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  1. Black Oak Burl Custom Fly Fishing Net w/Kingman Turquoise & Copper Inlay by Sierra Nets

    I have been on hiatus from here since the spring. Apologies. A lot has happened both good(lots of fishing) & not so good(My dear mother passed), but I am still heavily engaged in the sport. The custom net biz has been quite good, and my backlog remains out into 2014. I feel mighty blessed...
  2. Wedding Gift for the Groom From his Fiance-Custom Buckeye Burl Fly Fishing Net

    This net was commissioned about this time last year almost a year in advance from the couple's wedding date. The bride-to-be contacted me and wanted to do the Dave Matthews Band fire dancer logo on the net. I happen to like Dave Matthews a lot myself and knew girl once who had this tattoo, so...
  3. Salmo Trutto, the Custom Bird's Eye Maple, Mahogany & Walnut Fly Fishing Net wl Black Rubber Bag

    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...
  4. Finally a New Post!! Been a Busy Bee Making One Of a Kind Fly Fishing Nets...

    I haven't posted in a while because, frankly. Between net building and fishing, I haven't had a lot of free time! I have several commissions going on right now. Two are almost completed and I will feature in another post. This one is a custom fly fishing net in every sense of the word. I...
  5. "Cartography", a Custom Spalted Maple Burl Fly Fishing Net by Sierra Nets

    Here is a short video I made highlighting the latest net I just shipped off to Florida. This wood is a phenomenal piece of Stabilized Spalted Maple Burl. I see a lot of nice woods, and this is top-notch. The hoop is subtle, but shiny Curly Maple. I named this one Cartography as the "islands"...
  6. A Pair of Walnut/Maple Custom Fly Fishing Guide Nets

    A Pair of Walnut/Maple Custom Fly Fishing Guide Nets These two nets were commissioned by 2 great people who happen to also be excellent licensed guides with Sierra Pacific Fishing Adventures. Joe Libeu is a Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) Certified Master Fly Casting Instructor which is the...
  7. Custom Cat's Paw Burl Maple Fly Fishing Net (Process Pic Heavy!)

    My client stopped by the studio today to pick up his net. His smile made ME smile. :) This wasn't even staged one little bit….Pinky swear… Nice shirt he's wearing (One of Sierra Net's Die With The Fly Shirts) This commission required that he and I work out the details over Email. We sent...
  8. Jewel Chest

    This is a modified version of a jewelry chest that appeared in the Oct 2005 issue of Wood Magazine. The client wanted a deeper space in the upper compartment to accompany large bracelets. She also chose to have it done in bocote and maple. Finished with 4 coats of tung oil and buffed with the...
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  9. Latest Custom Wood Fishing Net

    It has been a while since I posted a net. I have been very busy in the shop making one commission after another. This is the latest net that left me today. LOL! I talk abou it like a child leaving the nest! I just received another new commission today for a pontoon boat net. I am very...
  10. Custom Carolina Cherry Burl, Curly Maple Purpleheart & Wenge Clear Rubber Fly Fishing Net

    This net was commissioned last year by a friend who wanted a unique gift for an acupuncturist fly fisherwoman who has treated him for free for over a year. It is Carolina Cherry Burl (CCB) with a layer of Cocobolo to add backbone to the working handle. The Throat is highly curly maple...
  11. Custom Maple Burl Fly Fishing Net - Must See Grain to Believe!

    This is another recently completed Custom Fly Fishing Net for a sea captain on the East Coast. He wanted a nice burl handle with a favorite fly, the "Last Chance Cripple," inlaid in brass into the handle. The burl was stabilized before use and laminated over a piece of Maple to give it...
  12. Custom Heirloom Museum Grade Amboyna Burl Fly Fishing Net

    I created this fly fishing net for a guide friend of mine for his new bride. They both fly fish together and he wanted to get something personalized for her-something really special. The handle is an exquisite museum grade Amboyna Burl laminated to a wenge spine for strength. I really feel...
  13. Another Custom Fly Fishing Net –Curly Claro Walnut, Mahogany & Wenge

    A gentleman commissioned this piece for his own birthday present. Well, here she is-Happy Birthday! This net handle was made from the same piece of curly Claro Walnut that I made the last net. As a matter of fact, I nested it right next to the open space where that one came from. All of the...
  14. Unbelievable Hawaiian Curly Koa Fly Fishing Nets!!!

    I just finished two nets out of Koa. This wood is a dream to work with! You must see it to appreciate the amazing light refraction going on with this wood. People who use it swear it is the best species in the world for this feature; Hence, its out-of-this-world-price. After drooling over the...
  15. Custom Buckeye Burl Fly Fishing Landing Net -Gift for Fly Fisherman. Process Pic Heavy

    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...
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    Proofreading is a dying art, wouldn't you say? Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was...
  17. Sweating for Bucks Through Woodworking
    My cousin called me the other day, out of the blue, and asked if I would sign his edition of Western Outdoor News(WON). Anyone who is in the fishing or hunting scene on the West Coast knows of this very informative weekly paper. I had no idea that it was running, but WON ran a full-page article...
  18. Blogs
    Preparation for my First Commercial Show as a Full time Artisan (Part 1) Hello fellow wood butchers! I went full-time in the beginning of December 2011 and am very excited to begin the next chapter in my life! For those that don't know, I build one-of-a-kind commissioned custom fishing nets...
  19. Blogs
    Sierra Nets Custom Fishing Nets on Western Waters and Full of Gorgeous FISH! I wanted to do a story showcasing how wonderful it is to see fish inside my custom fly fishing nets. Just about 99.5% of my clients are fly fishers. They fish everywhere from Argentina to Alaska, and New York to New...
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    New Sierra Nets T-shirt Design-Finally!!! So I finally got my T-shirt design put together and printed. I'm stoked! I worked hard on this for several months. My buddy Jeff is the artist-He drew the hand and the fish seperately. I did the overall design, the fonts, merged the hand and the...
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