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How to choose the Right Fly Fishing Net?

One common question that we get asked in the shop is how to choose the correct net. Choosing the right net for your fly fishing experience is important because it can make landing and releasing fish easier and safer for both the angler and the fish. Here are some factors to consider when selecting a fly fishing net:

  1. Size: The size of the net should be appropriate for the size of the fish you are targeting. A larger net will be required for bigger fish, while a smaller net will suffice for smaller fish. We offer booth large and small nets here at Spawn that can cover a huge range in sizes of your target species. 

  2. Material: Nets can be made of different materials such as nylon, rubber, or mesh. Nylon nets are lightweight and affordable but can cause damage to the fish's protective slime layer. Rubber nets are gentler on fish and less likely to snag hooks, but they are heavier and more expensive. Mesh nets are gentle on fish and have less drag in the water, but they can also tangle and snag hooks more easily. Not only can the net itself be made of different materials but so can the rest of the net. Given our proximity to saltwater we tend to stick with a net that floats and won't corrode!

  3. Shape: The shape of the net should match the type of fishing you will be doing. A round or oval-shaped net is versatile and suitable for different types of fishing. Several new nets on the market have shaped edges to improve the area a fish can be scooped up. 

  4. Handle length: For us this is one of the biggest factors. The length of the net handle should be comfortable for you to hold and use. A longer handle can help you reach farther when landing a fish, but it can also be cumbersome to carry around. Many of our longer handled nets are primarily used for netting fish from a watercraft where the net has a set spot and isn't carried around the entire time. 

  5. Net bag depth: The depth of the net bag should be deep enough to hold the fish securely, but not so deep that it is difficult to remove the fish. A net with a shallow bag will be easier to remove the fish, while a deeper bag will be more secure for larger fish.

  6. Attachment method or storage: A small net should have a sturdy attachment method that can be easily connected to your vest or pack. A magnetic attachment is convenient, while a clip or buckle attachment is more secure. Some mid length nets won't necessary be attached but rather holstered on your pack where they can be easily accessed by reaching behind you or in some casing turning the pack. This same holstering method applies while on a boat. We like to have a specific spot on the boat that allows for easy access. 

Ultimately, the best way to choose the right fly fishing net is to consider your individual needs and preferences. A net that is comfortable for you to use, gentle on fish, and appropriate for the type of fishing you do will be the best choice. You may over time need multiple nets for different fisheries and at Spawn we offer many sizes. We hope that these characteristics help you in your purchasing decision here at Spawn!

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