March 2009 | Annual Gear Awards Issue
Editor’s Creel 8
Alaska Traveler 12
Fishing for a Compliment 14
Fish Alaska Boats 22
Haugen’s Tackle Tech 26
Richey’s Salmon Sense 30
Fish Alaska Recipe 112
Advertiser Index 114
Final Drift 122
Fish Alaska Special
Tim Mead and friends started out on a normal Alaska adventure and ended up with a bit more than they bargained for. But the fishing was fabulous . . . so who can complain?
Fish Alaska Fly: Great Balls of Smolt
by E. Donnall Thomas, Jr.
When the young salmon move downstream, the rainbow fishing is wild and big. E. Donnall Thomas shows you how.
Fish Alaska All-Tackle: Bobbers and Bait
by Andy Couch
Andy Couch gears up to do some drop back fishing with bobbers and bait for some lively fresh-water salmon action.
Fish Alaska GEAR ISSUE
2008 Editors’ Choice Awards
Our annual awards for field-tested, tough fishing equipment. If this gear can make it in the extremes of Alaska, you can be sure it will perform well for you wherever you might go.
NEW GEAR 2009
Our editors review the most promising new gear for the coming season. What they found should be of interest to Alaska anglers of every stripe.