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A few gift ideas made specifically for the lady angler

By TERRY TOMALIN
Published May 11, 2007


Forget about the perfume, flowers or pink, personalized bowling ball. Get a little creative this Mother's Day. Women are fishing now more than ever, and they are tired of using gear made for men. Supply has finally caught up with demand. Here are a few gift ideas made specifically for the lady angler:

Panoptx sunglasses

Designed for smaller faces. The polarized, photochromatic copper lenses are constructed out of the same material the military uses in the windshields of Apache helicopters. The lenses are also impregnated with a defogging agent, a real plus in our humid climate. Price: $139 to $250; www.panoptx.com.

Mountain Hardware long sleeve Canyon Shirt Constructed of Desert Cloth™ (70% nylon, 30% polyester) weighs only 8 ounces. It features a back mesh vent, flip up sun protection collar, mesh side panels, sleeve roll-up tab, and zip chest pocket and an SPF factor of 30. Price: $65; www.mountain hardware.com.

Mountain Hardware Arroyo Skirt Is constructed of Canyon Cloth™ and is also quick-drying and lightweight. Price: $55; www.mountainhardware.com.

Crocs sandals Comfortable, the footwear of choice for anglers, male or female. Available in a variety of colors. Price: $29.95; www.crocs.com.

G. Loomis Gulf Coast rod

Specifically designed for women. Constructed of lightweight graphite for sensitivity, strength and durability, the grips are a smaller diameter for smaller hands and the rear of the handle has also been shortened. Available in three line class models. Price: $190 to $220; www.gloomis.com.

Daiwa Tierra 2500 reel

Made of rigid aluminum and is exceptionally smooth yet powerful. This lightweight model is comes with an extra spool. Price: $114; www.daiwa.com.

Fly rod "Fly Girl" by Wright & McGill

Designed from reel seat to tip specifically for the female angler. Made of Birdseye maple, flower-grade Portguese cork, the rod also comes with a stylish case. Price: $289; www. wright-mcgill.com. The rod is paired with a Ross Momentum fly reel. Price: $395; www.rossreels.com.

G. Loomis long-bill hat Comes in a variety of ladylike colors. Price: $22.

William and Joseph Mosquito Annoyer

Emits a high-pitched frequency that drives most insects crazy. Solar-powered, with a six-hour battery backup for cloudy days, this handy device can be clipped on just about anywhere. Cost: $10.

Quease Ease aromatic inhaler

Soothes queasiness due to motion and/or morning sickness. Developed by a nurse, this drug-free product consists of a unique blend of pure essential oils. Price: $19.95; www.soothing-scents.com.

SOURCE: Bill Jackson Shop for Adventure, 9501 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park; www.billjacksons.com.

Buff headwear

Can be worn in a variety of ways, under a variety of conditions. This high-tech headgear will keep your hair in place in high wind as well as protect you from the sun (SPF 50). The cool, lightweight material also dries quickly. One size fits all. Price: $18.50; www.buffusa.com.