Sometimes you can see the fish just swimming there and if you only had some way to scoop them up it would be so easy, right? Some way to make a fishing net?
Netting can be pretty important and useful in many ways, but sometimes specialization in purpose requires specialization in construction, and nets for fishing are no exception.
Before getting into the basics of making nets, it is worth a mention that we do sell various nets in our store. As you will find out, there are generally two kinds of nets used for fishing; dip nets (for dipping) and cast nets (for casting). We sell them both in various sizes.
Different fish may require different considerations, usually based around scale and location. However here is a a simple guide to get you started on a practical net to catch fish with. You can make it as big or as small as you want, so get creative and make it work for you.
First you need to figure out what kind of net you want to make and how big you want to make it. You can make a casting net or a dip net; one you throw, the other you scoop. Then you need to figure out what you want to make the net out of. Basically anything that acts as a string or line that can be woven or netted together.
Now you need to cut your strands of string (or whatever you are making the net out of) to length. You will need as many strands as there are inches around or across the net (around for a dip net, or length and width for a casting net). Alternately, you can make the holes of the net smaller or larger by decreasing or increasing the distance between strands.
A good rule of thumb is to cut these strands one inch longer than twice the desired length, width or circumference; since strands loop back and forth and to give yourself room for knots and weaves. You will also need a strand to outline and frame the net off with. For a dip net you will need a strand 10% longer than the length of circumference of the outer ring. For a casting net, you will need strands 10% longer than the length and width.
For a casting net, lay the strands out as you want it to look; length parallel to length, width parallel to width, and length and width perpendicular to each other. Use a simple square knot at each intersection of string. Bingo, you got yourself a net. How you choose to cast this net and pull it in is up to you, but you will find that it is somewhat simple to loop in some more string/line to make the net close as you pull. This line also holds onto the net which you are technically throwing away, so our only other suggestion is to affix this line to your wrist or somewhere else so that you don’t lose the whole thing. Try experimenting with weights (like rocks) to give it some distance when thrown.
For a dip net, you will need a ring or hoop to create an entrance for whatever you’re scooping up. This can be done with anything from a tree branch to any kind of ring you find laying around. You can use something straight and bend it into a circle, securing the two ends with more of the string or whatever material you are using for the net. Make sure it is long enough so that you have one strand for every two inches of it’s circumference.
Start with one half of the “hoop” (like six to twelve on a clock), tying on your strands one inch apart and letting them dangle underneath in length. Now begin tying the ends to the opposite halves of the hoop. Now you should have a hoop with a net that just has straight slits, not holes. Hence the next step is to take short strands of line and tie square knots along the hanging line to weave them together. Move down from the hoop doing so, one inch further down each time across. Continue this until you have stitched the bottom.