There might not be as many beloved holiday traditions carried out this season, but exchanging gifts will be one.

If you have an angler on your gift list (of course you do) this collection of must-haves developed by the Scott Lake Lodge Guide Team should make your shopping easier.

(By the way, there is no law against buying yourself Christmas gifts.)

#10 Waterproof Duffel Bag

A waterproof bag like this will save you grief traveling the world over. They are easier to pack on small planes and protect your gear from rain or snow, unplanned dips or anything else an adventure might throw at it. When float planes are involved, luggage weight limits are too. Why use up your allotment with a heavy suitcase? Simms, Patagonia, North Face and Cabelas all make reliable waterproof bags.

#9 Glasses Cleaning Kit

Nothing is worse than dirty glasses. (Well, maybe a sharp stick in the eye.) You won’t be able to see your smiling face on the screen after dinner at the lodge. Even worse you might not be able to spot that big pike your guide is frantically pointing out! A small travel kit with a couple of microfiber cloths will take care of both your shades and your devices.

#9 Glasses Cleaning Kit

Nothing is worse than dirty glasses. (Well, maybe a sharp stick in the eye.) You won’t be able to see your smiling face on the screen after dinner at the lodge. Even worse you might not be able to spot that big pike your guide is frantically pointing out! A small travel kit with a couple of microfiber cloths will take care of both your shades and your devices.

#8 Silicone Dry Bag

These are ultra-light weight and will keep your gear dry in the boat in a pinch. While the more robust version provided in your cabin at Scott Lake will do a better job, these also work to keep wet items separate in your bag on the way home. Perfect for wading or flat boots and raingear wherever you’re fishing.  Opt for a large or extra-large size that can hold these items and it will fold down to take up hardly any space. It also does double duty as a laundry bag.

7. Battery Power Pack

Keep your phone, camera, music or whatever you need rolling with a rechargeable power pack. These can be charged in your cabin and keep you powered up for video action of wildlife or a big fish.  We use the Goal Zero Venture 30.

7. Battery Power Pack

Keep your phone, camera, music or whatever you need rolling with a rechargeable power pack. These can be charged in your cabin and keep you powered up for video action of wildlife or a big fish.  We use the Goal Zero Venture 30.

6. Pliers and Snippers

Invest in a good set of pliers (with a lanyard so they don’t become structure on the bottom of the lake!) and good quality snippers that will cut light wire, braid and heavy leaders cleanly. Your guide will have similar options but it’s best to have a set for the cabin for rigging rods in the evening or as backup in case your guide’s pliers become structure.

5. Multitool

This is a gotta-have for every angler. With a knife, pliers, small scissors, awl and more there are infinite uses: in the boat, cutting wood for shorelunch fires, or opening a nice bottle of Cab Sav. Some of the best are made by Leatherman and Gerber.

5. Multitool

This is a gotta-have for every angler. With a knife, pliers, small scissors, awl and more there are infinite uses: in the boat, cutting wood for shorelunch fires, or opening a nice bottle of Cab Sav. Some of the best are made by Leatherman and Gerber.

4. Gloves

Fingerless, waterproof, insulated.
Gloves for fishing in Canada need a 1-2 punch. In the north the weather can change in an hour. You need a couple of options: fingerless lightweight sun gloves for those sunny days or just cool weather and for the really cold and wet days a waterproof glove to keep you warm and dry, yet still able to reel in a fish.  We like the SolarFlex SunGlove from Simms or the Catalyst Soft Shell Glove from First Lite.

3. Zoleo Satellite Messaging Communicator

Say goodbye to buying or renting satellite phones. Zoleo is a small subscription-based gadget that connects to your smart phone and allows for texting through a proprietary app on your phone, essentially turning your smart phone into a satellite device for messaging home. 

3. Zoleo Satellite Messaging Communicator

Say goodbye to buying or renting satellite phones. Zoleo is a small subscription-based gadget that connects to your smart phone and allows for texting through a proprietary app on your phone, essentially turning your smart phone into a satellite device for messaging home. 

2. Polarized Sunglasses

This is a perennial #2 spot in our gift guide. In our professional opinion, a quality pair of polarized sunglasses should be at the top of your gift list (you can give a pair to yourself you know). Costas are probably our Guide Team’s top choice, but Maui Jim and Oakley make great glasses as well. These companies make different lenses for varied conditions, the percentage of light transmission needed to see on an overcast day or morning is different from just after shorelunch on a sunny day. Having a couple options gives you a backup as well. Copper lens with green mirror for sunny conditions and Silver Sunrise for duller light is what our Guide Team choose. 

1. All-Inclusive Trip to Scott Lake Lodge

You didn’t think that our shopping list was entirely altruistic, did you? What better place to test out your new wares than Scott Lake Lodge?  Trophy pike, giant lake trout and magnificent arctic grayling all set in a backdrop of 15 million acres of unspoiled, exclusive-use fishing area. Not to mention the elegant private accommodations, luxury lodge, spa, hot tub, and gourmet cuisine. We are certainly proud of our fishery and our facilities, but mostly of our staff, who we know without a doubt provide the finest level of customer service in the industry.  We have a just a couple openings for 2021. Don’t you want to cast to some rested fish and see the many upgrades our team developed last summer?

Yes, you do. It’s a gift that will keep giving memories for decades.   

1. All-Inclusive Trip to Scott Lake Lodge

You didn’t think that our shopping list was entirely altruistic, did you? What better place to test out your new wares than Scott Lake Lodge?  Trophy pike, giant lake trout and magnificent arctic grayling all set in a backdrop of 15 million acres of unspoiled, exclusive-use fishing area. Not to mention the elegant private accommodations, luxury lodge, spa, hot tub, and gourmet cuisine. We are certainly proud of our fishery and our facilities, but mostly of our staff, who we know without a doubt provide the finest level of customer service in the industry.  We have a just a couple openings for 2021. Don’t you want to cast to some rested fish and see the many upgrades our team developed last summer?

Yes, you do. It’s a gift that will keep giving memories for decades.   

Give a gift that will make memories for a lifetime