October 2003 | Annual Gear Awards Issue


Publishers’ Note 5

Editor’s Creel 6

New and Improved?

Book Review 10

Zipping My Fly

Fishing For A Compliment 12

Fish Alaska Services Guide 72

Featured Fish Recipe 74

Halibut Enchiladas

Advertiser Index 75

The Final Drift 82

Fishing with the Boss


Beyond Grip & Grin

by Peter Lekisch 

Photographer Peter Lekisch wants you to document your entire fishing trip, not just the fish . . . and we agree.

Fly Tying Tool Basics

by Rich Johnson 

Part one of two. Fly tying expert, Rich Johnson guides you through a selection of equipment for the winter season of tying. Next issue—Tying Basics.

Well, Hello, Dolly

By Dave Kilhefner 

Courting the vixen of the Emerald Isle. Fickle at first, these plentiful roadside beauties came around after a little experimentation, a micro-egg, and the way it was retrieved.

AKcess Alaska

By G. I. Wilson 

Don’t let disabilities keep you from enjoying what Alaska has to offer.

Big Fly, Big Fish

By Joe J. Warren 

Alaska Sheefish take a big bite.

Profile: Izaak Walton

By Jim Repine 

The dean of fishing literature. 


Editors’ Choice Awards 

Fish Alaska magazine editors have been testing new gear all year to bring you their Best of the Best and Best Values for 2003. Here are the winners and a goodly assortment of items that will make your fishing in Alaska more productive, safe and enjoyable.

COVER/ Fish Alaska editor Troy Letherman testing some of this year’s best gear. © Troy Letherman