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    Default Dip Net Retractors

    With all the talk about landing nets, I am curious as to which retractor I should purchase for my new Brodin net. Can you offer advice regarding the most dependable net minder? I hear comments regarding the magnetic ones as not being the most satisfactory. Any and all advice is appreciated.
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    My old vest and net aren't used a ton anymore because I fish mostly from a drift boat, but back when I walked the banks more, the magnetic release always worked as I needed. I've never lost a net using one.

    Buy a good quality one, and use the bunji cord that's also provided if your concerned about losing your net.

    BTW, I hope you don't mind, I'm going to move this thread to 'Fly fishing gear FAQ' where it'll be seen by more members.

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    Default Re: Dip Net Retractors

    I use a magnetic release like John was talking about. Works great for me.

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    Default Re: Dip Net Retractors

    I purchased the Fishpond unit. It has rare earth magnets and a bungee. The magnets are strong and easy to reattach. The bungee is more than long enough and will keep you net from escaping.

    Bob

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    Default Re: Dip Net Retractors

    I recently purchased a Dr. Slick magnetic net keeper. Seems like a very strong set of magnets but haven't had a chance to use it yet.
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    Default Re: Dip Net Retractors

    When using a small net I use the magnet type like you bought. Great when you catch a fish, try to mount so your net hangs handle down so all you need do is reach back and grasp it. My problem has always been getting them reattached, I must look like a guy getting ready for yoga while reaching back to get things together. I think it's because with wade jackets the hood gets in the way of things, with hood up they find each other real well.

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    Default Re: Dip Net Retractors

    Quote Originally Posted by fyshstykr View Post
    Buy a good quality one, and use the bunji cord that's also provided if your concerned about losing your net.
    Excellent advice. I didn't and did.
    Fortunately, my friend was downstream and was able to snag it for me.

    steve
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