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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Suggestions for large net?

Hey gang,

I'm looking for any suggestions for a large net to use on the Skeena....what do you use for salmon/steelhead?

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 10:45 PM
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Serge, good post. I have done quite a bit of searching for a quality folding net with no luck. Interesting in what others might suggest
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My buddy purchased a typical handmade steelhead net from a guide in Smithers. Frabil makes nice nets with receding handles soft mesh and flat bottoms that are great for the fish.
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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-23-2019, 08:06 PM
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Are you looking for a net to leave streamside and have someone net the fish for you? Or something you can use solo?

Frabill has great foldable conservation series nets in various sizes. I have one for Muskies; it folds well is knotless and rubber coated. Stowes easily! They make them the right size for salmon and steelhead too. But you need someone to net the fish for you. Unless you want to back all the way back to your net on the streamside while fighting the fish.

Usually, I fish on my own. I have a fishpond Nomad Boat net, in medium length. I'm tall enough that I sling it off my sling pack (its carbon fiber and super light) with a magnetic lanyard. I can reach it myself and have netted Atlantic salmon up to 15 lbs with it.

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The Rushton babine net is ment for big fish and very good quality .
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Thanks for your responses guys,

I guess I should have added a bit more info. I will be fishing with my spouse so she or I will be using the net for the other person. I recently had a difficult experience with a big bull trout where I had a hard time landing it because of the net. I want to be prepared for the Skeena in case we do end up landing a fish.

I checked out the Frabill nets and they look good and reasonably priced. The Bulkley net looks great as well but it is about double the price.

Im also considering a cradle net, wonder if anyone has had any experience with these??

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The cradels are are good if you have a very experienced person on it , the fish needs to be well guided with its head up and coasted in there's no scooping can be tough it's easier to just tail them
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Pnw Landing nets. Nice nets at a good price!
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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-23-2019, 11:31 PM
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Tyfish is dead on about the cradles. I've used them a bit for muskies and they can be tricky if you don't know what you are doing. A big hoop net will be the fastest way to safely land the fish and if deep enough keep them safely in the water. The mesh on the Frabill's are easy on fish (knotless and rubber coated), but not as easy as the silicone mesh on my Fishpond. Th Frabill is solid, even the foldable models can lift heavy fish. And you can easily buy all the replacement parts.

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Thanks for your responses guys,

I guess I should have added a bit more info. I will be fishing with my spouse so she or I will be using the net for the other person. I recently had a difficult experience with a big bull trout where I had a hard time landing it because of the net. I want to be prepared for the Skeena in case we do end up landing a fish.

I checked out the Frabill nets and they look good and reasonably priced. The Bulkley net looks great as well but it is about double the price.

Im also considering a cradle net, wonder if anyone has had any experience with these??

Thanks gents!
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Here is some good info on the type of triangle salmon net, but I have not been able to find one that matches the description. The opening page shows a picture of the net bag, and a description below as to why this type might be preferred. This is NOT an outlet to buy nets though. I like the idea of it for the handling of the fish to be released.

https://www.salmon-fish-scotland.com...n-landing-nets

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I'll second the Rushton Babine net. Quality wood and a fish looks good in it!
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Any on line UK tackle shop will have Gye nets.These are designed for the highly mobile Salmon Angler.The net is carried across the back on a leather "peel " sling and when you wish to land a fish, the net is deployed by releasing the sling.The net head slides down out of the sling,down the handle and locks into place allowing you to "net" the fish.
You can get Gye nets from 18" diameter to 32" diameter, from varying manufactures and also in slight variations of style as well as cost.
There's a huge amount of choice over here and they've been a popular item for many a decade!.
The DIY amongst you could fashion such an item with access to Aluminium bar stock etc, any one with M/C shop goodies in the garage could turn a neat profit in turning them out to others of a like mind.
Can post photo's if any ones interested, or provide details of stockists and costs etc just as easily.
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Here is a type that I would like to find in a salmon size, say 32' long. Anyone know of an outlet? I have seen some on the Gaspe being carried, but have not been able to find a source. This seems like a good design with a shallow bag.

https://www.speypages.com/speyclave/...346358&thumb=1
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Very cool design Yorkie, thanks for sharing. Although the ones I saw had regular mesh netting, which is not as nice on fish slime. Maybe someone makes one with rubberized netting?


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Any on line UK tackle shop will have Gye nets.These are designed for the highly mobile Salmon Angler.The net is carried across the back on a leather "peel " sling and when you wish to land a fish, the net is deployed by releasing the sling.The net head slides down out of the sling,down the handle and locks into place allowing you to "net" the fish.
You can get Gye nets from 18" diameter to 32" diameter, from varying manufactures and also in slight variations of style as well as cost.
There's a huge amount of choice over here and they've been a popular item for many a decade!.
The DIY amongst you could fashion such an item with access to Aluminium bar stock etc, any one with M/C shop goodies in the garage could turn a neat profit in turning them out to others of a like mind.
Can post photo's if any ones interested, or provide details of stockists and costs etc just as easily.
Yorkie.

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I donít think the cradle is much different than getting used to a regular net. I like the cradle because itís compact and very easy on the fish. Just use it in deeper water, get in front of the fish, slide it under the fish, shut it in. One word of warning, the guy landing the fish should strip out line as soon as the fish is netted to release the tension, as the guy using the net might be in the line of fire.

Also, the fish seem to recover very quickly so be prepared for the tail slap when the net opens.

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