March 2006 | Annual Gear Issue
Editor’s Creel 6
Alaska Traveler 12
Advertiser Index 74
Final Drift 82
Fish Alaska Special Section
Editors’ Choice Awards 14
66 pieces of great gear that passed rigorous field-testing in Alaska by our editors and guides. This gear was the Best of the Best for 2005.
by Melissa Norris
Publisher Melissa Norris takes part in the first Women’s Division of the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby. Exceeding all expectations, Alaskan women REALLY love to fish! by Melissa Norris
Rafting Alaska 101
by Laura Metcalfe
Preparation is half the trip—at least the half that will keep you reasonably safe. Choosing gear, and where you will go and when are all covered in this primer on rafting the sometimes wild waters of Alaska.
Best of the NEW 2006
Here our editors choose 46 of the hottest, new, gotta-have fishing gear that will debut this spring.
by Kathy Anderson
Associate publisher Kathy Anderson discovers why Sportsman’s Cove Lodge clients keep coming back year after year.
COVER / Editor Troy Letherman takes some gear out for a fly. © Matt Hage