Photos By: Jamie Keown
I’m sure by now everyone is aware of the fact that Nomad Nets was acquired by Fishpond. The acquisition comes as no surprise as I felt like it was only a matter of time before a major player in the fly fishing industry figured out what an awesome product Nomad was cranking out. These nets are as solid as they come and after more than a year’s worth of abuse on the water the net is still as functional as the day it was purchased. There are times when companies that manufacture our favorite products are acquired by larger corporations and we instantly breakout into a cold sweat because in the back of our minds we know there’s a good chance that quality will go down the crapper from that point forward. I think it’s safe to say that the Nomad Nets we've all grown to love are in safe hands with Fishpond. Fishpond is a solid company that prides itself on producing quality products that are as innovative as any other on the market. I have used their packs for as long as I can remember and have never had one fail in the line of duty.
Below is an initial review of the Nomad mid-length net:
I picked up the mid-length net for it's ability to be used wading or in the boat. Nomad net's are made of a fiberglass / carbon fiber composite which in normal folk speak means it's gonna last a lot longer than that heavy wooden net you've been dragging around. The mid-length checks in at just 400 grams at 37" in length and the handle and bottom half of the net hoop are coated with a rubberized paint which Nomad calls "Olive Riverkoat" for excellent grip when the handle get's wet. Best of all the net floats, so if you drop it during your big fish victory dance it can easily be retrieved. After putting the net to use I have to say the only gripe I can come up with is that the mid-length version does not come with a scale like the boat and guide nets. Oh and the price... but hey your grandpa was right when he told you, "when it comes to hookers and beer, you get what you pay for".