’Tis the season for giving gifts

I always get pretty good notice of when the holiday season is approaching because the wives and girlfriends of my fishing friends start sending me messages asking for ideas of what they should get their guys for Christmas.
Sometimes this is an easy one for me to answer, especially if there is something that I know they don’t have and could use.
Other times, I’ll throw out a few ideas to try to help. And happy to do so!
If you’re stuck on what to get for your outdoor enthusiast friend or partner this holiday season (and it certainly could be a female who likes these activities as well), it is good to know a little bit about what they like to fish for or activities they enjoy the most.
Do they fish for walleye? Do they hunt for deer and moose? Do they like to spend a weekend in a canoe, camping out along the way?
Knowing some of these things can make picking gifts easier.
For the open-water angler, there are accessories for boats, things like electronics, inflatable life jackets, or maybe rod holders. Fishing rods and reels always are a hit and you are free to spend as little or as much as you want on these items.
I will say you get what you pay for here. I own a few $500 G. Loomis NRX fishing rods and when they are in my boat, I don’t even want to use some of the very nice $200 rods that I own.
Just throwing that out there. Not saying you need a $500 fishing rod to catch fish but they are pleasure to use (very light, very sensitive).
Does that angler on your list have good rain gear? New fillet knives always are welcome, as are nets.
When it comes to lures, we all get excited to try out the new latest and greatest. The staff at the tackle shop can help you out here depending on what species of fish you are shopping for.
If you like to shop online, most websites have a “new” product category. It’s always a good feeling when you cast out a new lure because you know that fish have not seen it before!
Since ice-fishing season is upon us here in our part of the world, gifts for that activity usually are always a hit.
The good thing about ice-fishing is that it is relatively inexpensive to do. And though there certainly are some items that will help make the experience better and help you catch more fish, once you have some of these items, you usually are going to be good to go for a few years.
Portable shelters continue to grow in popularity. There are pop-up models that can be carried and quickly popped up on the ice. Then there are flip-up models that are built around a sled that can be pulled behind an ATV or snowmobile.
The model I have is the Frabill Predator, which is a big sled that I can load up with enough ice-fishing gear to go for a week. These types of shelters are more expensive but they are awesome for the serious angler.
For ice-fishing, anglers need an auger to drill holes and a flasher (which is the ice-fishing “fish finder” that will help a person catch more fish than anything else).
I like the Humminbird ICE 55 model.
For lures, the Northland Buckshot Rattle Spoon will catch every fish that swims under the ice across Sunset Country. They come in a variety of sizes for all species of fish.
Finally, if you go ice-fishing, you need warm clothes! Everything from suits to boots to gloves and hats all help make our outdoor experiences better.
One of my biggest sponsors is KrugerFarms.com—a fishing and hunting retail website based in Minnesota—and they have a wide variety of good stuff for the outdoorsperson on your list.
Earlier this year, I was able to help SPY sunglasses design a pair of perfect fishing glasses and KrugerFarms.com actually is the exclusive dealer for these glasses.
They would make a great gift for anybody!
Happy shopping!