Iíve used all the items in this yearís list of gift suggestions for outdoorsies on your Christmas list.
In some cases, a brand or model is listed. Be advised there are, no doubt, similar products that work as well.
• Muck boots. Last year, after noting my ice fishing partnerís feet staying dry in Muck Boots in slush, while my Sorel hunting boots were soaked, I bought a pair of Mucks. Pricey, but worth it!
• Waist-high waders. Especially in rivers, I rarely wade above my knees. Waist-highs are easier to hop into and out of a boat and are cooler when hiking.
• Folding wading staff. Iíve worn a FolStaf on my wading belt ever since I face planted in Rock Creek several years ago. When needed, cheap ones are no bargain.
• Boot-foot hip boots. Perfect for launching small boats. Faster than lacing wading boots.
• Tilley wide-brim hat. When my bro gave me a Tilley, he said he had friends who owned five. Iíve got three!
• Lightweight sleeping bag. The Marmot NanoWave 55 stuffs smaller than a loaf of bread and is perfect for most summer nights. Add a blow-up pillow.
• Waterproof smartphone case. Many options available.
• Path of the Puma. Book written by FWP R1 Supervisor Jim Williams. Also available on AudioBook.
• Any book written by Patrick McManus.
• Any trip offered by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures. Can you say ďbucket list?Ē
Jerry Smalleyís Fishful Thinking column appears weekly in the Hungry Horse News.