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Let me start by apologizing for the pics being cut off 15-20% on the right side. I guess mine are too big at 1024, but I never have this problem on other forums I hope LJ can arrange to make that happen some day.

I just shipped this net before Christmas to Arkansas. Salmo Trutto: Named after the Brown Trout that was its inspiration, this custom net was a collaborative design between me and my client Jett M. Jett came to me with the idea of making the net look like a brown trout. We hashed through some concepts over the phone, and Salmo Trutto was a go after just one sketch! The net's handle is made of Black Walnut-reinforced Bird's Eye Maple. The Hoop is Black Walnut, Genuine Mahogany & Curly Maple. The inlaid spots were created using various natural materials like Brass, Black Stone, Kingman Turquoise, and Fire Coral. Each spot on the handle was meticulously carved out and inlaid in these materials to ultimately create a fish-like look. The hoop is about 10.25"x19" and the Overall Length is 32". I love how detailed teh strips are on this. The two pieces of thin curly maple, in the hoop, run around .017" thick, and are not easy to glue up let me tell you!

A hand flared copper tube finishes off the lanyard hole before a hand-tied paracord lanyard was tied on. Even the Black Walnut & Bird's Eye Maple Magnetic Net Release has Brass and stone inlays to match the handle.




The first prototype inlay with aluminum halos instead of brass. I figured brass was closer to the color of a brown trout.


Grinding up red fire coral for inlay


Cutting out the handle blank


Glue up. PHWEW!


Drawing additional spots on the fly (no pun intended)


Carving out the spots


Carving for the brass halo inlays



Final Sanding


First of 10 coats of proprietary oil finish


Completed pics:

We even inlaid Brass and black stone into the Bird's Eye Maple & Black walnut magnetic net release. This puppy is STRONG!
















Thanks for looking!

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Beautiful net and thanks for the process pics. Love the brown trout spots. Where do you buy the rubber nets?
 

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That is a real eye catcher-very innovative and nicely done!
 

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A very unique net. Your designs are inspiring.
-don
 

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This is the nicest net I've ever seen, and I'm hard a core fly fisherman. Very well done !!
 

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Very cool. I've been thinking of making a net for my father-in-law and brother-in-law. Where do you get the nets from? And how can I figure out the size of the opening needed?

Al
 

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So THAT'S where all my clamps went!!! Very nice work. Would love to see you post a pic of a nice trout in that net.
 

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Awesome! That is art man! Beatiful work
 

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Awesome piece! Would some really get something that beautiful all wet by using it for fishing?
It belongs hanging on a wall in a mans cave or cabin by the lake!
 

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Thanks all! I appreciate the nice words. This guy will DEFINITELY fish this net! He probably will hang it up too. Picklehead, I will return your clamps in Juvember, PROMISE.
Geoff, that means a lot, thanks! I have a client in Calgary BTW. Dusty, I sell the net bags. Just pm me if you want one. Al, pm sent.
 

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Excuse me but I just needed another look at this beauty!
 

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C'mon in, the water's fine! LOL!
 
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