11 Great Fly Fishing Gift Ideas for Christmas2018!

Looking for the perfect Christmas present for the angler in your life? From great value fly sets to fly lines, accessories and more, here are 11 items sure to be popular this festive season! We’ve included something for everyone here, from fishing gifts under £10 to great value starter kits, materials and must have gear.  Perfect treats for anyone who loves fly fishing, on sale from retailers and online shops right now. Just click the titles for product links to find out more…

1. Turrall Bamboo Fly Selection Gift Boxes (RRP: from £44.99)

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If you know what kind of fly fishing they love best, a beautifully presented selection box of flies could make a great present for him or her. Providing a whole host of winning fly patterns in a fine quality split-cane box, our Bamboo Fly Selections do just that, whether their first love is sea trout or stillwater water fly fishing.

2. Fishing Hoorag – RRP £9.99

angling buffLooking for a simple, stylish way to keep out the heat or the cold when fishing? Well, here’s a great Christmas stocking filler, perfect for those anglers who don’t do embarrassing knitwear! Fashioned in non-fish scaring camou colours, this accessory can be worn many different ways all year round.

3. Hemingway’s Dubbing Dispensers (RRP: £17.99)

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For the tyer looking for the very best in fly dubbing materials, look no further than these sets of fantastically useful colours. Keeping the materials neatly stored together, these are also a great solution for those of us whose fly tying areas are less than tidy!

4. Hemingway’s Realistic Fly Sets (RRP: £15.99)

Hemingways realistic fliesIn the world of shop bought flies, it pays to be as selective and fussy as the fish you want to catch. This year, we are delighted to add Hemingway’s superbly lifelike patterns to our quality range of UK flies. The detail on many of these has to be seen to be believed, from caddis to mayflies, with both wet and dry flies to give you complete confidence with picky fish.

5. Sportsman Bumper (RRP £14.99)

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When you’re setting up for a day’s fishing, the last thing you want is your rod getting stepped on or worse (crunch!) getting caught in a car door. This brilliant fly fishing gadget keeps several rods snug and upright, sticking to the side of your car via magnets. Voila! No more rods falling over or costly accidents.

6. Today’s Flyfisher Magazine Subscription (£27.96)

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This brand new fly fishing quarterly really is a thing of beauty! High production values, stunning photography and lively features cover just about every style of fly fishing you are likely to enjoy, from Britian’s wild lakes to far flung adventures across the globe. Highly recommended reading- why not treat yourself or a friend to four mouthwatering issues? See www.todaysflyfisher.com

7. Turrall Off Bead Nymphs (RRP: £9.99 set of 12)

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Looking for the best in modern grayling flies for winter fishing? These off-bead nymphs fish jig style, to get right down to where the fish are feeding on the coldest days. Doubling up on six of the very best colours and sizes, this set is great value for money.

8. Cortland Fly Lines, from feather to heavy weight! (RRP from £39.99)

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Whether it’s flicking out a tiny dry fly on a delicate leader, or heaving out articulated pike flies on a 10-weight, Cortland produce some of the best fly lines money can buy. Currently in the range are lines that cater for the most demanding extremes, from Cortland Ultralight Trout Fly Lines in weight classes down to a two, right up to the Cortland Big Fly Line, already winning fans among those who cast large flies for toothy, hard-hitting predators.

9. Cortland 9ft Pike / Saltwater Fly Rod Kit (RRP: £74.99)

Cortland starter fly fishing kit pike bassAt some point in any fly angler’s life, a new challenge is a must to keep the flame burning strong. Fancy a crack at sea bass or pike in 2019? This ideal starter kit includes rod, reel, fly line and leader at the best possible value! Just add flies (and perhaps a wire trace for pike) and you’re away…

10. Cortland Chest Pack (RRP: £29.99)

Here’s a great portable solution for those who like to wade or wander for mile after mile. Deceptively spacious, yet light and highly practical, this stylish bag will carry plenty of odds and ends safely and stylishly.

11. Turrall Camou Fly Box (RRP £14.99)

Turrall camou fly box fishing gifts Super durable, besides eye catching, this box features high quality foam to store all your favourite flies snugly for seasons to come.

 

Top Fly Fishing Books, Gifts & Stocking Fillers

What is it about anglers and Christmas? Most of them would rather be casting out than staying in for the annual dose of festive telly and inlaws. Buying presents for fishermen can be tricky too. To the non-angler, ours is a confusing world of Di-6 lines, furled leaders, Woolly Buggers and other funny terminology. So what on earth do you buy an angler for Christmas? Here are some ideal gift ideas for fly fishers this year, from top books to stocking fillers:

Top Fly Fishing Books

For anyone who daydreams of fishing when indoors around Christmas, books are the next best thing to fishing. Even in the digital age, many of us still pine for great angling reads. They not only tell great stories, but transport us away from TV repeats and back to the water! 2016 has been an excellent year for fishing books too, whether you want to be informed or entertained.

