other terminal tackle can also help keep your fisherman stocked to the gills with the necessities.
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Looking for a stocking stuffer that covers all waters? Add the Mystery Tackle Box Bass Fishing Kit to your list. Housing an average five to six items per box, this bundle is curated by product specialists and experienced tournament fishermen. Each box also comes with tips and tricks to pack every cast with excitement. Add some magic to your angler’s holiday with the Mystery Tackle Box Bass Fishing Kit.
What’s a fishing-themed stocking without some fishing line? With an HMPE and Hyper Copolymer construction, the Advance Monofilament Fishing Line from Sufix combines toughness and sensitivity. Superior abrasion resistance can allow your angler to cast into the thickest cover while still allowing for subtle, precise presentations. Additionally, this line features half the stretch of other monofilaments, making for fantastic lure control, bite detection and setting power. Spool a spinner’s worth of memories this holiday by gifting Sufix’s Advance Monofilament Fishing Line.
Hook into another great holiday experience and gift your angler a pack of VMC Fishing Hooks. No matter their preferred setup or presentation, VMC Hooks have a build for their needs. Featuring hook options for rigging, live bait, trebles and more, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into. Pinpoint your fisherman’s must-have gifts this holiday with this trusted hook option.
FISHING TOOLS OF THE TRADE
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), or stream thermometer for some handy must-haves. A hook remover, lip gripper or multi-tool can also make for some ease on the water. A fish counter, fish scale and measuring tape can assist them in keeping track of their day, too.
After catching their day’s limit, a fish scaler or fillet knife can make processing their catch much easier. And don’t forget to keep your angler’s gear in top condition with a hook sharpener and knife sharpening kit.
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Make that post-catch food prep a breeze and add the Rapala Fish ‘n Fillet Knife Combo to your angler’s stocking. Featuring a pair of 4-inch and 6-inch fillet knives, this combo can meet the needs of any fish cleaning process. Each European stainless-steel blade boasts a progressively tapered, flexible full tang and also holds a fantastic edge. The beautiful birch handles give your angler plenty of control when processing their prized catches, too. The combo rounds out with two fine-tooled leather Laplander sheathes and an easy-to-use single-stage sharpener. Make your gift-giving skills a cut above the rest this holiday with the Rapala Fish ‘n Fillet Knife Combo.
A quality pair of pliers can be a great tool to have in your tackle box. Gift your angler a quality set this holiday with the Eagle Claw Multi-Function Long Nose Pliers. The 8-inch length allows for easier hook removal, no matter the catch. The Eagle Claw Multi-Function Long Nose Pliers are also corrosion-resistant and feature a micro-satin finish to prevent rusting. You can also crimp and snip your tackle thanks to the built-in toolkit. Stock their stuffing with another useful fishing accessory in the Eagle Claw Multi-Function Long Nose Pliers.
Keep your fisherman’s tools in top form this season with the Smith’s Pocket Pal Knife Sharpener. The pre-set carbide blades can allow your angler to quickly set their blade edge. In addition, the ceramic stones can further enhance their blades with razor-sharp finishing. They can even sharpen serrated blades with the included tapered round diamond-coated rod. Slice through your shopping list and add this durable, lightweight and useful stocking stuffer to your gift ideas.
LIGHTS, TECH AND OTHER ITEMS
Of course, not every tool has to be extremely utilitarian. Mix up your fisherman’s stocking with electronic gifts like a fish finder, 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.
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Don’t let your angler fish aimlessly. Gift them the Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 93sv Fish Finder and provide the roadmap to every hotspot. Featuring CHIRP traditional sonar for distinct target separation, your fisherman can easily locate what trophies lurk below. The Ultra High-Definition ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonars can enhance their view with crisp, clear images of detected fish, too. Does your angler often venture to uncharted waters? The Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 93sv comes equipped with preloaded maps and built-in Quickdraw Contours mapping software for personal route charting. Let your special angler navigate newfound joy with the Garmin ECHOMAP UHD 93sv Fish Finder.
Bring their holiday happiness into a new light with the Petzl Tikkina Headlamp. The floodlight-style beam features low and high settings to help guide their fishing adventures in multiple visibilities. This headlamp also boasts an IPX4 water-resistant design, perfect for fishing through the elements. The Petzl Tikkina can also be powered by either three AAA or Petzl’s rechargeable CORE batteries for added flexibility. Make your angler beam with excitement this holiday and add the Petzl Tikkina Headlamp to their stocking ensemble.
Comfortable and protective, the Field & Stream Evershade Gloves can make for a great fishing stocking stuffer. Constructed from a lightweight polyester featuring SmartWick technology, these gloves can help keep your hands cool and dry on the water. Built-in UPF 30+ technology can also help block harmful rays for added protection against the elements. And your angler won’t fret about losing control of their rod and reel thanks to the silicone gripper print palms. Lend a hand with their gear this year by adding the Field & Stream Evershade Gloves to your fisherman’s gifts.
Keep your angler protected from the elements next fishing season and gift them a Buff CoolNet Cooling UPF Lightweight Neck Gaiter. This fishing apparel option boasts UPF 50+ sun protection to help keep your fisherman safe from the sun’s harmful rays. HeiQ cooling technology and Polygiene odor control also add to this garment’s impressive stat sheet for a comfortable wearing experience. Plus, the Buff CoolNet Cooling UPF Lightweight Neck Gaiter is versatile with 12-plus ways to wear. Choose the perfect color pattern for your special angler and give a gift that’s sure to please this holiday.
