The Best Fishing Gifts for Any Fisherman for 2021

Fishing is one of my favorite things to do and there are always at least one or two fishing gear items on my wish list for my birthday or the holidays. There are so many fishing gift ideas, but how do you pick the right one? There are multiple types of fishing and if you don’t fish, then you may not know the difference. But, every item on this list was recommended by people who actually fish, myself included.

This guide includes gifts for both men and women who fish. Because there are several different types of fishing, I have included sections about gifts for ice fishing, fly fishing, and fishing gifts in general. Some of the fishing gift ideas include gear, clothing, accessories, and even some fishing books and movies. And many of these items are recommended gear for beginner fly fishing. **This post was updated 4/10/2021.

I have also included some tips on what to buy and not buy for fishermen and fisherwomen. There is a wide range of gift ideas for any budget and almost all are under $100.00, and in the $25.00 – $50.00 range. Many of these gifts are geared towards fishing in general and trout fishing. Most fishing items are unisex, and unfortunately there really isn’t a lot specifically for women. However, I am one of those women that I’ll take the brown or black one instead of the pink or purple item because it is usually cheaper. This guide is broken down into the following sections:

  • Tips for buying gifts for fishermen
  • Fly fishing gift ideas
  • Ice fishing gift ideas
  • Fishing gifts for her
  • Fishing gifts for kids
  • Fishing gifts for him and any fisherman

Tips for Buying Gifts for Fishermen

From my years of fishing, I have realized that everyone has a different opinion on what pole is the best or what line is their Fly Rite Fly-Rite Stomach Pump. While purchasing fishing gifts, here are a few things to consider:

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  • People who fish, love to fish. It a passion and a lifestyle, so anything to do with fishing that is not gear is usually a good idea.
  • Everyone has a different opinion on what the best rod or line is, and it really is a personal preference. If they haven’t specifically told you a brand of pile or line or reals, don’t get it.
  • What type of fish does the fisherman usually target? Gear, bait, and line vary, depending on the type of fish someone is fishing for.
  • Anything that is useful and encourages more time out on the water is a winner.
  • Avoid purchasing high-end expensive items. Usually, these items are considered an investment, and the fisherman likes to choose those items themselves, like waders or a fishing rod.

My Fishing Wish List

There are so many amazing gifts on this list. I thought I would share the top ten things I want from my current fishing wish list to inspire you. Maybe you’ll find something here that is perfect or you can just browse the rest of the list. There are over 100 recommended ideas in this post for men, women, and kids.

Have you seen my ultimate gift guide for hunters?

Fly Fishing Gifts Ideas

I will admit, I am not the best fly fisherman/ fisher-woman. And it’s not because of not knowing how, it’s because I have a hard time getting into the water. Weird, I know, but a bad day of fishing is better than no fishing at all. I’ve included in this section of the gift guide, a few things that are particular to just fly fishing, that I often use and love. When looking for fly fishing gifts, keep in mind that fly fishermen are often in the water, so anything that keeps gear dry or from floating away, is very practical.

Fishing Lanyard – This is a great way to keep some of your most important gear from floating away and accessible. It’s hard to reach into a backpack when you are wading into a river or lake. This can replace a fishing vest and would be great for other types of fishing too.

Fly Fishing Net – When choosing a net, rubber mesh is best because it is less harmful to the fish, easy to clean, and does not mildew. Nets with a magnetic release are a bonus because it’s easy to detach when you need it and is hands-free. I love the fishing nets that have a measuring tape inside, it makes it so much easier to measure your fish.

Fly Fishing Line Holder – With this little gadget easily attached to the rod, it makes attaching new flies and switching out lines so much easier. With this, anyone is less likely to drop their line.

Fishing Rod Holder – This is the best way to be hands-free while switching out a lure or fly, lines or taking that trophy picture. This is one of my favorite pieces of gear for fly fishing.

Fly Box – You want a box that will keep your flies dry and anchored inside the box so you do not end up with a tangle of sharp hooks. Boxes come in many sizes and are made from different materials like plastic and bamboo. Especially if someone ties their own flies, I don’t think you can have too many fly boxes.

Fly Tying Kit – A fly tying kit is perfect for any fly fisherman that ties their own flies. These kits are perfect for beginners or for travel. Fly fishermen travel all over and many have fly tying stations that aren’t mobile like these kits.

Fly Tying Work Station – Most people who tie their own flies have working stations at home. Fly tying is an art form and I have seen some very creative flies made from some pretty interesting materials. I have included a few things below that are perfect for a fly tying station.

Fly Fishing Books and Shows – The movie “A River Runs Through It” inspired me to start to fly fishing. It is one of my favorites and was filmed not too far from where I live. I later went back and read the book. Below, I’ve included a few good reads and movies for fly fishermen. There are some additional recommendations in this post about fly fishing tips.

Fly Fishing Novelties and Decor – Fly fishing is a great sport and hobby and people are really enthusiastic about it. You can get so many different cool things that are inspired by fly fishing. When someone loves their hobby that much, they don’t mind novelties or home decorations.

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Ice Fishing Gift Ideas

I love ice fishing, but then again I also love fishing and winter sports, so it is ideal for me. Ice fishing does have some specialized fishing gear, but it is gear that is preferred to have. It’s better to sit out on the ice in a warm ice house than on the ice in the wind and cold. Some of these gifts are a bit more expensive, however, ice fishing gear is made to last.

Crampons – Safety first, falling on the ice is something nobody wants. Ice crampons/ snow cleats are the best way to prevent falling on the ice and a must-have for any ice fishing trip. I live in a very snowy area, so I use these almost every day in the winter at home.

