Back from fishing, off to teach at Marc Adams School of Woodworking. Shipping delays possible.
I continue to create fly fishing nets in variety of shapes and designs to celebrate the individuality of both the fish and the angler. Whether it is a simple catch and release trout net or a presentation showpiece with carvings, scrimshaw, and a deer antler handle each net receives the same care and attention, becoming a unique fishing collectible. Each is a net, That Honors the Fish.
Whether you choose a landing net from those I have already crafted or select the design elements and commission a net that reflects your individuality, I would be honored to create a custom wooden landing net for you.
Why strive to make a custom decorative landing net?
This is a question that is very reasonable to ask, but difficult to answer. I think it all started when I started catching fish and felt I was a pretty good angler. I caught a nice trout and brought it quickly to hand. By the time I was ready to release it, the fish was clearly dying. I started to think, How many fish do I need to catch to have a good day of fishing? Do I need to kill?
I thought of all the times that my conversation turned to: "How many did you catch". As if that defined how much "fun" we have. I realized how many times when I had that "great" day of fishing, I couldn't remember a single individual fish. I started to slow down and look at each fish, to remember as much as I could about the moment. I read about the hunters of the past who honored their prey. They decorated their weapons, who stopped to see the spirit of the animal they had taken. A decorative landing net isn't much, but is the best I can offer to the creator and the creation.