My Brodin Pro Cutthroat Net

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.

Enjoy!

– Dom

San Juan River Fly Box

I really love fishing the San Juan River in New Mexico, it’s one of my favorite places to fish because one can get into 20+ inch trout in the quality waters just below Navajo Dam.  The consistent flows and consistent water temperature create a rich food source for all the trout that live there.  It’s this rich food source that causes the trout to feed on very small bugs, and when fish feed on very small bugs you need very small flies.  In this video I detail my San Juan River Fly Box, what it is, how I made it, and how I use it.  Enjoy!

– Dom

* For better video & audio quality watch the 720p HD version.