This traditionally sized trout net features an 8 inch spalted Maple handle with a 13 x 9.5 inch walnut hoop (36 inch circumference).
What is spalted maple? Spalting is the first step of decay. Within the forest soil and trees are millions of fungi living as part of the complex web of the forest. When a tree dies an individual fungi spore will start metabolizing the sugars within a region of the fallen tree. As it grows out from that central point its path will meet another fungal colony. The two colonies will react, interact and battle along their contact line. Each colony will be giving the wood a slightly different tone and the death along the the lines of contact will produce the dark black lines and swirls.
I look for the occasional board with the right amount of color, contrast and figure to strike the eye, yet it must have retained its structural integrity. After the wood has been dried and soaked with finish there is very little chance of further change. The net is finished with a multi-layered epoxy finish.
Available as a custom order with a slightly larger hoop for a ghost net bag. My nets are all signed and numbered. All nets have a custom shop made brass eye for attaching the net to your vest or belt.