Gear for fishing recommended by the Editors and expert anglers at Fish Alaska magazine. All things considered, these items are some of our current favorite gear. Sleeping bags, waders, fishing nets as well as lures, here are some of our go to gear for fishing.
Spyderco Native 5 Salt in CPM MagnaCut
The Native Salt is a dynamic fusion of the best-selling Native 5 Lightweight platform and the extraordinary corrosion-resistant qualities of a nitrogen-based blade steel. The defining feature of this knife is its full-flat-ground CPM MagnaCut blade. It is available with either a PlainEdge or SpyderEdge cutting edge and features an index-finger choil that allows the option of a forward, “choked up” grip for enhanced control. The blade is paired with a lightweight, injection-molded, fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) handle, a precision-machined high-strength back-lock mechanism, and a broad-based four-position pocket clip that supports all possible carry options. Together these features, along with the blade’s fully accessible Trademark Round Hole, make both carry and operation of this remarkable knife completely ambidextrous. Additionally, the handle showcases the characteristic high-visibility yellow color of Spyderco’s Salt Series and their signature Bi-Directional Texture pattern that ensures a positive grip both in and out of the water.
Beckman BN2634C Coated Net
The BN2634C is Beckman’s medium-sized, high-performance coated fishing net. The BN2634C features their Quick-Connect Channel that allows for an ultra-fast connection of the handle to the yoke. The ultra-strong hoop features their Internal Y-Bar construction for increased rigidity and stability. The durable one-piece aluminum yoke comes with a lifetime guarantee. The BN2634C is sold separately with your choice of handles. Select your desired hoop and pair it with the handle(s) of your choice.
Pro-cure Bait Scents Butt Juice
Butt Juice is a long time staple in the Pro-Cure line of scents and is the best scent you can use to draw more halibut to your gear. It’s a proven winner for us. Whether using bait or artificial lures, Pro-Cure has you covered with both Butt Juice Bait Oil and Butt Juice Super Gel. Marinate your herring in the bait oil to help establish a heavy scent trail that draws big ‘buts to your bait. Use super gel on lures such as metal jigs or lead-head jigs to generate more-aggressive bites. Without question, this formula will undeniably put more halibut and bottomfish in your boat.
Skinner Sights Levergun Light Mount
Want to add a light to your lever-action rifle without looking too “Tacticool?” Skinner Sights’ new Levergun Light Mount may be just what you are looking for. Machined from solid-aluminum bar stock, it weighs only 2.5 ounces. It is ambidextrous which allows a light or accessory to be mounted on either side. Sleek and trim, it follows the lines of the fore end and allows scabbard carry with the light removed. It fits most popular weapon lights using standard Picatinny mounting; no gunsmithing is required.
Three Bears Alaska Grizzly Tech Reactor Mummy Bag
The new Grizzly Tech Reactor Mummy Bag comes in three model ratings: 20°, 0° and -20°. They feature 190T polyester outer fabric, a 190T polyester liner, TechLoft Silver insulation, two-layer offset construction, and all come with a stuff sack. Furthermore, the 20° model sports a 36-ounce fill weight and weighs 3 pounds, 14 ounces. The 0° model features 60-ounce fill weight and weighs 5 pounds, three ounces, while the -20° option has an 80-ounce fill weight putting the total weight of the bag at 6 pounds, 8 ounces. Dimensions of all three bags are 32” x 80”.
Big Ray’s Arolik Waders
Big Ray’s exclusive line of waders is inspired by the majestic Arolik River in remote western Alaska.
Designed by Alaskans and this line is certainly proven capable for the diverse waters of the Last Frontier. Big Ray’s Arolik Waders come in three styles: Men’s Karluk Zip Wader, Men’s Naknek Wader, and Women’s Togiak Wader. The Karluk Wader offers a waterproof full front zip for easy on and off as well as extra venting on long treks to the water. Important features include: a 4-ply nylon upper and a lower leg double layered with 6-ply nylon for extra abrasion resistance and dual suspender attachment points for essential gear. Additionally, an inner zippered device-storage pocket; dual zippered fly-box chest pockets, and Ti-Zip MasterSeal 10 waterproof front zip. Also, two micro-fleece hand-warming pockets; double-taped, 4 mm neoprene ergonomic booties; and finally, 4-ply nylon gravel guards with lace hooks. The Naknek Wader is designed to keep you dry in all conditions and showcases an industry-leading fabric with innovative components.
More Key Features
Key features include: a 4-ply nylon upper with double-layer, lower-leg reinforcement; dual suspender-attachment points; flip-out security pocket for devices; zippered top-entry fly-box pocket; heavy elastic wading belt with belt loops; XL micro-fleece-lined, pass-through chest pocket; double-taped 4 mm neoprene booties; and 4-ply nylon gravel guards with integrated lace hooks. The Togiak Women’s Wader is an innovative split-pocket wader design, produced in a true women’s cut. With a 6-ply nylon leg reinforcement and a durable 4-ply nylon upper, the Togiak fits right, and is Alaska tough. Pertinent features include: dual suspender-attachment points; flip-out security pocket for devices; dual zippered fly-box chest pockets; two micro-fleece hand-warming pockets; double-taped, 4 mm neoprene, ergonomic booties; and 4-ply nylon gravel guards with lace hooks. Men’s waders are available in S, M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL, with longs available in medium and large. Women’s sizes include XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL.
Pro-Troll Fishing Products E-Plug Lure
This summer Pro-Troll will introduce its latest hi-tech trolling lure—the E-Plug trolling lure and scent dispenser. Developed by Chris Hopkins of rivertec.net following two years of design tests, it has three unique features that make it catch more salmon. First is a trap door where bait or scent can be easily inserted and easily removed. Second, it has a unique front-end shape that gives it a deadly wiggling action. Third, it comes with an EChip electronic attractor. Colors include chartreuse, green, red sparkle, glow white, chrome, black and rotten banana. The E-Plug is available in rigged singles and unrigged two-packs. It works extremely well when trolled 30 inches behind a Pro-Troll ProChip 11 flasher.
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