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Old 10-16-2012, 07:24 PM
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The kids group at our church is looking to make fly fishing nets as a project this year. The leader is trying to figure out a good way to steam and bend the wood for the nets. I'm wondering if folks on here have done it and/or know of good ways to go about this project? There would be a number of kids doing it at once, so they want a way they can do together.

For nets, on the web I've found a number of places that sell bags, anyone have a favorite?
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Default Re: Making a net

William: Take a look at this article on building a custom fishing net frame:
Custom Fly Fishing Landing Net Construction - "How to build a custom wood fly fishing landing net"

For the net I would go with a ghost net replacement bag, the rubber netting is so much nicer when trying to remove fishing hooks, the hook almost fall out of the bag. Ghost Bags
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Default Re: Making a net

I made my own stream net recently. I just cut the shape out from a board of birds eye maple. One piece no breaks, or bending, used a jig saw. Drilled the holes on the sides and sewed the net in. Very satisfying landing fish with a net you made.

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Default Re: Making a net

Mcnerney, thanks for the links. I hadn't found the first link on my searches. It's a helpful one. I agree with the ghost bag suggestion.

Noreaster, that's a great looking net! Could be a good option and would avoid the need to bend the wood for the nets. Kids could pick their net shape.

Thanks for the suggestions!
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We didnt build nets, but we did build snowshoes in scouts previously, we did it with PVC and used hot sand poured via a funnel into the PVC and then set the pvc in a mold to make the bends, when the sand cools, the PVC stiffens up and is solid.

I bet you could use this method to build inexpensive net frames also if you were so inclined.

Here is the video that we saw that got us started.

I suspect you could use dowels in a board to do the bends, and I think if you put caps on the ends, the pvc net would float.


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Thanks for posting that video. Whether or not we use it for net building, that's a great project.
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Noreaster made a beautiful looking net, but there's a reason why trout nets are steam bent and laminated...... they're much stronger that way
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Noreaster made a beautiful looking net, but there's a reason why trout nets are steam bent and laminated...... they're much stronger that way
Thanks, I think...
To make a tougher one piece net, notice I left about a half inch of wood for the frame. Many laminates are about a 1/4 inch. The net I made has no flex in the frame and I have used it as a priest (club) on a number of occasions. Birds eye maple is one of the densest and strongest of our native hardwoods.
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To steam the wood, I made a 1'x1'x5' box with a lid and a hole in the bottom, just out of 1/4" plywood, and set a tea kettle under that.. it worked fine bending the white ash and walnut strips. Thinner is better. Used 2 strips of ash and 3 of walnut

Not sure how many you could do at once though

Hardest thing was making the jig to hold the strips in the shape you wanted for the glue up
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To answer your net question, Brodin sells replacement ghost bags. the clear soft rubber ones, for an VERY reasonible price. When I accidently melted my mesh bag with fire I replaced it with a ghost bag and never looked back. i love the thing and it only cost me 15 bucks maybe.
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