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Custom Figured Claro Walnut Fly Fishing Net with Aluminum Fly Inlay

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Project by Greg posted 12-28-2011 07:55 PM 4593 views 11 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

New Custom Net – The Unveiling…
Well, I just finished this client’s custom highly figured Claro Walnut fly fishing net. He’s a very active fly fisherman, actually helped me pick out the wood to be used on this net (mark’s quite the accomplished Green & Greene woodworker). He selected a highly figured Claro Walnut piece for the handle, and Mahogany sandwiched between two pieces of Wenge to form the hoop. This flitch of claro is instrument grade wood. It was amazing to watch it transform from a seemingly rough and wavy slice of tree, to this.

If you’d like to view some of my other custom fly fishing nets, I have other nets posted here on LJ

Many more custom fishing nets can be seen here on my website.
If you would like to buy a net that is already made, or order a custom net, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I’ll walk you through the process of building this custom fly fishing net:
Here are the beginning slabs of tree that were chosen for the handle. It’s highly figured curly Claro Walnut. It is NOT VERY FLAT at this point. Note that I cut out an oversized handle blank.
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Note that there are two book-matched pieces that must be glued together to form the handle. This actually makes the handle even stronger than a single piece. This is why I needed to cut the handle oversized. When you clamp the 2 pieces, they inevitably slide around a bit.
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The two pieces now need to be run through a drum sander to flatten them out for glue-up.
These are the oversized handle pieces being glued up
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Here is the glued up rough handle blank.
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I use acrylic handle templates so I can position the template over the most beautiful parts of the grain.
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The handle just after roughing it out on the band saw.
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Using an oscillating spindle sander to shape the handle and prepare it for glue-up.
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Here, I begin the glue up on a platen that is later removed.
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Near the end of the glue up phase.
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Here, after removing the platen, adjustments are made to the clamps and handle so there are no air pockets in the laminations, and the net is hung out to dry for at least 24 hours.
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Filing down the center contour of the handle.
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Here, I use a Japanese rasp to contour the handle. This part is all done by feel. I scrape, file, carve, and sand the handle until it “fits the hand right”, taking into account the hand size of the person receiving the net. If the husband is buying for the wife, the handle will typically be sized a bit smaller in diameter to ergonomically fit her hand.
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Sanding is the most tedious part as I cannot have any scratch marks for the finish I am applying. I sand from 80 grit to 100 grit, to 150 grit, to 180 grit, to 220 grit to 320 grit, to 400. Here, I’m sanding with 400 grit sandpaper: That is so fine, it feels about as smooth as your skin and it barely removes any material.
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First coat of recipe 1 of 3 of my proprietary oil mixture. Each coat get at least 3-4 applications and is wiped off almost immediately. The last 2 recipes contain some spar varnish & Carnuba Wax for extra water repelling properties, perfect for fly fishing’s requirements.
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I carved a Royal Wulff fly into the handle using both a high speed .0157” router bit(Correct, that is 15 THOUSANDTHS!), and an Exacto knife.
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Same goes for Marks name which was also inlaid in Aluminum in to the hoops inner face.
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A finished close up of the Aluminum Fly inlay. No net yet. AND the sharp-eyed tyers may have noticed I forgot the tail! DOH! I added it later.
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Finished w/o net.
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Nice views of the finished handles.
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This knot is hand-tied using two colors of Made-in-the-USA, military-grade, 550lb. paracord. It forms a lanyard to loop around the wrist.
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Close up of the finished inlay of a Royal Wulff.

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This net, as all of my nets do, floats on water. I know my client will put this net through the ringer and will find many a trout to fill it with! For more on how I build my nets, please check out the Our Methods page on Sierra-Nets.com.

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





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 12-28-2011 08:49 PM

Wow Greg ,it looks to nice to use. I really like the great wood and wonderful inlay. A all around amazing net. Thanks for the fantastic photos too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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DanW

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#2 posted 12-28-2011 09:33 PM

Nice work & I like Jim really enjoyed the slideshow!

-- "Let he who does not work in wood, find something else that's half as good." (can't remember who I'm quoting)

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Brandon

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#3 posted 12-28-2011 11:13 PM

Amazing work! I really like the amount of detail that you’ve added it make’s it a bit more personal. That’s what the customers love is personalization. Great work.

-- An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

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EarlS

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#4 posted 12-29-2011 12:20 AM

Beautiful net!!! The best part is that it floats. Inevitably you will drop it when you are in the water.

Interesting net material. All the nets I’ve built used thinner, dark brown skeins for the net. According to the old-timers the brown wouldn’t scare the fish when you dipped the net in the water to catch it.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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david38

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#5 posted 12-29-2011 12:29 AM

beautiful work

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#6 posted 12-29-2011 12:45 AM

You definitely have you net making down to an art…those are some fantastic nets anyone would be proud to own.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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Jeff Terrell

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#7 posted 12-29-2011 12:50 AM

Incredible craftsmanship, Greg. Beautiful piece.

-- "Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind." F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Gwfly

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#8 posted 12-29-2011 01:52 AM

Great job on this project. How do you put the holes in for the netting?

-- gwfly

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RogerBean

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#9 posted 12-29-2011 01:54 AM

Nicely done.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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deerslayer_13

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#10 posted 12-29-2011 03:17 AM

one of the best nets I have seen.

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dubsaloon

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#11 posted 12-29-2011 05:07 AM

Wonderful net. Exceptional lumber choice. Thank you for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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Greg

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#12 posted 12-29-2011 06:56 AM

Thank you all kindly. EarlS, thay say that the clear rubber does’nt scare the fish either, but I beg to differ in my own experience. The fish, if nothing else, see the rim of the net. Gwfly, I simply use a 3/32” brad point bit on my 12v LIon Bosch mini drill. each hole is made by hand.

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

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DrDirt

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#13 posted 12-29-2011 08:12 AM

beautiful work, love the claro walnut.

good reminder in the photo about “never having too many clamps”
Cheers

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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Michael

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#14 posted 12-29-2011 08:50 AM

Alright, you explained everything, (and it looks awesome) I want to know how you got the aluminum to perfectly fit the fly you carved out. Would you tell us?

-- Michael

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Manitario

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#15 posted 12-29-2011 02:03 PM

this is an amazing piece you have created!!! I’m not sure that I could use this for fishing, even if I knew how to fly fish!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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