How to Weave or Braid Fishing Nets

How to Weave or Braid Fishing Nets
Being able to make netting is a fundamental survival skill. Using it, you can take ordinary rope or cordage and turn it into hammocks, carrying bags and especially fishing nets. There are a variety of methods for weaving a fishing net, and many of them call for special tools or advanced knot-tying skills. But some procedures need only a pair of scissors and the ability to tie ordinary knots, and can be used to make nets for either casting or fish traps.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spool of nylon cord
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Lead weights
Step 1
Set the size of your fishing net and determine the number of cords for weaving the net. You will need to cut two sets of cord, with each set having a number of cords equal to the perimeter of the net in inches. If the net is a 3-foot square, then the perimeter you need is two sets of 144 cords. This will create roughly 1-inch squares in the netting. To create smaller or wider spaces, add or subtract to the number of cords.
Step 2
Cut your cords. One set is the lengthways set, which should be the length of the square. The other is the widthways set, which is 110 percent of the length. So, our lengthways set should be made of 144 cords that are 36 inches long, while the widthways set should be 144 cords that are 39.6 inches (you could round that down to 39.5).
Step 3
Lay the legthways cords out alongside each other so they are even on the ends and parallel. Then set the widthways cords across them so a grid pattern is formed.
Step 4
Go along and tie knots at each intersection. This will necessarily mean pulling one of the cords back to make the tie and then laying it back out. Expect it to be a long, tedious job. At the end of this process you will have a fishing net suitable for suitable for use in barrier traps in streams and creeks.
Step 5
Convert your square into a circle to make the net into casting net. Start by trimming off the excess cordage along the outside of your proposed circle. Then tie a casting line with a hand loop to the center of the net. This should be several feet long, but how long is up to you. Finally, tie several lead weights at equidistant positions along the circumference of the net. The amount of weight is up to you and should be based on your throwing ability and your intended catch. However, you should consider at least 3 or 4 lbs. of weights a minimum.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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