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2017/18 Holiday Gift Guide

For Their Best Year On The Water Yet

It’s that time of the year again. There’s nothing better than the gratification of giving a gift you know they’ll love, there’s nothing worse than pulling your hair out trying to pick out that perfect gift. You’re here because there’s someone on your list whose greatest passion is fly fishing and the outdoors. Whether you’re an angler yourself or you know nothing of the sport, you’re in the right place. This guide contains a handpicked selection of gear designed to put a smile on any angler’s face, but more specifically to allow the perfect gift to jump out and bite you on the nose (much like a juvie tarpon on a well placed gurgler).

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Ready to fish out of the box, you can't put together a better outfit for under $200. Complete with rod, reel, fly line, leader and carrying case, the Path II Outfit is ideal for those looking to dip their toes into fly fishing. The smooth, medium action rod is not only a great rod to learn on but also a decent casting rod in experienced hands. The durable polymer reel gets the job done. With 5 & 6 weight options for trout and 8 & 9 weight options for saltwater, the Path II opens the door to a world of fly fishing opportunities.

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$189.99–$199.99

Redington Path II Outfit

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The A2 is hands down the best saltwater & warmwater rod in its price class. Through TFO's focus on energy efficiency, this rod generates line speed effortlessly and is just fun to cast. TFO cut the bulk from the first generation Axiom, making the A2 a more streamlined, better feeling rod. From the aggressive caster to the relaxed stroke, this rod covers a wide range of casting styles. Its feel and power make it an excellent beach snook, backcountry, and general inshore rod while the larger sizes are fit to do battle with sharks, tarpon and offshore species. The A2 offers a more premium feeling rod without the premium price tag.

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$339.95–$359.95

TFO Axiom II

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The Meridian continues to dominate the saltwater world. Its slogan "fastest to the fish" comes from the rod's ReAct technology that relies on recovery speed rather than stiffness to transfer energy. The Meridian excels in the hands of technical anglers who need the power to efficiently deal with redfish, bonefish, permit and tarpon conditions, but also want to relax their cast and let the rod do the work. Our Biscayne Bay guide equips his boat with Meridians for both how easily they generate line speed and get the fly out for beginners, as well as for how accurate and pleasurable they are to cast for experienced anglers.

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$865.00

Scott Meridian

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Sage's new KonneticHD technology combines power and accuracy in such a way that the SALT HD is ideal for the hardcore flats, backcountry and offshore anglers. The lifting power on this rod is unmatched, so flats anglers can haul more line off the water than they have ever been able to before. This allows for quick, clean second shots in situations where it matters most - bonefish, permit and oceanside tarpon fishing. The rods ability to sling huge flies also makes the SALT HD an excellent warmwater, pike and musky rod.

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$950.00

Sage SALT HD

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One of the lightest, most responsive and accurate rods on the market. With the D standing for distance this is the faster H3 model. The 5 weight makes an excellent trout rod for the streamer and larger bug thrower who likes a rod with backbone. The 6 & 7 weights excel at light saltwater action including docklights and small Bahamian bonefish situations. The 8 weight is an all around saltwater and warmwater instrument. Perfect for the angler who does everything from backcountry redfish, snook and baby tarpon, to bonefish and permit flats fishing to stripers in the northeast. The accuracy and feel of this rod is unmatched.

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$850.00 - $898.00

Orvis Helios 3 D

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A Tibor is a Tibor. If your angler has ever been talking about reels and brought up Tibor he or she is very likely to either own one or want to own one. They are some of the most fundamentally sound, workhorses of reels on the planet. The Everglades is the do-everything 8 or 9 weight reel. It has proven itself everywhere from the beach to the Everglades to foreign flats. The new frost finishes provide a smooth matte appearance while saving you a little money on pure Tibor performance. Nameplate engravings and different color drag knob options add personality to the reel.

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$585.00–$650.00

Tibor Everglades

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This is the second generation Hatch Finatic. Meaning lighter, stronger, smoother. Upgraded protection to its powerful sealed drag system makes the Finatic an excellent traveling partner for anglers who fish the world. We particularly like the solidness and backing capacity of the 7 Plus for heavy duty 8 and 9 weight applications. We're talking dredging, full sinking lines, albies, stripers, snook, steelhead as well as big Louisiana redfish. Talk about unique gifts, the gold reel is limited edition.

