I learned to fly fish at a very young age where the key lesson, taught by my Dad, was patience. Patience to wait for the fish. Patience to learn how to properly cast. Patience to not get frustrated when I couldn’t untangle the mess of a bird’s nest I had just created with my fly line. This lesson has seeped through to many other areas of my life. Patience, a life long lesson, is high on the list of skills in building quality wood landing nets.
I started making things as a kid where I used up every bit of leftover cardboard my parents and grandparents had to make the infamous "Cardboard City," cardboard robots and the like. Eventually, I graduated to more permanent materials like wood and plastic. Then came college, where I was too broke/cheap to pay for nice things like good sharp kitchen knives, so I naively decided to make them myself (without realizing knives would actually cost me more to make than buy...). Through shaping knife handles, I learned how to work with wood.
Most things I make come from a desire to have something nicer than I could buy anywhere else. This is where net making comes in. I got tired of looking at my cheap, foreign made wooden fishing net, so I attempted making one for myself. After countless hours of watching videos on bent lamination, reading articles, and drawing inspiration from other talented net makers, knife makers, furniture makers, and even guitar makers, I was able to learn how to make a wood landing net. To my surprise, the first net came out great and I still use it today (4 years later)!
To get an understanding of why these nets are so special, it is important to realize the time investment involved. Each net takes between 15 and 25 hours to complete depending on size and complexity. I use many different wood species, both domestic and exotic, and can even incorporate a piece that has special meaning to you for the handle.
Thank you for visiting this site, and I hope to begin working with you on your very own custom wood landing net soon!