Walnut and Curly Maple Landing Net

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Project by Luke posted 06-20-2012 08:13 PM 3403 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So after making my own landing net, my fly fishing partner and Brother in Law also wanted to make a net, so we used some of the materials that I had in the garage from some other projects and proceeded to make his net. This had been some time since I had finished my first net

I had learned alot since then:

1. We had made a thin strip ripping jig very reminiscent of the woodsmith shop version.
2. We ripped the strips thinner to have more laminations than my net, his has 5, mine had 3
3. We steamed them a bit longer to make them more plyable.
4. We attached the mold to a scrap peice of wood to make the net flat (mine has a slight cock to it)
5. We left the steamed wood in the mold for 24 hours instead of trying to glue it while hot.
6. We had no plan what so ever as to what the net would look like.

Some things we did this time, we had intended on making his net look very similar to mine in the “shoulders” would be tapered in to a thinner solid maple handle, but when we put the 5 laminations together at the handle (making 10) we really liked that look so we cut a thin strip of maple and cut the walnut handle in half and trimmed it up to give it its current look. I like it MUCH better than the original plan.

Here are some pics, you’ll notice they are reminicent of Greg's style pictures but this wasn’t intended, he was taking the net and it was dark outside and our house was a wreck so I didn’t want my dirty laundry in the back ground.

Right out of the clamps

after shaping and sanding

First coat of hand wiped finish

Finished product

As I told my online friend Greg, I don’t do this for a living, I have had a few family and friends request a net, on the books I have one going for my Dad and Grand Dad, thats it… you want to be inspired by figured wood?

Check these out.

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#1 posted 06-20-2012 09:06 PM

Where did you purchase the netting and what was the cost? Can you recommend other types of netting and which is best?

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#2 posted 06-20-2012 09:31 PM

I purchased the Broden net bag from a Fly Shop somewhat local to me, the rubber bag cost $23, I’m sure there are some other options out there as well, I did an internet search and the pickings were pretty slim on rubber net bags.

Rubber makes the net heavier, but it also helps to not get flys caught in the netting. I do plan on making another net, of more light weight wood, and then I will be using the traditional nylon bag, that way its lighter to carry. I think its a matter of personal preference more than anything. I first used a Fabrill rubber net, and liked it because I would constantly have my hooks caught up in my nylong netting, but now, I exclusively tie my flies on barbless hooks, so the issue is not as important to me.

I believe the clear rubber also help to not spook the fish, but in my opinion, the fish has a hook in its lip, and has just been brought to some huge guy’s feet, the fish is likely certain its going to be eaten and therefore already spooked, so does the net play a huge part? I don’t think so, but I am no scientist in that matter.

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#3 posted 06-20-2012 09:46 PM

Very nice, particularly like the shape.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 06-20-2012 11:42 PM

Great work, really good looking design and choice of wood colors. You’ve really got this going your way I’d say.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 06-21-2012 12:42 AM

Rubber also preserves the scales and protective slime on a fish- better than the string netting. You have created a great net! Is there a tutorial on this? I flyfish and build rods. Might be something to add to the list. Thanks for sharing!

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#6 posted 06-21-2012 02:43 AM

Great job, this has been on my list of things to try, even bought some rubber nets off of Amazon. Hope it turns out half this nice!

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#7 posted 06-21-2012 10:27 AM

Very nice, might try one myself

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#8 posted 06-21-2012 02:52 PM

Love it. How did you do the shaping?

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#9 posted 06-21-2012 04:19 PM

you can buy the brodin nets from Beautiful net btw.

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#10 posted 06-21-2012 04:55 PM

Knothead: I found this to be a helpful guide.

JayCop: We finalized the shape of the handle by cutting a few of the laminations off with a bandsaw, and then a combination of a rasp and file and sand paper for the shaping, working our way through the various grits.

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#11 posted 06-22-2012 12:59 PM

Luke, thanks for the link. Looks good.

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