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What to Buy a Fisherman?

Fishing is a global sport with 2 million people in the UK alone estimated to have Angling as a hobby. As such it’s not surprising that friends and family of avid fisherman quite often ask the question “what to buy a fisherman?”.  

Whether it’s a fishing gift for a birthday, for Christmas or even a fishing gift for Father’s Day (or Mother’s Day), then hopefully this article can help you in deciding on that perfect fishing gift.

Fishing Gifts

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What every fisherman should have

No matter what type of fishing you’re into, there are certain items that every fisherman should have.

An essential part of a fisherman’s setup is line or elastic. As such a good knife and / or multi tool is a must to help deal with the intricacies of knot and rig tying on the bank. Both of these tools should be neat, small and ideally foldable. They would also need to be waterproof in order to be a sustainable part of a fisherman’s tackle box.

Like the world’s population, fisherman equally will be utilising their mobile phones at some point during a fishing trip. If the trip is particularly long, a mobile phone power-bank may be an option to ensure that much needed battery life is maintained. Naturally being by water would pose an additional risk to the anglers beloved phone. A water proof phone case could provide a practical fishing gift or indeed a comical gift if the angler is somewhat accident prone!

Some fisherman are that dedicated to their hobby that they will participate in all weather extremities. As such, protecting them with a clothing gift may be just what they need. Thermal fishing gloves, a hat or indeed any personalised fishing clothing would provide an ideal, thoughtful gift for the dedicated fisherman.

The following fishing gifts below should hopefully provide you with answers to the questions on what to buy a fisherman as well as what every fisherman should have:

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List of fishing gifts for every fisherman

Camillus CAMLITE Folding Knife

Folding Knife

This excellent folding knife is 6.25" / 15.9 cm in Length and will fit perfectly in every fisherman’s tackle box. The 2.25-inch, Stainless Steel blade is bonded with Carbonitride Titanium that resists rust and corrosion and is up to 10x harder than untreated steel so the blade stays sharper, longer. The handle is made of glass filled nylon which is a material used in many knives to provide strength and rigidity. A handy pocket clip is also featured making this great knife accessible at all times.

Gentlemen's Hardware Fish Pen Knife

Gentlemen's Hardware Fish Pen Knife

Another great knife that will act as a perfect fishing gift for every fisherman is this beautifully presented pen knife by Gentleman’s hardware.  This knife boasts a unique fish shaped design and looks great with its brass finish. It comes with belt attachment which any angler will find handy and is presented in a sturdy, retro design tin.

Fishing Multi-Tool by SAMSFX

Fishing Multi-Tool by SAMSFX

This great multi-tool has many handy features to help any fisherman on the bank. Whether its rig tying, line / braid cutting or sharpening of hooks, this tool will definitely be a well-used addition to any angler’s itinerary. This tool also comes in a camouflaged design and a pouch that will compliment any fisherman’s equipment & luggage.

Stainless Steel Folding Cutlery Tool by Hanshi

Stainless Steel Folding Cutlery Tool by Hanshi

This fantastic portable cutlery set has 6 items within a petite 5 oz unit. A fork, spoon, knife, bottle opener, can opener and red wine cork drill will guarantee an angler will have everything they need to be kept well fed and watered on that long fishing trip. Made from stainless steel, this handy tool is well made and extremely useful for all fishermen.

Fishing Design Watch

Fishing Design Watch

This great looking watch has a genuine leather strap, silver tone case, crystal glass and a stainless-steel base. The face diameter is 32mm and the watch boasts quartz movement and is splash proof. A great present for the avid fisherman.

Digital Weather Watch

Digital Weather Watch

Another watch but one of a more practical means. This great looking watch is very much multi-purpose with many functions. This watch combines a pedometer, altimeter, barometer, compass, thermometer, log record, clock, stopwatch, World time, calendar and will also tell you the sunrise and sunset times. This watch has a stainless-steel dial and is waterproof up to 50 metres.

Fishing Towel

Fishing Towel

Every fisherman needs a towel and this great towels message will be pertinent for every angler. The towel is ultra-soft & durable and is 100% microfibre polyester. It is plush and thick with a 400gsm weight. The towel measures 50cm x 35cm and as such will fit neatly to any angler’s luggage bag.

