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Project by MUST58GT posted 11-11-2018 02:42 PM 704 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Am learning how to fly fish so I need some gear, right?

This landing net started out as a Texas native walnut slab that I harvested from a friend’s ranch in Lampasas. I made the handle by laminating walnut with mesquite and birch scraps from “the pile”.

I made a template for the hoop, making sure the circumference of the hoop would match the size of a commercially available net bag, and soaked several them strips of birch and mesquite in hot water. I made the soaking container with some 1 1/2” PVC pipe. That worked ok, but next time I’m planning to convert my PVC soaker into a legit steamer.

Didn’t realize until half way through the glue up that there’s a lot of moving parts. Getting the hoop strips aligned and glued up, and then attached to the handle was a challenge. Next time I’ll make a more sophisticated jig for holding all the pieces and reducing the chances for drift as the glue dries.

Might buy a few more clamps too.

PS – 10 pts to the first person that guesses what the logo on the handle is supposed to resemble :)

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"





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LesB

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#1 posted 11-11-2018 05:31 PM

You did a great job for the first one. I particularly like the flattened top which makes it easier to net a fish; especially in shallow water.

What type of glue did you use on the wet wood? I’m thinking I would use urethane glue which cures with moisture and is water proof when cured.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 11-11-2018 06:33 PM

Redfish tail

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#3 posted 11-11-2018 09:16 PM

Very cool I need to do one , great work.

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

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#4 posted 11-11-2018 10:38 PM

Looks really nice. I guess mayfly.

-- Kayvon

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#5 posted 11-12-2018 12:37 AM

love to fly fish and having a custom made net is the ultimate.looks great but i dont see a final finished net?

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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PedroL

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#6 posted 11-12-2018 01:58 PM

Great stuff. I make nets as well and yours looks to be top quality.

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MUST58GT

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#7 posted 11-12-2018 02:38 PM


What type of glue did you use on the wet wood? I m thinking I would use urethane glue which cures with moisture and is water proof when cured.

- LesB

hi Les, I actually did use polyurethane glue although, I’ve read since, there’s some debate about Titebond III working as well or better for waterproof applications. I’m making a new net now with Titebond III and will be using both in fresh and saltwater soon. If one is truly better than the other, will let you know which net de-laminates first. Suspect the sealer/finish process, as well as general wear and tear, may have something to do with that also.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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MUST58GT

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#8 posted 11-12-2018 02:40 PM



Redfish tail

- Davevand

+10 points for you. You’re probably hoping there’s some monetary value but, sadly, no. Regretfully no one in my immediate family knew what it was until I told them. :(

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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TomGrin

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#9 posted 11-12-2018 06:22 PM

Good looking net! Did you glue the parts wet? After I steam the parts, I clamp them in the jig and let them dry for a day or so. The pre-bent pieces are easier to handle during glue up. My steamer is PVC pipe and a wallpaper steamer from a garage sale. Great job!

-- Lets make some sawdust. Tom

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Knothead62

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#10 posted 11-16-2018 03:53 PM

I used to build custom fishing rods and me, and others, used TB III for gluing the cork rings for grips.
My complements on the net! Where are you getting the net bag?

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MUST58GT

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#11 posted 11-16-2018 08:03 PM

I bought a Brodin Ghost Replacement Net Bag Large. You can get them direct from Brodin or Amazon. Price is the same.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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