Listen, I get it, it's really hard to understand this complicated, nuanced world of fly fishing from an outsider's perspective. To paraphrase my main man John Gierach, we all look like we're just standing in a river waving a stick. The fact that most of us are constantly wearing flies that look like real bugs in our hats, tie all sorts of weird materials on a hook for hours each night and obsess over the feel of a fly rod in the fly shop, well, that doesn't help our case either.
We wanted to make this holiday season a little smoother, for the gifter and the giftee, for the loving friend/spouse/family member/stranger and the lucky fly angler. Here are some things to consider the morning of, from both sides of the equation.
To The Fly Angler
Look how happy fly fishing can make someone? It's almost crazy.
When it comes to shopping for a gift for a fly angler, it must be a nightmare. That's like if I were to walk into an equestrian specialty shop (Note: I don't know if that's actually a thing), there's no doubt in my mind that'd I'd just buy the first thing that looked....right...for under $50. See where I'm going with this?
So if there's a big, juicy present sitting in front of you and a loved one is excitedly waiting for you to open it, no matter what you need to be happy with the gift. Sure there's a good chance it'll be a "hilarious" fishing t shirt, or maybe a fly rod toilet paper holder, but you should still enjoy it. If you're really scared of getting something that you're not going to use, like ever, send this blog post to all of your friends and family with the message, "I understand the struggle, but before buying me a gift, read the message below:"
For The Gift Giver
Gift givers will probably never know what this even is, and that's totally fine.
You, my friend, are a rockstar. Fly anglers wouldn't be what they are without you trying your hardest to understand what the guy at the fly shop or big box store was saying. Just know that he's probably making you buy stuff the anglers don't want, don't need, or might use but don't need the super high-end version. Good job for getting more fly anglers on the water or behind the vise, we salute you.
Now that you're riding high on praise, here's some real talk: fly anglers don't want the gifts you've been giving them year after year. There's hope though, if you want to get them something that they'll enjoy month after month, all year long, and will be completely (and honestly) psyched when they see it, give them a Postfly gift subscription.
Give them the gift that will keep on giving so they can keep on catching
Seriously, this is the easiest way to give a fly angler exactly what they want. All you have to do is click a button and we'll start sending them the best flies, gear, stickers, swag and more straight to their doorstep every month. It's like the gift that keeps on giving and giving and giving.
This will remind them of your gracious gift every time they hit the water, every time they tie on a fly, every time they get their latest Postfly Box and especially every time they catch a fish. it's like you're standing in the river or lake right beside them every time they get out there, but without getting your feet wet. What could be better than that?
Seriously, this is the easiest gift you'll ever give. Send a Postfly gift subscription today and get back to the holiday shopping you can understand.