1. Haynes Fly Fishing Manual (Mark Bowler RRP £22.99)

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Known for their no-nonsense approach to all kinds of subjects, Haynes Manuals have a reputation for clarity and thoroughness. A fly fishing manual was perhaps overdue, with the mammoth task of compiling such a work entrusted to Fly Fishing & Fly Tying editor Mark Bowler.

Books like this can be highly practical, but sometimes run the risk of being very dry. So it is excellent to see that the author has not only done a thorough job but injected humour and readability to make this a very user-friendly reference work. Furthermore, the book should be commended for going well beyond the realms of traditional game species to cover coarse and sea fish, as well as a bang up to date primer on all modern fly fishing tackle and techniques.

This is a very well-crafted book indeed. Perhaps no such thing as the “complete fly fishing book” exists, but this is comprehensive enough to be pretty damned close. Highly recommended. ORDER HERE

2. Nymphing- The New Way: French Leader Fishing for Trout (Jonathan White, RRP £20)

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Another blooming text book about trout fly fishing, you ask? Well, not exactly. This new volume is a feast of technical knowhow and beautiful photography, written in consultation with top international fly anglers. The whole French leader phenomenon is one that often turns off anglers- after all, really bloody long leaders can be hard to manage. This book puts expert techniques in plain English, along with engaging stories and examples to get the average angler up to scratch. A great volume for the keen river angler. ORDER HERE

3.Crooked Lines (Dominic Garnett RRP: £9.99)

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Tired of rather traditional, prosaic angling literature? This book delivers a welcome shot in the arm to the genre, with a whole host of exciting stories that take the reader to all manner of unexpected corners. Full of great lines, sudden twists and gritty humour, this is a fishing book for the 21st century. It also contains suitably crooked illustrations by Lord Bunn and a foreword by none other than Matt Hayes. Refreshingly different and excellent fun. ORDER HERE

4. The Healing Stream (Laurence Catlow, RRP £20)


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For anyone who assumed that fishing books had a certain “safe” territory to stay within, this is a book to challenge and delight. Following the author’s deep relationship with two rivers, it is a work that contrasts the redemptive power of nature with the darker nature of human experience. Not always an easy read, but ultimately a redemptive one with some sparkling prose and no shortage of talking points. ORDER HERE

5. Fallon’s Angler (£28 for 4 issues)

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For those who enjoy a great angling yarn, this quarterly is somewhere between a book and a magazine. But it is so thoroughly readable and packed with great stories and contributors we had to bend the rules and include it in our roundup!

Whatever your tastes as an angler, a terrific variety of material can be found in each and every issue, from classic chalkstream angling to wilderness adventures across the globe. If you’re after articles to help you catch more fish, this might not be the title for you; but if you’re looking for a fantastic read then look no further. ORDER HERE

Top Fly Fishing Stocking Fillers & Xmas Gifts

 Besides great fishing books and the bigger items like rods and reels, it can be tricky to pick out those smaller but desirable gifts for the fly fisher. Here are five of our most popular choices to put smiles on faces without breaking the bank this year:

1. Sportsman’s Bumper (RRP: £14.99)

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Fishing rods and cars enjoy a jaded relationship at the best of times. Tackling up and packing away are especially risky, as rods fall over or slip- and many of us will have crunched one or two in the slam of a door or boot. This clever device keeps them upright and safe with minimum fuss; and because it sticks via magnets you won’t need to drill or modify your car. Just pop it on and pop it off, it’s that simple! The easiest rod holder for cars we’ve ever seen. BUY IT HERE

2. Turrall Fly Pod (RRP from £24.99)

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The Fly Pod is one of our bestsellers year on year and no secret to see why. Each features a healthy number and variety of fly patterns in a quality, double-sided box. Selections include everything from grayling flies to salmon and stillwater patterns, at a terrific price. ORDER YOUR FLYPOD HERE

3.Fly Tying Starter Kits (RRP from £39.99)

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There is nothing more satisfying to catching on your own flies. These kits allow you to give the gift of a new hobby! Featuring a well-chosen selection of tools and materials plus instructions, the kits contain all you need to get tying.

4. Turrall Bamboo Fly Boxes (From £19.99)

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Fly anglers always need containers to store their patterns; but there are very basic fly boxes and then there are those built to last a lifetime. Our Bamboo range fall into the latter category. Anglers tend to covet them because of their beautiful split cane finish, but the looks are matched by longevity in this case. Still many anglers’ favourite fly box on the market. Available in various sizes, from handy smaller pocket size to our “grande” version. ORDER HERE

5. Turrall Thingamabobber Strike Indicators (RRP from £3.99)

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Light, bright and so easy to use, these indicators continue to be extremely popular with fly fishers. Ideal for suspending even weighty nymphs, they are simple to put on your leader and show up beautifully. Smaller sizes can also be used to incorporate into your large dry fly patterns. BUY HERE