For devoted anglers, the most wonderful time of the year is, of course, fishing season. But fishing–related gifts are sure to make the holiday season merry and bright indeed. The good news for folks shopping for fishing fans is that most of them are pretty easy to please. If a gift has anything to do with fishing—and that does include beer products—they should be happy.
Most anglers love fishing shirts, the latest gadgets and reels and—when they’re really lucky—weeklong stays along the shores of a High Sierra lake. To make shopping easy and gift receiving fun, we’ve assembled a list of where to go and what to buy right here. And if making a choice proves too difficult, don’t forget that gift cards are always available… and always appreciated!
Gifting Guided Fishing Tours in Mammoth Lakes
First thing’s first. Giving an experience rather than a thing is always a good idea. Consider gifting a fishing trip with one of Mammoth Lakes’ local guides. There are a number of licensed guide services that offer guided outings, which include pragmatic details—such as all the gear from waders to polarized sunglasses—but also the extensive regional knowledge of local guides. Outings of different lengths are offered to a variety of locations and are tailored to individual skill levels, even beginners
Check out the guided service offerings at these shops and guide services in town:
Where to Buy Fishing Gear in Mammoth Lakes
Entertaining help always comes from Rick Flamson of Rick’s Sports. He’s been in the fishing business for over three decades and not only knows the best places around Mammoth Lakes to fish, but also what will make anglers happy. Here are a couple of great gift ideas available at Rick’s Sports.
Catch, measure net, release… repeat often. That’s pretty much the slogan for measure nets. They are lined with marks to measure catches up to 24 inches and come in a variety of sizes for everything from walk-and-wade anglers to float tubes to drift and motorboats.
Measure nets are ideal for catch-and-release anglers, making it possible to measure fish while still keeping them wet. The nets are made of rubber, which is easier on fish than mesh and other materials. Keeping trout in the water and not handling them too much also helps increase survival rates for released fish, especially during the winter. Mammoth Lakes and its surroundings offer a variety of lakes ideal for fishing and exploring from a float tube. Any angler who loves to cast around the Eastside should have one.
The single-person float boats come in a wide variety of styles, sizes and price levels. While some parts of the country like the fully enclosed donut-style float tubes, the open front horseshoe-style float tubes are most popular in the Eastern Sierra. While most float tubes needed for local lakes don’t require oars, fins (and ideally booties and waders) are necessary to be able to kick around the lake. Float tubes are ideal for small lakes like Mamie and George, but can also be great for working sections of larger fisheries like Lake Mary and Crowley Lake.
The original Kittredge opened in 1963, and since then they’ve become one of the premiere outdoor stores in the Eastern Sierra. They know fishing, and their knowledgeable staff is happy to help with gift ideas. Here are just a few:
The tenkara fly-fishing rod has been called revolutionary because it doesn’t use a reel. This “new” style of rod is based on a 300-year-old Japanese method of fishing. The light, durable and collapsible carbon- fiber rod is easy to pack and perfect for high-country streams.
What fly fisher doesn’t need more flies? The answer: none. A fun gift option is “the Kittredge dozen”: shoppers who buy 12 flies from the wide assortment of options get two free. Everyone wins!
This full-service fly shop is focused solely on fishing, and they pride themselves on being small enough to offer individualized service for each customer. If you’re not lucky enough to be in Mammoth Lakes, keep in mind that they also run a thriving e-commerce business.
Is it time your favorite angler had an upgrade on the basics? If so, consider a new rod and reel combo. The Troutfitter offers a wide variety of brands promising reliability and performance… just add fish! If you’re feeling overwhelmed by factors such as weight and line capacity, the Troutfitter staff are here to help.
Digital scales are another winning gift idea. They allow anglers to accurately chronicle just how large “the big one” really is. And, there are lots of options to fit any sportsperson or any budget. The best digital scales are small, quick and easy to use, allowing the fish to be weighed quickly and then released without injury.