With the 2018 version of Father’s Day just around the corner, here are a few gift ideas for the hunters and anglers on your list:.
Mathews Triax Bow — Big O’s Archery shop owner Orvie Cantrell, Jr. (1520 Texoma Pkwy.; 903-870-2114) has a shop full of SureFire flashlights, Sitka Gear clothing, Danner boots, hunting optics, treestands, arrows, broadheads, targets and other archery hunting accessories.
He’s also got several of the country’s hottest new bows including the fast-selling Mathews Triax, one that Cantrell says ranks among the best that he has sold in several years.
Add in the BowTech Realm and Realm X along with Hoyt’s new RX1 and there are plenty of Father’s Day gift options for the bowhunter on your list.
Knives of Alaska Cub Bear Caping Knife — Made in Denison by Charles Allen and his superb company, Knives of Alaska (3100 Airport Drive; www.knivesofalaska.com; 903-786-7366), the 6 1/2-inch long Cub Bear Caping Knife is lightweight and designed for fine meat cutting and caping work.
I used this particular knife on a plump whitetail buck last fall and can tell you that in my opinion, the Cub Bear is as good as they come for fine caping work. With an excellent suregrip surface, an extremely fine point razor sharp blade, and a leather sheath, this knife is a great value. And since it’s on sale right now for $51.99, it’s an outright steal for the deer hunter on your list!
DiamondBlade Summit Hunting Knife — Charles Allen’s other knife making company, DiamondBlade (which is about to be featured on an upcoming episode of the Discovery Channel’s How It’s Made program), makes some of the world’s best top-shelf hunting knives.
That includes the hand-built DiamondBlade (www.diamondbladeknives.com) Summit drop-point knife made with a stag horn handle.
Using D2 high carbon tool steel that is friction forged — a patented 21st century process that uses localized frictional heat and high pressure to create a long lasting, wicked sharp edge — the Summit knife has an inset of three mosaic pins and was a “Best of the Best” award winner from Field & Stream magazine back in 2007.
With an oiled split-grained cowhide sheath (lined with a kydex insert to keep the blade from cutting through the sheath), this is a heirloom quality hunting knife that will hold an edge for a very, very long time.
Temple Fork Outfitters Axiom II Fly Rod — Rick Pope’s Dallas-based Temple Fork Outfitters (www.tforods.com; 800-638-9052) has been building great fly rods at a fair price for a couple of decades now.
With a number of great rods already in their past, TFO continues to push the edge of the engineering and manufacturing envelope thanks to its new Axiom II fly rod.
Built to satisfy a broad range of casting styles and strokes, this rod is powerful and accurate, whether an angler needs to deliver a fly by way of a short, intermediate, or long range cast. And when it comes time to fight and land a fish, the Axiom II protects the tippet while giving the angler ample backbone to win the fight.
Look for TFO fly rods — and conventional rods too — at DFW Metroplex area Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops store locations.
Shimano Casitas CAS Baitcast Reel — Available at Academy (3939 US Hwy. 75; www.academy.com; 903-813-3860), Shimano makes as good a baitcasting reel as anyone in the fishing industry.
With a SVS Infinity centrifugal brake system, five ball bearings and a reinforced graphite design, this reel weighs a mere 6.7 ounces while offering 120 yard line capacity for 10-pound test line.
With 6.3:1 and 7.2:1 gear ratio models available, this is another solid offering from one of the world’s top reel makers.
Not to mention a superb Father’s Day gift idea for the local Texoma angler on your list.