Trout Landing Nets Rubber or Mesh

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Trout Landing Nets Rubber or Mesh

Times have changed when it comes to landing nets and how they are constructed. The days of large, knotted mesh are fading fast. We are going to look at both rubber and mesh nets and weigh the pros and cons of both. We hope this will help you to buy the net that’s going to work for you. 

Check out some of the nets we carry:

In today’s market we see nets constructed from either a smaller no-knot mesh or a rubber mesh. At Sea-Run Fly and Tackle the two are pretty much a 50:50 split in popularity so they have an equal following.

Mesh Net

Mesh Nets

The smaller mesh nets gained popularity due to their being better for the fish, comparatively to the older type large, knotted mesh. The new material removes little to none of the protective slime on the fish. Plus it completely eliminates any chance of having a fish's gills getting damaged, a big win from the standpoint of trying to take the best care of a caught fish. 

Rubber Net

Rubber Mesh Nets

The rubber mesh net also offers both advantages with an additional bonus of eliminating a hook from becoming caught up in the mesh.

When a hook, even a barbless one, gets caught in the mesh, it can take a minute or two to free up which can be frustrating when the bite's on. There can also be a risk of picking out a bit of the fabric. This probably won’t cause a catastrophic failure of the net by any means but it’s something to consider when making your purchase.


One feature with the rubber mesh that we have received feedback on (which you never hear of with mesh) is that the rubber is “bouncier”. A flopping fish could bounce out of the net more easily. Now don’t take that as a comment implying every fish is going into the net and flying through the air like a Cirque Du Soleil performer, but it is something to think about and be aware of. 

Another consideration is the durability over time. We have seen the odd very well-used net that was damaged by UV light. being rubber, it can be susceptible to UV light breaking down the material.  Similar to the comment about the bounciness, this is by no means something that is a common thing but it is just something that has been seen a couple of times in the shop.

The couple times we did see it, these nets had been fished a lot of days but again, something to be aware of. With our higher end locally made nets such as Moby Nets and Rushton Nets, we can have them replaced.

Hopefully this is helpful in clearing up some questions about the differences or pros and cons of rubber and mesh nets.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email, by phone at 604-931-5044 or stop by the shop at #110 1140 Austin Avenue in Coquitlam BC.

Good luck on the water.

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1 comment

  • by wayne dalzell

    Good info Brian, I enjoy reading your posts.

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