When you’re searching for stocking stuffers, success is measured by how much fun you can fit in a small package. Luckily there are tons of fishing gadgets, accessories and more that pack an outsized value. This year, go beyond candy and trinkets to get the angler in your life some fishing stocking stuffers they will really cherish.
[This article is part of our Holiday Gift Guide series. For more great gift ideas, see our Best Gifts For Anglers, Boaters And Outdoorsmen.]
Have a hard time keeping your hands free of fishy odors? Eliminate the smell of fish, garlic, onions and more with the Rub-A-Way Bar from AMCO. The stainless steel bar lifts smelly sulfur molecules from your skin whether wet or dry. Super portable and easy to pack on a backcountry trip, the best part of this product is that you will never need to replace it.
Your hands may be clean, but how about that fish? Get more gift ideas for a catch-and-cook chef in How To Fillet A Fish In 5 Easy Steps.
Men’s Santiago Pilot Sunglasses
$229 | costadelmar.com
Costa’s Santiago frames pack the most coverage and greatest “fishability” into a stylish, comfortable package. Hooding and side shields prevent light from leaking in, perfect for high-performance sight fishing. As part of the Untangled collection, these sunglasses are made from 97% recycled fishing nets to help safeguard our oceans.
Blue, green or sunrise silver? Learn all about your lens options in our roundup of the Best Costa Sunglasses And Lenses For Kayak Fishing.
$69 | leatherman.com
Leatherman has an unparalleled reputation when it comes to multi-tools, with multiple models often ranking on annual best-of lists. The compact, lightweight Wingman features a classic 14-in-1 design with removable pocket clip to keep it within easy reach on the water. Anglers will appreciate that all tools can be opened with one hand, even those not accessible from the outside. Backed by Leatherman’s 25-year warranty.
Multi-tools are super useful, but they aren’t the only way to go for anglers. Find out more about fishing-specific tools in our Rigging Guide To Fishing Tools.
$45 | nrs.com
The Co-Pilot rescue knife from NRS has cut many anglers, paddlers and divers out of tight spots. The blunt tip and one-sided blade assure you cut the tangle and not yourself. The full tang blade is mounted in a tough and light rubberized handle. The quick-release sheath attaches to your PFD for reliable access in an emergency. Saltwater anglers should choose the NRS Titanium Co-Pilot.
Want more ways to stay prepared when things go sideways? Be ready for anything with our primer on The Best Safety Gear For Your Kayak.
Butt Juice Super Gel
$23 | pro-cure.com
The name is guaranteed to get a laugh, but there’s nothing fishy (aside from the smell) about Pro-Cure’s fish attractants. Formulated from real salmon eggs and amino acids to drive the bite, this gel is perfect for bottom fishing. See the full Pro-Cure lineup for other types of attractant. Works so well our editor commands, “Don’t fish without Pro-Cure!”
New to attractants and artificial scents? Get on the scent of fishing success with our article on how to Use Attractants To Fool Fish Like A Guide.
Weatherproof Top Spiral Notebooks,
$17 | riteintherain.com
Electronic gadgets are all the rage, but sometimes you’re better off keeping it simple—especially in wet or rainy conditions. Each Rite In The Rain notebook features a tough Polydura cover, a Wire-O binding and 50 waterproof sheets for all your fishing scribbles. Use a regular pencil or weatherproof writing implements like the Trekker Pen. Even better, unlike most waterproof notebooks the pages are 100% recyclable.
Stand Up Fishing System (SUFS)
$29 | standupfishing.net
Quit juggling your gear and make standup fishing simpler with this compact, easy-to-use system from Shamrock Paddling. The SUFS connects your paddle to any type of rod and reel—even fly rods. Switch between fishing and paddling at a moment’s notice, all without any permanent attachments. Perfect for any type of fishing or paddlecraft.
They won’t fit in a stocking, but sight fishing fanatics will love the boats in our Best Standup Fishing Kayaks For 2023.
Fishing Knot Tying Tool
$21 | tyepro.com
Still learning your loops? Have a terminal case of butterfingers? Don’t tie yourself in knots trying to attach terminal tackle. This popular knot-tying tool from TYEPRO will make your day easier with features like a tackle grip, eyelet threader and built-in line clipper. Works with a wide range of hook and jig sizes, and both mono and fluoro lines between two- and 20-pound weights.
Stormproof Match Kit
$8 | ucogear.com
This all-weather match kit from UCO Gear is hard to beat, with 25 windproof and waterproof matches and three included strikers. The ABS case is sturdy and watertight, with a handy integrated striker. Matches are extra-long for safe and easy striking, and thanks to a phosphorus coating they will relight even if submerged underwater.
Find more great gear picks to make roughing it a little easier in 8 Essential Items For Your Backcountry Fly Fishing Trip.
Ugo Phone 2.0 Dry Pack
$130 | ugowear.com
Stop fretting about your phone with this redesigned dry pack from Ugo Wear. The waterproof, dirt-proof and sand-proof Ugo Phone 2.0 fits all devices up to 7.5 inches by 4.75 inches in size. Featuring a unique waterproof zipper and adjustable carry strap, you can even use your phone without removing it from the pack. The Ugo Phone 2.0 also floats and insulates against extreme heat and cold.
From drysuits and duffels to waterproof apparel, we review all the latest options to Keep Your Gadgets Dry With New Waterproof Fishing Gear.