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Editors’ Choice Awards

best outdoor gear 2020 editors choice awardsThese are the best fishing gear and the best outdoor gear award categories for Fish Alaska’s 2020 Editors’ Choice Awards.

As we have for many years, we tested a wide range of outdoor gear during the 12-month period from January 2019 through December 2019, and the fishing products and outdoor gear below are those that have earned 2020 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 2020.

With so many 2020 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!


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 2020 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 in 2020 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

The best camping gear in 2020 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 2020 SJK Slumberjack Tough […]

Layering your clothing with a base layer will help you stay warm when it’s cold outside. Quality layering apparel we love for 2020 include leggings, pullovers, performance pants, and more in an asso

The best waders and wading boots for fishing should keep you dry and comfortable. From breathable chest waders to wading boots and jackets, we have tested the best wading gear for fishing in Alaska. Choose the best wading gear from our list of favorites below. These are the best fishing waders and wading gear for […]

The best fishing line for Alaska in 2020 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 monofilam

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 2020 including belts, gloves, and sunglasses for outdoor activities. These are the best polarized sunglasses and accessories for 2020 Promar ProGrip Gloves These […]

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 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 the gear you need. Check it out and then get going on your fishing dreams.

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