You'd think that finding fishing gifts for dad would be really easy. But it would be all to easy to buy him something that he'd never use. Remember though, he won't want you to spend a lot of money. Far more important that you've thought about his gift carefully. After all, it's the thought that counts...
Of course, if he's giving you a few helpful hints such as
"What I really need is ...."
then at least you've got something to go on.
But without that, you've got a difficult choice.
On the face of it, fishing lures are very attractive and would seem to be a great choice of fishing gift. But I'm not so sure. If he lost it on the first cast, then both you and he would be very upset.
What you want is something he'll enjoy and find really useful, and be able to do so time and time again. So, as a fishing dad myself, how about these for a few ideas?
You can't really go wrong by buying him a fishing book, and there're lots to choose from. Use the search box below to find a fishing book of the type that would interest your dad.
Typing in 'bass fishing' for example, will find a number of books like the one shown here. Or you could try 'surf fishing', 'kayak fishing' or 'trolling' etc, etc. Click around. Enjoy!
I'm sure you'll find exactly the right book about fishing there, often at a big discount and delivered free wherever in the world you live.
Incidentally, if you find a fishing book described as 'mixed media' it means that it comes with a DVD to further elaborate on the topic of the book. Often, this makes the book/DVD combo particularly good value.
Now here's something a little different.
How about a fish recognition poster or a really nice fishing print to hang on the wall?
Much like using the search box for fishing books, just type the search term in the AllPosters box below.
Entering 'fish' would be a good one to start with, as it will bring up some really tasty fish identification charts, like the one shown here.
Entering individual fish names like 'tuna', or 'bass' for example will find you some excellent prints of these fish.
Make sure to enter 'fishing' too, for some terrific action pics. Have fun!
Alternatively, how about a fishing DVD like this one?
Once again there's a lot to choose from, so you will be able to find one about your dad's favourite type of fishing.
Check the running time, as to make a decent gift it's unlikely that any DVD with a running time of less than 60 minutes or so will contain sufficient information to benefit your dad.
This one runs for 68 minutes.
This instrument, a tide clock, would make a perfect gift for your dad if he's a saltwater fisherman.
All fishermen know that the fishing is best at certain stages of the tide so for both boat fishing and shore fishing this gift will help your dad catch more fish.
If he's got a boat a tide clock will tell him when there's enough water on the slipway for launching and recovering it.
Similarly, atmospheric pressure has a lot to do with a fish's feeding habits, so a fisherman's barometer too will help improve his catches.
Either of them would make a great gift. They're not cheap though, so if he was a very lucky dad indeed he just might get one for his birthday and the other for Christmas or Father's Day. Just a thought...