Any one of these 10 gifts will make a West Coast angler’s holiday season.
California might have some of the most diverse fishing in the country, so this is a diverse guide for outfitting an angler from your Christmas budget. With prices that range from $7.00 up to the thousands, and everything from small accessories to boats, there’s something here that will fit your budget.
And if it wasn’t already on their wish list, they’ll know as soon as they open it that their life wasn’t complete without it.
Check out our suggestions for the best gifts for the California angler.
LOON Rigging Foam
Have I talked about this one before? I talk about it a lot, is the thing. At $6.95 the LOON rigging foam may be the once-in-a-lifetime stocking stuffer that outshines everything under the tree. A cheap and elegant solution to a real problem–how to quickly swap out flies.
Lifeproof Lifejacket iPhone Case
Guided Trip on the Smith River
Northern California’s Smith River is a premier destination for steelhead fishing. Depending on your budget and inclination, you can book a guide, or do a DIY trip and book a few nights in a hotel. It’s a win-win.
Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL Angler
If you’ve got one or more anglers in the family, self included, this may be a good way to go. The Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL handles well on any water, despite the name.
Ocean Kayak Trident 13 Angler
Cali’s love sea kayak fishing, I’m told. If you happen to be related to such a person, check out the Trident 13 Angler. Rugged, maneuverable, and spacious, it’s hard to find something to criticize about this boat.
Simm’s Streamtread Sandals
Of everything on this list, this is probably what I’d want most. I’ve been waiting years for a true fine-weather replacement for waders. Simm’s has finally stepped up to fill that gap.
Kokatat Bahia Tour PFD
For sea fisherman, Kokatat offers this rugged combination life and fishing vest. Since a life vest is necessary anyway, I see absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t have this.
Cabela’s Bass Angler Guidewear Jacket
This is the kind of gift whose main virtue is reading the list of features after it’s opened. Between the Gore-Tex fabric and “Articulated joints for easily casting and driving your boat”, this jacket from Cabela’s will be the most talked about gift of the day.
Coldavenger Pro Softshell Half Face Mask
And in case the bass fisherman were feeling neglected, we added this. The Z118C is a highly regarded small bass boat, though it might have to be two years worth of gifts.