Ice Fishing Sled – An ice fishing sled is the best way to transport gear across the ice and snow. What I love best about ice fishing sleds, is that they are very durable. We use our ice fishing sled for sledding because those flimsy kid toboggans break so easily, and our ice fishing sled has lasted five tears with no cracks or holes. Ice fishing sleds are also useful for hunting and hauling firewood.

Ice Fishing Pole – This is the only fishing pole I have included in this guide and it’s because, in my opinion, ice fishing poles are almost all of the same. Ice fishing poles are shorter than regular poles and allow you to “jig” with ease. We often use kid fishing poles because they are just the right size. Ice fishing rods usually cost under $30.00.

Ice House – An ice house is ideal for ice fishing. It keeps you warm and out of the elements. This would be considered the ultimate gift for ice fishing. They come in multiple sizes, from one-person to eight-person ice houses.

Ice Fishing Tip Ups and Rod Setters – A tip-up or rod setter allows you to ice fishing without having to hold the rod. All you do is set it up and wait. The rod setter below will “jig” the bait for you as if it is live bait.

Ice Fishing Auger – It is hard to go ice fishing if you do not have anything to drill a hole through the ice. There are both gas-powered and manual ice augers. Both work well, but a gas-powered ice auger is convenient to have and less work. There are different sizes, and a 6-8 inch is a good standard size.

Ice Scooper/ Slush Skimmer – An ice scooper is a good accessory to have and should never be left at home. It keeps your hole from icing over.

Ice Fishing Snow Shovel – Another accessory you should have while ice fishing, is a collapsible snow shovel. We use ours to clear away snow and shovel snow to anchor our ice house.

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Fishing Gifts for Her

It is almost impossible to find fishing gifts for women. Maybe it’s because fishing has always been considered a men’s sport, which it isn’t anymore, but it is so hard to find fishing gifts for her. Personally, all I care about is good gear, but sometimes it’s nice to have something pretty or unique. It’s the same reason why I found unique enamel coffee cups. Everybody has the same blue enamel ones and I like to stand out. I normally wouldn’t recommend shirts, but these ones are pretty. Here are a few fishing gifts that I would appreciate getting, as a woman who fishes.

Fishing Gifts for Kids

I think my kids were born with fishing poles in their hands, which is funny, because my husband really dislikes fishing. I have included here some of our kids’ favorite fishing gear. I can’t complain that this is one of my children’s’ favorite hobbies. My son begs to go fishing every day and I love that he has that passion, at so young an age. I have included a few fishing poles here, including the children’s fly rod. As for a kids fishing pole, I go with Zebco just because it’s an affordable pole and great for kids. If you haven’t already, be sure to look at the guide for teaching kids to fish. It’s just as hard to find kids fishing gear that is actually usable, as it is to find women’s fishing gear.

Explorer Vest – This is the perfect starter fishing vest for kids. Ours has gone through three kids and I think it will last forever.

Fishing Gift Ideas for Him and Any Fisherman

It was really hard to narrow down the next part of this gift guide. There are way too many fishing gadgets and accessories, so I have narrowed it down to the ones I think are the most relevant. I also considered how practical or useful an item is. I did not include personalized fishing lures because fishing hooks and lures get lost all of the time. I also did not include fish finders, just because I have never used one so I felt I couldn’t recommend something I haven’t tried.

Fishing Apparel – When I am fishing, I think that clothing provides a lot of protection from the sun and the weather. A good hat, fishing gloves and neck gaiter are must-have fishing apparel that every fisherman should have. If you are looking for fishing shirts, I recommend checking out Downstream Adventure Apparel. They are a small business and I like to support small businesses. I prefer a Boonie hat for better coverage and protection and any type of glasses. You don’t often think of this, but a hat with a wide brim and glasses gives your face better protection from a stray hook. Google “fishing accidents”, so you know what I mean. Nobody wants to get hooked in the face. I always have a separate pair of gloves just for fishing. Neck gaiters are versatile and have many uses.

Fishing Essential Gear – Every fisherman can appreciate gear like a tackle box or tackle bag, rod organizer, fishing chair, and a good cooler. These are all items that any fisherman would appreciate.

Wild River Bucket Fishing Caddy (Bucket not included)

Fishing Accessories – Other fishing gear items that are useful are a fish stringer, a good knife or fish scaler, a dry bag to keep your things dry, and fishing pliers. One of the most ingenious accessories is a micro-filament line collector. The fishing line is not biodegradable and I really dislike other people’s loose lines scattered about. Snagging and broken line happens, but I try to be responsible and pick mine up.

The best multi-tool for fishing is a pair of humble finger nail clippers. It may sound silly, but finger nail clipper are light-weight, can fit almost anywhere, and you can use them to clip and trim line, remove splinters, remove barbs from hooks, and a few other things.

Line Cutter Ring – Easily cut any fishing line without having to dig for a knife or clippers
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Other Fishing Gifts and Novelties – If you are looking for fishing gifts that are not gear, there really is quite a lot to choose from. I have included below a bit of variety. When I think of gifting someone something, I want it to be something that they will appreciate and hopefully use.

“Fish: Recipes and Techniques for Freshwater Fish” by Jon Wiplfli (I actually reviewed this cookbook last year and you can click here to read the review. It has become my favorite fish cookbook.)

Did you find the perfect gift for the fisherman / fisherwoman in your life? I really do wish there were more fishing gifts for women and kids. Is there something that you would add to this list? Leave a comment below with any suggestions. And don’t forget, be outside with no limits.

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