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Old 01-02-2017, 08:03 AM
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Default Abel Nippers Dethroned

As we start a new year, many of us realize that much of the old order is going to be turned on its head. So it is with fly fishing also. I was given a a gift for Christmas that (in my mind) has completely put to rest the discussion of Abel nippers as the most over priced accessory product. The new King of Cost has to be the Smith Creek Net Holster.

For a mere $40.00 (USD) you get a flat, stamped piece of aluminum with three small rivets attached to a 3 - 4 inch piece of heavy nylon webbing. The webbing has velcro to allow for size adjustment. That's it.

You use the holster to position the net against your back, so it is out of the way, until you need it. But, if you do that, you must wear full length waders, otherwise, the water from the net basket will run down the back of your pants!

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Old 01-02-2017, 11:15 AM
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I don't really care about the cost of the thing; what would be a reasonable price for this - $20?

Even at $10 I would say that it's an extraneous piece of "gear." It positions the net in the same location as if it were clipped to you vest, the way nets have been carried forever. Plus it doesn't have a safety lanyard. $40 would not be a lot if it gave me piece of mind that it will keep safe the $100+ net it is holding. Finally, it is attached to a wading belt. So if you don't like to hang your net, or your vest doesn't have a d-ring to do so, you can just stick the net handle behind your wading belt and against your back. This is what I usually do.
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Default Re: Abel Nippers Dethroned

Personally, I don't see anything on the site that doesn't simply replace existing items that most fisherman already have with them. As to the net holder? Well, being that narrow, All I can see happening is the thing twisting my belt the second there is any slack in it, at which point it spins around, the net falls out, and everyone can get a good laugh watching me chase my net down the river.

If they must make this thing that is already accommodated for with a simple clip on the net like I use:

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Then they need to make it much wider... Then they can charge $100!

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I've seen the fish that Dean_Mt catches, he doesn't need a net.

Sorry John.

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I've seen the fish that Dean_Mt catches, he doesn't need a net.

Sorry John.

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That's just mean

Dean has nothing on me for small fish catching. An aquarium net would be big for this guy.

And yes, it did take the flashback pheasant tail.

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That's just mean

Dean has nothing on me for small fish catching. An aquarium net would be big for this guy.

And yes, it did take the flashback pheasant tail.

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I'll gladly pay the money. A few years ago I and a buddy were fishing a back country section of the Chattooga about 4 miles from a road crossing. I was bushwhacking up the bank when the net caught in the bushes and was stretched back to the extent of the elastic rope that had it tied on. Just as I turned to free it it slipped from the bushes. All I can remember about it I watched it fly towards me for what seemed like minutes then the symbol player slammed the symbol beside my ear I dont know how long I was there but when I opened my eyes my buddy was standing over me. I wont carry a net without the elastic cords being replaced on the net and magnetic coupler and that sometimes create problems of it own.
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Default Re: Abel Nippers Dethroned

Here's how I rig my net explained in the post below:

Fishpond Nomad Mid Length Net - how to carry

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