What most dads could use on Father's Day is some tranquility, and nothing soothes a man's nerves like a day on the lake casting for the illusory trophy fish. For my money, the best rig for all-around fishing fun is a spinning reel. It marries the delicacy of a fly rod with the durability of an open-reel outfit, and is a joy to use when plugging or still-fishing.
Bass Pro Shops, the dominant name in mail-order fishing gear, is offering a double deal on the Abu Garcia Cardinale spinning reel. The featherweight but durable graphite composite frame and aluminum alloy line spool features five-bearing action and instant reverse, crucial when playing a finicky finned foe.
The reel is on sale for $34.99, $5 off list price, with an additional manufacturer's rebate of $10. With the extra cash, you can buy dad a bag of plastic worms, too.