The famous nocturnal Hex hatch of the Midwest (and a few other lucky locations) stirs to the surface mythically large brown trout that only touch streamers for the rest of the year.
... Some people I don't know make smartass comments about the net. That's okay 'cause most of them have never seen a 23" trout on their leader.
I know a couple of guys that just never carry a net. Now I never carry one when fishing local waters as I know the likelihood of me catching anything more than 16" long is really remote. I would feel kind of silly wearing the Brodin (it is 24" long) on water where a 16" trout would be considered large, But whenever I am on big water and big, 20" - 24" trout live I want the big net. It just helps conclude the capture and probably contributes to the survival of the trout.
You know, for steelhead, I didn't carry a net the majority of the time. I liked a tailing glove.
But the Salmon river is an entirely different piece of water.