Do you carry a net?

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#31
I can't resist. How do you release (or keep, get the hook out, whatever) your fish if you can't bend over far enough to use a net? Even a13" er could break 4x if your lifting them up by the leader/tippet.
I have no problem with the fish I catch breaking my 5x tippet..I can bend over it's getting back up is the problem.

You have to remember I'm old and slow and fat.
 

Krusty

Active Member
#33
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.
All of my hook barb's have been pinched down for many years...and sometimes I am able to release a fish just by slacking a line....but a knotless net for boat fishing (out of a kayak) is often necessary to get the fish out of the water just long enough to gently extract the fly with some forceps (I've tried all sorts of disgorgers...like Orvis' , and have found that a good solid grasp with forceps is best for me).

But isn't carrying a net only when you expect to 'catch the fish of a lifetime' a little like only wearing your seatbelt when you expect to have a car accident?
 

Porter

Active Member
#35
Mostly shallow water is my net! ....... I usually have one with me when I'm tubbing/boating in a lake or pontooning on a river. Because I have it doesnt mean I use it 100% of the time. Every so often I get that fish that wont come to me quickly or dives under my feet, etc...thats when I pull the net out and scoop him/her up before havoc breaks out. I do not have one with me at the beach or if I go river fishing on foot.
 

Smalma

Active Member
#36
Once again I seem to be out of step. I do not use a net for my stream fishing and have not for decades. I'm a firm believer in reducing the stress on the fish that we catch. Doing so regards the complete package from the gear we use (appropriate size leaders, etc), how we play our fish and finally how we handle them at the end of our encounter. Like play the fish how the anglers releases their fish with minimal stress is a function of experience and consideration for the resource.

I first moved away from packing a net because frankly they were a pain in the rear during my frequent brush busting hikes. As the numbers of fish I handled increased I found that I became more comfortable in handling them and develop confidence that I could do so with very little damage to the fish. With experience "squeezing" the fish is not need to controlling the fish for a quick and safe release.

Typically to safely release the trout I catch as I mentioned early my day starts with the tackle I use. I play the fish with a pretty heavy hand aiming to "break the spirit of the fish" rather than exhausting them. As the fish near the point of being release I typically flip some slack to the fish with the hope that it can slip the hook by itself. The smaller fish are slide across to the hand while I'm still standing the water (any dropped fish will automatically have a soft landing. If possible I just grab the barbless hook and with a quick twist the fish is on its way. Those fish that require more attention are gently cradled in hand (it is impossible to pick a fish from the water without wetting ones hand) and send on its way in seconds. On many deeply hooked fish or fish hooked in critical areas the leader is quickly clipped and the fly stays with the fish (at least until it shakes the barbless hook). For larger fish I move to shore and slide the fish into the shallows were the fly is quickly removed while the fish has at least half of its head submerged at all times (to help control such fish place your hand lightly over the fish's eyes with quite it down).

Please note that no where in that release process is there any picture taking. For this angler the marginal increase risks to the fish from picture taking is not worth it.

It does take practice to develop the skills to safely handle fish and if one is interested in developing those skills always consider the fish's needs and do your practicing on hatchery fish those from robust populations. If you need practice with playing or handling larger salmonids on your fly rod the pinks later this summer will provide a wonderful opportunity to work on those skills.

Tight lines
Curt
 

freestoneangler

Not to be confused with Freestone
#38
Good post Curt.
I wish more people put more thought into reducing direct contact with their fish to an absolute minimum.

TC
Agree. While I do carry a net, I try to simply use a quick turn with my hemostats with fish still in the water to release. It's also how I've been taking that vast majority of pictures. So long as their not over top of rocks, I can usually get them turned on side, snap a quick pic, shove the camera back in the fanny pack and turn them loose in short order.

I save the net use for when I'm in deeper water and bigger fish, but even then, use the h-stats to more often than not.
 

Krusty

Active Member
#39
My fish pics are limited to those taken by wife accompanying me in her own kayak.

I suppose a small Go-Pro helmet cam would work...start it up when you hook the fish...and shut it down after the fish is released.....but damn, wearing a hardhat flyfishing is a bit much....and might give OSHA some ideas.

Some of he camera stuff reminds me of people who only see the important events in life (like a grandchild's birthday, or hooking a monster fish) through a camera lense....plus, this way I can more effectively lie about fish size.
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#40
I never carry a net when hiking or wading on a river, or fishing a beach, unless I'm gear fishing for salmon at some of my spots. On the rivers, its nice to have a net when you are on a steep bank with a big hatchery Chinook on the end of your line.
I agree with others who stated that they are a pain when bushwhacking. So I never have one along when hiking along a river for trout. However, I always have a rubber mesh net along in my boats or kayaks.
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#41
My fish pics are limited to those taken by wife accompanying me in her own kayak.

I suppose a small Go-Pro helmet cam would work...start it up when you hook the fish...and shut it down after the fish is released.....but damn, wearing a hardhat flyfishing is a bit much....and might give OSHA some ideas.

Some of he camera stuff reminds me of people who only see the important events in life (like a grandchild's birthday, or hooking a monster fish) through a camera lense....plus, this way I can more effectively lie about fish size.
You need to get a "vanity boom" for your camera. Then you can aim it back at yourself and later watch movies of yourself fishing. After you practice and develop some awesome facial expressions to go along with your fishing mishaps, you can post 'em up on You-tube and get the whole world laughing.;)
 

Kent Lufkin

Remember when you could remember everything?
#42
Most of my fishing is on lakes where I've perfected releasing fish without even taking them out of the water. The only time I even bring a net is on streams where there's a possibility of landing a larger fish. But even then I may use it just 2-3 times in a week. Otherwise it's just one more thing to keep track if or lose.

K
 

cabezon

Sculpin Enterprises
#43
I carry my net in the back pocket of my vest. It has not proven to be a problem on long bushwacking hikes. A net really comes in handy when fishing in fast water. I can land the fish more quickly and with less stress on the fish than if I tired it out enough to slip out the hook with hemostats.

Steve
 

Krusty

Active Member
#44
You need to get a "vanity boom" for your camera. Then you can aim it back at yourself and later watch movies of yourself fishing. After you practice and develop some awesome facial expressions to go along with your fishing mishaps, you can post 'em up on You-tube and get the whole world laughing.;)
Like Old Man, I basically only have two facial expressions; crabby and irritated, and neither are particularly 'awesome'. I once tried smiling, but it creeped everyone out.
 

rainbow

My name is Mark Oberg
#45
I don't use a net on streams and rivers for trout, I use a pair of hook pliers and keep the fish in shallow water. I do use my net in my toon and use it only when necessary.
 

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