Overall: 3.4 / 5 based on 8 reviews
5 of 8 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Great net when used properly -
I own the mid size net and I love it. I use it for trout but also for bass fishing out of a boat. The built in scale in the handle is a great feature. It's also very accurate. I tested it with a 2, 5, and 8 lb dumbbell and they all weighed true. It's really designed for fishing in a river/stream hence the reason it doesn't have a lock. Net the fish from downstream...the proper way. Also, the clip can't go on the other side as it folds in half and the net is laying on that side. I usually just stick the handle in between my wader belt and waders. Works great!
Great travel Net - Very Pleased! -
By: rsamber from Anchorage Ak
Review is for the middle size net. I travel by plane to much of my fishing and I day hike to much of my fishing. Carrying a net is awkward. Carrying a long handled net is harder yet... No question, the lack of a locking mechanism on this net is a problem. BUT aside from that very solvable issue, where else can you find a net like this. It is big enough to subdue a 12 lb salmon. (barely...) It is very light weight and very packable, especially when folded. Rubber coated (vinyl coated?) net fabric does not snag hooks or de-slime the fish. The long reach is a HUGE plus! The scale is genius. It can be difficult to weigh a fish w/o harming it. They won't sit still for me... Pop up the end of the net, hold the netted fish off the ground and weight the fish. I love it. As to the unwanted folding problem, I bought a 1 1/2 inch automotive hose clamp. I wrapped the clamp in Electrical tape to protect the net from scratches and I slide it on as needed and screw it tight with a penny or other handy item. Problem Solved. I can Airplane travel and/or day hike with the net tucked away then a few minutes of work and viola! I have a great net w/o the hassle of carrying bulk or weight. FYI, I tried Zip Ties. They did not work for me. I also considered wrapping the problem area with light weight bungee material or parachute cord. Might work... I tried the hose clamp first and stopped looking for a solution. The trade off for having a decent net with me where It would otherwise be hard to do is the loss of a few minutes of assembly time. For me that is a very fair trade. I would wholeheartedly recommend this net to a friend if that friend had similar needs to mine. No brainer, a conventional net is better and cheaper for the person who fishes within sight of a car or boat.
I want to like it more... -
By: Clarkii from Wyo
As others have said, some sort of lock on the folding mechanism is needed. Also, as Otch said, moving the clip to the other side so the bag is bunched against your body. The first time I took this net out the bag caught a branch while I was walking and ripped a GIANT hole in the bag. Love that it folds and love the scale, but for the price it needs a few improvements.
Half of a Great Idea -
By: Otch from Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
Top 10 Contributor
I love the concept of this net. The essentials are all terrific - well made, great folding concept, and absolutely love the weight scale built into the handle. There are two flaws with this net - one major and one minor. If they fix them, they will sell a ton. First, the absence of a locking feature when trying to land a fish while facing downstream. The current forces the net to fold up, making it difficult if not impossible to get the net under the fish. The other flaw is easily fixed - the clip to attach the rod to your belt is on the wrong side of the net. The way it is set up now, the net faces away from the body and bulges out, creating potential to hang up your line or catch a hook. If they place the clip on the other side, it would allow you to bunch the net between the fram and your body, thereby keeping it out of the way.
Great nets -
By: Fong from New Zealand,Otago,Ranfurly
I am a guide in New Zealand (Otago Trout Fishing ) these are great nets for rivers I think that they may need to send instructions on how to use them. I have used them for 15 years or so, easy to use with one hand. Take from your back, flip it open away from you and just make sure that it net against the currant, then net your prize. they one go one way tight lines
Locking device -
By: jimhel from NC
Totally agree with the previous review about needing a locking device or detent. great net but absolutely killed by the design,frustrating chasing a large trout and trying to keep the net from floating up.Someone failed in the design testing phase.
Major problem in design -
I purchased this because it had a scale built in to the handle. I fish in N.Z. every year and the fish tend to be big 5 lbs plus. The interesting thing is this net is made in N.Z. The problem as I see it is there is no locking device in the handle so when you try a scoop up your fish the net collapses on itself. It is hard to get the net under the fish a lift up with out the net hoop floating on the surface. You have to approch the fish with the net in the water side ways to put drag into the netting so it does not collapse. Hope this helps, the designer needs to make a locking device on the shaft to the net hoop.
Rubber Nets -
By: DeafFly from Washington, DC
This fly fishing net is great! light weight with extended length. Only one problem is I can't connect it with net holder. I lost it once but I was able to find it after it was missed & I walked back on same trail. It needs to have small metal eye for net holder.