LAST-MINUTE FISHING EXTRAS
A handy fishing license holder can be a useful stocking stuffer for any angler, but there are plenty of small last-minute items to add to the list. Extras such as a reel cover, rod sock and pocket knot guide can be fun touches to your gift ensemble. A bottle opener or koozie can also be great presents for your fisherman. They can be perfect for those fish stories around the fire after a long day on the water.
You can also keep your angler prepared with travel-sized sunscreen, insect repellent and a first-aid kit. Another overlooked item to consider is deodorizing soap. It can help eliminate the slime and grime from handling that monster fish.
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Make sure your fisherman is prepared for a day on the water with the Eagle Claw Fishing License Holder. The zip closure can help ensure their paperwork stays protected from the elements as they cast away the day. An included safety pin can easily attach to their hat or fishing vest for easy visibility and placement. And, thanks to the Eagle Claw Fishing License Holder’s clear design, every detail can be easily read from inside. A simple but necessary fishing accessory, the fisherman on your list will appreciate this thoughtful stocking stuffer.
Make servicing their fishing gear a simple endeavor with the Abu Garcia Reel Maintenance Kit. Featuring a 10/11mm wrench, flat/Phillips head screwdriver, precision oil and more, this kit can be useful for all reel styles. Plus, all pieces fit nicely in a convenient carry-all case. Give your fisherman the tools they need to keep on reeling with the Abu Garcia Reel Maintenance Kit.
Sure up your fisherman’s knot knowledge this holiday with “The Little Red Fishing Knot Book.” Authored by Harry Nilsson, this pocket-sized guide contains over 50 of the best fishing knots. Each illustrated diagram provides step-by-step instruction on how to tie for lockdown precision. Whether buying for a rookie or seasoned pro, “The Little Red Fishing Knot Book” is sure to make a splash.
FLY FISHING STOCKING STUFFERS
If your stocking needs to cater more 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. Feel free to add accessories like a knot tying tool, tippet holder and lanyard for great gifts, too. 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 floatant, a new fly box and even a few pre-made flies to give your fisherman a great holiday.
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Who said stocking stuffers had to fit in a stocking? The Field & Stream Pine Creek Fly Fishing Combo can be the perfect gift for your budding fly fisherman. The reliable five-piece Pine Creek Outfit is constructed with a lightweight, reinforced graphite rod blank for durability. Also, the cork handle adds a firm, comfortable grip to this impressive fly rod. This combo also comes with a pre-loaded aluminum spool with backing, weight forward line and leader for ready-to-go usage. A convenient carrying case, also included, makes traveling from stream to stream a breeze. Start your angler’s season on a high note this holiday with the Field & Stream Pine Creek Fly Fishing Combo.
A great fly-fishing story starts with the right fly. Give your angler a head start on their next tale this holiday with the K&E Fly Fishing Kit. Featuring 13 pieces from a number of fly styles, this kit can be a great starter set for your rookie fisherman. Whether targeting bluegill, trout, bass or other freshwater fish, the K&E Fly Fishing Kit has a fly for the job. Gift this fly kit this holiday and help your angler tie on new memories along the stream.
Carrying all their angling essentials can be a breeze with the Field & Stream Pro Chest Medium Pack. Your angler can mend or add new presentations easily with the zip-down workstation with a tippet tender and fly patch. Multiple interior pockets and exterior D-rings can also make for convenient cargo carrying. The 9″ x 5 ½” main compartment can be the perfect size for their favorite fly box or utility box, too. An adjustable mesh neck strap creates a comfortable carrying build for an all-around impressive bag. Pack their holiday full of cheer and gift the Field & Stream Pro Chest Medium Pack this year.
ICE FISHING STOCKING STUFFERS
You can also cater to the ice fisherman on your list with ice fishing line, reels, lures and bobbers. Safety equipment like ice cleats, ice picks, a whistle and emergency rope can also be much-appreciated stocking stuffers. Depth finders, collapsible live wells and hand and feet warmers can add to your frozen angler’s holiday harvest.
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Put the cool in their ice fishing setup this holiday with the Jaw Jacker Hook Setter Tip-Up. This ice fishing essential automatically sets the hook on a bite, allowing anglers to utilize the flex of their rod. The Jaw Jacker Hook Setter Tip-Up is light and compact thanks to its tough ABS plastic construction. Your fisherman can cover more ice and enjoy the day outside without having to watch all their rods. Make their next ice fishing trip more relaxing and gift them a Jaw Jacker Hook Setter Tip-Up in their stocking.
Give your gift giving a heavy-duty upgrade this year with the Heritage Laker Standard Wood Tip-Up. Constructed from plain hardwood and featuring a brass locking tension system, this ice accessory is bound to impress. The 3-inch spool can capably hold 100 yards of 36 lb. line for an effective ice fishing setup. Give the Heritage Laker Standard Wood Tip-Up as a stocking stuffer and watch your angler haul in one trophy catch after another.
Add to your ice fisherman’s arsenal and gift them the VMC Tungsten Tubby Jig Kit. The six included jigs are constructed from high-density tungsten for optimal durability and performance. Your fisherman will be pleased with the uptick in hookups, too, thanks to the Power Gap Hook setup. The 90-degree line tie and precision balancing also help keep this lure in the proper positioning all day long. They’ll also feel secure in watching their lures sink to depth thanks to the Ultra Glow colors. Up to 15 minutes of charge can allow your fisherman to watch their bait slowly descend for the ultimate bite. Stuff their stocking with the VMC Tungsten Tubby Jig Kit and prepare for another fun day out on the ice.
Cast your gift-giving line this holiday and reel in the 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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