The gift giving holidays are fast approaching and many angler’s spouses, families and friends are asking us for holiday gift ideas. A high demand item this year is Simms Vibram Soled Wading Boots, since a ban on felt soles in Maryland is a real possibility. The Simms boots have proven more effective at gripping rocks than most anglers expected from a rubber sole. In regards to traction the Vibram sole got solid reviews from anglers in all types of terrain. The shop worked a number of the new Simms Boots into the guide service in 2010, and even first time anglers (and first time waders) on guide trips moved with confidence. The shop has a number of styles and sizes in stock for the holidays, and will also have more boots arriving on pre-season orders through Spring. A gift certificate or pre-paid purchase for a pair of Simms boots will ensure availability of a preferred boot style and size in the coming months. Don’t wait until Spring, since these boots can be difficult to get if certain sizes and styles sell out! Another good gift idea is a net from Blue Ribbon Nets. These nets hand crafted in Bozeman, Montana are both functional and built by talented wood workers. The nets in stock have a variety of hoop sizes and handle lengths, in addition to some with rubber bags. The wood used on these nets is ash/cherry or walnut/ash with a high gloss finish.