Memorial Trout landing Net for my Buddy Dana

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Project by Greg posted 07-16-2010 01:35 AM 4763 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was designing and building this custom landing net for a friend of mine, Dana, when he had a stroke and passed on June 8th. Now, it is simply a tribute to a wonderful man who bound together a large group of Fishing enthusiasts thru Team 57. It will never see a fish, but it will memorialize a truly great man.

I’ll be presenting it to his spouse at his funeral in L.A. tomorrow afternoon.

My hand is all cramped up from making the maple inlay of his Avatar on FNN. The net is Gen. Mahog. and maple. Finish is SG Deft lacquer since it was finished quickly and it won’t see action anyways.

Here, I crazy-glued the inlay piece to the net so I could trace around it.

Then I chiseled out the center after making cross hatched scores for easy removal.



Here it is finished:

landing net

landing net

landing net

landing net

landing net


I posted pics directly to the text because they were all over the 3MB max.
Hope you enjoyed, Greg

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

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#1 posted 07-16-2010 01:55 AM

I love a good inlay. I get to ‘see’ stuff like that on guitars. Nice net.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#2 posted 07-16-2010 02:22 AM

Beautiful! I’m sure you are aware how much a quality wood net costs. A fitting tribute to a friend and fellow angler. Thanks for sharing and our thoughts are with the family.

For us trout anglers, could you do some sort of tutorial on cutting, shaping, and bending the wood?

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#3 posted 07-16-2010 02:24 AM

Very nice net, and a very nice tribute, I love the net Greg.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#4 posted 07-16-2010 03:01 AM

what a beautiful piece to make for your friend..that is great…and what a fantastic job…i know his wife will love it…and he would have too…nothing like good friends who fish together…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 07-16-2010 03:22 AM

Beautiful and fitting tribute to a friend Greg. Good stuff….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 07-16-2010 03:47 AM

You choked me up but I understand as I fish too! This is a wonderful way to show your love for him. He will be using the spirit of the net in Heaven.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 07-16-2010 06:55 AM

Great looking neat. Beautifully done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 07-16-2010 04:06 PM

Great gift/tribute. I am sure his family will love it.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#9 posted 07-16-2010 04:17 PM

Every time I see one of these nets it reminds me that I don’t spend enough time in the shop or fishing. The sad passing of your friend only emphasizes that sentiment.

Fantastic work, especially the inlay, and what a tribute to your friend. May we all find happiness in our friends and family.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#10 posted 07-19-2010 03:31 AM

Awesome job on the fishing net and inlay, outstanding job. Sorry for your loss. ItBrings back memories for me, my Grandfather on my mothers side was a barber in NewYork and he made fishing nets and sold them when he was not cutting hair. Those nets were used to catch herin in the Hudson river. About 35 years ago my uncle showed me how to make fishing nets and it is fun, however i have not made one in a while. Your net brought back great memories. Thanks

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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