Here are three things I would love to have for Christmas. Now, this list is going to be things that are not out of reach. I would like the new Sage rod that is $800 or an all expense paid trip to Argentina but those things are just not realistic for me. These are of things that I need or that I could reasonably see under my tree Christmas morning.
first thing is a guide jacket/water proof jacket. I don’t really have a nice jacket that can withstand the elements and or give the benefits for fly fisherman. I have seen a few jackets that I wanted like the Simms guide 3 jacket and the SST Patagonia Jacket but the one that I think i want is from Klymit Olympus Backcountry Powder Shell. I have followed this company for awhile I think they make some of the best stuff in the business. They don’t make gear specific for fly fisherman but what they have is universal and is perfect for any outdoorsman. They also use some cool technology utilizing Argon gas as insulation. Here is some info from klymit.com about this jacket. “Named for the mountain on which the Greek Gods resided, this hard-shell jacket is tough enough to handle the conditions on even the highest peaks. The Olympus™ is made from waterproof polyester micro twill tri-bonded fabric featuring a waterproof/breathable membrane (10,000/5,000). The Olympus sports lycra handcuffs to block powder and cold air at the wrist, taped seams, a removable powder skirt, a removable hood, rubberized zippers and slider garages for improved water resistance, mp3 sleeve pocket and pit zips with double sliders. It also features Klymit® specific Inflation Port access panel, Purge Valve access panel, Klymitizer sleeve pocket and an Inter-cooler on each shoulder to provide maximum ventilation when needed. The Olympus is feature packed and compatible with the Klymit® Kinetic™ vests.”
Second item would be a JayMorr photography fly fishing print. Now, I know there is no excuse as to why I don’t have one already and Jay this isn’t a hint or anything. If I could I would have JayMorr fly fishing prints plaster my office and home. I remember a couple years ago when we first started to promote our blog and have people follow our posts I discovered JayMorr’s site and have been, in a manly way, in love with his work ever since. JayMorr does a lot more than just fly fishing photography but his outdoors work is unreal. You can buy prints straight from his site. Here is some info from his site. “Jason Morrison is a Utah based wedding & portrait photographer. His passion for fly fishing & wildlife has carried over into outdoor photography. A rising star in the industry, Jason’s work is published internationally, was featured on cover, completed writing & photography assignments in the field, and is the recipient of several photography awards. Jason lives with is wife & four kids who keep him busy when he is not behind a camera lens. He loves to spend time with his kids, fly fishing, & hopes to take the industry by storm through innovation.”
Third and final item I would love to have Christmas morning would be the William Joseph Conduit Gear bag. This bag has water proof pockets, dividers inside to organize your stuff and the coolest thing is the bottom compartment where you can store your reels. There are other cool features, bells and whistles but the thing I like the most is like I said the reel compartment underneath. Oh yeah, William Joseph has a %100 product guarantee. They make some of the best gear in the business. More info about them. “The fact is we are a product-driven company. Always have been, always will be.We have, what some might call an insatiable desire to make the lightest, strongest, best performing gear on the planet. We don’t care about fu-fu colors and fashionable accents, if it isn’t technically superior and purposeful we leave it off. We are constantly in search of new and better materials, and when it’s all brought to life through our designs and ideas the result is a better experience for you on the river.”
These three things wouldn’t break the bank and would last for years.