March 2021


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4 Fish Alaska Online
6 Traveler
8 Creel
10 Salmon Sense
12 Fly
14 Boats
22 Saltwater
26 Flyfishing
28 Conservation
30 Fish for the Future
86 Ad Index
88 Recipe
90 Final Drift


2021 Editors’ Choice Awards
by Fish Alaska Staff
Fish Alaska editors test gear throughout the year in a variety of fisheries to identify the cream of the crop in a wide range of categories including: Rods; Reels; Tackle; Line; Field Accessories; Knives and Sharpeners; Nets; Watercraft and Accessories; Waders, Wading Jackets and Boots; Apparel: Jackets and Pants; Apparel: Layering; Apparel: Footwear; Apparel: Accessories; Polarized Sunglasses; Kids’ Gear; Luggage, Packs and Cases; Camping; and Cooking. If you’re in the market for items in these categories, be sure to check these out before you buy.

2021 New Gear 
by Fish Alaska Staff
Every year, new gear is launched for the different styles of fishing, species, and conditions in Alaska. We’ve gathered information on some of the most promising new products to hit the market in the last several months and some that will be available soon. Many of these will likely garner ECAs in next year’s gear review issue. Be sure to check them out!

2021 Retailers’ Choice Awards
by Fish Alaska Staff
Select Alaska retailers know what Alaskan angling demands, and what Alaska anglers want. As such, their recommendations carry a lot of weight. See their best picks for the year here.

2021 Test of Time Awards 
by Fish Alaska Staff
We’ve tested many products over the years. Some have proven to be revolutionary and others, though perhaps not revolutionary, have performed exceedingly well over years of use. Such products have earned the very rare and coveted Fish Alaska Test of Time Award.

2021 Think Outside Virtual Outdoor Show Preview
by Fish Alaska Staff
Check out Fish Alaska and Hunt Alaska’s 2021 Think Outside Virtual Outdoor Show to immerse yourself in a wide range of informative seminars, engaging exhibitor booths, show specials and prize giveaways from our partners in the hunting and fishing industry. Launch date for the 2021 show will be the third week in March, so stay tuned to our social media channels for the latest information or sign up for our e-newsletter at ThinkOutside.FishAlaskaMagazine.com for 2021 show developments.

On The Cover: Spinners, spoons, and flies are part of our regular kit when targeting in-river salmon. © Melissa Norris

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