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March 2017

2017 Gear Guide

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Departments  

Fish Alaska Traveler 6

Fish Alaska Online 16

Fish Alaska Families 18

Salmon Sense 22

Fish Alaska Fly 24

Fish AlaskaBoats 26

Fish AlaskaSaltwater 34

Fish AlaskaStillwater 36 

Advertiser Index 129

Fish AlaskaRecipe 130 

 

Retailers' Choice Awards 106
No one knows better which products sell to Alaska anglers and why than those who do it for a living, and here’s what our state’s retailers are saying about their favorite pieces of gear from the past year.

Editors’ Choice Awards 38
From chasing kings in the mighty Kenai and hauling halibut onboard in Kachemak Bay to throwing thread for trophy rainbows in Bristol Bay, Fish Alaska’s editors have been at it again this year, and here are our reviews on the best gear we handled in 2016.  

New Gear 2017 86
We all need something new every year, and 2017 has a lot to offer on the equipment front, with dozens of new products simply too awesome to pass up. It’s all here, so get to reading and get those wish-lists started. 

Visit Homer
by Troy Letherman 112

Often described as the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World, Homer is a captivating little town with something to offer for everyone—from families to diehard outdoors enthusiasts alike. It might be the last place a road-bound angler can end up, but it should be the first place we think of when planning our next trip. Read here to find out why. 

Rod Building: State of the Art
by George Krumm 124

Today’s rod builders can produce rods that are not only unique and personalized, but rods that are also constructed with superior components and that have a better fit and finish. If you’ve ever thought about building a custom rod, there has never been a better time than right now, and in this feature, George Krumm will tell you how.