My sister fly fishes quite a bit, but the big problem I faced this year was that I had no idea what the heck to get her. So, in semi-desperation, I spent a lot of time online searching out small brands for new and interesting Christmas gift ideas. I definitely wanted it to be different, but something that is useful was important to me as well. I don't know about you, but I hate buying something for someone that hardly ever gets used. Argh!
What I've found is that there's a ton of companies out there I've never heard of, and many of them offer some really intriguing stuff for fly anglers. When I stumbled upon the page for Alpine Leisure Company, it didn't take me long before I found an item that I knew would be a surefire hit—their STEALTH Streamer Wallet.
Hard fly boxes are widely used and very popular, but streamer wallets can offer a good storage option as well. Not only are they soft-sided, but they can also take up less room in a vest or pack and ones like this lack any metal parts that can rust or corrode. One downside, however, is that some bulkier patterns are more prone to getting squashed or deformed in a wallet due to the thin profile and lack of a hard outer structure.
These wallets are made here in the USA by veterans. Constructed of ripstop nylon, there's two genuine sheepskin fly pads, a pocket behind each pad for storing tippet or packaged leaders, and a strong velcro closure. Dimensions are 6 3/4 x 14" unfolded, and 6 3/4 x 4 1/2" when folded.
I obviously bought this as a gift for my sister (hopefully she doesn't visit this site till AFTER Christmas!), but I'm kind of regretting not grabbing one for myself, too—maybe when the holidays are over and my credit card cools down a bit. While this is merely a product overview/first impression type of writeup rather than a full review, I thought it would still be interesting to share with our readers. The initial quality of this product surely won't disappoint. Whether a stocking stuffer or under the tree, at just $25 the STEALTH fly wallet might be an economical way to put a smile on the face of the fly angler in your life this holiday season!
Alpine Leisure Co. Fly Shop