Fishing is one of the most popular hobbies in the world. Many people spend their days dreaming about getting out on the water. For them, nothing can top the thrill of wrestling with a huge fish, feeling it pulling steadily on the line.

There are plenty of gift ideas that people who love fishing will love. Let’s look at some of the best fishing gifts that are sure to net you a smile.

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1. Fish Finder

A fish finder is one of the most important tools in any fisherman’s arsenal. This device can give you a detailed view of the underwater environment. You’ll be able to see where the fish are and how deep they are. This makes it easy for you to find the right strategy, putting your hooks in the right place. Steve prefers this fish finder for his still water fishing locally. This portable fish finder is perfect for taking on holiday. It can easily be attached to a kayak or be used when ice fishing. If something goes wrong, it’s covered by a 12-month warranty. 

2. Multi-Function Fishing Pliers

Landing a fish can be a highly exciting prospect. However, once ashore things get more complex. You’ll need to use pliers to remove the hook from its mouth. That’s where this multi-function fishing tool comes in. It comes with pliers, to easily remove the hook. It also has a section that will be able to cut fishing lines. It can also deal with split hooks. This tool has been built with high-quality materials, so it will be able to last for a long time.

3. Canvas Fishing Rod & Reel Organizing Bag

When you’re going on a fishing trip, you’ll need to take a rod and reel with you. However, this can sometimes be difficult. There’s a lot of bulky equipment to carry. This canvas fishing rod and reel organizer bag can help for spincasters. There are slots for the rod and reel to fit into. It’s capable of carrying up to five reels at any one time. It also comes with places to slot the rest of your equipment. When you’re not using it, you’ll be able to fold it down, so it’s easy to store.

4. Rubber Mesh Fishing Net

There are many options to choose from when considering a fishing net. Steve prefers the soft rubber mesh nets for netting the fish. He is primarily a catch and release fisherman, so these nets are soft on the fish and minimize the stress and damage to the fish. He has a short net for fly fishing rivers and a longer net for the boat.

5. Ice Fishing Gloves

Ice fishing can be a lot of fun. As long as you get past the freezing temperatures. To fish, you’ll need to rug up, with warm clothing. But most gloves will make it difficult to use your fingers. This makes them unworkable when fishing, as it requires a lot of dexterous movements. That’s where these ice fishing gloves come in. They are insulated, to keep your hand warm. They also have thick elastic strips, so they’ll be secured to your hands. The fabric is waterproof, so you don’t need to worry if it starts snowing.

6. Hand-painted Yeti Tumbler

If you’re looking for a unique gift, check out this amazing painted YETI tumbler. This is perfect for a long fishing trip. Because of the insulation, it will be able to keep your drink hot. The mug is also highly durable. However, the star of the show is the amazing artwork. The attention to detail and the colors used are remarkable. The design has been hand-painted. Because of this, you’ll be the only person in the world who can give this mug.

7. Fishing Waist Bag

If Steve is walking and wading, he much prefers to carry what he needs in his fly fishing waist pack vs a backpack. It is easier to access stuff, “on the fly”. His favorite Simms pack is no longer available, but this one seems to be very similar. 

8. Long Sleeved UV Shirt

When Steve heads out for his fly fishing trips to Belize, he must pack long-sleeved UV shirts for being on the water all day. (You can see he is wearing one of them in the photo above.) He has many of these long-sleeved UV shirts from Simms. They are comfortable, lightweight, and breathable for those hot days in the beautiful Belize sunshine. (He also has a number of these must-have buffs to protect his neck and face.)

9. Polarized Sunglasses

Spending time on the water can be a peaceful experience. Until the sun comes out, bringing the glare with it. Polarized sunglasses can be the perfect gift to protect the eyes of people who love being on the water. Kaenon is one of Steve’s favourite brand of fishing sunglasses. He also likes Maui Jim and Bruneau.

10. Funny T-Shirt

If you’re looking for a funny present, this is it. Not only is it a funny message, but it’s also a comfortable T-Shirt. It’s made from cotton, so it’ll be lightweight and breathable. Also, these T-Shirts are made in the USA, so you’ll be supporting local manufacturing.

11. Electronic Fishing Game for Kids

If you’re buying for a younger child who loves fishing, this could be a great gift idea. It’s an electronic fishing game. They’ll be able to cast out. Then, they’ll use the reel to bring the fish in. There are a few game settings, from lakes to the deep sea. The more fish they catch, the more points they’ll be able to get. This can be a great practice for the real thing. Coming with two AA batteries, this will provide hours of entertainment.

12. Rod Stand

Fishing can be a lot of fun. But even the most patient angler can get sick of holding the rod, waiting for a bite. That’s where these stainless steel rod stands come in. You’ll be able to set these up on the beach. Pop the spincasting rods in and sit back. When the fish start biting, you can jump on and start reeling it in. In the meantime, you’ll be able to focus on other activities. Because they are made from stainless steel, these rod holders will be able to last for a long time. They also come lined with rubber. This ensures that your rod won’t get scratched or damaged. Because they are portable, you’ll be able to fold them up when you’re not using them.

13. Fishing Tackle Box for the Boat

Over time, anglers tend to accumulate a lot of gear. They grow their collection of hooks and lines. This can make keeping track of everything difficult. If this is the case, you might want to consider giving them a fishing tackle box. This has a place for all the fishing gear. Shelves for hooks and lures. Places to store larger gear, like replacement reels. Steve moved from a traditional fishing tackle bag to this awesome Yeti Cargo Box. He loves how he can also use it as a mini table on the boat. He uses this Patagonia Dry Bag for his saltwater fishing gear.

14. Fly Casting Practice Rod

For people who are new into fly casting, this practice rod offers a great opportunity to practice fly casting virtually anywhere, as long as there is enough space around you. Steve loved learning with this rod when he first got into the sport.

15. Wading Socks

These are Steve’s favorite wading socks from Simms. He loves them because they keep his feet warmer in the cold rivers. He wears them in his Simms wading boots, like these.