The Different Types of Long Nets And Which is Best

When it comes to long nets there are many types. But which is best? And which length would you need? Like most things, it isn’t cut and dry. It all depends on what sort of land you plan to go long netting on and how you plan to do it. Below is all the information you need to make a decision:

Net Styles

The Traditional Style

The plain and simple style that has been in use for many years and wont go away any time soon. Using a single ‘sheet’ of mesh between two guidelines means this net is very simple to make, store and use. The advantages of this style is the low price tag and simple style.

The Trammel

The trammel is made up from three sheets of mesh on guidelines just like the traditional setup. The outer sheets are larger mesh and the middle is a smaller mesh. These are used when all sizes of rabbit are to be caught, making them popular in pest control. They cost more then the traditional and are much harder to take a rabbit out of then other nets, making them almost useless for night trips.

The Ditch Net

Longnetting ditches can yield high catches but means that regular long nets have to be pegged down. The ditch net is weighted on the bottom guide line (normally with lead) to remove the pegging task. The pricetag is high and it is hard to find the net in many lengths. But if you have hunting areas where ditches are plentiful this might be perfect for you.

The Quick Set

All of the above nets can be altered so they are “Quicksets”. This means that the net is already tied to the poles so it can be set much faster. The price of quicksets is much higher then the regular version of the net (but keep in mind this means you don’t have to buy poles) and take up much more room. People may also find the method of setting tricky to begin with.

A traditional long net, with basic poles and 4z netting

Net Size and length

4z vs 6z

When you buy or make a net the size of the string must be considered. 4z string is a lighter, thinner string. This is of course cheaper and many say it is easier to make into a net. 6z is larger, heavier and more costly. 6z is much stronger and will most likely outlive the 4z long enough to account for its price. The 6z is also much easier to untangle so is more suited for areas where its likely your net will pick up twigs, plants and such. I would personally recommend that you use 6z because of its strength and ease of use but if you only want to long net once or twice a year the 4z may be for you.


The length you use depends entirely on what you plan to do with your nets. If you plan to only hunt on land you are familiar with its wise to buy to your needs. If you plan to hunt on a mix of ground I would suggest a few medium sized nets so you can cover all the different sizes affectively. If you want to long net as a team its also wise to buy multiple smaller nets so you can both net up and meet in the middle. Just keep in mind, if its too long you can over net, but if its too short your stuffed.

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