Smalley’s gift ideas for 2019

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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.

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