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June 5, 2016

Inexpensive Father’s Day Gifts – Fishing Dads!

5 Great Inexpensive Father’s Day Gifts for the Fishing Dad

Hints? What hints?

5 Great Inexpensive Father's Day Gifts
What should be in the box?

Men don’t often leave hints to tell you what they want. When they want something, they either say so, or they just go right out and buy it themselves.

I can’t tell you how many times one of my son-in-laws bought themselves a great gadget just before their birthday or Christmas. Dang!

Guys can be so dense.

I thought it would be a great idea to offer  5 Great Inexpensive Father’s Day Gifts to help folks buy for the fishing guys in their lives.

A Fishing Father Gifts

Bass Fisherman with bassThere are a few things you must consider before buying a gift for a fisherman:

  • What kind of fishing does he do? Is he a fly fisherman? Bass fisherman?
  • Does he have a boat? Big bass boat? Kayak?
  • What kind of rod does he use? Spincast rod? Casting rod? Spinning rod? All the above?
  • What kind of tackle does he use? Or need? Or want?

boxed luresBuy a crankbait the man at the store tells you is the hottest lure this year, but your father fishes rubber worms 90% of the time, then that lure might sit in his tackle box until the day he dies.

How can you simplify?

So what can you do?

Think Generic.

Choose a gift related to fishing, but is not tied to any particular type of fishing.

Like what?

5 Great Inexpensive Father’s Day Gifts

Here’s 5 ideas:

1. Lure Wraps

Lure wrap
A great lure wrap for pirates!

OK, these are for any fisherman other than fly fishermen. Fly fishermen don’t need and can’t use these lure wraps. At least, not that I can figure out!

They are designed to wrap around a lure while on the fishing rod to keep the exposed hooks from catching onto everything.

Price: $5.00 to $25.00 (higher price is for multiple wraps)

Calcutta Lure Wrap

There are many other types of lure wraps, so I’m providing a link below to see the many options you have for this gift for your fisherman father!

==> Click here for a selection of lure wraps <==


Match the “hatch” (or lure)

Most lure wraps are made of durable nylon and have hook and loop closures to keep them closed. They come in various lengths, to match the size of the lures used. Though of course a large wrap can cover small lures, while small wraps can’t cover large ones!

Multiple uses

I also use a mesh lure wrap to store my lures when I switch from one lure to another. That way, the lures can dry and not get all my other lures in the box wet.

2. Hat Clip

Cap Retainer
Cap Retainer

Hat Clip

Price: $5.oo to $15.00

A hat clip saves your father’s hat if it should get blown off while in a boat or anywhere. The clip keeps the hat attached to the back of the shirt. So while he’s fishing, he doesn’t need to fish out a wet hat!

The one I have is a Chums, as shown here.

But there are many other styles and types, so get the one that best suits your father!

==> Click here for more hat clip styles ==>

3. Fishing Hat with UV Protection

Protect your head and neck!
Protect your head and neck!

Extreme Outdoor Hat with UV Protection

Price: $4.00 to $20.00

Safety is important when out fishing. And these hats will protect you from exposure to the sun. After all, you’re basically sitting in the sunshine, and it’s also being reflected up from the water, so it’s double exposure.

These hats help protect your skin from the sun.

And of course you can keep the hat good and safe with the hat clip shown above!

==> Click here to see more fishing hats offering UV protection <==

4. Floating Phone Case

Onshowy Waterproof Floating Phone Case
Phone case, arm strap, and neck lanyard.

Onshowy floating waterproof phone case

Price: $10 to $15

This phone case will hold an iPhone 6 or other similar sized smartphone.

It is waterproof and around the sides are bladders with air that make the entire unit float. So, should your father drop his smartphone, it won’t sink!

You can take photos right through the case, so the treasured selfies can continue!

I keep my iPhone 5 in this case, which is in a LifeProof case, and is so already waterproof. But when I flipped my Hobie, luckily the phone was secured in my pocket. Now I don’t have to worry about the phone sinking out of reach!

==> Click here to view more waterproof phone cases (some floating) <==

5. Floating Glasses Strap

Chums Glassfloats

Don't lose those sunglasses!
Don’t lose those sunglasses!

Price: $7.00 to $20.00

Most likely your dad wears sunglasses while fishing. If he doesn’t he should!

Sunglasses not only protect your eyes from the sun (direct and reflected off the water), they also allow you to see deeper into the water.

But if you drop them overboard, they will sink!

These retainers will help save the glasses by floating.

==> Click here to see more choices of floating glasses straps <==

Enjoy Father’s Day!

So there are 5 possible gifts for Father’s Day that can be useful and appreciated by any fisherman, no matter what he fishes for, or how!

And even if he already has one of these items, a new one may be appreciated. I always love having a spare!

Finally, they won’t break the bank. In fact, you can get all of them for less than 50 bucks.

Get your dad something he will actually use!

Then come on back and share what you decided to buy, and what was your dad’s reaction.

Tight lines!

Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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  • Hi, Roger. Nice post. I know quite a few fishing dads, and each of them would love any gift listed! Lol I have my eye on the hat-clip, the UV protection cap, and the floating glasses strap! All brilliant ideas!

