Outdoor Canada’s 2018 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Everything Dad needs for hunting, fishing and making outdoor memories

Check out this awesome new gear for hunters and fishermen, including fishing and fly-fishing tackle, tools, apparel, footwear and even crunchy snacks

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TEMAGAMI KNIFE

Made by Helle Knives of Norway and designed by Les Stroud (TV’s Survivorman), this fine blade is named after the Canadian wilderness where Stroud first realized his passion for the outdoors. The Temagami features a handcrafted curly birch wood handle, with a slight finger guard and a three-quarter, partial tang construction to balance durability with overall weight. The drop-point style blade’s meticulously polished and sharpened Scandinavian flat grind provides excellent edge retention and is easy to sharpen. Each knife comes with a Nordic style pouch sheath.

Learn more: www.helle.no

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CRICKSTART

Does Dad have a passion for protein, a yen for snacking and a taste for the exotic? Why not stock him up with snacks from Crickstart—a Canadian company that makes protein bars, gourmet crackers and smoothie mixes with certified-organic cricket powder. Yep, that’s Canadian-farmed, Canadian-made cricket snacks. The protein bars are great to pack on hunting or fishing trips for a healthy snack or low glycemic energy boost. We’ve tried the chilli- and olive-flavoured crackers, and the lemon lime bars here in the Outdoor Canada office, and we can say that they taste like... well, crackers and protein bars, and not at all cricket-y. Though it’s sure fun to watch the faces of more delicate diners as you munch them.

Learn more: www.crickstart.ca

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ICONIC KIT

If you’re looking for a gift for a fly fisherman—whether a novice or a grizzled expert—you can never go wrong with a quality tool set for using on the water. One of the best is the Iconic Kit from Loon Outdoors, which includes the beautifully designed Rogue Quickdraw Forceps and the Nip n Sip 2.0. The Forceps accommodate all fly sizes, allow for easy hook removal and can crimp even the heaviest of barbs. And the nipper is a premium line-cutting tool, combined with a beer bottle opener, making it the ideal tool for dudes and dads alike.

Learn more: www.loonoutdoors.com

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ROAD TO THE RIVER

Several years ago in our big “Fishin’ Musicians” hot spots story we profiled Canadian banjo slinger an avid angler Chris Coole, who shared his fave fishing destinations. Coole has just released his third solo album Road to the River—a collection of 14 tunes and songs inspired by his fishing passion.

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Coole (above) says: “One day, about 18 years ago, I was driving north from Toronto to the Credit River. I had The Band's second album cranked, and it struck me how much I love listening to music when I'm on the road to go fishing. It's a prelude to the day ahead, and it can really set the mood. The music on this album was inspired by fishing and the places I've been lucky enough to fish.”

In addition, 100% of the profits from the album go to benefit community-based water group The Elk River Alliance.

Learn more: www.road2theriver.com and www.chriscoole.com

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CAST AWAY ZERO II SHIRT FOR MEN

This shirt from Columbia Sportswear’s PFG (Performance Fishing Gear) collection is made for steamy days on the water, with ultra-lightweight polyester fabric is outfitted with Omni-Freeze ZERO sweat-activated super cooling and Omni-Wick moisture management. Design details include a button-down collar, under-the-arm mesh panels and back-of-shoulder vents for extra cooling power, roll tabs for securely rolling the long sleeves, and a rod holder at left chest. There’s a reason why the OC team wears a lot of PFG gear when we’re on the water.

Learn more: www.columbiasportswear.ca

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JOSHUA

No self-respecting Father’s Day gift guide would be complete without a pair of slippers. Give the outdoor father in your life the gift of cozy comfort with Bearpaw’s take on the classic cow suede step-in slipper. Featuring an accented collar trim, wool blend lining with a cushioned sheepskin footbed and TPR outsole, these durable easy-on and-off slippers are ideal footwear after a day in the field. They’re available in sizes eight to 13, and come in black, charcoal and hickory. Pipe and robe not included.

