In what sizes is the Greys GS Scoop Net available?
The Greys GS Scoop Net comes in three sizes: small, medium and large. The small model has a net measuring 15.5" x 11", the medium model has a net measuring 18" x 13", and the large model has a net measuring 19.5" x 15".
I went for the medium one. It's proved a comfortable fit trout in the 2-3lb mark. It's also had a couple of 5-6lb fish in it, although they were a bit of a squeeze (see picture). Given that larger trout are fewer and further between in the waters I fish, the medium one seems to have been the right choice for me.
That said, recent trips to Ellerdine Lakes have seen the size of my catches increase so much that I've now had to invest in a much bigger net, which is rather a nice problem to have.
The bottom of the net is flat, so while you don't need to reach in too far to extract your catch, it does give a reasonable platform to help them leap out. I think a bit of extra depth would give me a bit more confidence that my catch was going to remain within the net, even though nothing's jumped out of it so far.
What is the mesh made from?
The Greys GS Scoop nets all have rubber coated mesh. This has several benefits. Hooks rarely get stuck in the mesh, as they can with conventional mesh. It's friendly to fish skin since it doesn't pull off the protective mucus coating, and it shakes free of water much faster. As a result, it doesn't stay wet or smelly.
Does it come with a magnetic release?
Yes, there's a magnet concealed in the end of the handle. It's really surprisingly strong and you need to give it a good yank to free the net. This is good because my other scoop net has a tendency to fall off a little too easily.
The cord is also very good. It's elasticated and has a carabina clip on it so you can attach it to the D-loop of your jacket, vest or chest pack. It attaches to the net in two places which, alternatively, lets you sling it over your shoulder if you don't have a D-loop. It stays tucked out of the way and it's fairly comfortable to carry.
How are the handles?
Greys GS Scoop Nets have a comfortable rubberised grip. The handle and frame are strong and light and it's held up well to a few weeks of relatively successful fly and lure fishing trips and still looks like new.
How much are they?
The Greys GS Scoop Nets sell for between £19.99 and £24.99, which is really quite good given the quality. If you're looking for a basic scoop net with a magnetic release, for either fly or lure fishing, the Greys GS Scoop Net is well worth considering.