Fishing Neoprene Gloves & Snood hat / snood set

Fishing Neoprene Gloves & Snood hat / snood set

The dedicated fisherman will no doubt be out in all weathers and as such a decent pair of gloves and a warm hat is a must to keep comfortable and focussed. This glove and hat set is perfect for cold weather. The gloves are neoprene with the first finger and thumb folding down to aid in those intricate tasks. The snood has a face cover for extra warmth with both coming in a camouflaged design.

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Thermolite Insulated Session by Fox

As it’s important to keep your head and hands warm on a long winter fishing session, its equally so to keep your feet warm. These insulated socks are perfect for the job. With a trusted brand as Fox, these socks are specially made for the fisherman spending long hours searching for that much sought-after fish.

Fishing Log book

Fishing Log book

Every serious fisherman will want to remember those special fish caught. With this logbook, the venue, conditions and tactics deployed will all help to record the specifics in order to reminisce in the future. With a PVC protective pouter cover, this logbook is both practical and useful.

Stainless Steel Thermos Flask

Stainless Steel Thermos Flask

This humorous yet practical thermos flask comes with a lid and a removable filter net to prevent accidental spillages or links. It measures 20cm x 7cm and so will fit nicely into a fisherman’s luggage bag.

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Rechargeable hand warmer by zippo

Perfect for the cold weather this hand warmer by the famous brand zippo will be a great addition to the dedicated fisherman’s tackle box. The sleek, thin design will fit easily into pockets and lasts a good 6 to 12 hours.

Line Spooler

Line Spooler

At some point, every fisherman needs to respool their reel. This handy, practical tool will help them do this task much easier. With a strong, sturdy clamp and an adjustable setting to fit any spool, this will be a great, useful gift for any angler.

Power bank for mobile phone by Anker

Power bank for mobile phone by Anker

Long fishing sessions could pose a problem for the angler that needs constant phone access. This power bank has an ultra-high capacity at 20000mAh and a powerful 4.8A output. Its compatible with the majority of popular phones on the market and will make a great fishing gift.

What to get a dad who likes fishing?

This question gets asked a lot as dads can be difficult at times to buy gifts for.  The list above should hopefully provide some great gift ideas on what to buy a fisherman in a more general sense, but also check out the following 6 potential presents designed more for dads. These gifts will provide a unique present for a dad’s birthday, Christmas or Father’s Day and should hopefully provide you with some great ideas to buy a dad who likes fishing.

List of fishing gifts for a dad who likes fishing

Personalised Fishing Towel

Personalised Fishing Towel

Another towel option that could act as the perfect gift for a fisherman is this personalised fishing towel by Grey Mist.  The towel is the perfect size at 90cm x 50cm and is quick drying and extra absorbent. Anything can be written on the towel and so with this personal touch this is a great gift for any occasion.

Fishermans Survival Kit

Fisherman's Survival Kit 

This small novelty gift isn’t actually a survival kit but will act as a great novelty or joke present for a dad who likes fishing.  This kit is a great keepsake and guaranteed to make the recipient smile. The bag measures approx. 10cm x 15cm and comes with lots of novelties inside.

Toilet Fishing Game

Toilet Fishing Game  

This gift is a great, novelty, funny gift than any fisherman will smile at.  There is a degree of practicality with this gift though as the game is fun and addictive.  It even comes with a door hanging sign and certificate! When asking the question, what to buy a fisherman? this gift is certainly unique!

Pocket Pen Fishing Rod & Pole

Pocket Pen Fishing Rod & Pole  

This unique, novelty, humorous fishing gift is basically a pen-sized fishing rod for situations where full-size fishing gear is inconvenient! Its compact, lightweight body fits in pockets, glove boxes, briefcases and backpacks and so the recipient can always have access to the main tools for their beloved sport.

Fishing Mug

Fishing Design Mug 

A basic but guaranteed to be a well-used gift is this mug. With a unique, specially made design, you can be rest assured that the personal touch that this gift brings will make a great, well thought out present for any fisherman.

