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The Best Fishing Gift Ideas (Top Fishing Gifts For [year])

Buying the perfect gift for anyone can be a difficult task in and of itself.  But finding the perfect gift for a anglers can seem almost impossible. There’s several different reasons why this is so true:

  •  Generally speaking, every person who loves fishing already knows what they like. Anglers can be a VERY picky bunch.
  • With so many different kinds of fishing out there, it can be hard to nail down the right fishing niche if you’re not very familiar with what your loved one is interested in.
  • If you’re not interested in fishing, it can be overwhelming trying to find a gift that the person will actually use.

Because of these difficulties, it might be tempting to just buy a gift card and call it good.  Well, I’m here to tell you that even though no fishing lover will ever turn down a gift card to Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shop, there are plenty of unique fishing gifts you can buy that will please even the pickiest of anglers.  

This is a list of some of the best fishing gift ideas that are coming from a fisherman himself.  I have a passion for fishing (and receiving fishing related gifts), and every item on this list is a fishing present that I would absolutely love to receive.  So I’m confident that your loved one would enjoy receiving any one of these fishing related gifts as well.

Ultimate List Of The Best Fishing Gifts For Anglers

1. Castable Fish Finders

Deeper ITGAM0303 Smart Fish Finder PRO+

Bank fishing has always had a reputation for being a somewhat limited type of fishing. Up until a few years ago, bank fishermen had to rely on dragging their lures across the bottom of ponds and lakes to get an idea of what they were working with under the surface.

But now,  anglers can use a castable fish finder to get the same detailed maps and pictures of subsurface structures that until recently, only boat fishermen have been able to obtain. This new contraption has made bank fishing much more reliable, and it has given bank fishermen the tools they need to compete with boat fishermen.

Castable fish finders are the perfect gift for fishing enthusiasts, especially if they spend a lot of time fishing from the bank.

2. Tackle Bags

KastKing Fishing Tackle Bags,Medium-Hoss(Without Trays, 15x11x10.25 Inches)

If you’re looking for a fishing gift idea for someone who has lots of gear and might need a little organizational assistance, then a tackle bag is the perfect idea. Most anglers know they need to stay organized but many of us just have a hard time actually doing it. This is especially true if you enjoy fishing from a small boat, like a kayak or canoe. 

Many tackle bags will be usable in both freshwater and saltwater alike. You can even find fishing tackle bags that have rod holders attached to them in case you’re angler tends to take multiple fishing rods along with them.

3. fillet knife

Mercer Culinary M23860 Millennia 8-Inch Narrow Fillet Knife, Black

Knowing how to fillet a fish is a skill every angler should pick up somewhere along the way.  And nothing makes filleting easier than using a quality fillet knife. I’m talking about a fillet knife that won’t rust after using it a few times, and one that will glide through the fish like soft butter.  

With a good fillet knife, an angler can make quick work of cleaning the fish they catch. And the benefit of that is getting the fish on the grill that much sooner!

4. Fishing Reel Maintenance Supplies

Abu Garcia Maintenance Kit

There’s one thing that all of us who love to fish have in common…and that’s the fact that every one of us use a fishing reel.  And if your angler’s anything like me, they put their fishing reel through the ringer while out on the water. That’s why a fishing reel cleaning kit, like the Abu Garcia Fishing Reel Maintenance Kit makes a great fishing gift idea.

Keeping our fishing reels clean and well lubricated is one of the most important things we can do.  Not only will it help preserve the life of the fishing reel, but it will also help land that big fish. I’ve had reels seize up on me mid fight because of poor reel maintenance. Don’t let this happen to your angler!

5. UV Protective Fishing Buff

Aqua Design Neck Gaiter: Camo UPF 50+ Sun Protection Tube Half Mask for Men: Aqua Sky: Size Large

A fishing buff is a great fishing gift for men and women alike. You may not have noticed, but sun and UV protection has become a serious phenomenon in the world of fishing.  And these UV fishing buffs play a major role in that.  

I just purchased one for myself as well as for my 9 year old sun to use on our 4 day canoe fishing trip. And let me tell you, they are awesome! 4 days on the water and under the sun, neither one of us got sunburn on our faces, ears or necks.  That’s why I think these buffs make a great fishing gift idea.

These fishing buffs can be worn in multiple different ways to protect your skin from the harsh UV rays both from above as well as what’s reflected off the water.. My favorite way to wear it is around my neck as a scarf as well as up over the back of my head and over my ears, nose and mouth…much like a mask.

There are a ton of different colors and designs to choose from when it comes to fishing buffs. You can check them out right here!

​6. Polarized Fishing Sunglasses

Flying Fisherman Buchanan Polarized Sunglasses with AcuTint UV Blocker for Fishing and Outdoor Sports

When I was a kid, I went to a fishing and outdoor show.  One of the vendors was selling polarized fishing sunglasses, and allowed me to demo them.  I’ll never forget how the sample pond he had went from having no fish visible in it to all of the sudden being loaded with trophy bass. I’ve used polarized sunglasses ever since while fishing, and they’ve only gotten better and better over the years.

Polarized sunglasses designed for fishing are another good fishing present that any angler would love to receive as a gift. When the sun glares on the water, anglers have to strain their eyes against the glare in order to see. This can lead to headaches and just an overall uncomfortable experience. Polarized sunglasses will eliminate the glare on the water as well as the need to squint to see.  

A good example of what might make a good fishing gift are these Buchanan Polarized Sunglasses from Flying Fisherman.  These sunglasses are designed to block 100% of UVA and UVB rays up to 400 nanometers. And better yet, these sunglasses are field tested by professional fishing guides for both durability and performance.

7. Fly Rod And Reel Combo

Orvis Encounter 5-Weight 9' Fly Rod Outfit

The thought of fly fishing often times invokes visions of tranquility and peace. And often times fly fishing really does occur in just those kinds of settings. So why not encourage your loved one to get out there participate in the tranquility that comes with not just fly fishing, but being out in nature itself. 

Many anglers will secretly wish they’d learned to fish with a fly. But the sad reality is that many anglers never take that first step towards learning how to do it. 

That’s exactly why a fly rod and reel combo for beginners is the perfect gift idea for these friends and loved ones. 

The Orvis Encounter 5-weight 9′ Fly Rod Outfit is not only an excellent entry level fly rod and reel combo, but it’s one that will last for many years to come. Even as your angler becomes more experienced with their fly fishing tactics.


There are a thousand different fishing related things out there you can give as presents. So this year, try not to go the gift card route. Instead, give your loved one a gift they can use!  I’m confident that any angler would be thrilled to receive any one of the items I mentioned above.  

Be sure to check back later, as I’ll be adding to this post frequently as I come across other items I think would be a fun and unique fishing gift.  

Written by Don

When I'm not bass fishing or looking for steelhead in my home state of Oregon I can be found working on house projects dreaming of my next fishing adventure.

I started this website to share just some of the things I've learned along my fishing journey, and the many things I'm still learning. Enjoy!

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