Whether your family hangs stockings for Christmas, or sets out your shoes for St. Nicholas, everybody seems to have a reason to pick up a few little extra things for their loved ones in December.
Most kids spend weeks pouring over the sales circulars and Christmas catalogs, and can show you quite a detailed list of their wants. As we have highlighted in our series on holiday shopping for the angler in your life, there are quite a few ways for adults to put the word out on the big things on their list as well. In this article, we are going to highlight a few smaller things to round out your fishing-related holiday gift giving.
- Given the significant lack of daylight this time of year, odds are pretty good that at least some of your fishing will be done under the cover of darkness. Items like the Clam Fan/Light Combo (in either “small” or “large” varieties) and the Frabill Shelter Quad Light Bar offer a battery-powered way to light up your ice shelter. The Clam offering adds in a small fan to help keep heat moving around your shelter, while the Frabill light offers a lower profile, helping it keep out of the way snug against a pole in your shelter.
- If anyone on your shopping list bought a Clam flipover shelter (like the Pro, Guide, Yukon, etc.) a couple of years ago, they didn’t get the benefit of the “Rapid Pole Clips” already installed on their shelter. While we are typically not quick to fall for gimicks, this was one addition that happened to come a year too late. Pick up the Clam Rapid Pole Clip Kit w/RPS Push Button and you too can safe your frozen fingers from trying to work the push buttons to collapse your shelter at the end of a long day on the lake.
- Ice fishermen share one big thing in common with every other Minnesotan this time of year – they have to find a way to walk, even in slippery conditions. The addition of something like the HT Enterprises Sure Grip Ice Treads to any kind of footwear (they offer varying sizes, which can fit anything from your standard tennis shoes to your thickest boot) will keep your feet just where they are supposed to be – under you, and moving one in front of the other.
- Many an ice fisherman has used a tip-up to try and coax the big one from the murkey depths. Today’s choices include everything from a short, neon colored flag to a massive, telescoping banner to let you know when a fish has bit. Unfortunately, none of these do you any good under the cover of darkness. Enter the Artic Fire Tip-Up light from Frabill. Offered as part of some of their tip-up kits, or sold separately, this light will clip onto the flag of most any tip-up, using a blinking red light to let you know when your tip-up has been hit.
- Given that most ice fishing occurs under the cover of a layer of ice and snow, the murky depths mean that most of us will be using some sort of glowing lure at some point this winter. Which would lead you to ask – how do I keep my glowing lures…glowing? Pick up something like the Lindy Techni-Glo Tazer of course!
- In recent years, Vexilar has moved from the large cylinder on the face of their flashers to a more flat design. Those who own one of the older models will likely remember sweeping snow off of the face, and occassionally wiping the accumulated dust (enter the Mag Shield). For the newest generation of flashers, Vexilar now offers a Neoprene Flasher Cover. Great for protecting the face of your flasher while in transit or storage during the off season, it also features a little loop on the side (to hook around something so as to not lose your fancy new cover) while not in use.
- Last, but certainly not last in our list of holiday stocking stuffers for the angler on your shopping list is the Lindy Depth Finder. While the advent of portable sonar technology from companies like Vexilar has made knowing how deep your lure is a relatively trivial exercise, many an ice fishermen still has at least one depth checker clipped to their coat. They are good for setting your bobber pole, your tip-up, or even holding something closed in a pinch.
Pleas see the attached slideshow for pictures of all of the items mentioned in our list, and each should be available from your local Cabelas, Gander Mountain, other sporting goods chain store, or even your nearest bait shop. For more holiday gift giving ideas (or for a hand in spreading the word about the items on your list), don’t forget to check out the rest of our articles in this series. Once you have your holiday shopping complete, head on over to our series on winter escapes in Minnesota to find a great way to relax this winter.