Cabela's Catch-And-Release nets have a fine mesh net bag that is less likely to damage a fish than standard netting. These come with hardwood bows with mahogany handles and a removable elastic cord. Available:
I'm a new "Fly Girl" and have recommended this to several other ladies who recently earned that title. It's lightweight and feels very comfortable hooked to the back of my vest - ready when I need it. I did tighten the screw eye that the lanyard is attached to, since it was a bit loose, but otherwise, this net serves my purpose completely. Fishing for Brookies, and would love to net a nice salmon one day!
I like how the fish curl up in the net. When you're lucky enough to catch a large fish, it's posture in the net doesn't bend the fish the wrong way. The cord on it is nice. Attach it to your wadders and off you go. If you use spinner and dont want them tangled in the mesh, buy the rubber.
Once more the lesson is forcibly brought home: you get what you pay for. From the image online and in the catalog one would think that this net had a soft mesh bag with a rounded bottom. The net that was delivered to me has a cone shaped bag made from a fairly stiff mesh. As can be seen from the accompanying photo the bag can maintain its triangular shape even when it is suspended perpendicular to the floor. I would pity the poor trout who got caught in the cramped vertex of this ill-formed bag. I won't return this net to Cabela's, since I've already paid for shipment once (along with another unrelated item that was satisfactory) and it's not worth the additional postage to attempt to exchange it. I would strongly urge caution when considering purchase of this item.