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Old 04-09-2012   #1
 
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Landing Net Recone with ommendation

Just got a raft with fly fishing frame. We are interested in buying a long handled landing net. Would appreciate hearing from any one with a recommendation.

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Old 04-10-2012   #2
 
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go to Sportsmans warehouse, Gander MT, Bass Pro or similar, and get a cheap rubber netted aluminum long net. especially as this sounds like your first raft, you will break rods and nets fairly often. Get a cheap rod for your boat rod too. TFO or Albright make nice $100 rods with replacement policies. don't bring your sage or a scott rod for at least a year, an never with new fishermen. you may know how to avoid breaking stuff, but your passengers will not. That nice mahogany brodin boat net? I'd say thats a couple years off if you want it to last more than a season.

one other tip, put your spare oar on one side of the boat and keep your rods/net other breakables on that side too (make rod holders out of PVC if you want). tell everyone on the boat not to go in or out of the boat on the oar side. tell them that they will break rods and trip out of the boat and fall on their face if they try to get out of the boat on that side. they won't care about the rods, but don't want to take a digger into the rocks face first.
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Good advise. Appreciate hearing from you on all of this.

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go to Sportsmans warehouse, Gander MT, Bass Pro or similar, and get a cheap rubber netted aluminum long net. especially as this sounds like your first raft, you will break rods and nets fairly often. Get a cheap rod for your boat rod too. TFO or Albright make nice $100 rods with replacement policies. don't bring your sage or a scott rod for at least a year, an never with new fishermen. you may know how to avoid breaking stuff, but your passengers will not. That nice mahogany brodin boat net? I'd say thats a couple years off if you want it to last more than a season.

one other tip, put your spare oar on one side of the boat and keep your rods/net other breakables on that side too (make rod holders out of PVC if you want). tell everyone on the boat not to go in or out of the boat on the oar side. tell them that they will break rods and trip out of the boat and fall on their face if they try to get out of the boat on that side. they won't care about the rods, but don't want to take a digger into the rocks face first.
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one other tip, put your spare oar on one side of the boat and keep your rods/net other breakables on that side too (make rod holders out of PVC if you want). tell everyone on the boat not to go in or out of the boat on the oar side. tell them that they will break rods and trip out of the boat and fall on their face if they try to get out of the boat on that side. they won't care about the rods, but don't want to take a digger into the rocks face first.
Good advice, this! Used to be some guys in Montana that made great fly rod holders for the raft, but I think they were buried in the recession.

Another tip for your raft is to figure out how to make a tray left or right of the rowers seat just like most drift boats have. Get one out of plastic or metal, bolt it to the frame and drill a couple of holes in the corners for the water to drain out. You can dump fly boxes, flies, nippers, tippet and the other junk that otherwise flies away in the tray and it stays put.
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A few years ago, I found a long handled, rubber bag, Measure Net at Sportsman's Warehouse. The handle also telescopes so you can shorten it up if need be. Seems like it was only around $35 and has served us well for quite some time now. It even floats when we screw up and drop it in the drink. Have a buddy who dropped it overboard while trying to net his fish. He wound up leading the fish over the top of the floating net then picked up the handle and boated the fish. That is now known as the "Ron Maneuver". Good net, cheap price.
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