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Old 06-08-2009, 02:01 PM
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Default Landing Net Recommendations

This topic might have been covered already, but my search skills must not be up to it...

Can anyone recommend a good landing net for me, or at least what qualities to look for? In the past I've used both wooden and aluminum nets, with knotted rope.

I'm looking to upgrade to something that is

1) Safer for the fish (so do I want mesh? rubber or some other synthetic?)

2) Won't be such a pain if my hooks get tangled/stuck in it (and I'll be using this not only for flyfishing with dropper rigs, but also with treble hooks on spinning/baitcasting tackle).

I fish about 50/50 for trout and smallmouth, but throw in some catfish, largemouths, pretty much anything else every now and then.

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Old 06-08-2009, 02:21 PM
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Hi jcl,

Check out the Brodin Ghost series. The Gallatin is a very good size to carry on the back of your vest. They also make the Tailwater in the same style of net but the hoop is bigger.

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Old 06-08-2009, 07:24 PM
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I picked up a clear rubber mesh net from Cabella's a few weeks ago for $29.99 & I'm happy with it . It is a little heavier than my old mesh one but it is a lot easier on the fish & I haven't had to fight a hook out of the mesh.. It's big enough for landlocked salmon & smallmouth bass ,so ck out the Cabella's website..
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Old 06-09-2009, 03:17 PM
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Default Re: Landing Net Recommendations

Thanks, Frank and Neil.

I'm glad to see I might not have to spend as much as I thought I might, but I'm wondering if there's any significant advantage to something like the Brodin when compared to the Cabela's (and I think Bass Pro has a similar net in the lower price range). Any thoughts?
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:36 PM
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I can't speak for the clear net the "other Neil" liked from Cabela's, but I can vouch for the PVC "ghost netting" that Brolin has. I used it to replace a black rubber net I got from Cabela's for my triangular collapsible and telescoping net's original knotted mesh. The clear PVC netting from Brolin was far lighter than the heavy black rubber netting I had, and equally fish-friendly.
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I was going to weigh in but you guys nailed it. Fish freindly rubber is best! Fish won't spook so bad useing the clear version. Hoop size matters too, Don't want to fold the fish to fit the net. The rest is asthetics, Fancy wood impresses some people, but odds are you will break it or lose it before wearing it out. I like a cut down boat net, and leave them room to move around. Fish seem to panic less and get released more smoothly.
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I had a conversation with the daughter of a NorCal fly fishing industry personality. She is not a big fan of the Brodin Ghost Nets. She found that the openings on net are large enough to get fish gills caught on them. Her father has talked with Brodin on making the "mesh" spaces smaller. I don't know if any progress was made on it.

One of the local shops here won't sell the net until that issue is fixed.

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Neil, what is that net like to pack around..i am also wanting a net but dont want to del with a hook in the mesh..it will probably be on my back
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Default Re: Landing Net Recommendations

I would not recommend the Brodin. I bought the Frying Pan Float Tube Ghost model from Riverbum, and it has an area on the handle about 1" long that looks like the pale colored wood was actually *burned* PRIOR to assembling the net.

I complained to both Riverbum and Brodin. Brodin has absolutely not responded at all. Riverbum says they will prod Brodin. Brodin apparently doesn't care.

For $129 I expected better than this.
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Old 09-11-2009, 08:12 PM
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Now that I am home, here's a picture of the area that appears burned:

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I sent this picture to Brodin and Riverbum too.
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