Guide Net

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Project by Mountainfly posted 07-22-2012 06:07 AM 1364 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently had a request to build a guide net for a local fly-fishing guide here in Colorado. His only request was to make it big. Earlier this year I made a smaller backpacking net for Alan (the guide), and used a couple pieces of scrap Zebra Wood from his first net. I used Birdseye Maple with a strip of Purple Heart in the handle, and I bent the hoop out of Red Oak. Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 07-22-2012 10:31 AM

Very nice, yes very nice!

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#2 posted 07-22-2012 11:52 AM


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#3 posted 07-22-2012 05:17 PM

Ditto, very nice—but, do you really think it’s big enough? If this “fly fishing guide” needs a net this big, I really need to get his name and book a trip! On another note, since you don’t extend the net loop/frame down the length of the handle (as in some designs), do you reenforce the net frame/handle joint—especially if you’re planning to fill that big net with a nice trout?

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#4 posted 07-23-2012 07:24 PM

This guide has access to some private ranches with fish that would fill every bit of the net. Guides also are netting fish for new flyfisherman with very little experience in landing fish on the flyrod, so the bigger the net the easier it is to help someone land a fish with little harm to the fish.

No need to reinforce the handle. The glue cures stronger then the wood in most cases. The only thing I do different is treat all the exotic hardwoods with denatured alcohol before gluing them. This makes a very strong bond. That being said if I go any bigger then this net like a drift boat net I will reinforce the gusset since more stress will be on it from the longer handle.


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