Landing Net for Rivers

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Mrs. G, May 8, 2014.

  1. Mrs. G

    Mrs. G reel-woman.net

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    I am looking for a light weight landing net for use when wading in rivers. Potentially sized for Dolly Varden or Steelhead. The goal is light and easy to carry, and easy to grab and use quickly. Any suggestions?
     
  2. porterHause

    porterHause Just call me Jon

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    Cruik Active Member

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    Those aren't very good wading nets, in my opinion. I'd put those in a boat, though. I always fish for steelhead with a net stuck to the side pocket of my backpack. I used this net this steelhead season: http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Sho...Net-with-Telescoping-Handle/product/10210368/

    It's compact, light, has a steelhead sized hoop, rubber bag, and the folding components are all metal. It's light years beyond other similar nets I've had. When I hook a fish and I'm ready to land it, I plop my pack on the bank, or swing it around and unstrap the net. It can be unfolded easily in one hand while fighting the fish with the other. This baby's ugly, but it's all function.
     
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    Yea I've seen those at the river and they are pretty handy. One of these days I'm going to have to spring for one. For the price though, steepandcheap is hard to beat. I agree the folding nets are way more functional.

    Edit: For the money though, I'd go with this folding net.

    http://www.cabelas.ca/product/23303/frabill-hiber-net
     
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    porterHause Just call me Jon

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    Nice choice, but did you check out Fisknat? You could get a custom made exotic hardwood net for that price, and he's based right here in good 'ol WA.

    Grab a magnetic release clip and strap it to your back...then you're good to go.
     
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    Yes I am a big fan of Fisknat! I have the Steelhead net and keep on my pontoon. I am looking for a light option for this case. The magnetic release is a great idea. I am going to look for one of these!
     
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    porterHause Just call me Jon

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    Fair enough. Carry on then :)
     
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    golfman44 5-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year

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    I bought a 3 pack of landing nets for just $2.


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    Seriously, a cheap old bandanna is perfect to tail a fish. Get it wet and the grip on the fish is plenty strong. Plus its much less harmful than our oily hands on the thing if you're planning on releasing. An obvious downside is the lack of reach. I snapped the tip of my spey rod last summer because I reached for the fish without stripping out enough line like an amateur. A net helps combat this, so if thats what you're going for then get one of the folding ones above.
     
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    I was actually trying to explain this great idea for a collapsible, tetelescopic triangular net to a friend of mine recently, then he told me a week later that he saw them online. It was the exact same concept as this one.
    Jeez, why is everyone always copying me in advance!?
     
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    Anybody make one of those sling style nets? I think it would be great in the boat, nice and compact. Gotta have a buddy and might be tricky actually getting a hot fish in there??? especially getting them to stick their fins out the little holes

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    they would work equally well as a hammock at nap time
     
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    But wet hands also lead to more flopping and squeezing, so i guess its a trade off. I prefer a net when available, but I might start keeping a bandana around just in case. I just hope someone doesn't think I'm trying to start a new fishing gang