1. Quick-release The biggest single frustration when using landing nets is often the fiddly removal of the arms at the end of the session or once you’ve caught a fish. New Direction have simplified this process with a quick-release unit that sits next to the spreader block and releases (or tightens) the tension across the arms instantly. Very handy!
2. Quality materials We might normally associate New Direction with trick electronic gadgets and bankside hardware, but their first foray into the net world hasn’t been done half-heartedly. They’ve bestowed this net with stiff carbon-composite arms and main handle for toughness and rigidity. The spreader block, which is the most important component on a net, is made from aluminium.
3. Deep mesh New Direction have given this new product a really deep mesh, making it capable of landing the biggest of carp and holding them securely once the fight is over. It’s a dark-green easy-flow hexagonal mesh with a large ‘ND’ logo visible on the front panel. There’s also a Velcro securing strap sewn in, so once the net is rolled up for storage it won’t unravel.
4. No need for accessories Everything you could need from a net is included in the pack with this one. There is a large buoyancy aid that slides up the handle to the spreader block and keeps the head of the net from sinking when netting fish alone. You also get a secure carry bag that doubles as a stink bag, keeping fishy odours away from your other items of tackle.
5. Price and availability We say it time and again with anything from New Direction, but it bears repeating. Their gear is available on Amazon so you can order with one click and get the products very quickly. Pricing is also generally very good across the board and, at £79, this net represents quality and innovation at a fair price.