Fly Fishing Net

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Project by amagineer posted 10-31-2013 12:43 PM 2096 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked by the local brew master to make a fly fishing net for his father, who is an avid fly fisher. He wanted a custom net, so I made a drawing and after making changes to his request, I started. Having never made a net before, I tapped into some of the fishing net videos and realized it wasn’t straight forward as I had thought. I made some forms out of MDF, a stream tube out of 4” PVC pipe, a router jig for putting in the edge slot ( I also had to buy the slot cutter), and a drill press jig for putting in the holes in the slot. He wanted a “ghost net” (clear poly net) and a Birdseye maple handle with a piece of cocobolo in the middle. I chose the frame material; the outer is American Elm, then one Ash, four Black Walnut, one Ash, and one American Elm. I used the American Elm because of the grain, and how it matched the Birdseye maple. I drilled and tapped a hole in the end of the handle for inserting a brass threaded insert. I found an old patina threaded closed end hook, and with a little locktite thread locker fit perfect. I purchased a magnetic net release to attach to the hook. The net was attached with a braided nylon twine made for marine use.
I put a coat of Salad bowl finish to seal the net, and then applied a coat of System Three Spar varnish. After a week it was still tacky. I was beside myself as to what to do. I decided to ask my Lumberjock friend “Greg” for help. He guided me through the correct process. I want to thank Greg for all his help. After six coats of the spar varnish and polishing with a coat of wax, it was done. Thanks for looking and any comments welcome.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#1 posted 10-31-2013 12:54 PM

Great looking net. I know you put a lot of work in it. I was thinking of doing the same and changed my mind down the road. Glad you came through. A nice challenge. Good work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 10-31-2013 01:09 PM

Don, that looks Beautiful! Great Work.
-at the request of a Brew Master, I hope you get a well deserved Bubbly out of him!
Very Nice!!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#3 posted 10-31-2013 01:29 PM

Lovely project…too nice to get wet though. :)


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#4 posted 10-31-2013 02:15 PM

Great looking net! Very nicely done. I’m sure your friend’s father is going to love it and enjoy it immensely.

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

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#5 posted 10-31-2013 04:39 PM

what was the trick for the varnish?

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#6 posted 10-31-2013 10:38 PM

Thanks all for the comments.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#7 posted 10-31-2013 11:14 PM

beautiful job don, ive always wanted to make some of these, just have not gotten there yet, you did a fantastic job.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 10-31-2013 11:33 PM

A beautiful piece of work. For never having done one of these, you certainly did a fantastic job. Your friends dad will really enjoy using this.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#9 posted 10-31-2013 11:58 PM

Beatiful net!. Congratulation

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#10 posted 11-01-2013 05:13 AM

Awesome looking net. Fly fishing was my thing before.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#11 posted 11-01-2013 08:34 AM

Awesome job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 11-01-2013 11:45 PM


Another great project!


-- Bob A in NJ

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#13 posted 11-02-2013 03:27 PM

That certainly is a beautiful net! I’m sure he’s gonna be really happy to use it.
Never seen a clear net before.

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