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Tackle and Line

Tackle and line vary almost as much as the fishing variety in Alaska. Here are our current favorites to pack in the tackle box when fishing in Alaska.

Mepps Aglia Bait Series
mepps.com
The Mepps Aglia spinner has accounted for many fish landed by anglers in Alaska. This new permutation adds a tail for additional movement and attraction. Blades feature uniquely airbrushed patterns and tails are two-tone and designed to mimic natural food sources. Anglers have the option to get the lure with or without the tail, and in both single- and treble-hook options. Six sizes and twelve colors make up the product line. In 2019, we had good success catching silvers on this lure.
Mepps Aglia Bait Series
Blue Fox Vibrax Chaser
rapala.com
Combining the proven fish-catching capabilities of the iconic Vibrax with a realistic soft bait is sure to make predatory fish in Alaska’s freshwater take notice. The lure is available in six styles and two sizes. We used it recently to land silver salmon on the Tsiu River.
Blue Fox Vibrax Chaser
Ahi USA Live Deception Jig
ahiusa.com
Over the last several years we have had a lot of success catching salmon, halibut, lingcod and rockfish on the Ahi USA Live Deception jig. The jigs are ultra-realistic and feature images of live fish transferred onto the jigs. They come in four patterns: anchovy, green mackerel, sardine and blue mackerel. Sizes include 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, and 8-ounce models. On a recent trip to Kodiak, a 65-pound halibut smashed an 8-ounce sardine pattern jig, as did lingcod to 15 pounds, and black rockfish to 7 pounds ate 3-ounce anchovy jigs.

Ahi USA Live Deception Jig
Luhr-Jensen Coyote Cyclone Flasher
rapala.com
Released in late 2019, this new, easy-pulling, fully rotating flasher features an innovative Kick-Fin design that enables it to draw in salmon and trout at a range of trolling speeds. The design enables it to rotate easily, which allows it to rotate at slower speeds. We think this flasher could be effective at attracting both kings and coho salmon, as well as lake and rainbow trout. The patent-pending Coyote Cyclone Flasher rotates in a wide, elliptical pattern, adding fish-attracting flash and motion to your trolling presentation. Its namesake cyclone blade rotates independently in the flasher’s center, adding a strobing flash and vibration. The flasher is available in two sizes—8 ⅜ inches and 11 inches—and is available in 11 color patterns, including three with UV Bright finishes and eight with Everglo finishes. UV Bright finishes reflect additional light energy, boosting the Coyote Cyclone Flasher’s visibility. Everglo finishes glow in the dark. Coyote Cyclone Flashers are fitted with heavy-duty ball-bearing swivels and welded rings to ensure many years of fish-attracting action.

Luhr-Jensen Coyote Cyclone Flasher
Norvise Automatic Bobbin Kit
nor-vise.com
The Norvise Fly Tying Bobbin Kit includes a Norvise Bobbin (with ceramic tube), three additional machined-aluminum spools (four, including the one on the Bobbin), a spooling Arbor to load your thread onto the aluminum spool, and instructions on how to operate this fantastic piece of fly tying equipment. Imagine how much time you will save at the bench if you never have to wind the slack thread back on to the spool after coming off your bobbin cradle or after making a half-hitch. The Norvise Auto Bobbin works from a clutch-type system allowing the bobbin to hold tension while tying, but never “bottoming out” the tension. Once you are spooled up you never have to re-tension or un-tension the spring—it knows when to rewind and when to slip. It is truly an engineering marvel! Though the Norvise Auto Bobbin will work with any vise on the market, it really complements the rotary tying function of the Norvise, making what they like to call “The most innovative fly tying system on the market.”

Norvise Automatic Bobbin Kit
Kodiak Custom Fishing Tackle Tube Jigs Deluxe
kodiakcustom.com
Kodiak Custom Deluxe Tube Jigs are built tough and designed to catch lake trout, burbot, pike and sheefish through the ice or while jigging, casting and trolling in open water. The deluxe model comes with a wire loop that a trailer hook can be attached to or removed from at any time. The loop feature also serves as a bait-holding system, with a slide that tightens the loop around the bait and fastens it to the jig. Kodiak Custom Deluxe Tube Jigs are available in three sizes ranging from 1/2-ounce to 1 1/2-ounce and multiple colors are offered in 4- and 6-inch-long tubes.

Kodiak Custom Fishing Tackle Tube Jigs Deluxe
Norvise Magnum Hub
nor-vise.com
The Norvise Magnum Hub is back and better than ever. These hubs are larger in diameter and weigh roughly 40% more than the standard hubs. This creates significantly more momentum and allows the vise to spin like CRAZY! The new Magnum Hubs are great for dubbing, wrapping heavier thread, or spinning bodies. In 2016, Norvise standardized the receiver end on all of their jaws. Now all three of their jaw configurations—Standard, Large, and Fine Point—will fit the new Magnum Hub. If you want your Norvise to spin like never before check out the new Magnum Hub.

Norvise Magnum Hub
P-Line Twin Tail Squid
p-line.com
An exciting new product from P-Line is the Twin Tail Squid. These awesome new squid bodies come in three sizes: 4.5”, 7”, and 9”. The Twin Tail has two extended tentacles with curl tails which give the bait great action. The bodies are available unrigged, and also in a 4.5” rigged version for rockfish and lingcod tied on 50-pound-test, and a 7” version rigged on 300-pound-test with a circle hook for halibut. There are six colors available including three glow options.
P-Line Twin Tail Squid
Pro-Troll Fishing Products EChip
pro-troll.com
Every wonder why the Pro-Troll ProChip 11 flasher is so effective? Movement is part of it, but the embedded EChip is a big factor, too. The E-Chip is a small tube that encases a ball and a proprietary microchip crystal. The movement of these two components gives off a tiny electrical charge similar to the electrical nerve discharge of wounded baitfish. It is a deal-closer, causing fish attracted to your gear to strike. You can now buy EChips to attach to your own lures and attractors. They are available in two sizes (½- and ¾-inch). The small size works best with smaller lures; the larger size works well for large lures and flashers.
Pro-Troll Fishing Products EChip
Rosco EZ Clip
roscoinc.com
Rosco EZ Clips allow you to quickly change out your lures or rigs without opening a snap. Tie your line on one end, and slide your lure on to the other. It works well for topwater, jerk baits, jigs, plugs, and spinners. Five sizes are available to accommodate both your freshwater and saltwater needs, from 25-pound-test up to 175-pound-test. They are available in stainless-steel or black finish.

Rosco EZ Clip

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