Yuletide Basics for the Backcountry Angler

Yuletide Basics for the Backcountry Angler

One thing many anglers have in common is a love of solitude; the kind of quiet one finds by getting as far way from civilization as possible. For those of this ilk, fishing, hiking and camping all go hand-in-hand. Use this carefully-curated list of backcountry fly fishing essentials to guide you in shopping for your outdoorsy loved one this holiday season.

Rep Your Water Trout Skin Can Cooler - $7.50

Keep your cans camouflaged riverside or by the campfire with the Rep Your Water Can Cooler. Made from high quality neoprene that keeps beverages cold and hands warm. Available in brook trout, rainbow trout and brown trout.

BlackStrap Daily Tube Brown Trout - $26.99

This Multifunctional UV Neck Gaiter is made in the USA and will quickly become your favorite multi-functional tool against the elements. With dozens of wearing applications for any outdoor adventure, this lightweight, highly breathable, cooling neck gaiter features 4-way stretch fabric that is milled in the USA, keeps you protected from the blistering sun, dries quickly when damp, provides a barrier for cutting cold winds, and has UPF 50+ UV sun protection.

Sizzle Survival Lighter - $45.00

This USB Rechargeable Survival Lighter provides the peace of mind of fire and light, with the added benefit of being waterproof. It will ignite anything a regular lighter can ignite. No fuel or butane is required. It is Eco-friendly, easy to use, and works in windy conditions. Flashlight and lighter in one! 

Backroad Mapbook Southern Alberta - $29.95 

Southern Alberta is a land of great contrast, with recreation opportunities as diverse as the landscape. To help your angler take advantage of Southern Alberta’s many outdoor adventure opportunities, the latest edition of the Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook features Crown Forest Management Areas and Public Land Use Zones, along with labelled fish species for individual fishing lakes. This Mapbook also contains fish stocking charts for the area’s main stocked species, along with trail charts for several parks, and a brand new Backcountry Huts section. Central and Northern Alberta Mapbooks also available.


Simms Guide Wet Wading Socks - $34.99

Spun from quick-drying hydrophobic yarns, Simms Guide Wet Wading Socks are the ultimate tools for hardworking feet exploring cool summer flows. Right Angle® arch support enhances ride across variable underwater terrain, while bolstered cushioning and an anti-abrasion build pampers feet.

Simms Dry Creek Hip Pack - $249.95

This waterproof, submersible, exceptionally rugged hip pack is a must have for days in the backcountry. Easily holds a couple of fly boxes, snacks, beverage and accessories - every thing you need for a day on the river.

Nebo MYCRO Headlamp & Cap Light - $29.99

The MYCRO Headlamp is a must-have for dusky hikes back to camp, or night time reading by the fire. This rechargeable headlamp and cap light includes an adjustable reflective head strap and micro USB-to-USB charging cable. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, this powerful light features an impressive 400 lumen Turbo Mode. 


Sight Fishing for Trout by Landon Mayer - $39.99

Sight fishing for trout in gin clear water is an essential skill for the backcountry angler. Hunting for large trout with lightweight fishing equipment is what Mayer does best. With detailed instructions on how to cast into tricky spots, how to present the fly, and how to read the rise, he supplies the extra edge to find and catch more and larger fish. Perfect for the novice to advanced angler in your life. 


Redington Rise Reel 5/6 - $279.99

The Redington Rise is the packable trout reel simply based on its lightweight design and performance. It features a u-shaped large-arbor and a compact carbon fiber drag system that offers smooth fish stopping torque, enough for the largest trout out in the backcountry. Comes in black, amber, olive and silver, packed with a padded reel case and a box perfect for wrapping. Other reel sizes available. 

Dr Slick Mitten Scissor Clamps - $29.99

These mitten clamps come with a serrated scissor mounted behind the jaws. This addition allows for cutting tippet/leader material, trimming flies streamside or opening that pesky bag of jerky. Comes spring-loaded, and with wrist lanyard attached.


Patagonia Houdini Jacket - $125.00

Everyone knows the weather in Alberta can change in a flash, and staying dry in the backcountry is a necessity. This 100% recycled ripstop nylon, take-it-anywhere jacket, is the ultimate in lightweight, packable rain protection. Packable into its own zippered pocket, about the size of a potato.




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