My New Net

I love my net.  But...there comes a time when a man needs another.   It's an issue that I've struggled with for a long time.  As for my old net....I mean no disrespect. No loss of loyalty. No less love.  Yes, even I sometimes need something bigger.  Why?  Amazingly, even moi, catches the occasional, albeit rarely, large fish.  

I briefly considered a composite net, now the rage.  More eco friendly?  Really?  Where does carbon fiber come from?

Aluminum?  No way.  Butt ugly.  Trout deserve better.

Loyal to local business, I’m lucky to have a fine netsmith in my back yard.  So, back to Blue Ribbon Nets it was.  I knew what I wanted, a Jacklin, large of course.  It was just a matter of picking the combination of woods.  Ever own a fine shotgun?  How about a custom longbow?  There’s nothing like a piece of of wood that’s been finely crafted into a working tool for a hunter or fisher.  

I love my new net.  My only complaint is that most of the fish that I catch from here on out will look small.  My old net?  It's been refinished, and, fitted with a new net bag.  You can bet that it will be pressed into action when I want small fry to look like whoppers!


  1. I bought a butt ugly, lightweight black aluminum / composite one for the big rivers and big fish, but still have a nice wooden one for every place else. The new custom one you have will be awesome.

    1. Awesome it is. Your stealthy midnight black net makes you the Darth Vader of the fly fishing universe! 😁 I hope I can get my net wet fractionally as often as you do yours.

  2. Lester
    Nets use to never matter to me until I started fly fishing for trout. I kept noticing all these awesome looking nets that some of the guys were using on some of the tailraces I was fishing. So one day I ask one of the guys on the Caney about his net. He told me that it was a custom made net he bought in Arkansas.
    I like the net you're using mainly because of the shape and craftsmanship that went into constructing it.
    Aluminum---no way will I let anyone see me netting a trout with an aluminum net and that includes all those Spotted Bass and Bluegill I land. Thanks for sharing

    1. I never thought much of them either Bill. I got tired of unsuccessfully trying to grab flopping, squirming fish and, broke down and bought one about ten years ago. Been using one ever since. Fish usually settle down pretty quick once in the net. And, since I usually fish alone, net shots are what I get when it comes to photos. I just happen to like the way a wooden net frames the fish.

      The construction of the net frame is immaterial actually. Just a matter of preference. So, no offense to anyone using a composite or aluminum net. What's most important is that the fish be kept wet, handled carefully, and released promptly, regardless of the frame.

  3. Congrats on new net! Doesn't take much to make you happy and content!...Wood is classic, timeless. I'm sure you'll get to dip it into your local rivers and creeks often. I'm glad you didn't purchase one of those gigantic basket, long handle ones guys tuck into their belts on their backs! What's that about? After all, trout are really kind of smallish anyway.
    Enjoy the new net...nice to support a local craftsman.

    1. Thanks Bob, you’re right, it doesn’t take much to make me happy. Heck, I get excited when I unwrap a new spool of tippet.

      My back hurts whenever I see an angler with one of those long handled nets. Looks like they’ve been harpooned. There are times when the long handle would have been handy though.


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