Learn more: www.bearpaw.com

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EP BRUSHES

Enrico Puglisi is one of modern fly-fishing’s great innovators, known worldwide as creator of the now-classic Peanut Butter fly, and the unique material (EP Fibers) used to create it. He’s recently launched a series of equally revolutionary products, called EP Brushes, for tying large fly patterns—such as steelhead, pike or saltwater flies—with speed and precision. These dubbing brushes are constructed of synthetic EP Fibers, blended with flash and other materials, twisted between two strands of ultra-fine stainless steel wire. To create a bushy body (or wing or tail) you simply wrap the brush around the hook as in this video. EP brushes range from 0.5 inches (for shrimp and crab flies) to 5 inches in width, in a wild variety of colours. For example, OC associate editor and fly-fishing columnist Scott Gardner has lately been using the 5-inch Ultra and 3-inch CraftFur versions to tie huge articulated lake-trout and pike flies.

Learn more: www.epflies.com

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VIPER

Featuring full-grain goatskin leather palms, hooded fingertips, reinforced thumbs, a neoprene knuckle bar, form-fitting spandex back and slip-on style neoprene cuffs, these Viper gloves are well suited for lots of jobs around the house or at the fishing or hunting camp. Made by Canadian glove manufacturer Watson Gloves, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2018, they’re comfortable, durable and look sharp.

Learn more: www.watsongloves.com

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BOAT TOTE

Does Dad need a little help organizing his aluminum boat or canoe? Enter the Boat Tote, a Canadian-made fishing accessory that keeps gear tidy and you out of harm’s way. Designed to be easily and quickly dropped onto the gunnel, it has a beverage holder, spots for electronics, tackle and gear, as well as a rod holder. It’s made of solid HDPE plastic, so it’s super sturdy but still floats. It comes in in three models with various options including a foam pad for quick and easy access to lures and flies. The company also makes a handy work station that attaches with the same stainless steel and zinc alloy clamps and fasteners. The Boat Tote can also be used for onshore fishing, ice fishing and as an improvised seat.

Learn more: www.boat-tote.com

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GUIDE PRO SHORTS

Eddie Bauer’s two-way stretch, water-repellent nylon/spandex shorts are guide-tested and designed to take on any outdoor adventure you can dream up. Managing editor Bob Sexton recently wore them on a two-day canoe-fishing trip, where they certainly passed the test. Lightweight, packable and very comfortable, they have two low-profile, secure zip cargo pockets as well as front and back pockets for essentials. And since they stretch, they made getting in and out of an overloaded canoe a breeze. Learn more: www.eddiebauer.com

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ROD & RIFLE CANISTER 3-PACK 

With three weights of Wigwam’s best outdoor socks, all packaged in a fun shotgun shell, this gift pack is ideal for the dad who likes to hike or hunt. The Merino Airlite Pro is an ultra-lightweight hiking sock with moisture control and soft Merino wool. Meanwhile the Trail Mix Fusion socks feature a soft merino wool outer surface knitted directly to a moisture-repelling polypropylene inner surface. This means you get the benefit of layering two socks without the bunching and friction of separate socks. Finally, the Merino Comfort Sportsman is a heavy-weight, no-itch, no-shrink, boot sock made to keep dad’s toes toasty warm in the field and on the treestand.

Learn more: www.wigwam.com

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MIDDLE FORK PACKABLE WADERS 

Designed for convenience and performance when travelling or fishing the backcountry, these light, packable Patagonia waders boast impressive features. Those include a streamlined design, innovative, low-bulk seamless synthetic rubber booties, and light-but-durable H2No with a waterproof/breathable barrier. There are also heavy-duty scuff guards, newly developed seam tape, and single-seam construction that moves the seams away from high-wear areas. Yet remarkably, these chest waders roll up into an eight- x 13-inch stuff sack, and weigh only 26 ounces.

Learn more: www.patagonia.ca