Crafting a Fishing Net

In the last week I have had a blast crafting my own fishing net. When I saw that my Central Oregon Fly Fishing Club was conducting a net building class, I jumped on board immediately. Our instructors Cliff,  Steve, and Dave (not my husband) did the work of constructing the net frame and then coached all of us on the remaining steps.  While working on it in our workshop I received additional  coaching from my husband, Dave! Would you expect less from the bamboo rod builder.  The pictures & captions below capture the process from start to end.  I have very happy with how the finished net looks. I can’t wait to net my first landed fish. Doing this project reminds me of how much I enjoy and how rewarding it is to work with your own hands – versus buying.  While finishing the net Dave and I chatted about building another – this time utilizing bamboo as the main wood.  However,  my first goal next winter is be to build my very own custom crafted bamboo rod.

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Cliff demonstrating how they constructed the frames for us.



Drum Sanding

Step 1 First phase of sanding on the drum sander to begin smoothing out the interior & exterior of the hoop.

Filing

Step 2 Use a file to rough out the edges for a curved surface

Hand Sanding

Step 3 Lots of sanding with a block and hands to get the smooth final finish of the net on all edges.

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Step 4 & 5 Finishing the net with a Gun Stock Oil & Wax

Attaching the net

Step 6 – Attaching the net

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A finished net! Next Step land a fish

Mary Ann, Ann, and Mary

Going from right to left to right ! Mary, Anne, & Mary Ann – not too many times you get this combination of names together

 

 

 

Winter Fishing on the Crooked 12-11-15.

But back to the Crooked River. My last fishing pursuit was to the Crooked River on December 11th! Water levels are running really low – down to 36CFS. However, the white fish can still spawn. It too a few stops but my friend and I found some spawning white fish. And when you find them you will find rainbows. We had a flurry of doubles in the 30 minutes I was there. She stayed and caught some more. In addition to egg patterns – a orange Ray Charles was also the fly of choice.

 

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You will always find rainbow when you find spawning white fish.

My buddy and I with a double - tough to get a good photo when you have a fish on!

My buddy and I with a double – tough to get a good photo when you have a fish on!

NW Fly Fishing Expo March 11th and 12th, 2012

NW Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing Expo: Sign up for Classes!

The 2012 Northwest Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing Expo is set for March 9 & 10 at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany, Oregon. The Expo Education team has been busy getting class material and instructors ready for another round of great classes from fly tying, still water strategies, to spey casting. Check out the class section on the the expo web site. There is a limited number of spaces in each class, so sign up early!

I am proud to say that, once again Dave and I will be teaching at the Expo. I will be teaching Intermediate Fly Casting Friday at 12:15 and Casting Doctor Friday at 2:00pm. Dave and I will be teaching our EuroNymphing Class on Saturday at 9:00am.

We have a booth for Bamboo Pursuits, come by and try out a few bamboo rods. Our booth is on the casting pond! Can’t miss us!