These are the Best Trout Fishing Nets, Reviewed

(Last Updated On: November 30, 2016)

People who fish for trout to eat or who do catch-and-release trout fishing will always be on the lookout for a good trout net. These can be made of many materials, such as wood, aluminum, or rubber. The nets themselves are made out of rubber, nylon mesh, or other materials.

Getting the trout into the net can be a tricky bit of work. You want to be comfortable with the net you have, and able to maneuver it while holding the fish on your line. You need to use the tip of your rod to angle the fish so that it will fit into the net, but do this gently so as not to break the tip of your rod. Then you pull the fish gently, head first into the net, and at the same time, flick up the rim of the net to land the fish at the bottom of the net.
Clearly, having the right net for you is going to be important, so we have reviewed a few of the better nets available for trout fishers.

Trout Fishing NetDesignMaterialPriceRating
Fly Fishing Set: Rubber Mesh Net, Magnetic Release
Roomy 25" Net with 8"-Deep HoopRubber mesh$$4.5
Ed Cumings Fish Saver Landing Net
14" x 11" Bow X 19 1/2" Overall Length X 12" Net Depth 1/2" Fish Friendly Black Nylon Mesh $4.7
Frabill Trout Net
10" Net depth with 11" x 15" Teardrop hoop 3/16" Tangle-free micro mesh $4.4
SF Fly Fishing Landing Soft Rubber Mesh Trout Catch and Release Net
Deep 10" with Hoop 9.5 x 16"-11 x 16.1"Rubber net$$4.4

Fly Fishing Set: Rubber Mesh Net, Magnetic Release

This is a very popular trout fishing net. It has received 51 reviews on Amazon, and five of those reviews gave a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, while the rest of the reviews (46) gave the best rating possible, 5 out of 5 stars. The quick release magnet has a 9-inch coil, which stretches out to 72 inches. The handle is made of classic wood, and looks attractive, as well as being light weight and easy to handle. The hoop is 10 ¾ inches by 16 ¾ inches by 8 inches deep, and the total length of the tool is 25 inches. Available for under $40, this is an excellent value.

We’re really appreciated how the net never gets tangled, and how light it is in the hand. The magnetic release holds it firmly, but lets it go with a simple tug when it is needed. If you are not interested in a magnetic release, it also comes with carabiners and cord. Because the net is made of a thick rubber, it is less likely to harm the fish, whether you want to release it back into the stream or serve it up for dinner. We’ve found it perfect for catching fish of all sizes. The whole piece is well balanced, and fits into your hand comfortably.

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Ed Cumings Fish Saver Landing Net

This black landing net is 19 ½ inches long overall, with a 14 by 11-inch bow, and a depth of 12 inches. It has a deluxe quality grip and a heavy duty elastic cord, with a soft, ½ inch, fish friendly mesh net. It’s a popular net on Amazon, with a total of 24 reviews. Three of the reviews rated the product with 4 out of 5 stars, and the rest (21) rated the trout net with 5 out of 5 stars. Priced at under $16, this is the perfect net for beginners or advanced fishers alike.

One of the best qualities of this net is the mesh, which doesn’t harm fish, so they can be released with no problems, or put on the table looking as good as they taste. It’s a small enough net to stow away and carry easily, but to catch good sized fish, over 20 inches. It works equally well for trout fishing and for lake fishing, as well. Hooks do not get caught in the mesh, which is obviously an important quality.

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Frabill Trout Net

This is one of the most popular nets on Amazon, with 72 reviews. Of those reviews, 66 were either 4 or 5 stars out of a possible 5, and only 6 of them were either 3, 2, or 1 star reviews. The net is 10 inches deep, and the size of the opening at the top is 11 by 15 inches. With the addition of the 7 ½ inch fixed rubber handle (with an easy grip), the total length is 22 ½ inches. It comes with a lanyard with a heavy duty clip so you can keep it attached and don’t have to worry about losing it. The mesh net is traditional netting material covered with rubber, so fish are not harmed when they are caught.

With the small holes this net has, it will easily hold any size fish you would catch with it. We’ve found this net to work perfectly in streams, lakes, and off the side of a canoe or kayak. We love the flat bottom, which helps the trout (or other fish) stay in the net without tangling up the line as we worked to remove the hook. For around $20, this is an excellent quality trout net.

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SF Fly Fishing Landing Soft Rubber Mesh Trout Catch and Release Net

This is a very popular trout fishing net. With its clear mesh, fish can’t see it, so it won’t disturb them when it is placed in the water. The hoop is 15 inches long, and 9 inches wide at the widest, down to 4 inches wide at the narrow end. Out of 85 reviews, 74 of them were either 5 or 4 stars out of a possible 5 stars. Only 11 of the reviews were lower than 4 stars. The net material is a soft, clear rubber and it doesn’t tangle, mildew, or rot. The magnetic release that comes with it is sturdy enough so you can carry it on your backpack or vest through the woods to your fishing spot without worrying about losing it, but it’s easy to yank off when you need it.

Priced at under $30, it works just as well as any $100 net out there. It’s not very heavy, but is sturdy, and is deep enough to hold larger trout, but also shallow enough to be able to remove the fish hook without removing the fish from the water. It’s the perfect size and gives you plenty of reach to land the fish. We have found the larger holes at the bottom may allow some of the smaller trout to slip through, so of course, we focus on catching the larger trout! This is the perfect, durable net for catch-and-release trout fishing.

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