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Editors’ Choice Awards

best outdoor gearThere’s nothing we look forward to more than fishing and testing gear.

Items that you will see reviewed include rods and reels, tackle, line, field accessories, knives, nets, watercraft and accessories, wading gear, apparel, cooking and camping equipment and the list goes on.

From open ocean to protected bays, burly rivers to spring creeks, giant lakes to intimate ponds, our crew has spent another season using equipment that may help you be more successful in the field in 2021.

Enjoy this year’s Editors’ Choice Awards.



In this section, we provide insights on some of the spinning, casting and fly reels we used in 2020 to land big fish. A good reel needs to have a strong, smooth drag, ample line capacity, be made from

The weather is constantly changing in Alaska and layering is the key to staying warm. You can always take layers off and put them back on when needed. Read on for choices to consider. Best layering ap

Best accessories for fishing in Alaska range from gloves to belts, scarves to hats. We showcase some items to increase warmth and style in this section. We also feature some polarized sunglasses, which are essential for fishing in Alaska rivers, particularly those that are non-glacially influenced. They allow you to see fish more easily and […]
Choosing the right line can be a daunting task. From mainline to leader, braid to fluorocarbon, sink tips to weight-forward floating lines, there’s a lot to know and more choices than ever before. Below is a sampling of some of the lines we use. Daiwa J-Braid x8 Grand years ago, a number of companies […]

Nets have evolved over the years to make it easier on both the angler and fish. Advancements in net bag materials, design improvements in yoke, basket and handles, and an increase in technique-specifi

Best downrigger, fish bags, and more. This is a big category covering boats, motors, and accessories needed to excel on the water. We bring you insights into some of the on-the-water tools we use to catch fish and safely navigate the range of rivers, lakes, streams, bays and ocean that we commonly fish in Alaska. […]

With so many species, and so many techniques used in Alaska to catch both saltwater and freshwater fish, there is a lot to know about tackle to be a good angler. Read on to learn about the terminal ta

Fit and function are the two main factors in choosing waders, wading jackets and boots. In this section we cover several of the brands that we feel put out quality products in this category. Best waders and wading gear for Alaska in 2021 Korkers Terror Ridge Wading Bootkorkers.comKorkers makes comfortable, feature-rich wading boots that perform […]

We love to camp in Alaska and this category is far reaching. Read on to learn about new products to outfit your basecamp, or items to increase efficiency on a remote, minimalist backcountry adventure.

For many anglers, part of the joy of fishing is the many delicious meals enjoyed from our catch. The bounty of fish and seafood in Alaska is exceptional. This category details many items that will inc

The best outdoor gear for fishing in Alaska!

Bigger and better than ever before, Fish Alaska’s Editors’ Choice Awards are back with a bang, highlighting the best outdoor gear, apparel and related angling accouterments that our fishing staff found indispensable during a range of adventures in the field.

From trolling for saltwater coho to slinging feathers and fur for trophy rainbows in the tundra rivers of Southwest, our field-testers have pushed every angling boundary in the Last Frontier in the past year, putting gear through the paces in just about every scenario imaginable.

We’ve been on backpacking excursions around Alaska, float trips in Southcentral, and fishing trips at remote destination lodges; we have motored into the salt, rowed roadside rivers, set up both elaborate and basic base camps, and dropped float tubes into the lakes around the state.

Amongst it all, a number of products stood out as better bets to help get the job done in comfort and style, and it’s all listed here. Whether young or old, experienced or just beginning, we’ve got the the gear you need. Check it out and then get going on your fishing dreams.

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