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Best Fly Fishing Gifts $100 and Under

Ivan Orsic / Nov 3, 2021

Are you looking to get a gift for the fly fishing angler in your life this holiday season? Look no further than the Trouts Fly Fishing Holiday Gift Guide for 2021. This gift guide is a list of the top fly fishing items to give this holiday season broken down by price point with descriptions of each item! If you have any questions on inventory or if your items will make it by Christmas, shoot us an email or live chat, and we will get you squared away! Without further ado, let's dive into the Trouts Fly Fishing Holiday Gift Guide for 2021.

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Best Fly Fishing Gifts $100 and Under

Camo Ledges ZS2 500 Waist Pack:

For those looking for a holiday gift with a lot of utility and innovative design, I could not suggest the Ledges ZS2 500 enough. This waist pack is perfect for anglers who want to keep everything organized and their fly fishing gear and fly boxes in one place. In steps, the Umpqua Ledges ZS2 500 Waist Pack. When it comes to hip packs, Umpqua makes some of the most innovative bags on the market. Anglers designed these bags for those who hold the endless pursuit of chasing rising trout. The ZS2 Ledges 500 carries everything you need for a full day on the water and enough space for a couple of beers with their integrated water bottle holder. This bag was designed with a stiff and well-padded back panel and waist belt to provide all-day comfort and easy rotation whenever you desire to change flies. The main compartment of The Ledges holds four (4) standard fly boxes, and the stretch mesh pockets on the face are great for accessories such as flies or dry fly floatant. As a bonus, Umpqua designed the bag with an integrated net sleeve and a hemostat sheath for compact storage and easy access when the time arises. If you are looking to personalize this waist pack, you are in luck; the different Molle attachment points are a perfect option when looking to make the pack truly yours.

Fishpond Tacky Pescador Fly Box - XL:

For the angler with every fly imaginable, the Fishpond Tacky Pescador Fly Box - XL is the fly box for you. The Pescador XL measures 10.6" x 7.8" x 3", which is MASSIVE compared to the Fishpond Tacky Daypack 2. It does not matter if you want to store large flies or hundreds of nymphs; this fly box offers quick access and a tremendous carrying capacity no matter what type of angler you are.

The Pescador XL box is a perfect option if you're preparing for a trip across the globe or simply looking for the ultimate boat box for floating your home water; the Pescador XL Fly Box is the ultimate box that stands above the rest. The Pescador XL Fly Box features Fishpond's signature waterproof gasket, and Tacky's signature high tack leaflets. This ultimate fly box also offers a magnetic Latchless system which offers quick access while keeping your large or small flies out of the elements or the rapids you will encounter on your local waters during a good float trip. With a tremendous carrying capacity of up to 464 flies and an optional add-on Pescador Leaflet (shown in the image), there's no better way to keep your largest arsenal of bugs and baitfish and should be at the top of every angler’s wish list.

Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Trout Fly Line:

Fly lines are one of the most critical aspects of fly fishing and can be a game changer for beginner to intermediate anglers. When you decide to upgrade your fly line, picking which one is best for you and your situation can be challenging. For many of us, we want our fly line to do all things well, and we want our fly line to help us make those casts at longer distances and give us the advantage in specific dry fly presentations. When searching for a fly line that can honestly do it all, there should only be one on the top of your list, Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Trout Fly Line. The Amplitude Smooth series of lines are, put, the highest-performance smooth fly lines in the world. With up to five times less drag and eight times the durability of traditional lines, this will change how you look at fly line performance. The Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Trout Fly Lines can be classified as the "Jack of all Trades" for fly fishing lines. This line is used by many fly fishing guides for their clients and should be the top option for any age or skill level.

There's a sipper 40 feet away, and he looks like he's eating tricos. The natural rhythms of the rise and the river begin to make sense, so you ready yourself to cast. You shouldn't be thinking about your fly line at that moment because you should trust it implicitly. At that moment, you need the Amplitude Smooth Trout taper. Featuring our unparalleled AST Plus slickness additive, the Amplitude Smooth Trout is designed specifically for precise presentations and those who love dry flies.

Simms Gore-Tex Exstream Foldover Mitts:

While the Simms Gore-Tex Exstream Foldover Mitt comes in at a steep price point, they are well worth every penny. The Simms Exstream Foldover Mitt is one of the best investments you can make for your winter fishing kit. If the angler in your life constantly complains about cold hands or fingers during their fishing trip, it is time to invest in the Simms Exstream Foldover Mitts. These mitts are built with 100-percent-waterproof Gore-Tex technology and Simms's highest-grade shell fabric. If you are interested in specs for a pair of gloves, let's dive into them a bit. These gloves are built with a waterproof, durable gore-tex two-layer shell fabric and insulated with 100g of Primaloft Gold Insulation; for added warmth, these mitts also feature Gore-Tex Infinium stretch fleece to increase palm warmth. These can be worn either as mittens or half finger gloves and support a stowable fleece line neoprene, preventing a stray snagged line.If you are ice fishing or finding spooky trout along the Blue Rive, you must have a high-quality pair of mittens handy; make those the Simms Exstream Foldover Mittens.

Urban Anglers River Rats Net:

We are constantly finding random sporting equipment in the river. Basketballs, baseballs, bats, volleyballs, bowling balls, etc. You name it, we have found it. There must be a community center somewhere upstream that is missing everything the amount of equipment we have found made a lightbulb go off, and we are happy to offer repurposed tennis rackets as Urban Anglers USA River Rat fishing nets. Our “River Rats” are legit tennis rackets re-threaded to hold quality rubber netting. The fiberglass frames usually are only found in high price fishing nets. Using old equipment that would typically end up as trash can offer superior strength and quality at a lower price.

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