All I want for Christmas is…….

It’s fast approaching that time of year again when many of us will be unwrapping some socks or ties or something similar, so before we let things get that far why don’t we do something about it like give a few hints to what we would really like? It’s far easier to put on a smile when you open something you really want rather than straining a smile with everyone watching you!!

With this in mind I have put together a list of things that might give you a few ideas.

If you have been really good this year try getting the ultimate rod…..the Hardy Zenith Sintrix…….a truly awesome rod in so many ways, one of the most advanced rods out for years and a real joy to cast and fish with. If that’s too much of a big ask go for a Greys GRXi+, again a lovely rod but not so harsh on the pocket.

To go with the rod I would probably opt for a Vision Koma reel, either the standard model or the cassette version. These reels are amazing value for money and a reliable piece of kit. At the other end of the scale I would go for the Hardy Demon reel, probably the best cassette reel out there.

When it comes to fly lines it never pays to scrimp. At the top of my list for a new floating line would be a Rio Gold closely followed by one of the Snowbee lines. For a sinking line I would look at the Airflo range, they offer a good quality sinking line with a range of densities to cover every eventuality.

Flies make an ideal stocking filler.

If you fancy doing some roving fishing maybe a technical vest is what you should be looking at. Airflo offer a nice one at a great price, similar to the Fishpond range but a fraction of the price.

If you are looking for stocking filler ideas flies are always a good bet. In my opinion the best ones out there are either Ian Barr’s selections for still water or I like the Fulling Mill range for the river. If you haven’t tried these flies yet give them a go, they truly are top class flies tied on quality hooks.

If you don’t already tie flies ask for some kit and give it a go. It’s a great way to while away the winter evenings and an inexpensive gift idea. You can pick up a beginners kit for around £20 and can always ask people for items to add to it.

Failing all these ideas you could always ask for a Neil Keep Fly Fishing gift voucher……the ultimate gift sure to put a smile on anyone’s face at Christmas!!

Whatever you get this year, a Merry Christmas to you all and enjoy your fishing.