New Landing Net Handle

mrmcox

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Hi All,
Looking at replacing my landing net handle. Currently have a Drennan red range 2.4m (I think) which is fine when Im fishing with a short feeder or float rod, but when using my pole, I could do with something with a little more length..

I like the look of the tricast XRS easy reach 12ft6, heard many good reviews about it. But cant seem to find it in stock anywhere at a reasonable price. Any other recommendations for a decent 3m-4m handle at around the £50-£70 bracket ?

Many thanks.
Coxy
 

Benny_01

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I've recently bought a 3m preston response match handle and I'm impressed. Was about £60. Angling direct has them in stock
 

chris1967

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Have a look at the free spirit may be £80 but well worth it
 

rd115

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Drennan super specialist twistlock, wouldn't use any other handle now. (y)

 

John Step

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Another vote for the Drennan Specialist 3m. twistlock.
 

Arch

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Agreed, just don't over tighten it. (y)
 

rudd

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Drennan super specialist twistlock, wouldn't use any other handle now. (y)

Bomb proof, maybe a bit on heavy side for match anglers?
When the widget gripper thingy stops gripping a few coats of hard as nail varnish does the job 😉
 

Sam Vimes

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Bomb proof, maybe a bit on heavy side for match anglers?
I doubt it will be a surprise to many that I tend to prefer my gear to be on the lighter side. However, other than avoiding excessively heavy examples, this doesn't really extend to landing net poles. I'd much prefer to have strength and longevity. Whilst the Super Specialist net handles are a touch heavier than many comparable length take aparts, they are very light compared to any directly comparable alternatives.

Due to my preference for longevity, I don't have any of the latest super light handles for comparison, but just how light have they got these days?

My old 1.5-3m Super Specialist is 361g, my new (spare) one is 374g. The old one is well over ten years old and very well worn. This wear probably accounts for the weight difference. The 1-2m Compact is 266g. My old match type take apart handles are both Shimano Beastmasters. They are no shrinking violets and I know there are more modern landing net handles that are lighter. The 4.5m version is 472g and the 3m version 309g. Regardless of the weight, I don't recall the last time I used anything but the 1-3m Super Specialist. The venue, net type and fishing style are largely irrelevant unless a longer handle is necessary. Solid and versatile really works for me.
 
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