Do you carry a net?

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  1. Krusty

    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    Of course I always carry a net, but then I almost always fish from a kayak....many fishing kayaks have rod wells behind the cockpit for spin or baitcasting rods.....useless for single handed flyrods.....but the well is a great place to insert the net handle...and makes for very ready access. Just secure the net handle with a stretch cord.

    In my stream and river fishing days I rarely carried a net...usually was able to unhook and release the fish without lifting it out of the water. Found that a net usually got tangled up in the brush surrounding these dinky eastern Washington streams....nothing like getting whacked in the back of the head by a bungee powered net.
     
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  2. The Duke

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    After over a decade of fishing without a net, I finally got one last year. The only time I don't have it now is if I forget it at home. Much easier to land fish promptly and release them unharmed. It also makes it a lot easier to get a photo while fishing alone without adding unnecessary stress to the fish. While I always take care with the fish that I land, the net just makes it a lot easier. A strong magnetic release attached to the D-loop with an elastic cord attached to it and the net, makes it easy to detach and reattach, while not having to worry about a branch catching it and losing it in the brush.
     
  3. Lugan

    Lugan Joe Streamer

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    I crimp the barbs down on 100% of my hooks, so no need to carry a net to reduce mortality. The hook nearly always just pops out without even handling the fish. I just slide my fingers down the tippet, find the fly, and pop it out.

    The only time I carry a net is when I think I'm going to catch the fish of a lifetime and I want to get a picture - and that's rare.
     
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    The guy who lives on the Beaverhead isn't into big fish lol!
     
  5. The Duke

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    The fish of a lifetime can come at any point. During one of my many trips last year I managed to catch a 30 inch bull trout. Glad I had my net. Definitely wasn't expecting it.
     
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    I don't carry a net: I did for years and they were the cause of endless tangles. I try to release most fish without touching them. I don't mind losing a few flies in the process.
     
  7. The Duke

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    Was your net knotless and with rubber mesh? I have yet to tangle a fish up in mine. I've caught the hook in the rubber on numerous occasions, but it has always been easy to dislodge, and never tangled the fish.
     
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    No, I had an old wooden net with knotted mesh. While I am ancient in years, I try new things all the time, and invented a few of my own. What kind of net do you suggest? I will give it a go!
     
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    Sometimes I do. I'd carry one more frequently but I just haven't found a way that is not cumbersome or a hindrance of some sort. I've lost a big fish or two due to the lack of net but losing fish doesn't really diminish my experience.
     
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    I always carry a net.It means I have to handle the fish far less and it also seems that netting a fish makes the hook pop out automatically most of the time.Just seems to cause less wear & tear to the fish.
     
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    Rubber mesh knotless nets are becoming very common now. Try one out. I think that you will be pleasantly surprised. The net you see in my avatar is a knotless ghost net by Brodin. That is what I use and have been very satisfied with. A bit pricey, but very beneficial in my opinion. Good Luck!
     
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    Thanks Duke!
     
  13. Derek Young

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    Steve, I handled that big cutty very nicely, without a net! :)
     

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  14. Lugan

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    Not true. I know what swims in most of the waters I fish, and some of them are biologically incapable of producing true lunkers.
     
  15. Steve Call

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    So, I would have had better luck if I hadn't had my net? And to think I almost left it in the Jeep.
     
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