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In the market for a good long handled walleye net. Took my salmon net last year and the smaller fellas slipped right through the holes sometimes, not fun. Any recommendations?

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I got a Bass Pro XPS with Fiberglass handle last year.
It was/is great, and will continue to use it.

48 Inch handle, as well. Works well for Walleye, and any other species except Salmon/Muskie, etc.

Heck, I love it for Crappie as well.

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RSNetsusa.com I bought one last year and it's the finest net I've ever owned. Lifetime warranty too.
 

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I should add that you can pick from a variety of different colors for the bag, and also for the net handle.
 

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I have a rubber ranger net made in Detroit if you ever have problems with it call them great company.
 

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Beckman nets were the best but they haven't been in production for several years now. If you can find one left over somewhere - buy it. I picked up an RS net last summer to try it out and really like the hoop & net design. However, the handle is a bit flimsy when it is fully extended (small diameter aluminum tube). Mine bent with an 18" eye in it while out on the bay last year. It was its first trip out (fairly disappointed). I was able to straighten it out myself when I got home but I will be very hesitant to extend it out for a fish of any size going forward. It will remain a back up to my 15 year old Beckman.
 

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I use this net for Walleyes, and it works well for me.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Frabill-Tru-Trax-Nets-with-Telescoping-Handle/738242.uts?searchPath=/browse.cmd?categoryId=734095080&CQ_search=extension+landing+net&CQ_st=b

To help not bend net handles, don't try to lever the fish up with the net fully extended. It is silly to put that many foot-pounds on the handle of the net. Just pull the net toward you, then raise the handle straight up, with the fish held in the basket, hanging straight down. That way the actual net carries the weight of the fish, instead of putting that on the handle.
 

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With the nets that I have I retract the net handle before the fish comes in the boat, like mentioned above you can bend most nets by lifting the net while it's horizontal. The EGO slider looks nice, so do the RS nets, and I seen a couple weeks ago that Beckman was coming back out with nets.
 

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I've been a bit disappointed with my EGO slider for several reasons. I frequently use vegetable oil to get to slide easily.
When landing a fish, the net has to be securely screwed it or the net portion can become lose.
Hooks can still get stuck in the cloth portion of rubber net.
RSNet my be in my future.
 

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Ranger is light, strong, durable. Have many different models. Made in Detroit and are very affordable. Beckman is the best going. They are heavier and are expensive. I have both Ranger and Beckman and like them both for different reasons.
 

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I wasn't trying to bash the RS net - only giving an honest opinion based on its performance. As I stated earlier, I do like the hoop and net design. I also like the fact that it is hand built in the US. However, the handle did not bend due to "levering" a fish out of the water. The handle bent under light to moderate pressure while keeping the basket near the surface and pulling the net back to the boat. The inner section of the extendable handle is only a 3/4" OD hollow aluminum tube. Tubing gets its strength from its outer diameter. Example: a 1-1/2" tube will have 7 to 8 times the bending strength of a 1" tube of the same thickness. A 3/4" diameter tube handle is too small for a net that size - plain and simple physics.
 
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