Back in the saddle and chasing steelhead! Hoping to get to the lath and make some brass eyes.
As I have interacted with net builders over the years they report a problem finding quality "rubber" or "plastic" type net bags. I have found that the clear ghost net bags will stain in waters with a high tannin content (think Eastern US). I also have a black rubber/plastic bag in some of the sizes. I find that the black bags look better in photos, offering a nice back ground color. I use these bags and find they will develop holes and tears. My guide friends tend to get 1-2 seasons from a net bag. I get 4-5 seasons. (A pike in these bags isn't always pretty.) If you fish a lot of pike, you will want the heavier rubber bags that are designed for still water.
As with all net bags, you will need to measure the circumference of the landing net hoop to determine which is the best size for your net (see picture ). These are lighter rubber net bags, made for use in flowing water. There is a disadvantage that their product life is not as long as the heavy lake style bags. These plastic net bags have some "give" and will fit net frame slightly larger or smaller. I have cut off the loops when fitting the bag to a slightly smaller frame or into a frame that has had holes already drilled in the net frame. The measurements listed are the circumference size of hoop that I find works best for each bag.
A bit of caution, if you use a string or cord to attach the net, you can cut through the material if you apply too much force. A helpful hint for attaching a net bag or a fast repair is to use a zip tie. Strong, easy and quick. Feel to contact me for questions or if you have larger order (greater 10 net bags for pricing). The measurement of these bags is an approximation, as they have a fair amount of stretch and a row of loops maybe cut off to vary the size. I will also use a rubber "O" ring if I need a little adjustment to increase the size or shape.
About the 56-59 inch circumference, lighter weight net bag. It is the same material just everything is slightly thinner. They weight about 5 oz (about the same weight as the smallest net bag or about 1/2 the weight of a my standard net bag in the same size.) That is the good news. I am concerned about their durability. They will make a nice trout net but I wouldn't want to put a northern pike in this net bag. I think they look best with the loops cut off.
I have a new net bag about which I am really excited. One of the recurring complaints about rubber net bags is the bounce of the fish in a rubber net. A fish will literally bounce as on a trampoline and jump out of the net. I have a new deeper net bag, that fits a 52 inch hoop. The sides are about 15 inches deep it measures the same depth as my largest bag at 20 inches deep. I think it maybe the sweet spot for size verses weight.
I supply a length of the same nylon cord I use for stringing my nets, with all net bag purchases.
If you have checked out my website before you may note the prices are starting to creep up....My last batch of bags went up $5.00 each wholesale (in the larger sizes). Yes, inflation is real.
International customers should be aware that there maybe import duties/fees as well as broker fees due at the time of delivery. This seems to be constantly changing. I do not cover the cost of import fees. I reserve the right to alter the charge for International postage as the rates are extremely volatile. In turn you should feel free to cancel your order if the shipping costs are to high for your budget. There seems to be a huge jump in shipping for any package greater than one pound (0.5 kilo). Some countries have postage at $100 for a one pound package. (And you wonder why the big shipping companies are making $$$$.)
40-42 inch circumference - 10 inches deep (ghost or black)
46-50 inch circumference - 12 inches deep (ghost or black)
48-52 inch circumference - 14 inches deep (ghost or black)
52-54 inch circumference- 20 inches deep (ghost or black)
56-59 inch circumference- 14 inches deep (light weight in ghost or black)
57-60 inch circumference - 14 inches deep (ghost or black)
70-74 inch circumference - 20 inches deep (ghost or black)
The net bags maybe selected by scrolling through size choices.