How to Make a Fishing Net From Scratch

How to Make a Fishing Net From Scratch
You don't have to run out to your local fishing tackle store for a new fishing net. You can make one from scratch. You can do it at home or at the bank of your favorite fishing spot if you need a new fishing net on the fly. Most of the tools that you'll need you already have, and the biggest consideration you'll need to make is what size fishing net you want to make.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • String
  • Knitting needles
  • Fishing net handles
  • Scissors
Step 1
Make a loop holding the thread snugly at the point of intersection. Using your free hand, pass the tag end of the thread through the loop and then back around it. Close the knot. Use this sheet bend technique for the rest of the net.
Step 2
Decide which gauge size you need for the net. The gauge size will determine how large the holes are for the netting. A 1-inch gauge is ideal for bait up to 20 lbs. To create a 1-inch gauge, use your index and middle finger. Use both fingers as a guide for the placement of each knot.
Step 3
Construct the first row until the casting net is the length you want. If you run out of thread, tie a sheet bend knot to the last loop. Pass the tag end over the loop. Join the knotted end of the net with the new piece of thread. Continue constructing the net row by row.
Step 4
Gather the fishing net in your hands, allowing the pool of netting to drape down toward the ground. You only need a 12- to 18-inch depth for a standard-size fishing net.
Step 5
Fold a 1-inch flap of netting over the edge of the fishing net handle. Sew the net onto the handle, passing the threaded needle over and under the handle.

Tips & Warnings

The size of the fishing net will determine how many rows you need.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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