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  • Photos by Aubree Reichel | The Journal Gazette For the fishing dads, a fly-fishing vest, new rod, sunglasses or bait might just be the perfect gift.   

  • For warm weather, an insulated water bottle or gloves might suit the cyclist dad. Tools and gadgets, too, or maybe just a needed tuneup at INRUSHbicycles on Crescent Avenue near North Anthony Boulevard. 

  • Aubree Reichel | The Journal Gazette For the outdoorsman, a hydration bag, lightweight day pack or waterproof case will protect dad's valuables. A Tilley hat or Mountain Hard Wear might be the perfect addition to the wardrobe while a Jet Boil stove may help the camper who thinks he has everything. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018 1:00 am

Father's Day gift ideas

Dad might like gadgets for his favorite hobby

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

For many, fathers prove difficult to shop for gifts.

What do you get the guy who has everything? Or the guy who, if he wants something, just buys it himself?

For these folks, the best answer for Father's Day on June 17 is to get them something they can never get enough of.

For everyone, these things will be different but maybe, just maybe, these suggestions will create ideas of what to get the main man.

Bicycling

Sure, you could buy dad a bike.

But what if he already has one (or several)? Gadgets! Extra stuff! Things he just can't get enough of!

INRUSHbicycles has insulated water bottles ($10), gloves ($15) and socks ($12), because whenever one of those is needed, there's always a chance they can never be found.

Insulated water bottles keep water cold on hot rides, gloves protects the hands from the sun as well as protects against carpal tunnel and socks ... well, socks are just fun.

Tools are also handy, including an air pressure gauge ($16), an air pump ($35) or a mirror ($17).

INRUSH also offers tuneups that include adjusting brakes, gears along with detailing and polish. The silver tune-up is $65 with bronze and gold options also available.

Fishing

Ned Rig worms ($5) are perfect for bass fishing on the flats, according to Pro Tackle Outfitters owner Jim McArdle.

Another bait suggestion that's relatively new to McArdle's inventory is the Dark Sleeper ($7), a slim bait with a concealed hook that's pre-rigged and ready to go.

For the flashy dad, the Daiwa Tatula Sterling Limited Edition, which goes with the Tatula rod in the elite series, is silver in color and will run about $300 for the combo.

To be flashy in a different way, 13 Fishing makes a rod that's quite ... bright. For $99, the 13 Fishing Fate Black is actually chartreuse. It's a special 30-ton graphite rod equivalent to the IM8 rod.

No one can ever have enough sunglasses. Pro Tackle Outfitters has Suncloud Optics polarized glasses because the sun's out now (it was a long winter).

For the dad who has too much stuff to carry while fly fishing, Redington makes a vest ($40) that's a short-cut fit but still has all the pockets. The mesh keeps it light and breathable and it's quick drying (just in case).

Hiking/camping

Earth Adventures Unlimited has an array of hiking and camping supplies for any scenic route.

The Osprey Raptor 14 hydration bag ($140) comes with a water reservoir and has a lifetime warranty. The bag itself is reflective and durable.

A less bulky option for carrying everything Dad might need for his hike, the lightweight day-pack folds up into a little pocket for storage. Despite its lightweight design, the bag is both durable and water resistant.

The Seal Line Ecase ($23) fits smartphones. It's waterproof and clips to just about anything.

A Tilley Hat ($84) is lightweight and provides protection from the sun. The company prides itself that an elephant handler in Canada had his Tilley hat eaten three times by an elephant. The handler simply waited, washed off the hat and kept wearing it, despite the company offering to send a new one.

Mountain Hard Wear makes lightweight shirts ($65) that are breathable with a water repellent finish that dries quickly.

For the campers, the Jet Boil stove ($80 plus) boils two cups of water in about a minute. The fuel canisters the stove runs on come in three sizes, the smallest of which ($5) is enough for 20 boils.

Outdoors

The Indiana DNR offers gift certificates good for buying a hunting or fishing license.

State park annual passes also make good gifts. At $50, the pass pays for itself in just over seven visits.

With four state parks (Ouabache, Salamonie, Chain O' Lakes and Pokagon) within an hour's drive and a few others (Tippecanoe River, Mounds, Potato Creek, among others) within two hours, a pass might come in handy when exploring the state.

Running

Every runner always needs new pairs of socks and shoes.

With fall marathon training season approaching, Three Rivers Running Company has a variety of nutrition and fueling options like gels and chews.

Runners are a particular bunch. Good thing 3RRC keeps track of everything. Worst-case scenario, a gift card always suffices.

areichel@jg.net