I own a good number of nets. I always have a net when I Carp fish from a boat but I just don't like carrying one when I wade. When I am wading I weigh my Carp in a sling as I showed in a previous post. There are plenty of times when I would like to have a net when I am wading; I just haven't felt that the hassle of carrying one was worth the trade.
Back in town after the Idaho trip I purchased the Stealth Atom from Pacific Fly Fishers, my local fly shop. It made its maiden voyage yesterday. Mostly I liked it. It is designed well and holds all of the gear I bring including a 32 ounce bottle of water. It rides high so it doesn't get wet. As you swing it around in front of you to change a fly it pivots 90 degrees so the zippers are on top instead of on the side. That is very slick. A nerve in my shoulder got somewhat aggravated from the pack but I am hoping that will improve with time and continued use. That probably would have been true when I was in my 20's, 30's, and 40's. Now it is more likely the sore nerve will get worse with continued use. Time will tell. I'm rooting for the pack because I really like the way it performs.
Several Carp liked my flies.
A bigger deal for me was that I carried a net yesterday and really liked it! The way I carried it isn't like anything I have seen anyone do and I'm feeling pretty dang good about how convenient it was to carry and how well it performed. Actually, it was great! Regardless of what pack I use in the future I will be carrying a net from here on out when I am wading and chasing Carp.