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    Default McLean Sea trout & specimen weigh net

    Sorry if this topic has been 'done to death' on this Forum but............. I'm fairly new to sea trout / salmon fishing and last season got away with my Wychwood trout net (only actually caught trout all season). This coming season, I'm determined to put more time into trying for a salmon. The Wychwood net is very awkward to carry and sometimes half-opens whilst wearing it so I have decided to invest in a gye net.
    I want to practice catch and release so a soft mesh is essential. I have done a bit of research and like the look of the McLean sea trout net.
    Unfortunately, Mclean have put their prices up for 2018.
    Does anyone have any other suggestions for a slightly cheaper but robust gye net or know of any tackle suppliers with old stock of the Mclean nets?

    Thanks, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by devondabbler View Post
    Sorry if this topic has been 'done to death' on this Forum but............. I'm fairly new to sea trout / salmon fishing and last season got away with my Wychwood trout net (only actually caught trout all season). This coming season, I'm determined to put more time into trying for a salmon. The Wychwood net is very awkward to carry and sometimes half-opens whilst wearing it so I have decided to invest in a gye net.
    I want to practice catch and release so a soft mesh is essential. I have done a bit of research and like the look of the McLean sea trout net.
    Unfortunately, Mclean have put their prices up for 2018.
    Does anyone have any other suggestions for a slightly cheaper but robust gye net or know of any tackle suppliers with old stock of the Mclean nets?

    Thanks, Paul
    I've had one of nets for quite a number of years and find it very good, only negative I would have is that its a little fiddly to line up the stopper button, but no so much it would prevent me using or recommending it. Also just to say that they sell a rubberised replacement C&R bag/net. Not sure if you can specify this when new (they may come with the standard bag) but they are very good and sounds like exactly what you are looking for.

    This doesn't help you obviously on price, but I often find many shops will 'do you a deal', so you may be able to bring one in on budget.
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    Thanks Easky, I'll ring around.

    Paul

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    Hi There.
    if you donít mind not having the weighing scales built in, there is a Silver version without the scales, and as Easky mentioned this comes with a rubberised mesh net bag.
    These nets are slightly cheaper at approx £75 but ring around and you may get it a little cheaper than that.
    i bought one last year, and there is a thread on it somewhere, a very good net.
    Donít get the salmon size though itís enormous.
    Esk1.

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    Thanks Esk1, I'm really not worried about the scales, I just wondered if the frame on the bronze model was stronger than the silver version?
    Paul

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    Hi There.
    Iíve compared it to the bronze coloured one and it appears very similar, in size and frame, apart from the colour.
    I hope this helps, though perhaps if you can go to a tackle shop you could compare the two, to help your decision.
    Esk1.

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    Iíve had mine for about 4 seasons now rubber mesh the price put me for a while then I bit the bullet my net is still like new having seen a fair bit of use,see it as an investment it will last you years great bit of kit

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    Thanks Rush - So far Uttings seem to offer the best prices - I need to have a good look at the nets as I'm not fussed about weighing scales. In which case the cheaper 'silver' model might be fine.
    Just to really confuse matters, I also see that Mcleans do an HD model which is the most expensive but supposed to be really heavy duty and usable for salt water.
    I've also had some advice to go for Wychwood which would be so much cheaper.

    Paul

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    The other question I have is, should I definitely go for a 'gye' type net or a 'fold' type - I will be predominantly wading waste deep when fishing for salmon / sea trout.

    Paul

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    I have just bought a net from Fastnet for sea trout. Have a look at their website.

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