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2018 Editors’ Choice Awards

gear awardsBigger 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 in 2017.

From trolling for saltwater coho to slinging feathers and fur for trophy rainbows in the tundra rivers of Southwest, and even drilling through the ice to drop hardware and bait for a winter fix of fish, 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, float trips and lodge stays; we have motored into the salt, rowed roadside rivers, set up both elaborate and basic base camps, dropped float tubes into the lakes and snowmachined to winter ice-fishing locales 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.


Fish Alaska Editors test a gamut of fishing rods for Alaska each year from single handed fly rods to rods meant for trolling in the Pacific salt. We test fly rods, spey rods, spinning rods, casting rods and technique-specific rods for all of Alaska’s gamefish. Here’s what we liked from this year’s arsenal of fishing […]
Seek our expert advice for the best fishing line for Alaska. From braid to monofilament, fluorocarbon to spectra, leader to tippet, spey line and Skagit tips, Fish Alaska magazine Editors try them all summer long and compile our picks to bring the best fishing line for Alaska to our readers no matter where and how […]
Each year Fish Alaska’s Editors seek to test some of the best new plus tried-and-true watercraft and accessories for Alaska fishing. From pulling your anchor more efficiently to more conservation-minded fishing nets, check out these recommended watercraft and accessories for Alaska fishing to make your time on the water…better. Innovation and technology has brought boating to […]
A quality layering system makes all the difference for staying warm outside in Alaska. Find out what our Editors choose for this year’s best layering apparel for Alaska. Legging, pullovers, button downs, an assortment of fabrics of different weights and more—find out what our experts recommend as the best layering apparel for Alaska. FisheWear Hoodie […]

Outdoor enthusiasts know that a variety of the best footwear for Alaska is crucial for keeping us outdoors. Rubber boots, hiking boots, extreme mountain wear, cold weather boots, slippers for lounging

From tents to water purifiers, our testers spend a lot of time in the Alaska outdoors and have determined our pick for the best camping gear of 2018. Stay dry, cozy and safe and enjoy camping more with these outdoor products that rank among the best camping gear. Hilleberg Kaitum 4 GT We love […]