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$650.00–$700.00

Hatch 7 Plus Finatic Gen 2

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The Speedster is a phenomenal all-around saltwater upgrade in the mid price class. This reel excels in the 7 through 9 weight size range for its giant arbor. The significantly larger than average arbor picks up a ton of line per rotation of the handle. Your angler will thank you for this high retrieval rate when a speedy fish is rocketing right at the boat. The sealed maintenance-free drag system synonymous with Lamson has proven itself on the world's fastest inshore fish time and time again.

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$299.95–$399.95

Lamson Speedster

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Limited editions always make great gifts. With only 500 of these reels introduced, you can give your angler something truly unique. The Classic XM makes for an excellent companion to his or her favorite 4 or 5 weight. It is an incredibly lightweight reel with an ultra smooth sealed drag teflon and carbon fiber drag system capable of cushioning as light a tippet they dare to use. The sealed system excels in frigid conditions and the oversize drag knob is easy to turn with cold, wet hands.

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$335.00

Nautilus Classic X

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Engineered for anglers and guides who fish day in and day out in harsh saltwater conditions and expect their gear to not only keep up, but exceed expectations. Everything about the SDS (Sealed Drag Salt) from cold finished aerospace grade aluminum to the completely sealed multi-disc drag system is meant to go the distance. The 20+ pounds of fish stopping power and tippet protecting smoothness are the keys to success. Based on weight for their size, the larger models, especially the 11/12s are what hardcore tarpon anglers dream of.

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$895.00 – $1,195.00

Abel SDS

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The best all around trout line. Match the Gold with nearly any trout outfit and your angler will be good to go. The front bias taper loads rods at close range and the long taper stabilizes the loop over long casts. This line is designed to cover the widest range of trout situations and perfectly present flies from size #22 to size #2. The RIO Gold excels most in larger rivers.

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$79.99

RIO Gold

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Fishing deep. The Ridge Striper is a full sinking DI-7 (S7) line with a casting friendly taper. With a sink-rate of 7-8 inches per second for the entire line, this line is ideal for getting flies down deep quickly in moving current. Designed as a coldwater line the Ridge Striper excels where stripers, false albacore and bluefish run rampant. For its sink rate and castability we've also found this to be the ideal line for anglers looking to dredge deep for kingfish offshore and snook in the inlets. The faster, stiffer the rod the better for this line.

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$84.95

AirFlo Ridge Striper

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Weary fish in tropical conditions. The Liquid Crystal is all about stealthiness. Whether it's bonefish and permit or redfish and snook in clear water, your angler will be interested in getting every advantage he or she can get. We hear it consistently, this all clear line outfishes opaque lines and gets eats that otherwise probably shouldn't happen. The Liquid Crystal works well on medium to faster rods.

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$89.95

Cortland Liquid Crystal

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Oceanside tarpon. If your angler is a tarpon addict, he or she knows the best thing they can do is either get the fly in the water before the fish see it drop or quickly place it behind the lead fish. Either way they have to be fast, and the AST Plus coating for slickness together with shooting texture integrated running line allows for quicker more accurate shots. The floating texture on the head is engineered to keep the fly in the tarpon's eating zone. With a taper on the shorter side this line is ideal on faster rods.

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$129.95

Scientific Anglers Amplitude Tarpon

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All around the best tropical saltwater floating line in production. The Flats Pro loads quickly like aggressively tapered weight forward lines do, but through weight distribution and an extended handling section it also carries long, straight and true. Uncharacteristic of aggressively tapered WF lines. Ideal for oceanside and backcountry flats fishing. The low stretch core allows for more solid strip sets and also helps maintain the energy to carry large poppers. Fits a wide range of modern rods from the ultra fast Sage SALT HD to the way more relaxed Sage X.

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$119.95

RIO DirectCore Flats Pro

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Fishing, boat work in the garage, bon fires, poker night. This comfortable long sleeve tee is extremely soft and comfortable. It makes a great underlayer for chilly mornings in the marsh and can be worn alone when the sun starts to poke out. The redfish is one of the most popular, sought after species in the south and Paul Puckett's topographic illustration is perfectly simple.

