For the last several years I have listed some of the nets that I have in stock each spring before trout opener and again in the late fall before Christmas. I appreciate all of the kind comments and feedback that I have received. Each of my landing nets are unique so the nets I have in stock will vary ( you can always contact me if you see something you like as a special request).
All the nets shown here are completely finished and ready for shipping. I can not easily add inscriptions or personal messages to these nets. This must be added before the final finish is completed. (I can refinish the net but there is a $75 up charge and up to a 6 week delay.) You may request a custom order, current waiting time is about 4-6 months, an inscription can be added at no extra change when I am finishing the net.
I would be glad to send additional pictures of any of these nets to aid you in making a final selection.
Selecting a landing net isn't always that easy and can be overwhelming. This is my thoughts about selecting a net for yourself or as a gift.
The appropriate size net will handle a fish with the least injury and give the best frame for a picture. No one size or style of landing net can cover all situations encountered while 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.
My medium size landing net with a hoop between 34 to 36 inches in circumference or about 12 x 9 inches, is a good choice for general use as a fly fishing net. This size will handle fish up to 20 inches easily. (My personal best is 26 inches)
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. (My personal best is 30 inches).
As far as picking a handle length, by far the most popular length is 8-10 inches. Mainly because of the comfort in 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. In the same way, in very tight cover with lots of bush and fallen timber the shorter hand can be best.
Spring 2020: The winter saw me recovering from shoulder surgery and now this. Who would have thought. I am spending lots of alone time in my workshop but anticipating a future, where I will appreciate my friends and loved one even more. Enjoy looking at my selection of nets. I now am approaching 70 years old and at over a 1000 nets, you may note that my pricing is starting to creep up. I am making fewer general nets to list and more custom orders. As my hands and body age, the spirit is willing but the body is weak.
Stay safe and thanks for looking.
Approximate hoop sizes:
Small hoop 30-33 inch circumference, 7 x 10 inches
Medium hoop 34-36 inch circumference, 8 x 12 inches
Large Hoop 42-52 inch circumference, 12 x 14 inches