I still remember the first time I caught a fish. I think I cried...and not from joy.
I was about 10 years old and it broke my heart to watch that shiny silver fish flop around with a jagged hook lodged in his throat.
My husband Tim, on the other hand, experienced no such remorse. He was out fishing, hunting, shooting, and sleeping under the stars from toddlerhood.
It should come as no surprise then when I say that he could spend hours in Bass Pro Shops. HOURS. Actually, I'm pretty fond of the store too. It's kind of like Disneyland for the outdoorsman (or woman). The displays are fun for the whole family and there are products for almost every hobby. Boating. Camping. RVing. Hunting. Archery. Golf. Hiking. And every kind of Fishing.
If you have a fisherman on your Christmas list this year, you pretty much can't go wrong with the White River Fly Shop Technical Tri-Chest Vest ($49.99). It's versatile, comfortable, and full of pockets that are strategically placed for maximum functionality. If you're in a warmer climate, you'll especially appreciate the mesh interior. It's breathable and ventilated - perfect for days when you want to fish, but don't want to add any extra heat.
Or, you could always go with a White River Fly Shop Ultralight Classic Rod and Reel Outfit ($199.99). That's a surefire gift that will enthuse any fisherman - whether amateur or experienced. The rod IS super lightweight and the wood finish makes it a classy, good-looking piece for any fisherman to add to his collection. A reviewer on the BPS website stated that, "it's the best small stream rod" he's ever owned.
If you think he'll have more fun selecting his own gift, a gift card to Bass Pro is always a good pick. You can opt to send one via traditional mail (it takes 3-6 days to be delivered; shipping is FREE) or you can have it sent via e-mail and it will arrive almost instantly. Your choice.
While you're shopping, why not make it super special for kids by going on a Saturday or Sunday between noon and 5pm? Now through December 2oth, there are FREE crafts (and other activities) offered in-store. This weekend (Nov 20-21), your child can make a Reindeer Cone Ornament. After that, check the schedule to see what crafts interest you most: Santa Bobber, Reindeer Hat, Reindeer Candy Cane, and Cookie Decorating (my favorite!).
WIN IT! One winner will receive a White River Fly Shop Technical Tri Chest Pack ($49.99) by Bass Pro Shops. To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Friday, November 27th at 11:59 p.m. (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
FOR A SECOND ENTRY: Blog or Tweet about my Christmas Gift Guide (or about this giveaway)…and leave a second comment telling me that you did.
* I received product samples for review purposes.
*UPDATE* The winner is #28 Madeline. Congratulations!