Well my fishing season is over and I have broken 460 dollars worth of landing nets. I think I may be at the point where I am going to have custom nets fabricated. The problems I see with the poorly built mass produced nets are as follows:
metal net hoop connects to handle with plastic part that tends to strip out and fail
connection for net extension is plastic and weak
thickness of tubing for both the net and the handle are so thin that unless you lift a salmon stright up vertically the tubing breaks
A few thoughts about a custom net....
there still needs to me some way for the hoop to detach from the handle to hang the net on the hoop
there is a balance between tubing strength and weight of the net
Any suggestions would be welcome. I will document the construction and costs associated with building a proper net for use in Alaska.