March 26, 2015
March 25, 2015
I have heard this phrase from trout anglers numerous times. I always smile every time I hear it. Using a net is a personal thing I also hear. I am a firm believer in using proper gear for the job you are trying to do. Many times when folks see my net they have a comment. Some say delusions of grandeur and others say I am a positive thinker.
Many trout anglers start out with what I call a token net. It is way too small and not deep enough to even handle a medium sized brown. It may be good for brook trout but do you really need a net for a brook trout? These nets can also be seen on many lodge walls. They are quickly found to be useless and made in to decorations.
A longer handle and a deep bag are required for the true "Trout Hunters." The handles can be too long. Too long of handles make for hard carrying and a hard to carry net will go on the wall along with the token net.
Secure is one thing but hard to unhook is another. That squeeze attach net release is absolutely worthless when you have a giant trout alligator rolling directly at your feet and you are using your non-strong hand to reach behind you on the center of your back and prying open that release when you are excited and a trout of a lifetime is one more alligator roll away from getting away.
Then the shit hit the fan. The massive 27 inch male trout started to thrash in the shallow net and nearly escaped on three occasions. You will never hear a seasoned trout angler say they wished they had a smaller net.