Personalized Fishing Gifts That Don’t Suck

Updated: May 31

Searching for personalized fishing gifts and bored with the usual embroidered hat ideas? Yeah, me too. It’s hard to find a personalized gift a true fisherman would love. Fishing gear and tackle is a very personal thing anyway. What one person likes to fish with is different from the next. So that’s why I’ve put together this list of gifts that are not just unique, but uniquely like your fisherman.


Personalized Fishing Gift Ideas


If you’re not sure what kind of tackle your fisher likes, it’s best to try to find that out before you make a purchase. Customized gifts usually can’t be returned, so make sure you are confident in your choice before you part with your money. But if you’re already sure of the type of gear your fisher wants and/or needs, then this list is sure to guide you to the right place to get something very personal that your gift recipient will love!


Custom Fishing Lures

One thing that’s fun to personalize is a fishing lure. Your fisherman might have a particular style that he/she likes or uses most so you might want to sneak that info out before you order. But once you choose a style, you can get some beautiful and highly personalized fishing lures that will surely make his/her eyes light up.

  1. Sugartit Custom Lures is a Lake Hartwell local who makes some of the most beautiful fishing lures.

  2. You’ll also find a ton of ways to customize jigs at Taylor Man’s who’s out of North Carolina.

collage of lures by sugartit lures

Custom lures by sugartitcustomlures.com


Personalized Fishing Rods

If you’ve never looked for custom fishing rods, you’re going to be amazed at how beautiful these rods are. You can have anything from custom colors to personal messages put on fishing rods.

  1. Kissel Krafts based in Georgia

  2. Garone Custom Rods based in New Jersey

  3. Backbone Custom Rods based in Florida

  4. R & S based in Florida

Custom rods personalized fishing gift collage

Left to right: Garone Custom Rods | Backbone Custom Rods | R&S Rods


Custom Reels

Every rod needs a reel, but here again, you need to know the type of real your fisher really likes to use. These reels get pricey, especially as you start to build out custom features. So do your research because you don’t want to accidentally buy a fly reel for a bass fisher.

  1. Fans of spinning reels will like the custom reels at IRT Reels in Pennsylvania. You can choose the colors and have the reel engraved with custom text and logo.

  2. If you are looking for a fly reel, don’t miss the many styles at Abel in Colorado. They’re just beautiful!

  3. Have their favorite casting reel custom painted by Bass Fishing Addictions in Minnesota.


custom reels personalized fishing gift collage

Left to right: IRT Reels | Abel Reels | BFA Customs


More Personalized Fishing Gifts

Let’s say your fisher is just getting into the hobby. Or maybe a custom engraved $800 spinning reel is out of your budget. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are some more personalized fishing gift ideas.

  1. Personalized tackle box baby toy

  2. Memorialize their big catch with a personalized picture frame.

  3. Embroider a backpack or folding chair and cooler.

  4. Make wall art with their name in fishing symbols

  5. Have one of their favorite fishing photos printed on a wood pallet 

  6. Give newbies the gift of learning with a Lake Hartwell fishing guide

Make a fisher happy with these custom fishing gifts

Worked with one of these artists before? We’d love to hear about your experience. Share in the comments below and tag us @lakehartwellguide in your social media posts!

Just getting started fishing on Lake Hartwell? Here’s some tips for beginners.


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