This last week I took my father and 2 brothers for a couple days of summer fishing on the San Juan River below Navajo Dam in New Mexico. We had a great time catching several thick 17 inch trout on size 28 midges.
One of the problems I had was with the size 28 hooks and my Brodin net (I’ve had this net for more than 10 years now). It seemed every time we landed a fish the hook would get caught in the net and I spent the next 10 minutes getting the hook un-stuck (even though I pinched the barb down as best I could). More than a couple times, I actually broke the hook and had to tie on a new fly.
I’ve seen some of the newer nets with a rubber bag and thought they would be less of a hassle when catching & releasing fish. So I researched it a bit and found that Brodin has a whole new series of nets called their “Ghost” series (which look pretty slick).
What’s nice is that Brodin also offers the newer “Ghost” net bags to update a older net like mine. I’m definitely going to order a newer Ghost (thermoplastic) net bag for my net. I’ll do a “how to update your net” in a later post and maybe include a video.
I also found a great gallery of fish & net pictures on the Brodin website. More than several pictures show the newer ghost net bags and they look great.