Fishing T-Shirt

Fishing T-Shirt  

Not that anyone needs telling, but just in case they do, why not provide your beloved fisherman with a fishing design T-shirt. These T-shirts are well designed, available in a multitude of colours and sizes and will provide a great gift to a Dad that likes fishing.

Best Gifts for Carp Fishing

The question, what to buy a fisherman? quite often refers to those who are obsessed with Carp Fishing. In recent years, Carp Fishing has become one of the most popular forms of Angling in the UK.  Big Carp are much sought after due to their difficulty to catch and the great sport they bring. Carp are hard fighting and quite often unique in appearance and as such many people are addicted and even obsessed with catching not just any Carp but quite often a specific, individual Carp.  If you are looking for a gift to give to a Carp fisherman then please check out the following items to hopefully identify the best gift for a Carp Fishing Fisherman.

List of the Best Gifts for Carp Fishing

Carp Fish shaped Pillow / Cushion

Carp Fish shaped Pillow / Cushion  

This cushion is certainly a unique gift but also a present that any carp fisherman wouldn’t be expecting. Its great for all ages and is a decent size at 70cm.  This gift can double up as a cushion or a pillow but could also be considered as a cuddly toy!

Carp Fishing Tobacco Tin

Carp Fishing Tobacco Tin  

This great little present is thoughtful yet useful. If the Carp fisherman you are buying a for smokes tobacco, then combining a hobby alongside a vice could provided the perfect gift. The tin is made of stainless steel and can be personalised for that extra nice touch.

Common Carp emblem chrome lighter

Common Carp emblem chrome lighter   

Alongside the smoking theme of the present above this quality chrome plated lighter comes in a distinct case with a common carp emblem. The emblem is made of high-quality English pewter and the lighter itself is refillable with petrol.

Camo Polarised Sunglasses by Verdster

Camo Polarised Sunglasses by Verdster   

An important part of any fishing, but especially with Carp fishing, is watercraft. These glasses will help greatly in observing the water for signs of fish, aiding greatly to the success of the trip. The wrap around design and the UV400 protection make these glasses both practical and comfortable. They also come delivered in a very attractive, premium gift box, ideal for that perfect Carp fishing gift.

Genuine Leather Wallet with a Carp

Genuine Leather Wallet with a Carp  

A wallet is always a useful gift for most people. In this instance, with a Carp engraved into the quality genuine leather, this wallet makes it a perfect gift for the avid Carp Fisherman who seems to have everything else!

What to get the fly fisherman who has everything?

Fly fishing is a peaceful, tranquil sport so no wonder just under a million people in the UK participate.  Being quite a specialist form of Angling, fly fishing equipment tends to be unique. Also, the fact that the average fly fisherman needs to be fluid and mobile tends to mean that they equip themselves with as little as possible for a day’s fishing. All of this together may mean that you find yourself in the unenviable position of trying to buy a gift for a special occasion and asking yourself the question, what to get the fly fisherman who has everything?

The following gifts may provide some ideas to help out:

List of gifts to get the fly fisherman who has everything

Fly Fishing Wallet

Fly Fishing Wallet

If the fly fisherman you are buying for has all the gear, then this lovely looking leather wallet with a fly-fishing design maybe just the ticket.  The material is high quality leather with a distressed finish. The artwork is embossed into the leather which gives the wallet a feel of quality. The wallet can hold up to 6 cards and comes in a nice presentation case.

Fly Fishing Cufflinks

Fly Fishing Cufflinks

These Cufflinks ooze quality.  The fishing fly is set in resin and come in a silver-plated finish. The resin is applied by hand and specially domed to give an extra sheen reflecting light to give an enhanced 3D look. The cufflinks fit all standard men’s shirt cuffs and are 18mm in diameter. These cufflinks make an ideal gift for the fly fisherman that has everything.

Personalised Fly-Fishing Travel Bag

Personalised Fly-Fishing Travel Bag    

This small fly-fishing bag comes with a personalised touch and so will make a great gift for any fly fisherman. It measures 22cm x 13cm and has two inner zipped compartments and a front flip cover secured with Velcro tabs. The bag will be ideal to carry those small, essential, items whilst keeping them all in one place.

