Set of 3 Custom Fly Fishing Nets

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Project by Greg posted 02-14-2011 06:41 AM 7638 views 16 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sierra Nets was recently blessed to receive a commission for a trio of custom fly fishing nets for a fellow avid flyguy named, of all things, Noel Trout! Seriously, that’s his real name! He wanted an heirloom quality custom fly fishing net for himself and his two teenage sons.

He also wanted a very specific set of criteria to be met:

a.) He wanted a bloodwood stripe in the handle of the custom fly fishing nets to signify the blood of Christ.
b.) He wanted a cotton net indicative of a timeless piece of fly fishing memorabilia (as opposed to the rubber fly fishing nets that I offer)
c.) He wanted their monograms on the custom fly fishing nets
He wanted on the custom fly fishing net, the scripture name and chapter with verses, “Matthew 4:18-20.” (It reads: And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19And he said unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.)
d.) He wanted specific woods on the handles
e.) He wanted Sierra Nets’ integrated magnetic catch system on all of them. (see the video of how it works here.)

This has been a great commission to work on, and Noel is a great client. Not to mention that I’m sure I’ve made a fishing buddy as well.

All pictures were shot on a Nikon D40-A GREAT CAMERA THAT DOES WOODWORKING JUSTICE. I am currently borrowing my Bro’s camera and am looking at a Nikon D3100. If anyone has any comments on this, I would like to hear them.

All inscriptions were written in enamel using a crow quill pen. As usual, all lanyards are hand tied to best match the woods used.

On the Birds Eye net, you may be able to notice the checkered pattern formed by the curly maple I used in the hoop.-Pretty cool effect.
Here are some pics of them along the way…

Setting the inlay of Bloodwood

The handles ready for a hoop

Glue up

Removing excess glue & wood

Pre shaping the handle

Final handle shaping

Shaping complete

Marking the holes

Drilling the net holes

My favorite part- Bringing out the grain

Tying up the lanyards

Tying on the bag

The magnetic catch

The inscriptions

Each net was meticulously hand rubbed then buffed to a furniture like finish that invites the touch yet resists water. This is one of the things I am most proud of with my nets.

Thanks for looking. If you are interested in a net, please contact me through my website. I have some nets in stock and a commissioned net will be taken on a FCFS basis with about a month lead time.

Greg Madrigal

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

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 09:50 AM

wow great photos and great looking nets. But they look too good for just nets!

-- Theresa,

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 12:32 PM

great looking nets almost tooo nice to hit the wathers
I like the purplehart
thank´s for sharing and taking the time to make the picturbook to us :-)

take care

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 01:18 PM

beautiful work

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 02-14-2011 04:02 PM

Very nice work on them and excellent documentation

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 04:07 PM

this is a great posting, congrats!!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#6 posted 02-14-2011 04:33 PM

Wow! these are spectacular. What a wonderful idea.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 02-14-2011 05:26 PM


This is a wonderful set of nets, along with a nice story behind their commissioning. Sounds like the dad put some thought into the personalization of each net, rather than just saying he wanted 3-nets made. He wanted something special and you made that happen for he and his sons.

Thank you for taking the time to give us a bonus photo blog of your process here within the project posting.

Well done and fish on!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 02-14-2011 05:27 PM

Thanks for showing how you do that. Would love to make one of those in the future.

Your’s are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 02-14-2011 09:54 PM

Beautiful nets and craftsmanship. Excellent post – thanks for taking the time and energy to share some of the finer details of the process.


-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#10 posted 02-15-2011 12:49 AM

Great job on the nets and for showing us how you made them. Your craftsmanship shines through.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#11 posted 02-15-2011 05:44 AM


Those are certainly beautiful nets. And what a great reminder that there is nothing more important than being fishers of men for Jesus Christ. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 02-18-2011 05:03 PM

Excellent work, as always. Love the curly maple.

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