Medium sized Fly Fishing Net: Quilted Maple and Koa

This an elegant and functional traditionally sized landing net made with striking woods. 22 inches overall, 8 inch handle and a 13 x 9 inch hoop.

 This net handle was made from the small cut offs of a special piece of maple from a small saw mill in Iowa.  When I first started making nets I went to that mill with my father.  Walking across the mill yard, there was a small block of wood covered by mud and grim, the grain just barely showed through.  When I bought my lumber I asked about that small board and they replied,  just take it.  I cut it into small planks and let it dry.  When I finally used that wood, I found that it had some of the highest figure and the most iridescent grain that I have ever seem.  I think the rest of that log ended up in pallets. The hoop is Koa from a small supplier that would tell me where each of the trees he harvested had grown and had fallen.  


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