What to Buy a Fisherman

Handmade Premium Leather Trout Bookmark    

This leather bookmark has a hand-stamped trout design. The veg tan leather is hand-dyed brown on the front and the back. The item has a real quality feel to it and the fact that its engraved by hand adds to the uniqueness of this fly-fishing gift.

Trout Keyring

Handmade Premium Leather Trout Key ring   

Alongside the Bookmark featured above, this key ring is a small gift that will still pack a punch. Again, the key ring has a hand-stamped trout design and is engraved by hand. It also comes carefully & thoughtfully gift wrapped, making this small present a great option for the fly fisherman that has everything.

Best Gifts for Pike Fishing

Pike & other Predator species are popular with some Anglers as a dedicated fish to target. Similar to fly fishing, the fishing tackle required to catch Predator fish is quite unique. As a result, Fisherman that target Predator fish are likely to have all the tackle they need. If this is the case then check out the following gifts aimed at Pike & Predator fisherman answering the question what to buy a fisherman? specifically for this niche:

List of the Best gifts for Pike Fishing

Pike Fishing Watch

Pike Fishing Watch 

This very unique watch will be a great gift for any avid Angler who enjoys the pursuit of Pike & Predator fish. Made by Kiesenberg, this quality watch has a diameter of approx. 40 mm, and a water resistance rating of 3 ATM. When asked the posts question of what to buy a fisherman? this gift was a popular choice.

Predatory Fishing Box

Predatory Fishing Box  

This great gift box contains the best artificial lures of all well-known brands. The set varies bait such as wobblers, soft baits and blinkers and is designed for all-round spinner fishing.

Personalised Fly-Fishing Travel Bag

Personalised Fly-Fishing Travel Bag    

This small fly-fishing bag comes with a personalised touch and so will make a great gift for any fly fisherman. It measures 22cm x 13cm and has two inner zipped compartments and a front flip cover secured with Velcro tabs. The bag will be ideal to carry those small, essential, items whilst keeping them all in one place.

Pike Glasses Spectacle Case

Pike Glasses Spectacle Case     

This leather bookmark has a hand-stamped trout design. The veg tan leather is hand-dyed brown on the front and the back. The item has a real quality feel to it and the fact that its engraved by hand adds to the uniqueness of this fly-fishing gift.

Best Gifts for Sea Fishing

Over a million people partake in Sea Fishing in the UK alone with shore & boat fishing being a popular pastime for many of them. With so many participants, you may find yourself asking, what can I get someone who loves Sea Fishing as a present? Many of the gifts above may be just what you are looking for but of you need more inspiration, checkout the following items that we’ve classed as the best gifts for Sea Fishing. 

List of the Best gifts for Sea Fishing

Saltwater Fish Leather Wallet

Saltwater Fish Leather Wallet

Another great wallet with this one being made by Klassek. Again, its made of 100% real leather with the saltwater fish images being pressed into the leather. There is also an option to personalise this wallet with a message if you so wish.

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Fox Guide to Modern Sea Angling

This comprehensive instructional guide to the very latest techniques for sea angling is written by leading international sea angler Alan Yates and a team of experts from Fox International. Packed with the latest facts, accessible guidance and information, this guide will help both novices and the most experienced of sea anglers.

120 Piece Fishing Lure Set

120 Piece Fishing Lure Set     

For some Sea Fisherman, fishing lures are one of the main parts of their artillery. This set contains 120 items all in a neat container that fits nicely into a typical sea fisherman’s luggage bag.

Moby Dick Fishing T-Shirt

Sea Fishing Style T-Shirts      

These great T-Shirts on eTackle are unique and fun. Available in 3 different colours across all sizes, this will be an ideal gift for any Sea Fisherman.  There is also an option to add your own design to the T-shirt or even a bespoke message to add a real personal touch to this great sea fishing gift.

What to buy a fisherman? 

Summary & Conclusions

Hopefully this article has answered the initial question of what to buy a fisherman? and has provided some unique ideas for gifts. Rather than write a lengthy conclusion, for ease, please refer to the following table as a reference tool to recap.: 

Summary Table of Fishing Gifts Recommended in this article

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