After browsing Special Order Nets you may identify a net that has the exact combination of features you want. Or You might say, "I like the size of Net A, the handle of Net B, the Hoop style of Net C, the wood of Net D and I want the X feature added.
I will provide you a very close estimate of the price before you commit to a net. There is a 6-12 month turn around for custom nets.
Before I start the final finish I will send you a picture of the net I have created for your approval. You should feel free to decline its purchase if it does not meet your expectations. I have found that my nets always seem to find a home. After I add an inscription and complete the finial finish I will not be able to refund your deposit.
Special Order Nets start at $300 and increase according to added features and wood selection.
Well done, could not be happier. Thanks for including - "Made for E. W." I will be building nets all winter and am so glad you shared your skill with me. I have learned so much and every net is unique. My mind just runs wild with possibilities. My net is number is 888, I can’t imagine making that many nets and all the different ones you may have done - You are the Master. Thank you again
Earl W. - Pennsylvania
An excuse to meet new people, sitting down with a glass of scotch to discuss a net (even if on zoom) is a delight.
Or if you are looking to dive into the process consider taking a class. I teach at Marc Adams School of Woodworking each fall. And host studio classic in my workshop in Grand Rapids, MI.
The beauty of wood enhanced by a custom deep epoxy finish is a major decorative element of my landing nets. The contrast of colors between a dark cherry or walnut with a lighter wood such as sycamore or maple create contrast to please the eye. The combinations are endless. I use over 30 mainly domestic hardwood species in constructing these nets, and I am always trying to add more.
These samples are provided for inspiration. The actual appearance will be slightly different as each piece of wood will have its own unique color and grain patterns.
Selecting a landing net isn't always that easy. No one style of landing net can cover all situations in fishing. A net that can handle a 36 inch salmon, won't work very well climbing up a small steep mountain stream. When in doubt I would suggest a landing net with a traditional medium sized hoop, about 34-36 inches in circumference.
The small Tenkara and brook trout nets, with a hoop circumference of about 25-32 inches, are best reserved for small tight waters, where a 12 inch fish is a trophy. The appropriate size net will handle a fish with the least injury and give the best frame for a picture.
If you fish mainly larger waters and the steelhead are in your blood, the larger sized hoop is best. I make big fish carry nets with 42, 45 and 52 inch circumference frames.
Picking a handle length again is a personal choice. By far the most popular handle length is 8-10 inches, mainly because of the comfort while carrying the net on ones back. There are special situations where a slightly shorter or longer net handle is best.
When wading is difficult because of age or because of the nature of the river, a longer handle may be an advantage. Similarly in very tight cover, with lots of bush and fallen timber the shorter handle may be more convenient.Selecting the net bag again is a personal choice. I have made nets with both the soft nylon net bags and "rubber" net bags. I have also fished with both. There is very limited scientific data supporting which bag is less traumatic to the fish. I know there are many fishermen who are concerned about the hook(s) getting caught in the nylon net bags. I find that it isn't a problem if I have effectively debarbed the hook(s). I do find it is easier to carry the soft nylon bags. Most important to me, l find the net looks nicer with the soft nylon bag when displayed. Also your pictures will look nicer with the black bag.