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Custom Fly Fishing Net Wenge, Bird's Eye Maple, Curly Maple, Walnut with Magnetic catch

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Project by Greg posted 10-16-2011 09:54 AM 3712 views 13 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I am extremely pleased with the way this net came out. To be honest, I didn’t like it at first (in the rough) but as I put coat after coat of hand rubbed finish, the silky smooth bird’s eye maple just took on a beautiful life of its own. Now, the net is so supple that it reminds me why I painstakingly hand rub 3 different recipes into the wood over the course of a week (at least.)
The client asked for a 34” long net (these longer handles seem to be all the rage lately) with a clear rubber bag, and an external magnetic catch (as opposed to my built in INternal mag catch.) These allow the net to be hung from a D-ring on the back of one’s vest while fishing. The magnetic catch is really strong in order to hold the weight (though, it’s a pretty light net all in all.)

They are quite handy. I made a video of how they work here.

Here I cut out the handles general shape after gluing up a wood sanwich.
Custom Fly fishing Net,Sierra Nets,Greg Madrigal,Gifts for fly fishermen
Custom Fly fishing Net,Sierra Nets,Greg Madrigal,Gifts for fly fishermen

Then, I glue up the hoop and handle.
Custom Fly fishing Net,Sierra Nets,Greg Madrigal,Gifts for fly fishermen
Time for the hand tools: Planes, rasps, files, and scrapers precede sanding down to 400.
Custom Fly fishing Net,Sierra Nets,Greg Madrigal,Gifts for fly fishermen
Custom Fly fishing Net,Sierra Nets,Greg Madrigal,Gifts for fly fishermen
Kind of bland w/o finish right?!
Custom Fly fishing Net,Sierra Nets,Greg Madrigal,Gifts for fly fishermen

The hoop is made from Maple, Curly Maple, & Walnut. The Curly Maple runs half way down the handle sides. It was a fun build, and I learned a few things on it too. If you’d like to see more of my nets, and information on how they are built, please check out the links.

There is a stainless steel split ring permanently tied into the lanyard’s base, this holds the SS s-biner which holds the Magnetic catch. The external magnetic catch is made from Walnut & Bird’s Eye maple to match this custom fly fishing net.

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It has a 17” handle made of sandwiched Wenge inside Bird’s Eye maple.

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Tying the lanyard.

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The “Sierra Nets 2011” were hand carved with a dremel and a .025” spiral bit, and inlaid with brass.

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





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tbone74

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#1 posted 10-16-2011 10:07 AM

That is a beautiful net! I would love to make one of those for my father, may I ask where you purchase the netting?

-- Tony

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j_c

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#2 posted 10-16-2011 10:57 AM

Incredible. Beautiful choice of woods, and the finish was well worth the effort! I’d love to hold actually hold the thing.
The photo of the clamp-up made me laugh!

If I may ask, how was the brass inlay done, on the engraved text?

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HawkDriver

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#3 posted 10-16-2011 11:17 AM

Beautiful net for sure!!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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Ken90712

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#4 posted 10-16-2011 03:35 PM

I can see why you like this one, it’s beautiful to say the least. Great job all the way around on this. There almost too nice to use. Which I’ll bet you never heard that one before… LOL Great work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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abie

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#5 posted 10-16-2011 04:48 PM

TNX for sharing the great pictures and explainations
truly magnificent.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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jim1953

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#6 posted 10-17-2011 01:45 AM

Great Lookin Net

-- Jim, Kentucky

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mmh

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#7 posted 10-17-2011 02:23 PM

Another beauty! I love those detailed curves!

-- "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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Craig Havran

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#8 posted 10-17-2011 03:05 PM

WOW!! If I had one of those on my side it would definitely take the attention away from my lack of ability in catching fish. That is the most beautiful net I’ve ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing that. That may become my computer background and inspiration for a future project. You made my Monday, Greg.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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Knothead62

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#9 posted 10-17-2011 10:24 PM

A work of art! It is too small for the fish I catch. lol
Did you wet the wood or steam it before bending? I’ll be sure to look at your links.

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