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A Pair of Walnut/Maple Custom Fly Fishing Guide Nets

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Project by Greg posted 05-08-2011 07:40 PM 4593 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 equivalent of a sports Hall of Famer. He fishes a 10.5’ rod and has trouble reaching the fish with his standard net, so he specifically requested a 19” handle. OK, 19” it is!

Kathy Kim is a FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor and wanted a similar net but with a slighter and shorter handle than Joe’s.

Both are heavy into helping others learn the sport of fly fishing through club memberships, seminars, classes, fly fishing excursions, and private instructions. They fish all over the world.

Joe insisted that I mark the nets prominently with Sierra Nets; Otherwise, I would not have marked the handles as I did. I like to let the wood and figure do the talking.

Joe’s net in the “Glue up” stage…
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Joe’s net being hand planed to thickness…
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The curls, or shavings, are fun. I love this part of the process, plus, I get to see the contrasting woods together for the first time not covered up by glue.
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It’s a bit messy but worth the effort.
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Here is the finished product…
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An integrated magnetic catch to keep the net at the ready. This one is curly walnut with a cocobolo face. It allows the fly fishing to attach the net conveniently to the back D-ring of their fly fishing vest. This allows quick retrieval when subduing a fish, and easy replacement as the extra strong rare earth magnets snap back home when they get within close proximity to each other.
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Joe’s initials carved in as requested…
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Kathy’s net came out equally as well. Both nets handles were derived from the same amazing piece of walnut. The light wood is maple. The nets are black rubber.

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This is a bird’s eye maple integrated magnetic catch system.
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I hope you enjoyed the post. Tight lines all!

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net? http://www.Sierra-Nets.com





5 comments so far

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Bearpie

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#1 posted 05-08-2011 11:08 PM

Those are beautiful nets! Any fisherman/woman would be proudly showing these off!

Are you sure you have enough clamps????

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Occie gilliam

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#2 posted 05-08-2011 11:54 PM

way to nice to be used.

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you too-oc@hotmail.com mail.com

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RichardH

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#3 posted 05-09-2011 03:57 AM

These are fabulous and I love the in-progress photo of your clamp work! Really nice figure you highlight on the handles – beats any nets I’ve ever seen on the river before. Cheers, Richard

-- "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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mmh

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#4 posted 05-09-2011 04:32 AM

Beautiful nets! My husband and his best friend love theirs!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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rsladdwoodworks

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#5 posted 05-09-2011 02:48 PM

I love your work it 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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