…Elk Creek Net Company…by wandering monk

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thanks very much to all the customers that helped make 2014 so successful!! 2015 has some special offerings on the way!!

          In my “Fins & Scales” gallery I have dozens of pics showing some of the fish landed with my nets over recent years…I take C&R pretty seriously…and love to be as kind as possible to the trout I catch…these nets are a direct result of that philosophy and way of angling…wm

C&R landing net by wandering monk

          I use  five .100″    laminations for the “bow” glued with a two part epoxy making these nets extremely strong! I pick out every lamination piece and blank for the handle with very close inspection for not only excellent quality, but also picking out the best sections of a raw and then planed plank of wood  for attractive grains too…it has to have something special about it for me to turn it into one of my nets…the rest just goes over to the wood stove pile…

          My nets are the result of years of  breaking the standard nets available out there, either fishing for fun or guiding other anglers…many were pleasing to look at…and of course did what they were supposed  to, but just couldn’t take daily use landing bigger fish without problems…or even take a few “knocks” occasionally without breaking…many places I fish are a bit of a hike in some rugged terrain…

           ” the freestone is a great all around net, easily tucked in your wader belt capable of handling any trout you will run into with a fly rod ”

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…I have landed thousands of fish with the nets I make…with reasonable care will last a very long time…

…I take Catch & Release very seriously…and my nets are designed just for that…

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~my zebrawood nets are a nice compliment to flamed rods~

~but no match in beauty to nature itself!~

 

 

There is nothing worse than hiking in a few miles to a spot and have your net break at the last minute by just bumping into a boulder a bit hard. The Alternative was maybe use a metal bow net…but I really like the look and feel of wood… I needed a net that could take the vigor’s of daily use, and be able to land fish in excess 4-6 pounds regularly.

 

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               …This is my “Trout Fisher” model…suited fine for the average rainbow or brown up to 20″ or so and 3-4 pounds…but I really made this one for the small stream angler…that wants to have a net that is also “friendly” to the trout…the typical bags used on many trout nets out there are so rough and can do serious damage to a trout’s protective slime surface and scales…someone who learns and practices the “art” of catch and release is not only being an angler with a conscience, but also making it possible for others to enjoy the resource…and let that fish live a little longer than when abused by inferior nets…

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…easy does it!…

…Elk Creek Net Company… price list

“spring creek”model………….$250.00 std.  (11 X15″ bow) overall length 24″
“trout fisher”model…………..$255.00 std.  (11 X15″ bow) overall length 28″
“freestone”model  ……………$265.00 std.  (13 X19″ bow) overall length 32″
“tailwater”model…………..…$285.00 std.  (13 X19″ bow) overall length 38″
“guide”model…………….……$295.00 std.  (13 X19″ bow) overall length 50″
…Elk antler accent on grip & lanyard  standard…
…”C&R” landing bags standard…
…additional accents available…contact me for details…
…combination wood glue ups also available…contact me for possible combinations…

        The “Trout Fisher” has an 11 X 15″ bow and the overall length to the tip of the  handle is 28″…the “spring creek” is 4″ shorter…I personally like the little extra reach…but some prefer the more compact length, especially those that anchor their nets with the magnet on the back of their vest…

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      Another important criteria for me was to be something that showed the natural beauty of hardwoods…especially some of my favorite North American woods, and not some cheap imports or quick growth replacements. Every pice of wood I use in making these nets is scrutinized for not only strength and proper grain structure, but also for aesthetic value… Incorporating  a “rubber” style catch and release net another “must”…that by design can be easily replaced after one or more seasons of use…

 

all my nets have Elk antler accents…I also make provision to attach a  lanyard…and apply a  finish that repels water…

