The forum is, as you know good for many things. Often I read posts that remind me of things temporarily forgotten from the past, other threads clue me in to something I'd never heard of before. A while back one of our members started a thread asking whether he should buy a net constructed of wood or carbon fiber. My initial reply was that "guys who fish with bamboo should use wood nets".
As the thread progressed and members commented, someone (I forget who) mentioned that they were using a carbon fiber net made by 'Nomad'. Now I'm a stubborn old school kinda guy who uses the same flies year after year and change isn't something I long for but; I took a trip through the internet and found the Nomad web site.
After looking the nets over I contacted Kevin at Nomad and ordered a 'Guides Net'. This is a landing net with an 18 X 13" hoop and a deep 'Ghost' rubber net bag attached. The handle is 47" long and has a measuring scale included in the side of the handle just in case you catch something that would merit recording. The net weighs a staggering 1 pound, that's just 16 ounces! I've found that because I'm tall the net slips down the back of the wader belt on a pair of Simms G-3 waders and can be carried with little notice of its presence and is handy when needed.
Because I often use 2 hand rods in length between 13 & 15' the long handle makes it much easier to scoop a trout and the bag of course does not end up snagging the hook or the fish. I will eventually do a full review after it has a season on it.
Here are a few photos of this light weight wonder;
If any of you decide to investigate the Nomad nets site and you end up contacting them, please be sure to stress that you found out about them here on the forum. If you do contact them, urge them to advertise with us here. I have been hoping to bring them on as a business member but they haven't taken the fly yet
I'll do some more photos of this net and add them over the next couple days. They have a pretty good assortment of nets but these are not cheap...........
One other thing, they are tough! I have been using mine as a stand in wading staff when crossing rivers, they aren't a perfect wading aid but it beats the heck outta nothing.