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Gadgets: 25 fishing gifts to fuel Dad’s favorite hobby this Father’s Day


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  • If Dad’s a fisherman, Father’s Day could be a whole lot easier than you’ve ever realized.
  • Fishing isn’t a cheap hobby, and there’s always something he needs for the tackle box or the boat.
  • From rods and reels to pliers and coolers, there’s surely something of which he’s in dire need below.
  • Check out all of our Father’s Day gift ideas for 2019 for more inspiration.

If Dad fancies himself a fisherman, chances are good that he’s got one expensive hobby. But this makes your chore of finding him the perfect Father’s Day gift a breeze. You see, fishing, seemingly, requires more and more gadgets and apparel each year. Who knew he needed a wireless, castable fish camera? (He doesn’t.)

There’s an endless list of things that need replacing, updating, fixing, or scrapping. Cross one or two items off that list and you’re home safe till next year. Fishing, and gearing up for fishing, is an endless obsession, a never-ending procession of new lures, pliers, nets, rods, reels, electronics, safety equipment, apparel, and, well, you get the idea. That’s why a fishing gift is always a safe bet.

Sift around through the recommendations below, and if you want to dig a little deeper, have a look at our full fishing rod and reel buying guide for more ideas.

Gadgets: A fully submersible waterproof ditty bag for tackle and more


Gadgets: A fisher-friendly inflatable SUP

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Gadgets: A cool, breathable, UPF-treated fishing shirt


Gadgets: A classy, stainless-steel flask with a magnetic, double-walled cup


Gadgets: An easy-to-sharpen fillet knife


Gadgets: An electronic fish smoker


Gadgets: Polarized shades made from recycled fishing nets


Gadgets: A monthly tackle subscription box

Karl’s Bait and Tackle

Gadgets: Heavy-duty fishing pliers with a line cutter


Gadgets: Fishing bibs for a messier day at sea


Gadgets: A fishing-line welder so he can stop tying (or trying to tie) knots altogether

The Grommet

Gadgets: A humane and corrosion-resistant fishing net


Gadgets: A new fly rod and reel outfit


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Orvis Premium Fly-Tying Kit, available at Orvis, $198

Flies are expensive, and if your father’s tucked into retirement, maybe the budget is a little tight. This will not only keep him occupied (and out of yours and Mom’s and everyone else’s hair), it’ll take a little sting out of this oh-so-pricey hobby.

Gadgets: A fully submersible waterproof backpack


Gadgets: State-of-the-art, lightweight, and packable waders


Gadgets: A UPF-treated adventure hat

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Gadgets: A folding chair with compartments and backpack straps


Gadgets: A brand-new spin-fishing rod


Tsunami Slimwave White, available at Amazon, $116.38-$124.98

It doesn’t matter how many fishing poles are gathering up cobwebs in the garage, he’ll always appreciate a new one. (Pro tip: If you’re not sure which size or kind of fishing rod to buy, go look at his gear, find the oldest, most used, and abused fishing rod he has, or his most popular, and match it).

Gadgets: … and a spinning reel to go with it


Daiwa BG Spinning Reel, available at Amazon, $74.99-$262.74

Fishing reels have come a long way. And probably a really long way since he last purchased one. Catapult him into modernity with this ultra-light, smooth-as-can-be piece of machinery. (Pro tip: As with a fishing rod, if you’re not sure which size or kind of fishing rod to buy, go look at his gear, find the oldest, most used and abused reel he has, or his most popular, and match it).

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