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Old 06-25-2014, 11:32 PM
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In the market for a new rubber net. I want it to be big enough to net 18-20 inch fish but I don't want to spend $100. Any suggestions on a good rubber net that aren't that expensive??
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Look at Cabelas, BassPro and ebay. All have the landing nets with rubber bags from $20 on up.
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I've seen a Cortland net somewhere at about 30$
maybe here...http://flydepot.com/flyfishing/cortl...net/pid--1690/
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Thanks for the link, I was looking to buy one too but in the same boat as pawild... didn't want to spend 100 bux.

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Saw a wood net with rubber netting at Wal mart today $20.00
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Default Re: Rubber net advice

The Walmart/Cortland/Cheap Bass Pro/Cheap Cabela's rubber nets are not bad nets.

They all share one thing that I don't like, though. The square holes in the net toward the bottom are big enough that 8"-10" fish can get about halfway out through the holes and then they get stuck, just like the net was a gill net.

When they get stuck, you can either kill the fish, or cut the net, destroying it.

More expensive nets have smaller, rounder holes in the nets.
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My LFS sells a wooden frame net, with rubber bag for $70.00. It is made by Solitude and also comes with a nice magnetic keeper already attached. The net is clever because it has a tape measure molded into the bottom of the bag, making it easy to measure your fish without handling. It is a very good net, capable of landing the fish you want to catch.

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Also in the $70 range, I can recommend these that are made in Maine:

Steven's Nets

I have the 23 R version.
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Default Re: Rubber net advice

Another option.

The Walmart/Cortland $20 nets are OK except for the bag. The finish on the frames isn't great, either.

When I had to cut the bag to free a fish, I set the net aside and forgot about it.

This week, I sanded (got rid of the logo) and refinished the net frame. Bought a good rubber bag from a custom net builder ($15+ship).

I need to get some cord to restring the net, but so far it looks good to me.
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I've had two of these Frabill nets and they are terrific. You see them a lot in the videos on the Orvis Friday fly fishing film festival too.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Frabi...dsPerPage%3D18

They also make a bigger one, but I've not used it. This one is plenty big for trout.


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