December 1, 2016

Christmas Wish List

Christmas is less than a month away, and the angler on your list is no doubt hoping for some new fishing goodies under the tree. We’ve asked our staff – Chad Fritz, Cory Williamson, Craig Schelter, Steve Olson, Laine Cosens, Stacy Webb, and Jessica Yarwood – for suggestions to save you some time, and to help you pick out the perfect gift.

Stocking Stuffers:

  • A really good filleting knife.
  • A fishing buff. Yes, like on “Survivor.” Never leave home without one.
  • A fly box filled with a variety of fly patterns.
  • An assortment of fishing tackle items is always good for filling a stocking.
  • A CO re-arming kit for an inflatable PFD.


  • An ice fishing rod makes a great present for kids who are looking to do some hard-water fishing; it’s also a perfect (and safer) tool for teaching kids to cast with a spinning rod that isn’t over two metres (six feet) long.
  • Heavy spoons, to make it easier to cast farther from shore.
  • Their own camp chair, to enjoy a place to sit and have a snack while fishing. You may even be able to find one with their favourite cartoon character on it.
  • Their first tackle box, made extra-special with a label-maker print of their name stuck to the outside.
  • A properly fitting, comfortable PFD or lifejacket that they’ll like to wear.  


  • A custom-made fishing rod would be a great way to show your spouse that you support their fishing addiction.
  • Without fail, everyone will need a new pair of waders at some time. For the female angler in your life, many companies now make waders that actually fit women properly.
  • A gift certificate to a B.C. fishing resort or guided fishing trip.
  • A non-electric, lever or manual espresso-maker to make an uncompromised cup of great java on a camping trip. There are some really cool ones on the market for the coffee-geek in your life.
  • Or just send them fishing. 

Friend/ Family Member:

  • A soft rubber catch-and-release net that is both fish- and hook-friendly.
  • A “fishing bobber” trailer hitch ball-cover.
  • A pair of polarized sunglasses.
  • Beer. Postmark Brewery has created the Pacific Salmon Lager: a portion of the proceeds from sales will be donated back to the Pacific Salmon Foundation to support community projects like small-scale hatcheries, habitat restoration projects, and education.
  • A watertight bag to keep your wallet and spare clothes completely dry. No excuses for going home early, no matter what happens.

Author: Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC Staff