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Best Fly Fishing Gifts $300 and Under

Ivan Orsic / Nov 4, 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 $300 and Under

Bajio Sunglasses - Nato Lens:

For anglers that demand the most out of their sunglasses, there is a new kid on the block in the world of sunglass brands. Bajio. A Spanish word for the shallows—that particular part of the ocean lies between the dry land and the deep blue. It's the connection zone, teeming with life—the ocean's nursery, where countless sea creatures are born and raised. Bajio sunglasses are designed for long days on the water and are built with the most innovative lens technologies on the market today. Bajio sunglasses keep your eyes fresh longer, and their anti-reflective coating falls in line with their conservation efforts. Their most popular lens option, the Bajio Nato Fishing Sunglasses, is perfect for anglers who require more out of their sunglasses than looks. A bold, squared statement frame that employs big temples to block sidelight and keep the focus on what's in front of you. A large frame can be heavy, but not when it's made of our lighter and stronger castor-based bio-plastic. Bajío's Fresh Eyes polarized lens technology slices through glare for better fish-spotting, while a blue light-blocking coating prevents eye fatigue to maintain visual acuity during marathon days in the sun.

Simms Dry Creek Z Sling Pack:

For deep-end wading and technical targets, the waterproof, fully submersible Dry Creek® Z Hip Pack brings ultimate utility and fully cushioned comfort to missions that require strategic organization and quick access to critical fishing gear. The Simms Dry Creek Z Hip Pack can be fully submerged in your favorite home waters or out of the boat on the tropical flats. This bag is truly a no-frills get the job done piece of gear that will keep you dry if you get a little in over your waders this coming summer or spring. Once you hold this bag for yourself, you will feel the difference between these and the competition. Here are the specs: Tru Zip™ waterproof self-healing zipper for 100% submersible protection, Interior stretch mesh storage pockets, exterior lash points, and built‐in easy‐access tool storage, Fully cushioned waist band with breathable, water-resistant foam, Centered net holster, Roll‐up strap retainer tames line to catch on all exterior adjustment straps, Bomber 840D TPU fabric safeguards against abrasion and punctures, Fabric: 300D 5x5mm ripstop polyester w/ face PU coating and backside TPU lamination.

Simms GTS Rod Reel Vault:

For the angler that is always on the go and spends more time on a raft on their favorite river than behind an office desk, the highly weather-resistant Simms GTS Rod Reel Vault is the perfect gift this holiday season. GTS, short for Gear Transport System, is your go-to carrying case for your future travels. The GTS Rod Reel Vault was initially designed to be a highly weather-resistant mini-suit case. However, the Simms GTS Rod and Reel Travel case quickly became the ultimate fly rod travel system over the years. The Simms GTS Rod Reel Travel Case is made with 1680D Polyester Ballistic fabric as well as 660D Cordura designed to crush any weather variable you may encounter in your travels. The weather-resistant molded case is perfect for collecting and protecting rods, reels, and other fly fishing gear while you are on the move. This bag holds six (6) 9'6" 4-piece rods and eight reels/spools with internal straps and dividers—more than enough for the adventurous angler in your life. The bag was designed with multiple reinforced daisy chains for lashing to various Simms GTS duffles and the Simms GTS Roller 110L and an aggressive webbing loop for attachment when you want to strap it to the outside of your luggage.

Product Dimensions:32.5” L x 9” W x 6” H (82.55cm L x 22.86cm W x 15.24cm H)

Blue Ribbon Fly Rod:

