I am in the process of building a net out of maple and hickory. I am working my way through the process and it's been a learning experience to say the least. Anyway, this net will be used primarily when I fish out of my canoe so it is a bit on the larger size. My next step (once it is all glued up), is to purchase the netting. I see online that Frabill has a replacement net bag that should work well. Any recommendations on the netting material would be greatly appreciated!
Post by flyfishermann1955 on Nov 26, 2016 17:29:08 GMT -6
Go with the soft rubber open mesh material that is "clear" or perhaps "off white". The experts say it's much better for the fish. Another advantage: your flies don't get stuck in your net. The only disadvantage I have noticed is I can no longer use my net to sample the stream for insects.
Like Ken says, I'd get a clear rubber net (Fish Pond has various Nomad replacement nets available). Not having your flies get stuck in the net is a huge advantage and I attest to them being better for the fishes protective slime coating. 90% of the time the fish flop and spit the hook in the net. I make sure it's not attached to the fish in any way then release them without ever touching them. It only takes a second to get the fly out of the net then I'm back fishing again.
I have an Anglers Image Quick-Seine net I attach to my Nomad when needed.
I had forgot about that post from Gink & Gasoline. Learned about that after I had got my seine net of course. That's probably the best, cheapest option. Next time I'm at Home Depot I'm going to pick some up.