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    Default Know of Kenai nets with stronger strands?

    I use a round-shaped, solid aluminum hoop net at the Copper, and really like it. The net is extremely heavy since I also use the blue color aluminum handles for it, but i only use it on eddies, not to sweep the current

    The problem is that the kings rip the net's strands to pieces each season, so i go through a net per summer. At $29.00 per net, I patch them the best way I can, but would like to use a net with stronger strands such as the ones with black, red, or blue double stranded-nylon cord.

    As you may know, the net's hoop I am talking about are very large, and the nylon cord nets sold around Fairbanks are too narrow. My question is: do you know of anybody who makes or sells stronger nets to fit the Kenai net hoops above?

    Thank you in advance for your help.

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    Ray,

    My first net held up to 3 years on the copper, and 3 or 4 more on the Kenai, for over 200 fish. I finally replaced it last year. I picked it up at B&J commercial.

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    Ron Fuller in Chugiak makes custom dipnets. Says he has some heavy duty gill net for Chitina. Phone 688-1271.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TR View Post
    Ron Fuller in Chugiak makes custom dipnets. Says he has some heavy duty gill net for Chitina. Phone 688-1271.
    Thanks Paul and TR. I will give Ron Fuller a call and see what he has to say.

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    Ray,

    If you get some, let us know what you think. I haven't seen or used the stuff.

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    Ray,

    If you get some, let us know what you think. I haven't seen or used the stuff.
    I ordered one yesterday when I talked to Ron Fuller on the telephone. He told me that the net is pretty much rectangular shaped, and very strong. As I understand, I have to close it at one side (or maybe both sides) with wire ties. I asked him if tying it with 80-pound Dacron line would be better (I have a spool of it), and he said that dacron would be perfect but much more work.

    I have all winter to play with it, but i will come back here and let you know how the net is. According to Ron Fuller, the webbing material is the same used by commercial fishermen.

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