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OldredbarnJanuary 7th, 2014, 9:28 am
Novi, MI

Posts: 2591
I don't fall in, Spence. That's all part of my technique


Like they say, my friend, 'practice makes perfect"...:) Your technique is flawless. You are an otter at heart. I have never seen someone go under and shake it off so well as you...An otter!

Spence
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
CatskilljonMarch 6th, 2014, 10:13 pm
Upstate NY

Posts: 160
I never had a net until last year. I still forget it on half the trips I make to the stream and cant believe I still even have it, as I drop it a half dozen times an outing!

The reason I finally bought one was when I hooked and somehow landed my first big fish. I fish small water mostly, and don't tangle with too many trout over 18". When they get over 20" though, its a whole different story. You don't just skate them on the surface and grab them with you off hand. I chased this guy around and tried to lead him to a shallow place where I could pounce on him. A net would have saved me a lot of last second worrying, that's for sure. Anyway, I bought a Brodin with the "ghost" netting and yes, it really does help from hooking loose flies to it. It also makes landing the bigger ones very easy, and I can bring any of them in hot and fast knowing I can scoop them right up. Its is a chore walking through rough stuff with it on, but when you need it your glad to have it. CJ

WbranchMarch 7th, 2014, 7:26 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2506
"To do this well you need a man sized net, not one of those silly girlie nets with a ten inch hoop."

Yep, I agree, I use the Brodin Gallatin with the Ghost bag. It is 24.5" long. The size I need for most of the trout I catch.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
EntomanMarch 7th, 2014, 8:42 am
Northern CA & ID

Posts: 2604
I'm in agreement with the last two posts. My boat net has a nice long handle as well. When wading deep, I prefer holding the fish against my leg. A habit picked up for steelhead way too big for any net that you could carry.
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
FalsiflyMarch 7th, 2014, 10:46 am
Hayward, WI.

Posts: 656
Putting the pros and cons of carrying a net aside, It has been my experience that if the net is left home or forgotten your chances of hooking a large trout increase exponentially.
Falsifly
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
CatskilljonMarch 7th, 2014, 7:17 pm
Upstate NY

Posts: 160
Putting the pros and cons of carrying a net aside, It has been my experience that if the net is left home or forgotten your chances of hooking a large trout increase exponentially.


You said a mouthful there! Same goes for the camera, if your into that sort of thing. CJ
Jmd123March 7th, 2014, 7:22 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2384
CJ, I caught my largest ever brown trout last year - an 18-incher - and my damned camera wouldn't work! So sometimes you can even bring the thing and still not get a picture to show off...

;oD

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
PaulRobertsMarch 11th, 2014, 9:03 pm
Colorado

Posts: 1776
... You don't just skate them on the surface and grab them with you off hand. I chased this guy around and tried to lead him to a shallow place where I could pounce on him. A net would have saved me a lot of last second worrying, that's for sure. ...

Reminds me of a big, deep-shouldered small-stream brown I hooked on a short little 3wt "wand" and 6X, while standing knee deep and shrouded by overhanging willows. There was no place to beach it. The fish was big enough that it was able to stay upright and hug the stream bottom. In close, I had no power to lift it to the surface to get a net under it. It just hugged the stream bottom. So, instead of wearing the fish out completely, I smoothly lulled it into swimming circles around me, passing close to my left leg on each pass, while I held the net submerged and hidden behind that leg. On the third pass I popped the net out into its path, and it swam right in. Phew!
CatskilljonMarch 11th, 2014, 10:27 pm
Upstate NY

Posts: 160
So, instead of wearing the fish out completely, I smoothly lulled it into swimming circles around me, passing close to my left leg on each pass, while I held the net submerged and hidden behind that leg. On the third pass I popped the net out into its path, and it swam right in. Phew!


That's cool! I am a big fan of bringing them in quick, and have lost quite a few "nice" fish by leaning on them so they don't get tired. My pet stream probably has only one spot per mile that has water deeper than knee deep, so finding shallow water is easy, but the net really speeds the landing process up! CJ
EntomanMarch 11th, 2014, 10:42 pm
Northern CA & ID

Posts: 2604
No doubt that a net can increase the landing rate. Playing a fish to exhaustion for hand landing is never a good idea. You need to be fairly aggressive which does lead to a few farmed before they are under total control. I don't seem to care much anymore. I don't take many fish pictures so if I can touch 'em and get a good look at 'em, I'm happy... Unless the buggers take my fly with them.:)
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
TroutBumsOctober 8th, 2014, 9:52 pm
Cincinnati, OH

Posts: 13
It is funny how a person can fall in love with their net, but it is possible! I have a Brolin rubber net for when I am in a stream. Then I also have an Orvis Brolin long handle rubber net (the guide net, its 49" long). Not only is it a strong net, but is a work of beauty with the laminated wood handle and frame. I have used it not only for trout, but also to catch some large catfish using limb lines. The cats have weighed up to 21 lbs. and the net did great. It is perfect for when I am in a boat.
Ted Holcomb
http://TroutBumOutfitters.com
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