Best Fly Fishing Nets – Ultimate Buyer’s Guide 2023

Last updated on September 26th, 2023.

Leonard Schoenberger
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Check out the best fly fishing nets on the market in 2023 including landing nets such as trout, rubber fishing and folding landing nets.

When choosing a fishing net you should consider a number of factors. The most important one is where you are going to use it and what (size of) fish you are planning on catching. In most cases a trout net will do in terms of size when targeting freshwater fish. However, if you are after larger species such as pike or salmon you will need a bigger fishing net.

Disclaimer: All products in this guide are independently researched by our team. We only recommend products we believe in and never get paid for the reviews. Learn more about our review process here.

Top Pick: If you want the best fly fishing net out there on the market, go for the Fishpond Nomad Emergerhere is why.

Table of Contents:

Best Nets for Fly Fishing of 2023 Quick Answer Guide

Best Fishing Nets Reviewed

How Do I Carry my Fly Fishing Net?

What is Important in a Good Fly Fishing Net?

Conclusion

FAQs

In this guide we tell you what to look for in the best fly fishing net, show you our favorites and tell you what you need to know about landing nets. We’ll cover how to attach/carry a fishing net, the differences in materials and styles and in which situations it makes sense to carry a landing net.

Best Fly Fishing Nets of 2023 Quick Answer Guide

1. Best Overall: Fishpond Nomad Emerger

2. Best Newcomer: Simms Daymaker Landing Net

3. Best Short Handle: Aventik Carbon Fiber Landing Net

4. Most exclusive: Brodin Phantom Cutthroat Landing Net

5. Best Value for Money: SF Fly Fishing Soft Rubber

6. Best Aluminum: O‘Pros Driftless Dry Fly Net

7. Best Long Handle: Orvis Wide Mouth Boat Net

8. Best for Big Predators: Frabill Power Catch

9. Best Folding: Oddspro Folding

10. Best Depth: Frabill Wading Net

Fly fisherman wearing fishing gloves with fish in hand
A quality fly fishing net is a great tool at the water

Which are the best Fly Fishing Nets?

Other important factors to consider are: what is the landing net made of and how long a handle to you need? Here is our selection of the best landing nets for each category.

1. Fishpond Nomad Emerger

The Fishpond Nomad Emerger

Specs: 32″ Length – 9.8″ W x 18.8″ L Head – Weight: .95lb. Comes with a bag.

Why we picked it:

The Fishpond Nomad Emerger has all the features of a great fly fishing net and is our top choice when it comes to the best fly fishing net – that is if money is not an issue for your decision. Made from carbon fiber/fiberglass material it is built for utmost durability and a long lifespan and from my experience it can definitely live up to that promise. I’ve used the Emerger net for years now and yes, it shows some wear and tear because I use my gear hard, but neither the handle nor the net have lost any bit of their functionality. In case you damage the rubber net, don’t worry as it can be replaced easily.

Another positive aspect of the material is its low weight – an important factor when carrying a landing net all day. The Fishpond Nomad Emerger is also waterproof and floats in case you drop it into the water. As you would expect in that price range the Nomad nets come with a rubber bag for better storage. I’ve found the Nomad Emerger to have the perfect size for a trout fly fishing net. If you’re only fishing smaller creeks with smaller trout you might be better off with a net such as the RFR Carbon Fiber or the small version of the Brodin Eco Clear. But if the rivers you fish hold big trout and you want the best allrounder, go for the Fishpond Nomad Emerger. Its oval shape makes sure you can easily net even big trout and they safely stay in the net.

The Fishpond Nomad Emerger is made to be worn with fly fishing packs and fly fishing vests. Another great way to attach a landing net to your jacket or vest is a magnetic net release such as the Fishpond Confluence. The Fishpond Nomad Emerger comes in two colors: Brown Trout and Original. I’ve also had no issues at all with the grip on the handle of the Nomad Emerger. A friend once told me that he found these handles a bit slippery when wet, but I could not reproduce his concerns even when paying full attention to it when submerging the Fishpond Nomad Emerger. As you can see from my review, I am full of praise for that fly fishing net – it’s for a reason. Years of loyal service make me convinced that this is the best fly fishing net out there on the market.

