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.