I recently ordered a medium Ghost net bag replacement (39 inch circumference at $29 total, the $5 shipping/handling is not disclosed on their website at all) to change out the net on my Brodin Pro Cutthroat net. If you read my previous post on this net you’ll understand why.
I tried to figure out how I was going to capture the process to share on this blog. Video would have been rather long and just typing the process … well … not too exciting, so what I decided to do is post the pictures of my process and add a voice recording to guide you through the pictures.
My voice recording is included below, all you need to do is play the MP3 file and follow along with the pictures which are part of this post. The audio is 8 minutes and 35 seconds long*.
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.