Fishpond Nomad Emerger
Out on the river with the Fishpond Nomad Emerger. Photo: Christian Anwander

Pros:

– Fantastic build quality

– Great design

– Replaceable rubber net

Cons:

– Can be obstructive for smaller people when tugged into the wading belt in the back of your waders

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BONUS: Like the Fishpond design but not sure which of their nets to get? Read our “Guide to the Best Fishpond Net”

2. Simms Daymaker Landing Net

Simms Daymaker Landing Net
Simms Daymaker Landing Net

Specs: Length: 38″, Hoop Width: 13″, Hoop Length: 18″, Weight: 17 oz. (medium size) and Length: 23″, Hoop Width: 11″, Hoop Length: 15″ WEIGHT: 12 oz. (small size)

Why we picked it:

In my eyes it was only a matter of time until Simms would produce a landing net. Safe to say it took some time, but they got it right with the Simms Daymaker Landing Net (Read in-depth review here). The net comes in two versions, one with a shorter handle and one with a longer handle.

Wade fishing the Gallatin river with the Simms Daymaker Landing net
The Simms Daymaker Landing Net (medium) during our review – Photo: Shane Rickert © The Wading List 2023

You would expect the medium sized one with the longer handle to be an ideal boat net. But it performed well during our wade trip to the Gallatin river as well. The longer handle gives you a little extra reach for example if you’re fishing a deeper run. However, it takes some getting used to handling the longer handle in the beginning.

The shorter version of the Simms Daymaker Net features a shorter handle and the hoop is slightly smaller (Length: 18″ vs 15″ and Width: 13″ vs 11″). This makes the smaller version the ideal net for wade trips and a great companion if you often walk to the river and are passing bushes that might get stuck with the medium size version.

Simms Daymaker Landing Net Medium
Wet wading the Gallatin River with the new Simms Daymaker – Photo: Shane Rickert © The Wading List 2023

What’s great about both sizes is their weight. At only 17 oz and 12 oz respectively they are very lightweight. Plus, their carbon composite construction makes them float in the water in case you drop them. The only downside of this net is the depth of the basket. Like with other nets, we’ve experienced that bigger fish can flop out of the net since its depth is only about 12″. We also found the handle on the medium size version to be quite big around. Hence, you might have trouble safely landing a bigger fish when your hands aren’t huge.

My verdict: Simms entered the world of fly fishing nets the way you would expect them to. No matter which version of the Simms Daymaker you’re going for, you’ll be sure to purchase a quality landing net that will perform for years to come and is extremely light to carry around.

Pros:

– Excellent build quality

– Very lightweight

Cons:

– Handle is quite big around

– Basket could be a little deeper to prevent flopping out of big fish

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3. Aventik Carbon Fiber Landing Net

Aventik Carbon Fiber Landing Net
Aventik Carbon Fiber Landing Net

Specs: 18″ x 13″ x 12″

Why we picked it:

Here comes a landing net that is similarly built as the Fishpond Nomad Net Emerger: the Aventik Carbon Fiber. Made from carbon fibre, this trout net is an excellent choice if you are looking for the utmost in low weight. 

Out of the box the Carbon Fiber comes with a magnetic release that you can attach to your vest, sling or pack. With the help of a lanyard you can attach it and always have it ready to land a fish. This fly fishing net also comes with a so called ghost net made of clear rubber that is great for spooky fish. I’ve found the shorter handle to be great if you’re fishing tight quarters where space is limited and you quickly want to net and release your catch. Compared to the Fishpond Nomad Emerger, the handle on the RFR is obviously shorter. Hence if you want the utmost in reach, this is not the right landing net for you.

