If you are a saltwater fly rodder and don't know what you want this holiday season, the Saltwater Fly Fishing Gift Guide should help give you some good ideas. The Guide includes our newest, best-selling and most recommended items in the saltwater fly fishing category, as well as some good ideas by price. If you are still jammed up Gift Certificates always fit.
New: T&T Zone Fly Rods
While not new it is our Staff Favorite! It's salty and tough which is just what you need for flinging fluff from the surf! Made in Greenfield, Massachusetts, the Thomas and Thomas Zone Fly Rod makes for a memorable gift. Beautiful cork grips, titanium stripping guides, and finished with classic T&T blue thread with silver accent, this fly rod looks as incredible as it performs.
Best Seller: Van Staal VF Fly Reel
Built light but strong with a potent, waterproof drag, Van Staal's VF HD Fly Reel is a fully machined reel that borrows heavily from the very popular VR series of spinning reels. Van Staal has been a leader in sealed drag technologies and the VF HD Fly Reel maintains the heritage. An unforgettable holiday gift for your favorite fly fishermen.
Under $30: SWE "Go To" Fly Box
The Saltwater Edge "Go To" Fly Box is a super durable box that is sealed and deep enough to hold bulky saltwater flies.
Dimensions: 7.75"x 4.5"x 2"
Under $50: Calcutta Squall Aluminum Plier
The Squall Series Pliers from Calcutta are 7.5 inches long and made of forged aluminum. Their comfort grips provide excellent grip for wrangling hooks out of toothy mouths. Comes with sheath and lanyard. ($44.99)
Under $100: LineKurv's Stripping Basket
The Linekurv Stripping Basket is our favorite stripping basket. A cut out to lay your rod in, cones to keep your line from tangling, just the right size, light but durable, a handle for transport. and no sharp edges to catch your flyline. It's just about perfect. ($69.95)
Under $250: Orvis Clearwater Fly Rods
Orvis Clearwater Fly Rods may be their "value" fly rod but the performance and features are born from innovations used in their high end models. The Clearwater comes complete with saltwater reel seats and Cordura rod tubes and offer better quality and value than you'll find anywhere else. Also backed by the Orvis 25-year guarantee ($249.95)
The AFTCO Lanyard is great for holding all those important gadgets close buy. A soft vinyl coil with two corrosion resistant nickel plated steel quick clips for an easy and quick release of tools. ($7.99)
Going for a "Wow!": The Orvis Helios 3
The Orvis Helios 3 is billed as the "most accurate rod ever". That's a tall order. In saltwater fly fishing accuracy is most critical when flats fishing for bonefish and stripers; but when is it ever a negative?
Orvis technology has dramatically reduced the side to side oscillations found in some degree in every fly rod. In the hand, it feels as though any wasted wiggle is directed down the blank and into the line for improved accuracy AND distance. The power present in the H3 also makes it an excellent fish fighter for a 9 footer.
That was clear while turning and lifting +20 lb Harkers Island albies last fall. The flats fisherman will appreciate the matte finish that mitigates "rod flash" that can blow your shot while wading in the skinny. ($898)
Friggin' Awesome! The Osa Pennisula, Costa Rica
The Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica is a sportfishing paradise. Touted to be ‘one of the most biologically intense places on earth’ by National Geographic. Osa also offers some of the finest surf, fly and inshore in the world, with inshore species including giant roosterfish, snappers, groupers, jacks, and rainbow runners, and offshore waters offering some of the world’s largest Pacific sailfish, blue, striped, and black marlin, dorado or mahi-mahi, wahoo, and yellowfin tuna. Good thing former SWE employee Tom Enderlin has built a highly regarded guide service in the heart of the best surf, fly and inshore opportunities that Osa has to offer.