Orvis Wide-Mouth Guide Net

Tom Jarman gets a handle on Orvis' new wide-mouth net range

When selecting a landing net for guiding, competition, and my own personal fishing I look for a few key features. A decent-sized head on the net is crucial as it makes landing large and small fish easier. Often fish can flip and splash across the face of a net, or end up half in half out and roll off the rim just as the fly pulls out! There is very little downside to using a net with the largest head you feel comfortable with.  

A rubberised mesh for the net material helps look after the fish and will save lots of time by preventing tangles and flies from getting caught and wrapped up in the net after landing a fish. 

The handle length and extra reach gives the angler one of the most critical features of a landing net. So often the fish you are trying to land is that extra half a foot or so from the lip of your net. By using a long-handled net the fish can be landed more easily. 

The new Orvis Wide-Mouth Guide Net has ticked these boxes for me. I have used it when fishing from a boat, float tube and whilst wading lakes and rivers. It is particularly handy when fishing from a bank above the water’s edge when you are unable to get into the water to land your fish. 

The net is also well suited to fishing the estuaries for species such as bream and estuary perch. I highly recommend combining with a net holder such as the sleeves integrated with many Orvis packs.