I have owned many landing nets over the years. Some were expensive, others were K-Mart Specials. They all got the job done, but it wasn't until 2007, prior to my first trip to Alaska, that I found a net that would become an old friend. It was a simple, cheap, Cabela's house brand folding net with a fine mesh bag. It wasn't flashy or particularly sturdy, but it was compact and has netted everything from silver salmon to pickerel in the last few years. Sadly, the net my friends and I dubbed "The Fish Tamer" was retired this season, bent too severely to collapse anymore and having too many holes from where I cut hooks out. So this summer I upgraded to the Big Hole net from Larkin Works (left). Thus far, I'm loving it.