Pros:

– Compact dimensions

– Very lightweight

Cons:

– Handle is rather short

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4. Brodin Eco Clear

Brodin Eco Clear Net
Brodin Eco Clear

Specs: 22″ x 13″ x 3″

Why we picked it:

If you are into wooden fly fishing nets and want the ultimate in style and quality, there is no way around the Brodin Eco Clear (Read our in-depth review here). This model is perfect for fish ranging up to 20″, hence making it a perfect trout net.

The eco-clear rubber is a good choice if you are fishing creeks with spooky fish since it is almost invisible for the fish in the moment of netting them. The Brodin Eco Clear comes in different sizes depending on the species you’re after and whether your fishing from a boat or from the bank of a river. The wooden handle is equipped with a clip that allows you to attach the net to the back of your wading jacket or vest.

Personally, I’ve become a big fan of the Brodin Eco Clear for its classic looks. My favorite shape is the longer oval one (the one in the middle in the picture above) since, similarly to the Fishpond Nomad Emerger, it offers the highest degree of versatility when out fishing for trout. And another positive aspect of this more elongated shape is the fact that if you tuck it in between your hip bag and waders, the slimmer shape prevents you from getting stuck in the bushes when heading out to the water.

Brodin Eco Clear
Releasing a small trout from the Brodin Eco Clear during our review of the best fly fishing nets. Photo: Leonard Schoenberger @ The Wading List 2023

Pros:

– Fantastic build quality

– Comes with a clip

– Net is replaceable

Cons:

– Not the right choice if you are hunting trophy trout because of the size of the rubber net

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5. SF Fly Fishing Soft Rubber Trout

SF Fly Fishing Net Soft Rubber
SF Fly Fishing Soft Rubber – Courtesy of SF

Specs: 16.1″ x 9.4″ x 8.3″ – comes with a Magnetic Release

Why we picked it:

The SF Fly Fishing Soft Rubber is another great choice for fly fishermen. It has a rubber net just like the Fishpond Nomad Emerger. However, the frame is made of wood. This gives this one a much more classic look. The handle is a bit shorter than the Nomad one and the rubber is not as deep. These factors make the SF Fly Fishing Soft Rubber a great choice for smaller streams and creeks.

A great feature of the SF Fly Fishing is the fact that it comes with a magnetic release. This makes it easy to attach it to the back of your wading jacket or fly fishing vest. The wooden handle feels good in your hands and since it’s made of wood, the SF Fly Fishing Soft Rubber floats as well.

SF Fly Fishing Soft Rubber
We put the SF Fly Fishing Soft Rubber to the test during our trip to the River Lech. Photo: Leonard Schoenberger

Pros:

– Solid built quality

– Comes with magnetic release

– Wooden handle feels good in your hand

Cons:

– Rubber net is quite shallow

– Only advisable for smaller streams and creeks

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6. O’Pros Driftless Dry Fly

O'Pros Driftless Dry Fly
O’Pros Driftless Dry Fly

Specs: aluminum hoop (19″ x 14″), depth: 12″ or 16″

Why we picked it:

The O’Pros Driftless Dry Fly Net (read in depth review here) is a sturdy landing net that convinced us with its fresh style and color options. You can basically create your custom fly fishing net by picking your favorite handle design, frame color and rubber bag color. You can also decide whether you want the depth of your net to be 12″ (which is certainly enough for most trout or bass fishing) or even 16″ (which is a good idea if you can expect big trout at your river for example).

Especially the sturdiness of the rubber convinced us on the O’Pros Driftless Dry Fly. It’s also incredibly lightweight plus it comes with a lifetime warranty which is great if you put your tackle to the test. If you want a modern, stylish looking one, go for the O’Pros Driftless Dry Fly.

