Here are a few common questions I get asked about Raging River Nets:
Are wood framed landing nets durable enough to last? Yes. And no. It all depends on how you treat your equipment. The same question could be asked of bamboo fly-rods, yet we have seen they stand the test of time because of how well they are taken care of. Obviously, if you slam a piece of wood on a hard surface, it has the chance of denting. The very first net I built, I am still using (to this date, over 4 years), and it shows no sign of slowing down! I have a few tips and tricks to keep your wood fishing net in top condition with the ability to last many years here. How much do the nets cost? These nets are one of a kind. They take hours of work and love to perfect (most are 15 -25 hours or more depending on complexity). Because of the time involved, they aren't your typical $50 department store special. I have recently adjusted my pricing to reflect an easier way to understand the cost. For a fully custom Raging River Net, expect to spend roughly $600 to $400 depending on hoop size, handle size, and additional features (can be more depending on chosen options). These are high quality heirloom pieces that are also meant to be used! If you would like to get a list of net prices, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I order a net? To order, simply contact me via email (contact me here) and we can get the ball rolling! Through email, we will determine what size/shape net hoop you are looking for, handle length, handle material, hoop material, general color scheme (light/medium/dark), and any other features you would like on the net. If easier, we can also set up a time to talk via phone. You can choose as many details as you want, or leave some of the options up to me. I am open to what you want, and would love to work with you and your ideas. Sometimes, I also have a few nets for sale (at a slightly discounted price) that aren't part of a custom order. These, if available, will be shown here: Nets For Sale.
How long does it take to build a net? It all depends on how much work I have at the time, and the size/complexity of the net you would like me to create. Lead time has varied from 3 weeks, to 3 months. Once I start on your custom landing net, it will take approximately 6-8 weeks for it to be ready to ship. Also, please understand that net making is not my day job (we also have a growing family! Wooo!).
I have a special piece of wood in mind to use, can you utilize that in the handle? Of course! I have made nets in the past where a client wanted a certain piece used for the handle as it had significant value to them personally. This makes it all the more special since it provides a richer history for the net. The cost of the net will be reduced if you provide the wood, between $20-40. Material cost of the net is minimal compared to the time investment. If you have a specific piece of wood in mind for a net handle, let me know, and I can provide you with minimum size requirements dependent on the type of landing net you want to order.
This is just like a tennis racket! Almost. But no. :)
Can you do custom hoop shapes? Yes - I will work with you to design (in CAD) your very own shape. No added cost. This can take a month in extra time as I design and send the CAD drawings back and forth to you for approval. As always, size of the net, handle length, and wood options are all up to you! My most common hoop shapes are shown below: