New Style Rubber Net Bags
|We've all been to a fishery in the height of
the season and caught fish that were in poor condition due to fishermen
mishandling them. I'm sure it's not purposeful, but when fishermen net fish
using the traditional net, the fins and gills get abused. Another common
problem with the common net is flies getting caught. Most of us have spent
some time attempting to detangle flies or being forced to cut into our net
bags to remove the stuck flies.
There are some new rubber net bags on the market, which are designed
to alleviate these problems. I used one from Fisknat (retail $89.95) for
my last couple of outings and was impressed. These nets are beautifully
handmade in Washington State, using a variety of high quality hardwoods.
The thing I liked the most, though, was how the fish slide around freely
in the net and don't get caught up in the webbing. It's easy to release
them and your flies do not get stuck at all. The bag does weigh more (.6
lbs), and creates more drag in the water when going to net the fish. I
couldn't feel the weight difference when the net was attached to my back
in the traditional way. However, if you need to quickly scoop through
the water, you will notice the drag. In all, the fish will love you for
using this type of net and I see a time when our "catch and release"
protocol includes some of this "fish friendly" equipment.