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$35.00

Flood Tide Co Redfish Topo Triblend

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Fishing, date night, traveling, business casual. At its core, the Sun Stretch is a technical fishing shirt. Complete with UPF30 sun protection, vertical zippered gear pockets and ultra lightweight quick-drying fabric construction that moves with your angler, not against him as he casts or poles. This shirt is ideal in warm conditions but also works great in chilly conditions with a layer underneath. On the flip side, the Sun Stretch goes great with nice pants, shorts, or a pair of jeans for when your angler needs to clean up a bit.

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$99.00

Patagonia Men's LS Sun Stretch

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Fun under the sun. Fishing, poling, wading, rowing, the Women's Solarflex is one of the lightest, most comfortable sun shirts your angler can wear. With UPF50 sun protection and a slightly longer body taper the sun's rays won't be able to find their way into the areas that typically become exposed with more traditional cut women's sun shirts. Tarpon artwork by Andrea Larko is the icing on the cake.

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$59.95

Simms Women's Solarflex Larko Tarpon

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Long, steamy days in the backcountry, on the flats, offshore or on the lake. The Jackson pants are incredibly lightweight, breathable, and as the name suggests, quick-drying. They're designed to keep your angler's legs protected from sun and bugs as they wick moisture to stay as cool as possible while the heat beats down. Elastic waistband provides a comfortable fit while poling, rowing or casting.

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$89.00

Orvis Jackson Quick-Dry Pants

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Nights out, fish stories at the bar, impromptu fly tying sessions with friends, and Sunday bar-b-ques. Featuring a Jorge Martinez rendering of the Everglades slam, this comfortable tee is more than just a shirt. It's also a tool for raising awareness about the state of the Glades's water management. $5 of each t-shirt goes to Captains for Clean Water to help keep the non-profit organization on the front lines in the fight for a solution to restore clean water to the Everglades and sustain the system’s health.

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$29.95

Simms SOS Everglades T-Shirt

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The MacGyver fly tier. If you have a tier on your list who makes his or her own eyes or uses unconventional materials and techniques to tie flies, the Dubbing Brush Device may be the key to the next step in their creative process. This is an accessory for rotary vises that helps tiers mix different colors and materials to create tying brushes unlike any others that meet their exact specifications.

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$59.99

Stonfo Dubbing Brush Device

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The fly tier who already has everything. No fly tier has ever said the words "I'd like to be less organized". If your tier has been tying for a long time, chances are he or she has a ton of materials and tools. This dense, non-skid foam caddy takes the guess work out looking for the right tool for the job.

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$20.95

Renzetti Tool Caddy

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The saltwater and warmwater fly tier who enjoys experimenting with new materials. The Dragon Tails are brand new for late 2017 and are already making a lot of noise. The swimming action of these tails is out of this world. Big tarpon were the driving force behind the design but there are a ton of other applications for these 7" tails including cobia, grouper, pike, musky, stripers, bass and dorado flies. Gray, black, and white are good neutral colors that your tier will be able to work with if you're not sure what species he or she specifically wants to target.

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$6.95

Mangum's Dragon Tails

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The serious fly tier, as well as tiers suffering from arthritis or carpal tunnel. What makes this bobbin so special and friendly for tiers with hand issues is its adjustable tension control. By spinning the dial, the bobbin itself will apply more or less tension to the thread. This takes the pressure off the hand and allows the tier to hold the bobbin in a comfortable, balanced position.

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$69.99

Smhaen Bobbin

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The serious fly tier. The Excalibur is the king of vises. With angle adjustments in two locations and dual rotation capability, hook accessibility is optimized meaning there's no such thing as a difficult angle with this vise. Jaws can be adjusted to secure every hook from size #22 to 8/0. The bobbin cradle is included. Royal blue base and accents add nobility to any tying desk.

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$489.00

Dyna-King Excalibur

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The traveling angler and the minimalist. The original idea behind the Bounty Hunter Dry Bag is for storage of wet waders and wading boots on the trip home. With a capacity of 28L your angler can pack his or her wet gear in the Bounty Hunter, toss it in a suitcase and not have to worry about it for the rest of the trip. This bag also makes great storage for the minimalist to throw a rain jacket and a fly box in before jumping on a friend's or guide's boat. You won't find a better dry bag for the price.

