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2020 GIFT GUIDE for Beginner Fly Anglers

Ivan Orsic / Dec 12, 2020

Want to get a beginner fly angler outfitted for the upcoming season? Check out our 2020 Gift Guide for Beginner Fly Anglers!

If you're the beginner angler, share this with those inquisitive gift-givers who are in need of an idea or two.

Redington Path II Combo Fly Fishing Outfit

As the old saying goes, the best ability is availability. You can't learn to fly fish without a fly rod in your hand and the Redington Path comes in at a great price point for a rod, reel, and line outfit. The beginner angler in your life will be geared up and ready to go with this outfit. While there are certainly better...and subsequently more expensive options, many of us in the shop started off with outfits very similar to the Redington Path. It's a great rod & reel outfit to start your fly fishing journey off on the right foot.

Orvis Clearwater Fly Rod

If you're looking to step the quality level up a little bit for your favorite beginning fly angler, the Clearwater is a great and aggressively-priced option. Available in a variety of lengths, the Orvis Clearwater rods have you covered whether you're fishing small, freshwater creeks or wide, western trout rivers.

The Clearwater fly rod is designed with a perfect balance of strength and precision, allowing anglers to cast heavy streamer or tiny dry flies. The value and versatility of our Clearwater rods make them favorites among freshwater anglers everywhere. Offered at a great price and backed by a 25-year guarantee, Clearwater rods cannot be beaten.

Redington Rise III Fly Reel

This machined and anodize fly reel is a great bump up from the more traditional introductory reels. A tremendous value, the Redington Rise III can protect light tippet and put the halt to that feisty trophy trout that keeps the beginner angler in your life up at night.

Rising Ultralight Plier

We talked about these in the Stocking Stuffer Guide...and with good reason. Good pliers are an angler's best friend. Whether you're trimming tippet or removing a hook, the Ultralight pliers from Rising are hard to beat...especially with that internal spring.

Costa Sunglasses

Polarized sunglasses are a must-have for any fly angler. Filtering out glare and giving the angler the ability to see into the water makes polarized sunglasses an absolute game-changer. There are a wide variety of lens colors and finishes and that can feel kind of overwhelming at times, luckily our own Rick Mikesell broke it down a couple of years ago. Check out this VIDEO summarizing how to Pick the Right Lens Color for Fly Fishing.

Simms Solarflex Plus Crew

The Simms Solarflex Plus Crew is built to keep you cool on the hottest of days. Easy breathing, sun-blocking shirt designed to dial in cooling comfort on the hottest days.

Rising Big Nippa

As any angler can attest, not losing your nippers can be a challenge, especially when you're just starting out and trying to keep track of everything that's going on on the water. Enter the Rising Big Nippa, it's hard to lose something when it's huge. We're BIG fans of the Rising BIG Nippa. The BIG NIPPAS are hard to lose...and they cut leader and tippet real well.


Catching fish on dry flies is one of the most rewarding and entertaining things you can do with a fly rod. Dry flies, unfortunately, can't float forever without a little help from some floatant. Gink is a classic and is a must-have for a beginner angler!

Scientific Anglers Absolute Trout Tippet

Tippet is one of those things that always makes a good gift for a fly angler. They'll always need it. The all new Scientific Anglers Absolute Trout Tippet is stronger than the competitors and will serve the beginning angler well as they start to learn and master a couple essential fly fishing knots.

Flyfisher's Guide To Colorado

An essential for any Colorado angler, the Flyfisher's Guide to Colorado is especially valuable for the angler who is just starting out here in Colorado. Marty Bartholomew covers all of the rivers and lakes of this great fishing state. Marty covers each river in detail with how to fish the water, the best times, a list of go-to flies, hatch charts, and the best times to fish each water. As an added bonus, our own Barry Reynolds contributed his warmwater knowledge to the Colorado Fly Fishing "Bible."

Fishpond Nomad Native Net

Every fish is a great fish when you're just getting started in fly fishing and a landing net will help you bring more fish to hand. Nomad nets are made using a mixture of carbon fiber and fiber glass. The result is a very lightweight and durable net. Nomad nets are built for the conditions that prevail where great fishing exists; they are waterproof, UV protected, and float like a cork. All Nomad nets come standard with a clear rubber bag.

The Nomad Native net was designed for the minimalist angler. The Native frame is the perfect size to hang off the back of a vest or fit in your luggage.

Fishpond Waterdance Guide Pack

The fishpond Waterdance Guide Pack is a time tested, well designed, and high quality pack that's perfect for the beginner fly angler. With capacity that will rival - or even exceed - a lot of vests, the Waterdance is considered the "ultimate" lumbar pack, with its two zippered main compartments and signature "zip-down" fly bench. Need to bring an extra spool and that large streamer box, in addition to everything else? The Waterdance devours it faster than an egg burrito on the way to the put-in.

Trouts Gift Card

Unsure about what they have? A Trouts Gift Card is the perfect gift. Whether they're choosing for themselves or want to come in and consult with our in-store and online experts, we're here to help!

Super Doux Lead Split Shot

Like leader and tippet, split shot is something an angler will always need. You can't go wrong with split shot especially during the winter when nymphing is so effective! Get them a variety pack and they'll be prepped and ready for their next trip.

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