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This is the “Tailwater” & “Guide” Models…the Tailwater(left) was my choice for years to be the net I used guiding on the South platte and other waters in the Rockies…the “Guide model” is a size I came up with for use on the drift boat…plenty strong for big fish…and a good reach too…these are both two hand models…although I use the “tailwater” myself  “single hand” all the time…I like the extra reach it gives me…especially with 9-10 foot rods…both these nets have a bow size of 13 X 19″…the “tailwater” is 38″ long…the “guide” is 52″…

 

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                     There is nothing like having tools that work and look good too! the “Guide Model” is 52″ long w/ a bow of 13 X 19″…worked great for fish up to 10lbs…its handle is a1/2″wider than the other nets I make since its a “two hander”…

       I set out with these criteria several years back…and this is the end result…after thousands of fish landed, many well over 8 lbs…both as a guide and fishing by myself, this net passed the test with flying colors…to the point where other guides were asking me to make them one too…everyone was sick of the overpriced imports that fell apart with hard use…but didn’t want to use the aluminum or metal frame handled ones on the fly…plus the C&R bags, with an easy and solid method of “change outs” made even more sense…the models with all the holes drilled in the bows for attaching bags really compromised their strength, and break way to easy…

 

 

these nets are made from 5 lamination’s .100″ thick…I make the lamination’s from hardwoods that take a bend well…Red and White Oak, Ash and Hickory are my favorite North American hardwoods…I occasionally make some from exotic hardwoods too…like Zebrawood …the lamination’s are glued with a two part waterproof epoxy that has been tested extensively for longevity and strength…one used for marine applications…the nets are shaped and sanded to a smooth finish, with all edges being softened or rounded…I hand rub two coats of a clear acrylic finish then spray on two final coats for extra protection…I attach the bags with 1.5mm braided dacron…a very abrasion resistant line material.

 

Zebrawood is extremely strong…its one of my favorite imported wood  for making  nets…

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I use only rubber  C&R bags…one of the important criteria I had at the outset was to make a net that didn’t harm the trout we were catching…a very serious subject on some private ranches I worked on…that were strictly catch and release w/ only barbless hooks allowed…something I believe in strongly too no matter where I fish…

I used my prototypes for a few years  before starting to make these for sale…perfecting the design…trying different lamination thicknesses, glues, wood species ,style bags..and even the method I attached the bags to the net bows…the result is the net I now offer…landing thousands of fish, focusing on safe catch and release in the process…and also trying to produce a beautiful tool for angling…

 

 

 

           The “guide” model is designed specifically for the purpose for use on a drift boat, or just is assisting others land a catch … it can even handling larger species like steelhead to a point…the “spring creek” and “trout fisher” models are designed for those pursuing brookies, cut throat and other smaller trout where a larger net isn’t required, 10-18″ size…the “freestone” and “tailwater” models are made to handle the largest trout easily…this is the size I use regularly fishing  waters in the Rockies, fishing by myself or guiding…where trout getting up to 5-8 lbs are not that unusual…the “tailwater” has a longer handle making the longer reaches in current a bit easier, which is my personal favorite for all around…

I make them in Red Oak, White Oak, Ash & Hickory, all woods from North America…occasionally even walnut and beech, when I have a good source…I also make some from some exotics…Zebra Wood is my most popular, but can also incorporate certain other species like mahogany, teak , shedua, all woods that are OK for bending and strength…the bows all are made from 5 lamination’s  (.100″ thick) and epoxied, w’ bows of 13 X 19″ or my smaller trout version 11 X 15″ , the handles are solid hardwood in various lengths and are 1 &1/2″ wide and 3/4″ thick…super stout!…the smallest a bit less, the guide model a bit ore since its a two handed model…

exotics woods have an additional cost added…email me for information…

I regularly carve special accents or details in the net handles, also inlays or special antler accents are available …

I can work from your artwork or mine…contact me for details…

click here to see some of the fish I have landed over the years since I started making these nets…

 …click here to see terms of sales and shipping…

                          I also make custom versions of my nets for shops in quantity orders…I can make a brand with your existing logo or help you to design one…contact me for details…
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