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shotgunfly 05-08-2013 10:19 AM

Landing net: Wood vs Composite
So I have a brodin hand net (overall 24") with a 9x18" rubber bag. BUT I have short arms! Been looking into getting a longer handled net which would come in "handy" for kayaking too and came across a net from nomad fly fishing which makes a composite (fiberglass I think) landing net....reminds me of a tennis racket.

Has anyone had experience with these nets and can offer info on:

1. Durability? Do they become brittle in the winter? Does leaving them in a hot car adversely affect them?

2. Lighter than wood?

3. Naturally buoyant?

They cost more than wood nets in comparable sizes and with rubber bags. I just wonder where that extra costs comes from. The superiority of the design/materials or the extra work it takes to make one vs wood. My guess is they'd be easier to make than wood?

trout champ 05-08-2013 09:03 PM

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I have only handled the Nomad net in the shop, but it is lighter than my Brodin. I am interested to hear other responses because my Brodin is starting to wear out!


shotgunfly 05-08-2013 10:17 PM

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I bit the bullet and ordered one based on Kevin Best (owner): "...lighter than Brodin or any other wooden model."

I'll update when it gets here on initial thoughts and after a few catches.

polar 05-09-2013 07:53 AM

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I recently picked up the mid handle and boat net, both are very well made, super light and have an awesome soft touch finish. Boat net can handle large trout or steelhead.
I would Highly recommend them..

fly_guy12955 05-10-2013 08:42 PM

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You can check out Stephens Handcrafted nets. Super work.

Ard 05-10-2013 10:21 PM

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People who reel in fish using Saracione reels use wood nets.


chased 05-11-2013 01:43 AM

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I was in the same boat as you awhile back. Wood vs composite. In the end I went with a Nomad Mid Length net and I'm glad I did. It did cost a little more than a comparable wood net, but this Nomad net is STRONG and super light. It can land small stream trout to 25lb carp and everything in between no problem. It has also saved my ass a few times from falling in the tailwater by using it as a wading staff. It still looks nearly brand new with very few dings or scratches. The wood net would have been classier, but it would have most likely been beat to hell, possibly even broke. The thing that pushed me over the edge was being able to email Kevin or call him and have an immediate response, excellent customer service.

I have no affiliation with Nomad nets, I just love their product.


Ard 05-11-2013 01:58 AM

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I just had a look at the Nomad Guide net Chase, and I gotta tell you that I'll bet I get one of them soon!


chased 05-11-2013 09:15 PM

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Ard, they are SWEET and worth every penny.

dean_mt 05-11-2013 09:54 PM

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I'm sure there is reason why I've never seen a long handled wooden net in guide boat before. The composite frames are lighter, take more abuse and are completely functional for scooping trout out of the water.

I have a wood net, BTW, because I like the look. But for a boat net I would go with the lighter version.

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