Custom Buckeye Burl Fly Fishing Landing Net -Gift for Fly Fisherman. Process Pic Heavy

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Project by Greg posted 09-19-2016 07:57 PM 8590 views 26 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently completed this custom stabilized Buckeye Burl, Wenge, Ebony, Curly Maple & Salvaged Mahogany fly fishing net as a gift for my client to his father, both avid fly fishermen. This landing net hangs from the fisher’s back via a Buckeye Burl, Latigo leather, brass, copper and rare earth Magnetic net release. A sharp tug, and the net is ready to land a trout.

This net was modeled on the B2 elongated net seen in this diagram of available sizes on my website here.

If anyone is reading this, I do take commissions. Here’s how you would order.

It started off with needing a long handle for which I didn’t have burl long enough. So I improvised with some ebony & Wenge used to extend the handle with a bit of class.

The original blank just out of stabilizing

The multi-step glue-up begins

I laminated the burl/ebony/wenge layer to a solid piece of wenge for lineal strength and continuity

Drwaing the customer requested Tiva Sandal Logo to be inlaid in Kingman Turquoise and copper(The client lives in Arizona)

Drawing in teh Brown trout to be inlaid in Bronze, Fire Coral and Anthracite

Sorry if too many pics, but Photobucket is bassackwards in that they currently DON NOT allow you to organize in any meaningful and timely manner. Pic are worth 1000 words tho! Hope you enjoyed. Honest feedback appreciated Positive or negative.

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#1 posted 09-19-2016 08:06 PM

Great project and love all the pictures.
I kept thinking that you were making a tennis racket it’s so nicely done.

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#2 posted 09-19-2016 09:26 PM

Greg, you are truly a master of your art.

-- tsurra

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#3 posted 09-19-2016 09:54 PM

Very nice. I think this is the most extensive posting I’ve ever seen. Love your craftsmanship. Added to favorites.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#4 posted 09-19-2016 10:11 PM

wow greg you really out did this one a true work of art, hard to believe someone would plunge that into a cold stream.thank you for posting all these photos it really shows the process you go through,gotta make my own some day,if i ever fly fish again.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 09-19-2016 11:07 PM

This is definitely an example of where craft meets art. Holy moses do you have some talent! Fantastic piece of workmanship that I’m sure will be greatly appreciated.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#6 posted 09-20-2016 12:34 AM

WOW, Great net. That is priceless!! super fine work on it!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 09-20-2016 02:33 AM

Beautiful work of art, love all the pics.

-- No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow your progress, you're still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying.

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#8 posted 09-20-2016 03:38 AM

I can only dream about making something this sweet. Truly a beauty clearly made by an artisan.

-- Dennis in Kenmore, WA -- So much wood, so little time.

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#9 posted 09-20-2016 10:13 AM

Art in it’s finest form. The level of detail is so awesome!!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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#10 posted 09-20-2016 12:42 PM

You did a beautiful job on this net and you documented it very well indeed.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 09-20-2016 03:53 PM

Incredible workmanship! It will be a privilege for the owner to have and use this work of art.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#12 posted 09-21-2016 01:02 PM

Greg, beautiful piece of work, I appreciate it as both a woodworker and fly fisher.


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#13 posted 09-22-2016 12:04 PM

If that don’t get a commission or two, I don’t know what will. Nicest net I have ever seen. World class.

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#14 posted 09-24-2016 12:45 PM

Truly a work of art. Thanks for sharing the photos of the build processl.

What adhesives and finishes do you use. Just wondering how to make something like this that will hold up to repeatedly dipping into water.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#15 posted 09-25-2016 05:14 AM

Greg. As an avid fly fisher I have to say you pay great attention to details. Not only is the wood choices very complimentary but your inlays and the finishing touches such as the lanyard and the leather strap for the quick release. I may steel that lanyard idea from you for my personal net if you don’t mind. Also the transition from hoop to handle flows like water. Ill be recommending my friends check out your site. Beautiful work.

AJ in Mpls MN.

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