The Temple Fork Outfitters Blue Ribbon Fly Rod is perfect for the freshwater angler looking to efficiently cover water over multiple casts throughout the day. This rod features a high-quality medium action that is built to accommodate nymph rigs, double nymph rigs, streams, and dry flies. For this reason, the Blue Ribbon series is designed to load easily with minimal back cast allowing the angler to make quick accurate casts with very little effort. So, whether it's casting indicators, or multi-fly rigs from a drift boat, or baitfish patterns to the bank all day the Blue Ribbon series is engineered to deliver cast after cast with ease. The Blue Ribbon series is constructed with intermediate modulus carbon fiber material and finished in a chestnut brown color with premium cork grips. The lightweight up-locking solid brushed aluminum reel seats include an integrated hook keeper and have carbon fiber inserts. The 11-rod series is finished with SiC stripping guides and ultra-lightweight chromium-impregnated stainless-steel snake guides. All models feature TFO’s line weight ID system on the handle and alignment dots color-coded by line weight. The Blue Ribbon series is all about efficient casting when keeping the fly in the water is key. And when combined with TFO’s no-fault lifetime warranty against defects, these rods are the perfect choice for covering lots of water in search of your favorite freshwater species. The Blue Ribbon series is perfect for the freshwater angler who needs to effectively cover water with repeated casts over the course of the day. In these situations, the successful angler is the one whose fly is in the water the most. For this reason, the Blue Ribbon series is designed to load easily with minimal back cast allowing the angler to make quick accurate casts with very little effort. So, whether it's casting indicators, or multi-fly rigs from a drift boat, or baitfish patterns to the bank all day the Blue Ribbon series is engineered to deliver cast after cast with ease.

The Orvis Hydros Fly Fishing Reel:

If you are looking for someone's first high-end fly reel, I could not recommend the Orvis Hydros Reel. The new Orvis Hydros Reel is the result of our own desire to make something great, that much better. We took a best-selling reel and removed unnecessary material to further reduce the weight while stiffening the narrow spool, which minimizes line stacking. We changed the drag knob to be more ergonomically accessible and comfortable to use. We further refined the seal on the sealed drag to protect the clutch bearing in the drag mechanism. We radiused the reel foot as on the Mirage for kink-free leader protection. The fully sealed drag with stacked carbon and stainless steel disc washers is still one of the strongest in the industry, with zero start-up inertia. Matte type II anodized finish, standard large arbor size which balances better with a lighter-weight fly rod, and yet still offers excellent retrieval rates and less line coiling than standard arbor reels. Refinement and improvement are the hallmarks of quality. Matte black with silver accents, matte silver with charcoal accents.

The Simms G3 Guide Boot:

It does not matter if you fish 300 days a year or seven; having a pair of wading boots that get the job done day in and day out are a necessity, and the Simms G3 Guide Wading Boots do simply that. If the angler in your life is looking to upgrade their wading appeal or merely looking to have the best wading boot out of the gate, the Simms G3 Guide Boots are the best in any season you fish. The enhanced feel and traction of the boot make this an excellent choice no matter what season you find yourself fishing in and with proper room to fit your neoprene stockingfoot wader. The boot features big-time ankle support and an enhanced feel underfoot to help you get to hard-to-reach places. The Simms Rivertread®™ build gives you more feeling under your boot, so the unseen becomes easier to navigate without compromising the boot's overall support or traction. With proven durability to handle the wear and tear of hiking and wading day in and day out, the G3 Guide™ Boot gives you the confidence to move across rocky river bottoms anywhere in the world. If you are buying these for the angler in your life remember that you should not buy the wading boot that matches your street shoe size. Typically when shopping for wading boots, you will want a full size up from your regular shoe size; this is because you want to ensure ample room for your neoprene stocking foot waders. It does not matter if you find yourself scrambling over boulders tossing Parachute Adams on your favorite freestones or wet wading in your favorite tailwater you will only go as far as your boots will take you, so it is best to have confidence in your gear. Give the gift of confidence this holiday season with the gift of Simms G3 Guide Boot.

Rising Lunker Net 24" Handle:

With 24 inches of reach, the Rising Net is the perfect net for any serious angler. The Lunker Net is designed to handle fish of all sizes with the size and shape of the hoop. The 24″ handle offers you the extra reach to land fish in personal watercraft or doubles up as a staff when wade fishing. Use it for trout or off the boat in the salt… The Lunker Net can handle it all. Offered in 8 different colors of anodization and made at our HQ in Francis, Utah, USA.

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