O'Pros Landing Net
O’Pros Landing Net during our test – Photo: Leonard Schoenberger

Pros:

– Very sturdy

– Different net depths to choose from

– Lifetime warranty

Cons:

– Can be a little obstructive when casting due to its wider shape

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O'Pros and Brodin Landing Net
Size comparison: O’Pros and Brodin Landing Net – Photo: Leonard Schoenberger

7. Orvis Wide Mouth Guide Net

Orvis Wide Mouth Boat Net
Orvis Wide Mouth Guide

Specs:

Overall Length – 37.5 | Overall Width – 12.75” | Hoop Length – 17.5″ | Bag Depth – 10.5” (also available as a hand net with shorter handle). Available in green and black.

Why we picked it:

If you are a serious fly fisherman and fish a lot from a boat or steeper river banks, the Orvis Wide Mouth Guide Net is a great choice for you. Yes, this landing net doesn’t come cheap at almost $200 but its build quality is outstanding and you can use it in many fishing situations.

The boat net version of the Orvis Wide mouth is used by many professional anglers around the globe. If you want a little more manoeuvrability, go for the hand version. If you want to be agile and tuck your trout net into your wading belt, the hand net version is the way to go.

Just like the Fishpond Nomad Emerger, the Orvis Wide Mouth is made from carbon fibre and also floats if you accidentally drop it into the water.

Orvis Nomad Camo
A landing net with a longer handle such as the Orvis Wide Mouth Boat Net comes in handy when fishing from a boat like we did on the Yellowstone River in Montana – Photo: Shane Rickert

Pros:

– Multiple options to choose from

– Great landing net for a boat

– Lightweight, yet very sturdy

Cons:

– We found the composite material to not be very scratch resistant

– Depth of the net could be deeper (10.5″ only) to prevent big fish from flipping out

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8. Frabill Power Catch

Frabill 8450 Landing Net Musky
The Frabill Power Catch

Specs: 26″ x 30″ wide – 38″ depth (48″ depth option)

Why we picked it:

The Frabill Power Catch is our #1 choice for a big fly fishing net. And when we say big we mean it. This one comes in a 26″ x 30″ standard version with a 48″ handle and 38″ net depth. If that is not big enough for the fish you are targeting there is a 48″ depth version as well. The Frabill Power Catch is the ideal tool if you are after big pike or musky or even saltwater species like salmon or small halibut.

If you still don’t think the Power Catch version is big enough then there is the Frabill 8450 Power Catch Big Kahuna (pictured above). It comes with hoop sizes of 32″ x 41″ and even 40″ x 44″. The Frabill don’t come cheap. But when you target these big fish whether in freshwater or in saltwater you shouldn’t compromise on quality. There is nothing worse than losing the fish of a lifetime because of a poorly made product.

Frabill Power Catch Landing Net
Fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon with the Frabill Power Catch – Photo: Leonard Schoenberger

Pros:

– Comes in a wide variety of sizes to hold even the biggest fish

– Sturdy build quality

Cons:

– Dark net can spook fish when the water is really clear

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9. ODDSPRO Folding

OddsPro Folding Landing Net
OddsPro Folding

Specs: 11.5″ x 15.5″ x 10″ hoop size. Handle length: 8.5″

Why we picked it:

The Oddspro Folding is a great choice if you want a landing net with compact dimensions. Made from carbon fiber and fiberglass, the Oddspro features a handle that can be folded and hence makes it easier to store it. Due to its dimensions the Oddspro Folding is an excellent choice if your main target species is trout and grayling. Its net is a bit deeper than the SF Fly for example and can hence hold bigger fish.

The OddsPro features a rubber coating nylon mesh that does not harm the fishes’ mucus.

Pros:

– Affordable

– Compact and easy to carry and store

Cons:

– Hooks get stuck more easily it the nylon net than in the bigger mesh sizes of the rubber ones

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10. Frabill Wading Net

Frabill Wading Net
Frabill Wading

Specs: 17″ x 19″ hoop size. 30″ depth. Handle length: 8″.

Why we picked it:

The Frabill Wading Net rounds off or review of the best landing nets. This one is a straight forward landing net that ticks all the boxes of a quality product. It is a great choice if you are looking for a handy net that can cope with big fish. Its net depth of 30″ makes sure that even big trout stay where they are supposed to.

