When you make your living putting fish into a net, the net is pretty important. This past summer, I lost a long time net, the gold handled bling net that many of you who have been in the blue skiff would remember (as told here). In a pinch, I grabbed the gorgeuos but functional net that my Dad made for me last winter. Fitted with a big measure net, a solid wooden handle and a custom evoanglers decal, it was ready for duty once we hit the boat. The first day out with my new net I got to spend with another father-son duo, and the Dad the fish pictured above in the new net, a sweet 22" brown.
Ralph and the best hopper fish to hit the net all summer.
The first 22" was only the beginning of the mojo that my new net brought through out the summer. Numerous big fish made it into my new net this summer, and the mojo continued to build. It was hard to watch bling net fall to the bottom of the Big Hole, but my new wooden net from Dad brought a new level of big fish into the boat! It looks a hell of a lot better in pictures too, here are a few more good ones that broke in the new net.