On The Fly: All that a Roaring Fork fly-fisher wants
December 19, 2014
With the holidays finally here, we, like many others, procrastinate our holiday shopping until the last possible moment. It's always a tough chore to buy or make things for others when you have no idea what to get that person, no matter how well you know them. Fly-fishers especially are the ultimate gear junkies, and because of that, they typically buy themselves what they need, but not necessarily what they want.
Gift cards are the easy way out, but I've always felt them to be impersonal. The key to getting that great gift for an angler is to pay attention all year long, not just the week before Christmas. Every fly-fisher has that next chapter they want to explore in their fishing life, whether it is learning to tie flies, finally taking that bucket-list trip or getting that piece of gear they never felt they deserved or could afford. That's where you come in.
Many people like to document their exploits on the river but don't want to lose their cellphone in the drink. Video and still cameras provide an easy way to transform two hobbies into one. The only thing better than catching that whale is to forever have the memory preserved on film or photo. Then again, a replica mount of your fish is pretty damn cool, too. With a quality photograph, most taxidermists are able to recreate an exact replica (mold) of your fish, which any angler would love to have mounted in their man cave or office.
If the angler in your life wants to learn more on the water, a guided trip with a professional can open new doors and provide new insights on presentations, locations and techniques. Perhaps your loved one is still fishing with the rod they started out with and it is time for an upgrade. Rod technology has come a long, long way. If they already own all the rods they want, a rod storage unit for their vehicle might be in order. Nets are another piece of gear that have evolved, and a new net with a rubber bag will be appreciated by the fish as well as the angler.
Not everyone needs or wants a big or expensive gift, as there are plenty of stocking stuffers out there to please. A quality set of nippers, pliers or a knife goes a long way in pleasing the outdoor enthusiast in your life. Fly fishers are not that difficult to buy for. Like fishing through a tough hatch, you must pay attention to the subtle cues that the fish and your angler provide.
"On the Fly" is provided weekly by the staff at Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt.