I'm quite happy with this McLean net to be honest. It is well made and the built-in scales are a nice exta. I need something compact.
What would you suggest?
Well, if you're a C&R angler those nets are probably pretty hard on a trout. Rubber bag net is a little more forgiving.
Brodin if you can afford it: http://www.brodin.com/stealth-nets.html
If not there are other alternatives: http://www.backcountry.com/wetfly-catch-and-release-fishing-net?CMP_SKU=WET0002&MER=0406&skid=WET0002-ONECOL-S&CMP_ID=PLA_GOc001&mv_pc=r101&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PLA&mr:trackingCode=BDA53563-78C2-E411-BDDA-BC305BF82376&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=plaonline&mr:ad=92885919997&mr:keyword=&mr:match=&mr:tid=pla-151327910197&mr:ploc=9004082&mr:iloc=&mr:store=&mr:filter=151327910197&gclid=CMaHiviSoswCFcRahgodMsQHkA&gclsrc=aw.ds
There's really no way to win.
I was never a picture guy so that's not an issue for me. I remove hooks under the water with hemostats and release from the net. For what it's worth, streamside shots of fish on banks are considered bad form here. http://www.keepemwet.org/#home
Not trying to lecture you in any way, Crat.
Between busting my ass at the new cabin and the rivers being so low, the fishing outings have been few and far between this year. But on the last day of the season, I hit a trib high in the mountains that I've never fished before. Pushing through the woods I came across a beaver pond and upstream of that, the brook wound its way through a meadow. About 6' wide and slow moving it was more spring creek than freestone. And it was filled with wild brook trout and one 13" brown out of the pond.
Nice way to end the season.