There are two great things about June 19, 2016: One, obviously, is Father’s Day. Two, it’s a Sunday, which for many weekend-warrior anglers, means another opportunity to hit their favorite pond, lake, reservoir or river in search of whatever is biting.
Time on the water is always good, but it’s even more special when you can share the boat or bank with your dad. The vast majority of adult anglers first learned how to cast from their fathers, and while chances are good you were too young to remember your first fish, you can bet your favorite fishing rod that it was a big day – for you and Dad!
This Father’s Day, take the time to take your dad fishing. And if you’re in the gift-giving mood, check out the five items below. Perhaps you’ll spot something you know Dad would love. Good luck on the water!
These tough spinning rods are made with the famous Howald Process and blank-through-handle construction for superior strength and sensitivity. Durable EVA foam handles and graphite-reinforced reel seats with stainless steel hoods add durability. Spinning rods have aluminum oxide guide inserts to prevent line abrasion, along with an epoxy coating to protect from UV rays plus extremely tough Carboloy tip tops. Available in lengths from 6 to 15 feet; 5-year warranty.
Salt Striker reels (five sizes) are built to withstand the rugged saltwater environment without breaking the bank. Nine ball bearings plus one roller bearing provide a super-smooth drive, while the instant anti-reverse delivers stout, slack-free hooksets. The machined-aluminum spool with a titanium lip produces extended casting distances. A Hydro Shield multidisc front drag system adjusts quickly and keeps out water and debris. The machined-aluminum handle can be switched to right or left-handed retrieve.
When it comes to value, you can’t beat the compact, lightweight design and superior safety features of Cabela’s Tournament 3500 PFD. It automatically inflates upon water immersion with manual backup. Upgraded with an ultra-breathable Airmesh ergonomic collar that allows moisture to dry and dissipate quickly, this PFD is perfect for hot summer days. Improved E-Z fold bladders are more compact, easily repack and inflate to a minimum 35-lb. buoyancy (more than twice the buoyancy of foam life vests). A clear inspection window reveals the cylinder seal indicator. USCG-approved Type-II PFD. It adjusts to fit chest sizes up to 56″; colors include: red, navy, copper, and Realtree MAX-4 camo.
This series of tackle bags has been serving fishermen since 1997 and recently underwent a redesign to enhance its already proven performance. These bags now feature a water-resistant fabric, heavy-duty zippers with speed zipper pulls and waterproof, skid-resistant molded base. Redesigned external gusseted pockets accommodate standard-size utility boxes to keep gear secure and expanded zippered top opening for easier access. Zippered mesh stash pockets store wet items and rubberized mesh tool holster for bulky tools. Durable 600-denier fabric construction is water- and UV-resistant. Available in five sizes from small to super magnum.
Offered at a great price, Cabela’s Men’s Premium Breathable Stockingfoot Waders with 4MOST DRY-PLUS are perfect for hot days in the water. The super-tough, tightly woven microdenier nylon outer shell and triple-layered knees provide maximum protection from abrasion and puncture, and all seams are taped for 100% waterproof reliability. The Stockingfoot waders have a neoprene bootie specially shaped and contoured for all-day comfort. Chest-High models have a drawstring top, removable neoprene suspender system, spacious internal pocket for valuables and fly boxes, plus a wading belt for safety.
This article was produced in cooperation with Cabela’s.
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