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

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Project by Greg posted 1206 days ago 3519 views 13 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 just delivered it to my client a week ago. I have 3 new commissions which I will be sharing in the near future.



Let’s start with the latest though. It’s a custom jobby made for a gift to a pontoon trout fisherman here in Socal. My client wanted a long handle quality net with inlaid monograms for a captain friend of his. I had a pretty unique idea instead of a wood inlay though. The 56” long net is some 30+ year old teak that has some brilliant figure and some of the most fantastic color I have seen in teak.

Here you can see pics coming right out of the clamps…Pretty rough eh?


The hoop is teak as well with wenge interspersed, and a figured mahogany yoke.


I carved out the recipient’s monograms along with a leaping trout to about 1/8” deep.

I undercut the sides somewhat to help retain the brass and aluminum shavings that I glued in place.










Worked like a charm! The brilliance of these metals really sparkles in the sun.

The net handle is oar shaped end with a serial # and brand, and has urban-recycled curly ash flanking the teak.

I especially like how the inclusion, which I initially reproached, turned out. I filled it too with brass shavings- Simply awesome! I really like this technique!
This net is long to provide easy netting from the deck of a high-off-the-water pontoon boat. It has a slick, lightweight rubber net. The lanyard is hand-tied para cord.

Hope you enjoyed. I have other net posts here and of course, if you’ve come here from a web search looking for a net, I can be contacted for your own custom fly fishing net at

Here are the completed pics along with one happy client!


Matt, thanks for the order. I hope your friend likes his net. Make sure to take fishy pics and I’ll post them on my website.

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

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#1 posted 1206 days ago

love the blow by blow and the net is nice

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#2 posted 1206 days ago

thank´s for the toturial on a very fine net :-)


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#3 posted 1206 days ago

Wow!! I thought that beautiful nets like that were a thing of he past. Love the inlay.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#4 posted 1206 days ago

Cool stuff, thank you for the pictures.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#5 posted 1206 days ago

Very cool stuff and awesome net! Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 1206 days ago

Otustanding work!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 1206 days ago


Another brilliant piece! I like the personalized addition of the inlay… it’s a wonderful and intricate addition to the work.

Thanks for providing us with the excellent tutorial as well.

-- 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 1206 days ago

Looks great. How did you go about glueing in the brass and aluminum shavings? That is a really neat idea, your work is outstanding. The fish will be proud to be netted in a net of yours.

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#9 posted 1206 days ago

Your nets always look great. It’s amazing that some people will actually put these works of art in the water.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#10 posted 1205 days ago

Fantastic! All around! Thanks for the detailed trip.

Awesome nets!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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