We’ve done a lot of gear guides over the years, and they are always some of our favorites because we get to feature new gear and gear that we actually use out on our backcountry adventures. With Christmas just around the corner, we rounded up some of our top outdoor adventure and fishing gear to make your holiday gift hunting a bit easier.
The Beartooth by Tenkara Rod Co.
For those of you who follow my other site, CountryHookers.com, you know I’m an avid angler who spends lots of time fishing deep in the mountains.
When it comes to staying light and quick in the backcountry and hitting those hard-to-find spots and small creeks without a lot of casting room, the Tenkara Beartooth from Tenkara Rod Co is the way to go. The rod is so tiny it can literally be slipped into a pocket or ultra-light hiking pack and is probably one of the coolest and most fun little rods you can carry. Check out our full review at Country Hookers.
Hardy Aydon Travel Fly Rod
The Aydon fly rod, recently released by Hardy, is an elegant-looking, higher-end fly rod that is meant for everything from small stream trout fishing to stillwater fishing large bodies of open water. The Aydon is lightweight, easy to pack, and made by a company that makes some of the finest fly rods in the world. It’s extremely enjoyable to fish, casts smoother than anything I’ve used in quite some time, and handles pretty much any fly we use on it.
Hardy, based in Alnwick, England, has been handcrafting high-end fly gear since 1872.
- Sintrix multi-modulus carbon fiber blank
- Hard chrome single-foot guides
- Ceramic-lined stripping guides
Goal Zero Yeti Power Series
Whenever we hit the road for an extended camping or backcountry fishing trip, you can be sure that we have one of our Goal Zero Yetis in the back of the truck. From keeping our cameras, GPS and electronics charged to saving our ass out on the lake when our trolling motor battery died – yep, we used the Yeti 1000 to power our trolling motor- these things are a must-have for off the grid power!
Throw in a couple of their portable solar panels and you are good to go~
Penn Battle III Spinning Reel and Travel Fishing Rod Combo
This is, after all, a survival and preparedness site, so we wanted to throw in a bugout/travel rod that can be easily carried in any vehicle. The PENN Battle III travel combo is strong, smooth, and will stand up to anything you can throw at it.
The versatile Battle III reel features proprietary CNC Gear and is paired with the HT-100 carbon fiber drag system to provide the ultimate control during the fight.
- Full Metal Body and Sideplates
- CNC Gear Technology
- HT-100 Carbon Fiber Drag Washers
- 5+1 sealed stainless steel ball bearing syste m
- Graphite Composite Blank
Fieldsheer Mobile Warming collection
It’s that time of year when I want to get out there and do some fishing, but damn, it’s cold! I guess it’s living in the desert for the last 20 years, but gearing up and heading up into the mountains this time of year is like heading into the damn arctic circle.
So when we found a new line of heated lifestyle apparel from Fieldsheer, we were hooked! The collection consists of jackets, gloves, shirts, base layers, gloves, and socks – all of them great for keeping warm on those cold mornings when you barely want to touch the reel. All the clothing is Bluetooth-based and uses a very thin, 7.4-volt battery that provides four different heating levels.
We were big fans of the Mens Merino Baselayer Shirt and the Phase 2 Men’s Heated Hoodie.
Greys Wing Streamflex Fly Rod
The Streamflex series is reshaping the Greys brand. This fly rod pulls double duty, switching between dry fly fishing and European nymphing techniques by inserting an an additional blank stored in the butt section of the rod. Simply unscrew the bottom of the rod, insert the portion between the butt and the lower midsection and transition your rod to support your technique and help with line control when nymphing.
The Streamflex is perfect for Nymphs, Dry Flies, and Streamers.
- Powerlux 4pc carbon blank
- AAA Cork handle
- Single foot snake guides
- Lined stripper guides
- Alloy reel seat with selected wood spacers
Victorinox Swiss Army Knife
The Classic Fisherman Victorinox Swiss Army Knife is a great gift for any young fisherman.
Since 1897, the Swiss Army knife has been an iconic tool of the outdoorsman. The Fisherman features a Swiss made pocket knife with 18 different functions, including: a large blade, small blade, can opener, screwdriver 3 mm, bottle opener, screwdriver 6 mm, wire stripper, reamer/punch and sewing awl, Phillips screwdriver 1/2, scissors, fish scaler, hook disgorger, ruler (cm), ruler (inches), multipurpose hook, toothpick, tweezers, and key ring.
Fishing Legend T-shirt
This is one of our favorite new shirts from the guys over at Shirts of Liberty! Let everyone know there is a fishing legend in the house.
Tarpestry Weatherproof Tarp Blankets
Tarpestry makes some stylish outdoor, weatherproof tarp blankets that are great for everything from throwing them in the bed of your truck when your kids get tired on your next fishing trip to staking them down through the grommets for camping or even your outdoor next concert.
They are made from water-repellent/UV-resistant polyester base fabric you can hose off after your next muddy adventure.
Don’t forget the Whiskey!
There is nothing like a good glass of whiskey while sitting around the campfire after a long day of fishing and backcountry adventuring. Make sure you head on over and check out this year’s Whiskey Gift Guide!
I’ve been looking to move up from my TFO, both of these fly rods are beautiful. I’ve been on the fence about buying a Hardy, it’s a big investment over the TFO but I think I might pull the trigger on it.
I have a bunch of rods, probably dozens I lost count. I have a Hardy Zenith and out of all my rods it is one of my favorites and what I would sya is my most accurate for casting dries long distances. I have not cast an Aydon yet bit if it is anything like the other Hardys it should be a great setup.
Hmmmm that’s actually pretty interesting. I think I’m going to try my Yeti on my Kayak next time I’m out and see how it handles a small trolling motor. I don’t really use the motor until the end of the day and I’m to tired to do anything so that might bea much better option than the heavy battery I usually lug with me.
I still have my Cub Scout Swiss Army knife, 30 years old and still going strong.
I love fishing and I really want to get into fly fishing these poles look really good and probably will buy one just have been on the fence about it. Also 10 out of 10 recommend a heated jacket it makes fishing so much more enjoyable.