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$29.95

Simms Bounty Hunter Dry Bag

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Avid anglers with skiffs, canoes or paddle boards. The medium Dry Creek Boat Bag is the perfect size for gear and tackle storage on the skiff or personal watercraft. Made of waterproof 420D fabric, it's not the end of the world if the bag gets dunked. Exterior tool docking and removable side pockets allow for quick access and better organization so there's no fumbling for pliers with a fish boatside.

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$229.95

Simms Dry Creek Boat Bag Med

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The beach and urban angler. The splash-proof G4 Pro Tactical Hip Pack carries everything your angler will need for long walks on the beach or an afternoon full of canal and lake hopping. Flies, tippet material, pliers, a protein bar and the often overlooked, hydration. The included Simms water bottle means no more drink runs to the gas station cutting into fishing time.

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$149.95

Simms G4 Pro Tactical Hip Pack

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The traveling, wading angler and photographer. The Stormfront Waterproof Backpack is ideal for all day flats wading trips for its fully submersible capabilities and external backup rod straps. This pack is large enough for fly boxes, tippet material, tools, a rain jacket and camera gear, yet compact enough to stay out of the way while casting. The ultra simple design is all about fishing functionality.

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$299.00

Patagonia Stormfront Waterproof Backpack

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The world traveler. Airports, cargo bays, motherships, skiffs, campsites, the Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Duffel is engineered to tough it all out. From weekend trips to the Bahamas to week long trips to the Seychelles, this duffel goes where your angler goes and keeps his or her gear and necessities safe and secure the entire way. Orange is a great color for this duffel as it stands out on airport conveyer belts so your angler can locate the bag and go.

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$399.95

FP Thunderhead Lg Submersible Duffel

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The coffee addict. Whether it's a 3 AM day starter or 3 PM pick me up before making the drive out of Everglades National Park, coffee is often engrained into the DNA of anglers. This double-wall vacuum insulatiated thermos/bottle keeps beverages hot up to 8 hours. At 32oz of beverage holding capacity that means hot morning coffee, hot coffee with breakfast/lunch on the water, and hot afternoon coffee before a long drive home.

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$49.95

Simms Headwaters Insulated 32oz

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Tournament anglers, kayak and canoe anglers, wading anglers, minimalist anglers. The fly line lanyard allows anglers to wear these premium nippers around their neck while fishing. This gives your angler the advantage of being able to switch flies or remove frayed tipped in seconds without having to wear a belt for pliers. The innovative piano style hinge provides leverage for easily cutting thick tippet. The edge retention and corrosion resistance of the replaceable cutters will provide a surgical cut when its needed most time and time again.

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$79.00

Orvis Nippers

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Camping, weekend trips, long days on the river, the angler who enjoys a good whisky and cigar while fishing. The River Essential Kit is a timeless gift, especially for the angler who has everything. Someone at Simms knows the importance sitting back and enjoying the finer things. Kit includes Simms branded wine & beer bottle opener, Simms leather bound 8oz flask, (2) 2 oz stainless steel shot glasses with funnel, Simms branded cigar cutter, slots for four cigars and lighter or box of matches.

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$84.95

Simms River Essential Kit

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The most demanding anglers putting in time day in and day out on the water. Pliers are the most frequently used, essential fishing tools for guides and avid anglers. The new for late 2017 Abel Pliers are some of the best we've ever seen. Engineered to last a lifetime of rigging and removing steel from bony mouths. The spring loaded handle and corrosion resistant stainless pivot bushing will keep performing as if brand new even after years of abuse. Nothing slips out of the innovative jaw pattern and the cutters will slice the strongest of materials while maintaining the edge to precisely cut the thinnest of tippets.

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$300.00 – $350.00

Abel Pliers

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The obsessed angler, fish art enthusiast. Fish art is awesome, it represents us as anglers and brings us feelings of inspiration and nostalgia when we aren't on the water. Jorge Martinez is one of the best at capturing these feelings. This box is coated with UV resistant clear gloss to prevent discoloration, so if it's not sitting on a shelf for everyone to see it can hold up to serving its purpose of holding flies. This particular box is part of a relief effort where all the proceeds go to the Guide's Trust Foundation - Hurricane Relief Fund.

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$200.00

J Martinez Relief Bull Ride Cliff Box

The Gift Of Protection From The Elements

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