With frosty nights here and cheesy festive hits on the radio, you know Christmas is creeping up fast. While you’d rather be fishing, the family are getting their gift lists together. If we’re not careful, the result will be aftershave and socks. So instead, here are some perfect Christmas present ideas for fly fishermen and women, whether you’re dropping hints or looking to gift friends or family:
1. Turrall Bamboo Fly Boxes & Fly Selections (From £19.99)
Game anglers tend to collect fly boxes like ladies accumulate handbags. Not all, however, are created equal. These split cane specials are not just practical but beautifully finished. Built to last a lifetime, they have been one of our bestsellers for years.
Find them in various sizes, or for a really special gift we also produce these ready-loaded with a selection of top quality flies, from deadly stillwater patterns to classic salmon, sea trout or grayling flies. Prices start at around £19.99 for the boxes, or £45.99 for the loaded presentation sets. See your local tackle shop, or order online from the likes of Fly-Fishing-Tackle.co.uk
2. Cortland Ultra Premium Flurocarbon Tippet (RRP: £17.99)
Even the best fly needs a quality leader to present it properly, and from the first trials we gave this new product from Cortland we knew we had something special. At an RRP of £17.99 a spool, it isn’t the cheapest; but this is without a shadow of doubt the best tippet material we’ve ever used. Perfect for competition anglers and demanding situations in river or stillwater fly fishing. Ask your local stockist or buy online from www.troutcatchers.co.uk
3. Peter Cockwill Fly Selection Packs
Peter Cockwill needs little introduction when it comes to catching large trout on small stillwaters. We’re delighted to release these cracking patterns, from stalking bugs to damsels and dry flies, as designed and used by the man himself. Click here to order via www.fliesonline.co.uk
4. Peak Vice & Accessories
For the avid home tyer, the best fly tying vices can cost an eye-watering price. This is where the Peak truly wins! A rotary vice with amazing build quality and a wide range of accessories, it’s brilliant value at an RRP of £169.99. Available from selected stockists, or try www.fly-fishing-tackle.co.uk who also stock the various accessories.
5. Turrall Fly Pod (RRP: £24.99)
Providing a whole selection of top patterns in a quality double sided box for well under £30, this has to be one of the best fly fishing stocking fillers of all time! Take your pick from a wide range of proven fly selections, whether you favour flies for lakes or rivers, loch style or salmon fishing. Click here to visit our friends at www.troutcatchers.co.uk for a great selection of Fly Pods.
6. Lucky Laker Fish Finder (Now under £100!)
For those of you who fish large lakes and reservoirs, or try your hand at sea fishing, an easy to use fish-finder can save hours of guesswork. This handy model is not only user friendly, but creates its own WiFi signal to feed directly to your mobile phone. Shop around and you can find one for an amazing price too. Order yours from www.troutcatchers.co.uk for just £89.67!
7. Turrall Drop Shot Minnow Flies (RRP: £6.00)
Whether you enjoy catching coarse fish on the fly, or like to dabble with lure fishing, here’s a neat solution from Turrall’s Dom Garnett. These are especially useful for drop shot presentations with perch and various other predators.
Click here to order yours from www.dgfishing.co.uk
8. Recommended fishing books
When the inlaws have left and you finally get some peace and quiet, little beats a good book over Christmas. There are some excellent volumes around at the moment too. George Barron’s At The End of the Line (£25.00) is a fine work for anyone who enjoys wild waters and lough style fishing; while Freshwater Fishes of Britain (£14.99) by Jack Perks is a visual delight for any fish-spotter. Or for out-and-out entertainment value Dom Garnett’s Crooked Lines (£9.99) is a page turning collection of 24 cracking short stories and original artwork.
Catch more from the Turrall Flies Blog…
Talking of great reading, have you been following our regular blog lately? Providing fresh, lively content every month, it’s packed with great free fly fishing articles, with stunning photography and useful tips from the likes of Chris Ogborne, Gary Pearson and Dominic Garnett.
Take a look through our archives for a wealth of subject matter to read on your laptop, tablet or phone (click on the links for more):
- Winter Grayling Fishing
- Pike Fly Fishing Tips & Patterns
- A Guide to Safe Catch & Release Practice
- Easy step by step fly patterns, including the Quill Buzzer, Humungous and Diawl Bach, along with tips on how to catch more fish.
Finally, you can also get further news, tips and chances to win flies from our award winning range on the Turrall Flies Facebook Page.