These 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 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 line for Alaska in 2019 was put to the test by Fish Alaska staff all summer to bring you our favorite fishing line no matter where and how you fish in Alaska. From braid to monofilame
The best trolling gear, boating gear, watercraft, and boating accessories in 2019 should make your time on the water more efficient and enjoyable. If you are pulling in your anchor or boating your cat
The best fillet knives and fish processing gear should not only make your life easier after a day of fishing, but also keep your catch as fresh as possible during storage. We’ve tested and gathered
The best outdoor packs, luggage, and waterproof cases should make transporting your gear easier while providing you with the features you need to pack for your adventures. We tested dry bags, duffel b
The best kids gear should keep them dry, warm, and safe from head to toe. Our youth testers at Fish Alaska have spent hours and hours on the boat, riding snow machines, hiking, and of course fishing a
Layering your clothing will help you stay warm when it’s cold outside. Quality layering apparel we love for 2019 include leggings, pullovers, performance pants, and more in an assortment of fabrics
Polarized sunglasses not only shield your eyes from harmful rays, but also reduce glare and eye fatigue when spending time in the sun. We’ve picked the best sunglasses and accessories for 2019 inclu
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 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.