Thanks to loyal reader Kevin Kelly for getting in touch with an excellent question. Kevin didn’t recognize the landing nets that he’s seen in a lot of our pictures from Alaska West, so he asked about them, and we put together this post about them.
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Landing Nets at Alaska West
We use Loki Nets. We like them a lot.
For king salmon, we use the Salmon and Steelhead CS-3 with the 36″ depth tangle-less net, a 1.25″ diameter fiberglass handle, 5′ length and an upgraded yolk.
For other salmon and trout, we use the Salmon and Steelhead CS-1 with the full rubber catch and release net, along with a 1.25″ diameter fiberglass handle, 4′ length and the upgraded yolk. It’s a bit large for smaller trout and dollies, but who needs a net for those fish anyways! It’s great for releasing tons of salmon, and larger trout and dollies.
The handles for these two nets are interchangeable so if you have a preference in different fishing situations, you can easily switch them out.
Fiberglass handles and the upgraded yolk are a must – they hold up to all the abuse and massive strain put on them by all the fish we land. Loki has great customer service and all the replacement/upgrade parts in-house. They make nets for almost anything you can think of, and are willing to help you build one-off nets to suit your needs for any species, anywhere.
P. S. If that much thought goes into the nets we use at Alaska West, think how dialed-in our fishing program must be…