The Frabill features an aluminum loop and a rubber coated handle to ensure a safe grip no matter the conditions. The short length of the handle ensures you can safely using with one hand (which is crucial if you are fishing on your own and don’t have a buddy to net your catch).

Sea trout fly fishing with landing net
Sea trout fly fishing with Frabill landing net – Photo: Philipp Schrader

Pros:

– Simple aluminum landing net that does what it’s supposed to well.

– Good choice for sea trout as well.

Cons:

– Consider exchanging the leash to something a little more sturdy

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How Do I Carry my Fly Fishing Net? Use a Fly Fishing Net Leash

A fly fishing net comes in handy when you are trying to land a big fish standing in the river. The decisive question in order to have it ready when it counts is: how do I attach or carry it?

There are two way to comfortably carry your landing net. The first one is to carry it in your fly fishing hip pack, sling pack or fly fishing vest. Most modern day packs, slings or vests have sleeves to hold your fly fishing net.

The other comfortable way to carry it is to attach it to the back of your waders or wading jacket using a fly fishing net leash. That’s a small magnet with a lanyard. When you are ready to land your fish, you simply grab it and pull. The magnet releases the net and you can land the fish. It’s a very nice and comfortable way to carry your landing net as it is out of the way when you are casting but easily accessible when you need it. Here are a few releases that we recommend:

Comparison Table

ProductOverall SizeHoop SizeNet DepthWeightFrame materialHandle materialFloatingPrice in $
Fishpond Nomad Emerger32″9.8″ W x 18.8″12″.95lbCarbon fiberCarbon fiberYes159.95
Simms Daymaker Landing Net (medium)38″13″ x 18″ 14″17 ozCarbon fiberCarbon fiberYes199.95
Aventik Carbon Fiber Landing Net26″18″ x 12″12″Carbon fiberCarbon fiberYes64.99
Brodin Phantom30″20″ x 9″14″10 ozHardwoodHardwoodNo159.00
SF Fly Fishing Soft Rubber24.4″16.1″ x 9.4″10″HardwoodHardwoodYes35.00
O‘Pros Driftless Dry Fly Net30″19″ x 14″12″/16″1 lbCarbon fiberCarbon fiberYes114.99
Orvis Wide Mouth Guide37.5″12.75″ x 17.5″10.5″0.63lbComposite materialComposite materialYes198.00
Frabill Power Catch48″26″ x 30″38″ (48″)AluminumAluminum/RubberNo133.00
Oddspro Folding24.6″11.5″ x 15.5″10″11.2 ozPlasticPlasticNo27.99
Frabill Wading Net27″17″ x 19″30″AluminumAluminum/rubberNo23.99

What is important in a good fly fishing net?

A good fly fishing net should have a solid built quality no matter where you use it. There is nothing worse than losing a big fish because your landing net is too small or poorly built and breaks when it counts.

Rudi Heger - Deutsche Traun - Wild Browntrout
A fishing net can make landing fish easier

Frame Material

There is a wide range of materials used to make fly fishing nets. The most popular ones are wood, aluminum and fiberglass. Wood gives it a more classic look and makes sure it floats. Aluminum and fiberglass are strong and light and more modern materials to them.

Handle Grip

Aluminum and fiberglass almost always feature grips made from rubber. This ensures a solid grip and prevents the fly fishing net from slipping out of your hand when landing a fish. In wooden ones the handle is most often made from wood as well.

Size

As you can see in our recommendations above there is a wide variety of products available on the market. The most common size is a trout net. Depending on your fishing situation you should choose one that suits you best. As a rule of thumb you should remember to always use one that can hold the biggest fish you can expect to catch.

Price

Just like with the sizes the prices of fly fishing nets can vary significantly. Smaller wooden trout nets can be found in the $40-$50 range. Handmade more exclusive ones can easily reach three digit price tags.

Generally speaking fishing nets get more expensive the better the built quality and the better the components used such as the Fishpond Nomad for example. Also: the bigger and stronger the fish the more sturdy your landing net needs to be. A high quality landing net is a worthy investment.

