A full sized net attached to the D ring on my Patagonia Atom Stealth (PAS) pack hangs down on the right - rod hand side of the pack. I have to nudge it over to the left with my right elbow or switch hands with the rod (twice if I want to fight the fish with my right - dominant hand) to reach the net. I have lost fish at my feet when fumbling for my net. I can’t put a net on my left side with that PAS because the pack and net hang up on each other when slinging the pack around or trying to get to the net.
I have the small teardrop-shaped OTFTN with the flat wooden handle that looks rather cool and is small and flat enough to position the pouch on a wading belt at the front of my left hip where it doesn’t conflict with the PAS, nor my stomach . I replaced the net bag with a size small rubber Measure Net Bag. The net bag fits the net hoop nicely, and allows for fast eyeball measurement and pic before release.
Question: Should the net be stored unfolded - out of the pouch when at home to avoid a permanent “set” in the hoop?