Re: I found this amusing...
I have seen hand made nets that are absolutely works of art. Laminated from strips of exoctic wood, steamed and hand laid plies glued to perfection. Netting tied and attached with loving attention. I am a sucker for crastsmanship, especially in wood. I have "lusted in my heart" for some beautifuly made nets, but have never been able to justify the cost.
I understand how fishermen who can better afford to indulge their desires will do so. If I were more affluent, I might consider the price more reasonable and get someting like that just to do so.
For now, however, the 'ol reliable net still hangs where it always has, ready and willing to go to work.
You can always tell a fly fisherman. You just can't tell him much.