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March 2013

2013 Gear Review 

Departments

Editor's Creel 6 

Fishing for a Compliment 8 

Tackle Tech 12 

Salmon Sense 14 

EZ Limits: A Guide's Angle 16

Fish Alaska Fly 18 

Fish Alaska Boats 20 

Fish Alaska Saltwater 22 

Fish Alaska Stillwater 24

Flying Alaska 26 

Advertiser Index 102 

Final Drift 106


Fish Alaska Special 

Fish Alaska Seasoning Awards 
We tried some delicious Alaskan-made spices and marinades and here are some of our favorites for fish and game. 
 

Features

Destination Special: Summer Trout at Rainbow River Lodge

by Troy Letherman 

Much of the prime trout fishing in Alaska revolves around two seasons - early, when fishing is typically a fry- and smolt affair; and late, after the salmon arrive and begin to spawn. However, the fishing from Rainbow River Lodge on the famed Copper River is just as hot during the height of summer, when variety proves to be the spice of life.

This Year in Gear: Our Editors' Choice Awards 

From the out-of-the-box performance and durability of the Gold Awards, rated best of the best over the past year, to our favorite bang-for-the-buck pieces of equipment and on to the gear we just loved to have along in the field, welcome to our 2013 awards issue. Fish Alaska editors and field testers spent the past angling season putting everything from the latest rods to the warmest jackets to work, rain or shine (mostly rain), and here are the results.

New Gear 2013 

A new Clackacraft jet boat? Okuma's Sábalos saltwater fly reel? Or simply a new dual fuel lantern from Coleman? If it's new and noteworthy - and of interest to those fishing across the Last Frontier - then it's in here, our report on all the new gear hitting shelves in 2013.

Retailers' Choice Awards 

When it comes to fishing in Alaska, who knows better what sells and why than those who do it for a living? Stop in here and see what the state's many retailers have to say about the gear their customers favored over the past year.