    • Thanks Audra!

      Well, you know I like them, since I own all of them! And use them on every fishing trip.

      Keeping all my gear safe while out fishing is a real concern for me.

      And of course protecting my skin and eyes while out in the sun!

      Thanks for the comment!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Love the lure wrap did not know this even existed. Going to have to invest in one of those. Thank you for all the great information

    • Thanks Laura!

      I really wasn’t aware of these wraps until about a year ago. I was on the fence about them, wondering how useful they would be, but after I bought one, I got 4 more!

      You’re welcome and thank you for the comment!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • The idea of sitting in a boat with my Dad, sipping a few brews, dozing waiting for the line to pull… sounds like heaven! All apart from the fact that he hasn’t got the patience, nor does he like a brewski.

    But I sure do, and I’m definitely interested in the hat clip and waterproof phone case! Too many times I’ve reached down to take a photo and lost everything in one moment of extreme clumsiness.

    Thanks for the heads up Roger 🙂

    • Thanks Fray!

      Well, you are certainly welcome to doze until you get that fish to pull your line, but I might recommend that you stay alert and be ready to set the hook and have a blast playing tug of war with the fish! And if it’s a smallmouth bass, then they are terrific fighters.

      Ouch! Are you saying you’ve lost a phone by dropping it in the water? That would be a real bummer! So yes, a floating waterproof phone case could really be something that would be great for you. And they aren’t that expensive. Especially compared to a smart phone!

      And the hat clip will save your lid as well!

      Thanks for the comment!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Hi Roger! I enjoyed reading your post. The hat clip….how cool. I had no idea there was such a thing. That will be perfect for my husband, dad and brother! Thanks for the great idea 🙂

    • Thanks Rachel!

      And it’s very inexpensive. Lots of use for very little cost. The clip is pretty tight, so it keeps your lid from flying off.

      I’m surprised how many folks are drawn to the hat clip! But happy I was able to give you some gift ideas!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Great article Roger! Actually, great site in general! I’ve been reading for a an hour or so now, and I love your content!

    Strange as it may seem, I’ve never gone fishing, and neither has my dad. After reading the article and around your site, I’m persuaded to learn more and try it.

    The hat clip looks especially fun. That could have uses even outside fishing.

    Thanks for the great introduction to a potential hobby!

    • Thanks Mohammad Makki!

      You are absolutely right! That hat clip is good for any time that the wind might try to snatch your cap away. I’ve been wearing hats for 40 years, and the wind can always surprise you, so the clip can save your lid!

      I hope you do decide to try fishing, and have a great time! Just remember, when you catch that first fish, you may be caught as well!

      If you should have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. And if you have any adventures, we’d love to hear your stories here, so come back and share them with your fellow BassHoles!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Exactly what I needed to see, I’ve been stuck on what to get my dad for some time! Looking forward to more of these types of posts 🙂

    • Thanks Ryan!

      Glad to be able to give you some ideas of what to get your dad. And if he’s a fisherman, even better! Though many of these ideas would work for anyone who spends time around the water, or even has simply lost a hat due to the wind!

      Thanks for the kind words!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • I definitely like the idea of the Floating Phone and sun glasses. Last time my buddy and I were out on our kayaks, he lost his glasses. He wasn’t too happy as they were pretty nice ones too. I will have to show him this.

    • Thanks James!

      Ouch! That’s a bummer about your friend’s sun glasses. Mine are prescription sun glasses, so they may not be the most stylish, but they are pretty pricey! AND with them I can see!

      Since I did take a spill last year, I’m very conscious of trying to keep everything attached or floatable.

      I know you’ve mentioned kayaking before in previous comments. What kind of kayak do you have? Is it a sit in or sit on top kayak?

      Let me know how you like it!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Roger, just want to let you know I came back to this post again to get another recommendation for my dad, doing some last minute shopping tonight. Good post!

    • Thanks, Ryan!

      Hope your dad loves whatever you get for him. Happy Father’s Day to him from The Smiling BassHole!

      If you do get any of these products, I’d love to hear what he thought about them.

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • awesome ideas! my friend’s husband is a BIG TIME fisherman–i’m talking every weekend–and i am going to email a link to this post for her. She was just saying she had zero ideas for her husband!

    • Thanks Hillary!

      Fishing every weekend to a BassHole is just 5 days short of perfection!

      Glad I can help a BassHole’s wife find her fisherman some inexpensive, but very useful and practical (that is, good for guys), gift ideas.

      Hope he keeps all his gear!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Great article Roger! These gifts are very unique and they are things many fishermen may not think about to buy. The last two will certainly make him happy if he does happen to drop his phone or glasses in the water. And when he does, he will think of you!

    • Thanks Matt!

      Yes, all these are items I use myself, just in case I take a spill into the drink. Again!

      I love having he confidence that I’m not going to lose the hundreds of dollars of materials. When I was in high school I lost my glasses when I dove into the water from a paddle boat. Forgot I had them on! Luckily my father sprung for a second pair before I left for South America as an exchange student!

      Thanks for the comment!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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