Fishing nets can be very difficult for fishermen to transport. Moreover, they are certainly expensive. But we have a good solution for this, as making a fishing net manually is very simple. Any fisherman with time to do this type of craft can make one a reliable DIY fishing net.
In fact, you only need ropes and some tools. And, apart from its own obvious use, it can also be used as a decorative element; it all depends on the interest we put in it!
What you’ll need
First, the string to be used to make the fishing net must be selected. It can also be made with slightly thicker rope. In fact, it remains in the mind of each fisherman to be able to use one element or another depending on the species he is going to catch or, if it is merely decorative, then considering what aspect he wants to achieve, obviously; it does not have much mystery.
It is necessary that he is the one who thinks about the weight that usually has his captures (according to volume and species) and decides the resistance that should offer; so that the head of cattle does not break when he has many species in his credit or if these are small beasts.
The string that offers the greatest resistance is made of laminated nylon, which is also the one that fishermen trust the most due to its durability. It is also the most expensive in terms of price. For this reason, other types of rope can be obtained, more within the reach of anyone. As we have said before, you can build fishing nets of any kind, this is the least important thing if you make them well.
It goes without saying that if you only plan to use it for decoration, forget about the high-quality materials and opt for other more attractive ones.
Preparing your material
The fundamental tools you will use are the shuttle and the gauge. The first one is the needle with which you are going to weave the net and the second one is a measurement chart. These are two tools that can be found in any fish shop, you can even find them in craft shops.
You should look for the gauge whose width indicates the size the net will have once you have finished it. Check that the diagonal of each square of the net is the same as the width of the gauge.
The shuttle should be less wide than the gauge so that it can easily pass through the holes in the net.
Placing the starting nail
On a table large enough to be able to weave your decorative fishing net (or not) you must place a nail. This can also be a fastener with the center screw facing up. The nail should be placed on the edge of the table.
- To start making your vine, we have to put the shuttle on our hand.
- Then you put the end of the string along the whole length of the top. This should be facing you.
- Take the string and tie a knot around the central pin. This will come back to you. Don’t worry about running out of string before you fill in the shuttle as you can tie the end of another string and continue quietly.
- Then, you should place this one parallel to the thread at the end.
- Then bring it down and turn it around to go back up again.
- Go around with this string around the centre pin.
- You must repeat this process until the shuttle is completely full.
- Tying with single loop
- You must make a knot whose width is similar to the gauge. This will be the one that hangs from the external zone of the edge of the net, when you have it complete.
The knot should be placed around the pin. Opting for a simple knot is a good option, as this is very simple, as you only have to make a loop and pass the end of the line inside it, so that you pull on both ends to be able to adjust the knot.
Set the main square
The network begins with a square. This is when you must determine the size of it. To do this you need to slide the gauge under the string. The knot should be on the pin, in the position closest to you.
Then, hold the string by placing your thumb (the opposite hand to the one that handles everything) over the caliper.
Then, you should tighten the string around the caliper. This is done as you progress through the creation of each of the squares. You’ll see the fishing net quickly conforming to similar squares until it’s finished.
Make a new knot with the shuttle. This is done simply to create a much stronger fishing net. In fact, the more knots, the stronger the net. Once you’ve finished all the squares and their safety knots, you must take out the gauge.
In order to do this easily, look at the loops coming out of the original. You must choose one of them, but don’t worry, since you will have to do the procedure with both of them.
Finishing your DIY fishing net
Finishing the net is easy, since you must repeat all the previous steps until you have achieved the length you are interested in, either according to your expected catches or, if it is to decorate, the space you want to cover.
The gauge must be replaced:
- Then you have to take the shuttle under and over the loops. Only this way you will be able to adjust the string around the gauge, making the final knots. Keep in mind that each knot should be as tight as possible, as you have done in the rest of the process.
- You have to take the shuttle around that second knot. If you look, you will have a kind of V-shape with the loops you had previously tightened against the caliper.
- Add knots to the edge of the gauge again to give the net more strength. These knots will be the ones that will close the square with which you started making the fishing tool.
- To be able to finish the net you must place weights or even a wooden frame. You can also use extra pieces of string to finish adjusting what you have left of the net.
- You can seal it to last a little longer with a heavy-duty stapler.
Decorative Fishing Net
As we said, your intention is that this one is merely decorative, do not hesitate to sew some nautical themed elements such as anchors, boat bells or life jackets.
Besides, having been the case, let’s hope you have chosen showy colors for the threads, those that fit with the style in which you are going to frame it or, of course, the typical blue and white sailor colors.
Why make a decorative fishing net?
If you are a fishing lover, surely you are passionate about water and everything related to the activity. Then… why not use its elements as part of your home decoration? You can even carry it in the back of your car or on your dashboard.
Of course, this is also the first (and most important) decorative element to include in a business that is set in this theme.