Gifts For Outdoors Enthusiasts


There is only one week left before Santa will be making his rounds in the Rim Country, and gift selection may still be a question for some of those “hard to buy for” outdoorsmen in your life. It can be difficult, and a few hints or ideas are always helpful, especially when that fishing and hunting arena may be very foreign to other family members.

Being an avid angler, I am always looking for that finely tuned fishing rod when I am in pursuit of trout, crappies, or bass, and each species always requires just the right action and feel for that memorable fishing trip. 

Zane Grey said it perfectly, “If you can count your rods, you don’t have enough.” I happen to own a custom-built crappie rod that is a joy to fish with, which was built by local craftsman Jim Goughnour.

He is the owner of Rim Country Custom Rods, and has been constructing fishing rods for Arizona veteran anglers for the past 20 years. Before actual construction, he meets with the angler to determine performance, comfort and durability in the product he hand-crafts. With these characteristics in mind, the finished product is a finely tuned fishing rod with an excellent guarantee in workmanship and the product.

Gift certificates are available, so give Jim a call at (928) 468-0263. This is something that will make any angler happy on Christmas morning. A custom-built fishing rod with an excellent guarantee is hard to beat with a price tag of approximately $200. Jim can answer all questions when precision rods are the interest for the serious angler.

Another local angler has created one of the hottest swimbaits for Roosevelt Lake, and has been marketing them for the past year. Kirk Russell is hand-pouring a baitfish replica in either a 5- or 7-inch size that a number of fishermen have used to catch some real trophy-size bass. The best colors for the nearby waters are shad, bluegill and rainbow trout, which can be very effective when a big bass or German brown is on the prowl.

Kirk is offering a holiday special of $8.50 for the smaller and $10 for the larger swimbait, which is perfect as an inexpensive gift for those anglers on your Christmas list. He can be reached at (928) 978-0441, and Kirk has plenty of stock in a wide range of colors and sizes.

If you still can’t make that decision, a fishing or hunting license will always bring a smile to that outdoorsman in your family, and who knows, maybe they will take you fishing!

Good luck in your Christmas shopping, and take a moment to look at the panorama of the Rim Country, God’s creation.


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