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Custom Trout Net - Steam Bent and Copper Inlaid

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Project by mlk1005 posted 08-18-2018 11:58 PM 987 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a guy that enjoys fly fishing and an avid woodworker, it was only a matter of time till a steam bent trout net would end up on my project list.

Thankfully there are plenty of videos out on the internet to guide an ambitious fellow in the right direction. This net is made of crotch walnut, lacewood, hard maple, wenge, and mahogany. The mayfly inlay is powdered copper fixed in place with thin super glue. The ferrule for the lanyard is just a piece of soft copper tubing swaged with a flaring tool. The first thing to do was make the form to bend the hoop with. Just a piece of plastic laminate countertop sink cutout as a base and particle board forms. As a steam source I used my wife’s garmet steamer….worked great! Stuck the hose into a piece of PVC pipe and stuffed rags in the ends. This worked but the PVC got really, really soft. After that its pretty straightforward steam bending. Various files, router bits, and lots of sanding brought it up to the finish line. I laminated the handle so there would be some cross grain in the construction and maybe keep anything from warping or cracking. This will get wet for sure.

I can report that it works great and the fish love it!
Thanks for looking.

-- Mark, St Louis, MO





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#1 posted 08-19-2018 12:09 AM

Absolutely beautiful!! I would frame it and hang it on the wall.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 08-19-2018 12:36 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed & Also Well Done Mark!

Rick S.

-- It is not necessary for Some People to turn OFF the LIGHT to be IN the DARK!

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#3 posted 08-19-2018 04:23 AM

Now that’s a wall hanger. It’s much to beautiful to get wet and all sorts of nasty fish slime on it.

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#4 posted 08-19-2018 09:29 AM

Thank you for the kind words, but if I hang it on the wall, all the fish will swim away!

-- Mark, St Louis, MO

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#5 posted 08-19-2018 11:02 AM

That is beautiful…well done.

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#6 posted 08-19-2018 01:37 PM

Great job! get it wet as often as you can.

-- Lets make some sawdust. Tom

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#7 posted 08-19-2018 08:39 PM

i would like to make one of these, where do you get the netting?

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mlk1005

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#8 posted 08-19-2018 09:11 PM



i would like to make one of these, where do you get the netting?

- djs


Hi djs,
Funny you should ask about the netting, I had no luck finding exactly the netting I wanted. I was looking for a small mesh but rubber coated, I’d seen nets of this type but couldn’t source it. The fabric stores had the kind of mesh I wanted that they sold for making pockets on things like backpacks or laundry bags but nothing coated. I had gone to the local fly shops here in St Louis (we’re lucky to have two very good ones close to my home), one of them had a replacement net from MeasureNet that was made of the material I wanted. This net bag has a strip of a different material sewn down the center with a ruler printed in white on it. I bought that and removed the “measure” part, it was kind of expensive but I got what I wanted. If you don’t care about the coating, I think the fabric store stuff would work fine. If you get a replacement net bag, get that first so you can make the hoop the same size as the net you buy. I didn’t do that and ended up doing more sewing than I wanted to so the net fit the hoop. I hope this helps.

-- Mark, St Louis, MO

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#9 posted 08-20-2018 03:06 PM

These are the ones I use, but they carry several types.
https://www.jannsnetcraft.com/trout-net-replacement-bags/934146.aspx

-- Lets make some sawdust. Tom

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#10 posted 08-20-2018 03:45 PM

very nice work that will make a lot of jealous fly fisherman.even if you dont catch anything your gonna look good tryin-lol.

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

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#11 posted 08-20-2018 03:48 PM



i would like to make one of these, where do you get the netting?

- djs

you might also try lj member (greg) he makes beautiful nets and i believe he will sell just the netting to make your own.

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

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