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    Looking to purchase a new dipnet to use from the boat. Have been borrowing a friends, but it's time to use my own. I want to get one over the winter to beat the mad rush once the fish get here. Any suggestions on places to buy, style, and length?

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    Ron's out of North Birchwood/ Mike at Mikes welding in Sterling. I'll give you Phone numbers if still interested. PM ME
    If a dipnetter dips a fish and there is no one around to see/hear it, Did he really dip?

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    Mike welding hands down makes the best net out there. If you go to his website you can see the pictures showing how well his tapered hoops work.
    http://alaskaoutdoorjournal.com/adsi...ingwindow.html
    I would go with a net no bigger than 48". The full 5' hoops are a pain to deal with in most boats.
    For a handle a 6' long one is about perfect.
    If you get a chance also pick up a mending needle like a size 12 and some mending twine from a commercial fishing supply place.
    Once you learn the basic knot you can easily fix or replace your net whenever you need to. That way a small hole deosn't become a big one or ruin your day heading in to fix your net in the heat of fishing.
    I bought my needle and twine as well as replacement net at Silvertip in Kasilof. Randy also had seemed web on sale for @ $10. There was enough to do a full 5' hoop so I just trimmed the excess. He also had web with the seem sewn up for a little more $ but it isn't that hard to sew up the web yourself.
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    Chris is right. You don't need to go bigger than 48 inch.
    If a dipnetter dips a fish and there is no one around to see/hear it, Did he really dip?

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    I don't own one of Mike's dipnets, but I've used one and it'll be the next one I buy! The oval cross section of Mike's hoops cuts drag SO much it's hard to believe. The boat driver could tell when one of the other nets went into the water, but couldn't tell when the Mike's net did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by .338-06 View Post
    cuts drag SO much it's hard to believe.
    Talk about drag. Some people don't tie down their dipnet protectors with all their nets inside when they go on a road trip.

    ~tr

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    i have been *****ing at him ever since!!!!!
    If a dipnetter dips a fish and there is no one around to see/hear it, Did he really dip?

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    Still think he should replace the whole works. A fellow I barely know was returning one of my coolers that he had borrowed (you know, one of the Igloos that break at the hinges and latches, (which had already happened)) and the lid flew off out of his pickup bed. He bought me a brand new one same size same shape same color. Turned out if he hadn't, we'd a been short one at the Kenai this year, even with the lidless one being used.


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