THE range of gifts for anglers grows longer each year. John Dory offers a few suggestions if you have a loved one who enjoys the sport.A year’s subscription to Fallon’s Angler magazine. The quarterly publication carries thought provoking short stories and photography from top writers and none of the usual ‘how to’ and ‘where to’ or tackle reviews found in the pages of mainstream glossy magazines. Just the thing to keep cabin fever at bay during the dark days of winter. Price: £28.
For the all-night carp angler a welcome gift is the Daiwa Mission Overnight brolly which is an affordable shelter which is quick to erect and provides cover even in storm conditions. Daiwa has many years designing and improving products for coarse anglers and this is a must-have for those long wet days waiting for the bite indicator to twitch. Price: £59.99.
The Water Wolf underwater camera was developed specifically with anglers in mind and will record for up to four hours. Attach it to a trolling line and you can film a fish taking the lure. It is waterproof to 120 metres but will set you back £120 for the basic package.
JustFish offers a fine selection of silk ties for the angler who likes to dress well when he is away from the waterside. A basic tie with a swimming salmon motif costs £17.99 and a matching tie and cufflinks set is available at £34.99. To keep your spirits up during the long hours confined in the office, a Mouse Mat featuring salmon, trout or grayling is available for £10.99.
For the fly fishing purist with deep pockets a hand-made split cane rod from Luke Bannister rods is an investment that will brings hours of pleasure and hold its value. All two-piece rods are £925 a three-piece rod with and extra tip is £1,575.
If you are lucky enough to own a custom-made cane rod then insurance would be a wise investment. Anglers First offers insurance packages to cover fishing equipment from £69 a year and UK cover can be extended to worldwide cover for 60 days for and additional £30. Not the most exciting of Christmas presents but a welcome one for the anglers who likes to travel abroad or the fisher who damages, breaks or loses expensive gear on a regular basis. Be honest, most of us have left a good landing net behind after a trip to the waterside.
For the bait fishing traditionalist Glasgow Angling Centre is offering a splendid deal on a centre pin reel. The TF Gear classic usually retails at over £200 but is available for a limited period at just £59.99.