March 2005 | Annual Gear Awards Issue


Editor’s Creel 6

Reader’s Lines 12

Book Review 20

Fish Alaska Services Guide 72

Advertiser Index 74

Fish Recipe 76

“SmokeeJo’s” Honey-Lime Salmon Kabobs

Final Drift 82

Fish Alaska

Special Section

Bringing In The NEW

All the hot, new, gotta-have gear for 2005. We’ve poured over hundreds of new items and present the Fish Alaska picks in this issue.


Fishing with Zonk 

by Melissa Norris and Marcus Weiner

Publishers Melissa Norris and Marcus Weiner fish with NFL Hall of Fame football legend Larry Csonka and the crew from the “North to Alaska” television show.

The Year in Gear 

Fish Alaska‘s annual awards for the best of the best, the best for the price, and a new category “Field Favorites.” Join our field editors as they compare, describe and present their favorite gear of 2004.

Fish Seward Alaska 

by Marcus Weiner

A tryptic of fishing in one of Alaska’s most charming waterfront towns. Join publisher Marcus Weiner and the staff of Fish Alaska as they mooch their way across Resurrection Bay and beyond.

COVER/Editor Troy Letherman with a sockeye salmon. © Troy Letherman