2012 Holiday Gift Guide
Part 2 - Lures, Apparel, Accessories and Fly for the Holidays
Fly Rod : G.Loomis ShoreStalker - G.Loomis makes fly rods for all
applications and the ShoreStalker was originally designed for freshwater anglers
targeting everything from bass to pike but saltwater warm water anglers have
found this series is excellent for targeting aggressive shallow water species
like snook and redfish. Zander loves fishing these rods on the Delta targeting
smallmouth in the upper channels. The ability to make short casts against the
rocky shoreline and tules make this a great choice when accuracy is paramount.
rods don't have to break the bank and the G.Loomis Shorestalker is a great
choice for bass and redfish fly fishermen alike
The ShoreStalker rods come in 5 to 9 wt. and lengths range from 8' to 8'8". The
shorter lengths create fast tapers that keep lines low and out of structure like
overhanging limbs and when it comes time to load up these rods are powerful
enough to turn lunker bass or keep snook out of the mangroves. Each rod comes
with a soft protective rod sock and a hard case which is suitable for travel.
The best thing about these rods might just be the price, ranging from $320 to
$350 dollars these rods are a killer value.
years later Abel has still got it
Fly Reel : Abel Super Series - 2013 is the 25th anniversary of Abel, a
company that has often been the benchmark for premium fly reels. There are a lot
of great fly reels out there today and Abel just narrowly took home the most
votes in the category this year with the Super Series Quick Change. The Abel QC
has everything we love about Abel, the attention to detail, a reliable cork drag
and an anodized aluminum construction plus the ability to quickly change the
spool. These reels are made in the U.S. and range from $625-$975 dollars
depending in the size and model. One of the things we like best about Abel reels
is the ability to customize them with incredible artistic or fish finishes that
make each reel truly inimitable.
Looking for more sun protection, Simms has you covered...
Fly Apparel Simms : Simms Sun Gaiter and Sleeves - Even in winter the sun
can be harsh and sometimes straight sunblock just isn't enough or maybe your
dealing with a hatch that is just plain out of control. It is in these
situations where the Simms Sun Gaiter keeps you fishing comfortably. Delivering
UPF 50+ sun protection the Simms Sun Gaiter is made out of breathable stretch
fabric and comes complete with laser cut breathing holes. The larger bottom
section provides additional sun protection at the neckline but still remains
comfortable allowing for natural range of motion. The Simms Sun Gaiter
retails for $24.95 in stone color and $29.95 for camo pattern.
...anglers can complete the set with Simms Sunsleeves that also offer UPF 50+
fly or bass anglers are looking for extra protection they can complete the look
with Simms Sun Sleeves which offer the same type of protection for your arms.
The cool thing about the sleeves is they are easy to take on and off quickly and
can be snapped together when stowed. Available in two sizes and three patterns
retail for $29.95 a pair.
Apparel and Optics round it all out