Sunday, July 17, 2011

Brodin Ghost Net Bag Review

A few years ago, my father bought me a nice Brodin Firehole landing net for Christmas.  It was beautifully crafted, and a good all around length for trout fishing.  Shortly after, the Brodin rubber ghost nets became popular.  They were less abrasive on the fish, less likely to spook fish, and best of all, your flyies didn't get stuck in the mesh netting.  After landing fish on multi fly rigs and digging flies from the net fabric, I began to long for a rubber ghost net.  However, costing well over a hundred dollars, I wasn't about to fork over the cash.  Recently I found out you could buy the "ghost" net bags from Brodin for only $25 to replace any current cloth net you might have.  My wife, Blair, bought me a new Brodin Ghost net bag for my first Father's Day gift!

Permanently lodged fly in my old net bag.  It's been there 2 years.

Removing old net bag.
Gettin' my sew on

Finished re-strung Brodin Ghost net bag

Brodin Firehole Ghost net

The process of attaching the net bag wasn't too tough.  Brodin sent everything you needed but a needle.  The instructional video on their website doesn't work though, and the written instructions where a bit vague, but adequate.  After attached, the rubber net bag did add some weight.  However, it had some unexpected benefits include lack of fish smell or water absorbing into the net, leaving a fresher smelling net and a dryer back.  Just a reminder, you can also put these net bags on non-brodin net frames.

Although the product is excellent, I may have never experienced such poor customer service as we received at Brodin.  After we paid for the net bag, they never told us the net was back order until we called 3 weeks later to inquire why the net hadn't been delivered.  After several calls to out right uncaring and rude Brodin employee's in Costa Rica, the net bag arrived 2 months later.  I would do it again to get the net bag (vs. a new net from a store) and save the money, it was just disheartening too find such poor customer service at this small company that makes a good product.  

May the net last through many fish that overlap it ends.

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