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Editors’ Choice Awards

Best Fishing Gear 2019These are the best fishing gear and the best outdoor gear award categories for Fish Alaska’s 2019 Editors’ Choice Awards.

As we have for many years, we tested a wide range of outdoor gear during the 12-month period from January 2018 through December 2018, and the fishing products and outdoor gear below are those that have earned 2019 Editors’ Choice Awards.

Fish Alaska staff and writers spent thousands of hours, cumulatively, testing the best outdoor gear to determine which were worthy of being called the best fishing gear and the best outdoor gear for 2019.

With so many 2019 fishing and outdoor gear awards, there is likely something that you’ve been considering buying. If you find it within the Editors’ Choice Awards section, you can rest assured that it will be a good buy!

Read on below and start your shopping list!

This year we’ve included online-only extended Editors’ Choice Awards for the first time to feature all of the award-worthy outdoor gear and fishing gear that we couldn’t fit in the print issue!



The best fishing rods for Alaska vary widely depending on what fish species you’re targeting, where you are in the state, and each angler’s personal preference. We at Fish Alaska test a wide range of fishing rods every year from trolling rods in saltwater to single-handed fly-fishing rods. We test spey rods, spinning rods, casting […]

The best fishing reels for Alaska in 2019 are those that performed well under a variety of condition, fisheries, and types of gamefish for us over the last year. We at Fish Alaska tested fly and spey

The best fishing tackle for Alaska in 2019 below has been tested in a wide variety of fisheries using multiple techniques. Whether you are twitching jigs for steelhead or trolling squid for silver salmon, our Editors’ Choice Awards for best fishing tackle for Alaska have you covered. We tested tackle best suited to Alaska including […]
The best fishing tools and field accessories range from trusty pliers and our favorite pocket knives to a satellite tracker to keep your valuables in sight and a rechargeable beverage bottle that boils water and charges your devices. The latest designs in tried-and-true fishing gadgets and the fresh and new technology available today have made […]
The best outdoor jackets and pants should not only be stylish, but also keep you dry and warm. Options for jackets and pants range from down fill to waterproof Gore-Tex, heavy-duty rain gear to lightweight and stretchy. We tested many options from a variety of brands to compile our favorites below. These are the best […]
Hiking boots and outdoor footwear is an important part of any outdoor-enthusiasts arsenal. We at Fish Alaska test hiking boots, rubber boots, extreme mountain boots, winter boots, and casual footwear for camping and more. These are the best hiking boots and outdoor footwear for 2019 Helly Hansen Loke Rambler HT An immediate favorite for […]

The best waders for fishing should keep you dry and comfortable. From breathable chest waders to hip waders, wading boots to wading jackets, we have tested the best wading gear for fishing in Alaska.

The best gear for cooking outdoors should be easy to use, portable, and efficient. We test outdoor cooking gear such as skillets to prepare meals for a large group to utensils and local spices to brin

The best camping gear in 2019 should keep you dry, cozy, and safe in the outdoors. We tested a mix of old favorites and new must-have camping gear from tents to camping stoves to provide you with a list of the best camping gear. This is the best camping gear for 2019 Rumpl The Down […]

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 every piece of 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 such as Nushagak River Adventures; 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 gear you need. Check it out and then get going on your fishing dreams.

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