Food and storage go hand-in-hand when fishing Alaska’s backcountry. Here are our current favorite food and storage items for camping and fishing in Alaska.
|LEM MaxVac Pro Air Chamber Machine|
The same quality, award-winning machine now has some improvements. The unit is now all digital and includes three preset functions for the sealer’s convenience. The top is flat instead of having a tray for much easier cleanup. It also makes it easier to attach the sealer bar. We were just talking about how well these seals held up from last summer. It is almost May and sealed packages from July of 2018 using the LEM MaxVac Pro Air Chamber Machine are in great shape. It’s really affordable too. We know they have them at Three Bears Outpost locations.
|EGO Kryptek Tactical Tackle Bag Series|
The EGO Kryptek Tactical Tackle Bag Series will allow you to be more organized and will give you an aggressive look on and off the water. The series includes two models: a backpack and a shoulder bag version. They feature multiple storage pockets, laser-cut molle loops for external tool management, Kryptek camo technology and four clear tackle trays. These extra-durable tackle bags made of 1000D nylon fabric and water-repellent PVC backing will endure the battle on and off the water.
|SimpliFLY Chest Pack|
This chest pack provides an interesting option for organizing gear for the mobile fly angler. It is comprised of a fully adjustable comfort-fit harness with a D-Ring on the back to attach your net, three zingers, 12 different-sized compartments, a large interchangeable fly box to keep all your tackle organized, and webbing to attach tools.
|Fish-Field Amazing Tackle Box|
This is an interesting concept brought to you from Haibin Wang, owner of Fish-Field. Anglers sign up for this subscription service that brings a box of tackle, termed the Amazing Tackle Box, to your door on a monthly basis. The Basic Edition Box costs $19.95 per month and includes about $30 worth of tackle designed for Pacific Northwest anglers. The Pro Edition Box costs $39.95 per month and includes about $60 worth of items. The service includes free shipping in the USA, the box is mailed by the 10th of each month, and can be cancelled anytime.
|SKB Cases 3i-4214-12-IF iSeries Ice Fishing Locker|
The new SKB 3i-4214-12-IF iSeries Ice Fishing Locker is waterproof, USA-made, built to military specifications for strength and durability, and features ample room for all your ice fishing gear—it can even serve as a towing sled and a bench on the ice! It holds up to six rods and reels, has a pull-out tray that reveals a large (40.5” x 11.5” x 5”) cavity for ice auger, tip-ups, and additional ice fishing gear, includes four separate plastic divider boxes for tackle and has wheels and a tow handle for easy transport. It carries a lifetime warranty.
|Bradley Smoker Smart Smoker|
We’ve been using this electric smoker and are impressed. The smart phone app to control the smoker is both cool and useful. The smoker allows you to really dial in temperature control, resulting in perfectly smoked salmon and perfectly cooked jerky. The unit has a touch screen, large capacity and two temperature probes. It also features an automatic-feed system for the wood discs it burns. Bradley makes multiple flavors of wood discs; we recommend trying the variety pack which includes apple, alder, hickory, maple and mesquite.
|LEM MaxVac 1000 Vacuum Sealer|
The MaxVac 1000 Vacuum Sealer is the workhorse of sealers. It delivers 1000 consecutive seals without needing to stop, which equates to about 10 hours of non-stop use. With a weighted lid, you can operate this machine hands-free. It has a 14-inch-wide seal bar to help you easily seal larger items. Just grab a roll and cut off what you need with the included roll holder and cutter. The manual vacuum and seal cycles let you control the amount of vacuuming being done. LEM believes in this vacuum sealer so much that it extended the warranty to five years.
|Salmon Sisters Boat Bag|
This boat bag is made of Seatarp, an 18-ounce heavy-duty waterproof vinyl that stays flexible to -20 degrees. It is made by NOMAR in Homer, and is well-made to last a long time. We’ve used many items made by NOMAR over the years and can attest that their products are excellent. This bag zips closed to protect contents and the zipper flap can also be folded down out of the way when you don’t need it zipped or have a lot of stuff to carry. This particular model is a collaboration with Salmon Sisters featuring an embroidered patch with their emblem. For every sale they make, Salmon Sisters donates a can of wild Alaska salmon to the Alaska Food Bank.
|Frontiersman INSIDER Bear Safe|
Too often Bear Safes won’t fit inside a pack, forcing you to carry them externally. This can affect your gait when hiking. Even worse, it may result in the loss of your food if the safe falls off your pack and you fail to notice. The Frontiersman INSIDER is easy to pack and comfortable to carry. It’s got ample storage for multi-day hikes, has a tapered shape which allows you to more efficiently pack the safe and its long, narrow configuration allows it to effectively fit in your pack. It’s waterproof and scent proof, and has been tested and certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.
|FisheWear Fly Box|
This new fly box from FisheWear combines style with function. The outer is made from EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) which gives it a rubber-like feel in softness and flexibility, and also offers waterproof qualities and low-temperature toughness. The inner portion of the box is made from extra light foam which is perfectly suited for securing flies and other lures. This box is well-suited for carrying dry flies or streamers, as well as small spinners and spoons.
|NOMAR Boat Bag|
This splash-proof boat bag measures 15 inches long by 10 inches wide by 15 inches tall and zips closed. The zipper flaps can be folded down to increase carrying capacity. It’s made from SEATARP, which is an 18-ounce heavy-duty waterproof vinyl that stays flexible to -20oF. An optional shoulder strap is available for purchase and the bag is offered in the following colors: black, brown, burgundy, charcoal, green, gray, navy blue, orange, purple, royal blue, red, pool blue, pink and yellow. Plus it’s Alaska made by NOMAR in Homer.
|Fish Fighter Products Sportsman Series Utility Tray|
Fish Fighter Products designed their Sportsman Series Utility Trays for all-around use. From shotgun shells to sinkers, lures to scents, their Utility Trays help you keep it all organized in a portable tray. They come in a variety of sizes, are made from marine-grade aluminum with removable dividers, have built-in carry handles and rubber foot pads. The trays are made in Mountain Home, ID, and they come with their 100% money-back guarantee.
|Savage Gear Shoulder Sling Bag|
The Savage Gear Shoulder Sling Bag is the perfect bag for the bank fisherman looking to keep a compact appearance and stealthy approach. The bag contains one 3600-size clear plastic box and five heavy-duty poly zipper bags for loose bait storage. With an adjustable shoulder strap and a built-in beverage holder compartment, the Shoulder Sling Bag will get you out to that remote location in stealthy style.