Editors' Choice Awards 2022There’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 2022.

Enjoy this year’s Editors’ Choice Awards.

The best outdoor gear for fishing in Alaska!

One of our greatest pleasures each year at Fish Alaska magazine is to test gear. The range of useful gadgets, high-tech clothing, space-aged-material rods and reels, and ever-more realistic lures has never been greater. From the high seas of the North Pacific to the tiniest trickles of gin-clear mountain water, we’ve tested items across the Great Land in 2022. Here’s a look at some of those items we successfully used. This year’s categories include: Rods and Reels; Tackle; Line; Field Accessories; Watercraft and Accessories; Waders, Wading Jackets and Boots; Apparel: Jackets; Apparel: Bottoms; Apparel: Layering; Apparel: Accessories; Apparel: Footwear; Polarized Sunglasses; Kids’ Gear; Storage, Coolers and Containers; Luggage, Packs and Cases; Camping; Cooking; Knives and Cutting Tools.

 

Best Fishing Rods: Editors’ Choice Awards 2022

  Best fishing rods for Alaska in 2022 OPST Pure Skagit 12’3” 9-weight pureskagit.com At 12’3”, this is OPST’s longest, most powerful two-hander. This is an excellent rod for T-Whatever. It’s a great stick Read More...

Best Alaskan Fishing Tackle: ECAs 2022

Best Alaskan fishing tackle for anglers in 2022 Kodiak Custom Bottom Fish Jig  kodiakcustom.com We’ve had great success over the years catching bottomfish with this jig. Not only is it extremely effective, it is Read More...

Best Watercraft Accessories: ECAs 2022

Best Watercraft Accessories for Alaska 2022 LeeLock Crab Cracker  leelock.com LeeLock made some refinements to the prototype we used last year. The aluminum tool is now anodized and has four measurements labeled in ¼” Read More...

Best Jackets and Pants: ECAs 2022

Best jackets and pants for Alaska anglers in 2022 Onyx Thunder Rage Jacket and Bib  onyxoutdoor.com Our tester stayed dry and comfortable in this rain suit from Onyx. He tested it in Yakutat during Read More...

Best Layering Apparel: ECAs 2022

  Best layering apparel for Alaska 2022 Columbia Sportswear Respool Hoody  columbia.com This thin, lightweight, stretchy, sweat-wicking hoody provides UPF 30 sun protection and is constructed of EcoNyl fabric which is made from recycled Read More...

Editors’ Choice Awards 2022: Best Footwear

Best footwear for 2022 in Alaska XTRATUF Men’s 15 In Alaska Legacy Boot Limited Edition  xtratuf.com These boots have all of the features that we love and expect from XTRATUF—waterproof, comfortable, and a non-marking, Read More...

Editors’ Choice Awards 2022: Best Polarized Sunglasses

Best polarized sunglasses for Alaska 2022 Smith Optics Joya  smithoptics.com Stylish and effective on the water, Smith’s ChromaPop polarized lenses provide exceptional image clarity when peering through the water looking for fish. Pertinent features Read More...

Editors’ Choice Awards 2022: Best Coolers

  Best Coolers and Storage for Alaska 2022 Yeti Tundra 45  yeti.com Tundra set the standard for hard coolers years ago with its rotomolded, bulletproof design. The 45-quart is one of the most versatile Read More...

Best Luggage, Packs and Cases: ECA’s 2022

  Best luggage, packs, and cases for Alaska 2022 Three Bears Grizzly Tech 40 Liter Dry Bag  threebearsalaska.com Dry bags are critical pieces of gear in Alaska. They come in many sizes and shapes. Read More...

Best Outdoor Camping Gear: ECAs 2022

Best outdoor camping gear for Alaska in 2022 Stone Glacier Chilkoot 15° Sleeping Bag  stoneglacier.com This sleeping bag is designed for serious mountain hunters, but it fits right in on remote, float-trip angling expeditions Read More...

Best Knives and Cutting Tools: ECAs 2022

  Best knives and cutting tools for 2022.  Read on to learn about items that can make your time fishing more effective, safe and fun. As anglers, we use a range of different knives. Read More...

Best Field Accessories: ECAs 2022

Best field accessories for fishing in Alaska in 2022 Pro-Cure Bait Scents Garlic Butt Juice  pro-cure.com For years, halibut and bottomfish anglers have relied on the best lures and top baits to put more Read More...

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