The unusual curved shape of this net (it looks like a pork chop) offers several advantages over conventional straight-handled designs. First, it's easier to land fish without bending your wrist to an awkward angle. The net is also substantially easier to hold under your arm when unhooking and releasing a fish. With the included bungee cord you can attach the net around your waist to use as an impromptu stripping basket, which works surprisingly well. Pork-chop-style nets aren't new, but it's been about 25 years since I've seen one. Priced at $110 from Orvis, 800-548-9548; www.orvis.com.