Fly Fishing Nets Review: Netting a Wild Brown Trout
Landing a Wild Brown Trout

Conclusion: Best Fly Fishing Net

As you can see there is wide range of products on the market. To find the right one you really have to ask yourself where you are going to put it to use mostly. Only then can you decide what fly fishing net you should get: a classic trout one, a folding landing net, a long handle one, etc.

A high quality fish landing net is a good investment no matter what kind of fly fishing you practice.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Best Fly Fishing Nets

What is a fly fishing net, and why is it essential for anglers?

A fly fishing net is a specialized net used by anglers to land and safely handle fish after they’ve been hooked. It helps prevent injury to both the fish and the angler, and it’s a valuable tool for catch-and-release practices.

What should I look for when choosing the best fly fishing net?

When selecting a fly fishing net, consider these factors:

Net Material: Look for durable, fish-friendly materials that won’t harm the fish’s protective slime layer.

Net Size: Choose a net with an appropriate size and depth for the fish you’ll be targeting.

Handle Length: Opt for a handle length that allows you to comfortably reach the water without overreaching.

Netting Style: Consider rubberized or knotless netting to minimize tangling and damage to fish fins.

Portability: Choose a net that is easy to transport and store, especially if you’ll be hiking to fishing locations.

Are there different types of fly fishing nets available?

Yes, there are several types of fly fishing nets:

Landing Nets: Used to scoop fish out of the water during catch-and-release.

Folding Nets: Feature collapsible frames for easy storage and transportation.

Boat Nets: Designed for use on boats and larger bodies of water.

Is there an optimal net size for different fish species?

The optimal net size varies depending on the fish species. For small trout and panfish, a net with a smaller hoop size is sufficient. Larger fish like salmon or pike will require a larger net to accommodate their size.

Can I use any fishing net for fly fishing, or do I need a specific type?

While you can use a general fishing net for fly fishing, it’s recommended to use a net specifically designed for fly fishing. Regular fishing nets might have larger gaps in the netting, which can lead to tangling and damage to the fish’s delicate fins.

What’s the benefit of using a rubberized netting material?

Rubberized netting is fish-friendly, as it doesn’t remove the fish’s protective slime layer or cause tangling. It’s less likely to harm the fish and is often considered a more ethical choice for catch-and-release fishing.

Can I attach a fly fishing net to my fishing vest or pack?

Many fly fishing nets come with attachment options, such as D-rings or magnets, allowing you to secure the net to your fishing vest or pack for easy access while wading.

How should I properly clean and maintain my fly fishing net?

To maintain your fly fishing net:

Rinse the net with freshwater after each use to remove debris and prevent odors.

Store the net in a cool, dry place to prevent mold or mildew growth.

Inspect the net for any damage and repair or replace parts as needed.

Are there nets suitable for saltwater fly fishing?

Yes, some fly fishing nets are designed for saltwater use, featuring materials that resist corrosion from saltwater exposure.

Can I use a fly fishing net for other types of fishing?

While fly fishing nets are designed with fly anglers in mind, they can also be used for other fishing styles, especially if catch-and-release is practiced. Just ensure the net is appropriate for the species you’re targeting and the fishing environment.

Fly Fishing Nets on a wooden floor
Best Fly Fishing Nets Review – Photo: Leonard Schoenberger © The Wading List 2023

Our Expertise

Why you should trust us: For this review we’ve put all kinds of fly fishing nets to the test ranging from wooden landing nets, to modern one made from carbon fiber, folding landing nets and landing nets for big predators. Our goal is always the same: tell you the honest truth about each product so you can make a solid purchase decision. We can do that because we never get paid for reviews and are proud of our editorial independence.

Read more of our guides:

The Ultimate Guide to Fly Fishing Vests

Guide to Fly Fishing Boxes

Ultimate Guide to Streamer Boxes

Guide to the Best Fly Fishing Sunglasses

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