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Old 03-09-2017, 21:28
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Hi Everyone,

I need to replace my landing net and wondered what you all rate most for your barbel fishing.

I have been using a gardner spoon which now needs replacing and although thankfully it's seen plenty of use I am not sure I'm massively impressed in the quality as it's only a season old and has already been repaired due to the arms coming loose and it's now worse than ever, tbh the extendable handle I've used in conjunction with it is also a gardner and this too is now in a sorry state and needs replacing.

Is there anything out there that would perform well in fast flowing water and do you guys use a net float, I did when I used to fish stillwaters but I'm not sure if it would help or hinder on the river.

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Old 03-09-2017, 22:03
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Hi Marcus, I use a Berkley net with a Lone Angler handle, both very robust and well made.
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Old 03-09-2017, 22:31
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The Gardner net has changed, I've recently bought a couple of spares from different suppliers, the last one I bought has a thicker diameter frame and the whole net is more rounded than the elipse of the previous version. I'll be sticking with the Gardner after taking the usual precaution of supergluing the screws. Only downside for me is that it is prone to tearing around the frame when on rocky rivers. Cheap enough to replace though, can be bought for around 17 if you shop around.
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Old 03-09-2017, 22:44
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I've used the large Gardiner spoon very regularly over the past two seasons and am pleased with it, .. although the spreader block could have been more robust I've had no issues so far. The wrap over the frame is fraying slightly I notice, but it's done over 100 sessions and for 20 odd quid I've no complaints.

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Ps... I would imagine a net float would increase flow drag on some rivers and could make holding a net in strong flows more difficult in some situations Marcus.
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Old 03-09-2017, 22:47
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I use the Korum Spoon latex version:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/12265...2328541&crdt=0

It's quite a deep net and good for resting fish. How it behaves in fast water I've yet to discover. I do use a net float and find it helps.
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Old 03-09-2017, 23:12
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[QUOTE=Marcus Wilson;208323]



tbh the extendable handle I've used in conjunction with it is also a gardner and this too is now in a sorry state and needs replacing . What's wrong with the handle Marcus I know there on the heavy side but imo there indestructible, a lot of anglers on here recommend the drennan super specialist ext handle.
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Old 03-09-2017, 23:31
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Ive recently bought the folding version netted half a dozen Trent fish so far and thought the net was perfect for fast flowing water folds up and complete with a stink bag you may find it cheaper ? link was to show its good description


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Korum-Late....c100338.m3726
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Old 04-09-2017, 06:22
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It's a good combinations...korum folding latex and drennan twistlock
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Old 04-09-2017, 08:03
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U just can't beat Latex landing nets.
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Old 04-09-2017, 08:24
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I've always favoured triangular nets, and last season I replaced all of my old ones with Korum folding nets. I tend to use the 28" one for all of my non-pike river fishing and they are proven to handle (and be safe for) double figure barbel with ease. Not that I've ever landed a double figure barbel in it

Handle wise I generally use a 2m NGT, which is nice and sturdy, although it's not really long enough for a lot of the riverbanks I fish, so I also have a Lineaffe 5m handle, which is quite floppy, but acceptable until I can afford to splash out on something a bit better made.

I tried net floats a couple of times, but never got on with them and found that they hindered getting the fish into the net. But it's probably down to personal preference.
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