Since I got into natives earlier this year I've went through two dip nets. The plastic, retractable Frabill nets seemed ideal at first for us poor truckless souls, but it wasn't long before the wedge that holds the net in place wore down, resulting in it collapsing under only modest pressure. I then tried an aluminum net from Academy that worked quite well until last weekend when it broke as I pulled it through some brush.
With that in mind, have you all found any sturdy nets for sale locally? I know there are online retailers that make solid ones, but I'd prefer to keep my money local and avoid S&H.