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March 2012

The Year in Gear

Departments

Editor’s Creel 6 

Tackle Tech 10 

Salmon Sense 12 

EZ Limits: A Guide’s Angle 14 

Fish Alaska Fly 16 

Fish Alaska Boats 18 

Fish Alaska Saltwater 22 

Fish Alaska Stillwater 24 

Tight Lines 26 

Fish Alaska Recipe 92

Advertiser Index 94 

Final Drift 98 

Fish Alaska Special 

2012 New Gear 63
Our field editors talked with many trusted brands to find out the latest and greatest in fishing gear innovation for the Great Land. Here’s a preview of what the season will bring to the sporting goods shelves of retailers in Alaska’s sport-fishing community.  

Features 

2011 Gear Awards 

Best of the Best. Best Value. Field Favorites. Year after year we put to the test the new gear offered as well as reviewing some older items. We strive to bring readers the skinny on a well-rounded bevvy of fishing gear choices and the surrounding themes associated with fishing in Alaska, like proper layering, outfitting your boat and camping. We cover the mainstay fishing items like rods, reels, tackle and line, and more. Here are the highlights of last summer’s testing. If you are in the market for a new rod, reel, jacket, sleeping bag or anything under the midnight sun, this list is a good place to start.

Retailers’ Choice Awards 

All across the state, tackle and fly shop staff get a local perspective of the items working in their immediate areas. Many of them are fishing junkies themselves in addition to having their ears to the ground when it comes to customer feedback. Based on popularity of the item, usefuleness, quality and value for the price, the following trusted retailers have given a couple of items in their store a 2011 Retailers’ Choice Award. Here are the winners. You can’t go wrong with any of these picks.