We’re less than a week away from Father’s Day, and we know that many of you are scrambling to find a suitable gift for the fishy dads in your life.

Below are the top 7 gifts that are perfect for any angler and for any budget. Plus, you can buy most of these items online, or call 865-200-5271 for guide trips and gift cards!

1. Guided Trip Certificate – $250 – $425

Even for the angler that has everything, you can’t beat the gift of an experience on one of East Tennessee’s rivers. Whether it’s wading in the Smoky Mountains or using a jet boat to fish remote reaches of the Holston and French Broad for smallmouth bass, we have the guide and trip to change it up for the avid angler. Plus, a trip with one of our guides can be a learning experience that helps the father in your life find more success on future outings.

2. Gift Card – $-$$$

Even if he has everything, any angler is going to need things like flies, leader, tippet, and fly line on a regular basis. A gift card is a great way to either support his habit throughout the year, or go towards a bigger purchase like a net, rod, reel, or pack.

3. Sage X 8wt – $900

This is the ultimate rod for throwing streamers for big trout and bass in East Tennessee and catching redfish and sea trout on the gulf coast. It’s a great rod to have in any angler’s quiver, and it’s a gift that he’ll enjoy for a lifetime.


4. Fishpond Switchback Belt System – $99.95

This pack won a lot of awards last year, and for good reason. It’s an extremely comfortable, versatile pack that supports your lower back and holds a net. It’s also ambidextrous, so it can be switched around for guys who cast left-handed. Even if he already has a pack he likes, this is a great price point for a secondary pack to carry different gear for other species like bass and bluegill.

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5. Orvis Ultralight Wader – $299.99

This is probably the best wader for the money right now. Orvis knocked it out of the park with the quality and comfort for this low price, and it has a durable build that should last several seasons of even hard fishing. See the size chart on the page, or give us a call or email to find the right size. Go a little bigger than you think you need to allow for layering and greater freedom of movement.

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6. Private Fly Tying Lessons – $40

Has he always wanted to tie his own flies, or see if he’s interested in pursuing it? Book a private session with one of our guides or shop staff to sit down with the father in your life and teach them the basics of tying flies. All materials and tools are included for taking the class, and we’ll show him what he needs to buy if he pursues the past time further. Call or email for more info.

7. Lamson Liquid 3 pack -$169.99

The Liquid 3 pack is an awesome way to start using other techniques for catching fish. This reel comes with two extra spools, so you can put a floating, intermediate, and full sinking line to give you lots of options for fly presentation. A -5+ will fit a 4-6 weight rod, and the -7+ will fit a 6-8 weight.