I grew up working in the shop with my dad on the family farm in Iowa. There I learned to respect the land and to appreciate the beauty of wood. Fascinated by a bamboo fly rod my father had won as a door prize, fly fishing developed an almost mythological quality. I followed that dream and moved to Michigan, where I have fished and worked for the last 40 years. Standing knee deep in moving water and seeing secrets slowly revealed has opened me to respect the magnificence of nature and the joy of using beautiful functional equipment. In 1994, I apprenticed with master net maker Ron Reinholdt. As the years passed, I developed my skills as well as new techniques in my effort to create functional designs where the art of woodworking and the adventure of angling meet.
I try 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.
Tight lines, Sam