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Project by Luke posted 06-14-2012 01:26 AM 2569 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This project is older, but I figured I would post it. After buying a few cheap landing nets in my days of fly fishing, I wanted to get a “Brodin” net. As I went to the store, I scoped out the nets, and realized there wasn’t much to making one, and I saw they sold the net bags alone so I figured, I’d give it a shot, and bought the rubber net bag.

I started off by making a mold of MDF and test clamp what would later be the laminations.

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I used curly maple and mahogany, I had bult this just as a “test” net to see if it was worth it, and if I knew what I was doing.

I had an old cloths steamer so I cut thin strips on the table saw and made a makeshift steam box and steamed the wood for bending. Here I learned the importance of grain direction in bending as the strips snapped, and I recut some strips and re steamed them again.

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I then glued the net up with a resin glue and left it to dry until the next weekend.

I realized my initial measurements were off as I had intended on keeping the laminations all the way down the handle, but there was no way I could do that, way too big.

So I carefully cut the strips off the handle and shaped the net and handle with a variety of rasps, planes and files.

After sanding the net down I finished it with 9 coats of wiping varnish, and about 5 coats of paste wax.

And viola, I had a landing net!

Landing net in the Sierra’s on a fishing trip.

If you like this kinda stuff, you need to see http://lumberjocks.com/Fishfreak911 Greg’s nets! Amazing!





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 06-14-2012 01:34 AM

Very nice post. You’re ahead of me as making a net is newly added to my “to-do” list—maybe next winter since now’s the time to be either fly fishing or shooting trap. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the details on your construction.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 06-14-2012 01:56 AM

Great post…That is a very nice landing net…I’m sure they will only get better…look forward to your next post…Fishing last week..didn’t catch any big enough to need a net…lol

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#3 posted 06-14-2012 02:54 AM

Very nice! Landing nets have been my obsession since my first one 6 months ago. I’ve made 22 nets, and 8 with brodin bags since. There’s nothing like pulling a fly you tied out of a wood fly box you made only to net it with a landing you made. Happy fishing!

-- http://mountainflynets.blogspot.com/

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Greg

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#4 posted 06-14-2012 07:53 AM

Luke, that’s a nice looking net buddy! I Like the curly maple!
I like the “shoulders” you ended up with. Of course, I am biased, that’s how I make mine too.

Now, lets see some fish in it!

Great job!

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

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#5 posted 06-14-2012 05:33 PM

I really need to make one of these!

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#6 posted 06-14-2012 08:05 PM

That’s beautiful. I bet it looks even better with a nice fat rainbow in it.

-- Stormy: Sometimes the wood just tells you what it wants to be.

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Higgy

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#7 posted 06-14-2012 08:05 PM

Woodworking and fishing, doesn’t get much better than that. Love to see that net with a nice trout in it.

-- Paul, Connecticut

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Luke

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#8 posted 06-14-2012 10:24 PM

We were laughing at that very thing this last trip, I have the self proclaimed title of “King of Small Fish” one of these days I’ll need it, and I’ll take a picture with it, but until then it at least looks good on my back!

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