Thursday, March 12, 2015
During my 7 Club presentation tour in Southern California at the Pasadena Casting Club meeting, I met master craftsman Greg Madrigal, owner of Sierra Nets who produces the most beautiful fishing nets I've ever laid eyes on. Greg is highly skilled in custom wood working and because of his love for fly fishing, Sierra Nets was born. His nets are absolutely incredible and must be held in person to get the full effect.
Some of the hardwood lumber that Greg uses is milled from locally harvested urban hardwoods which lies around the studio, drying, in preparation to one day be a beautiful net. After air drying for up to 3 years, he uses a band saw, table saw and planer, to tediously work it into useable lumber. Also used are rescued or recycled wood, as well as exotic wood species. Some of the woods Sierra Nets stock are: Genuine Mahogany, Figured Claro Walnut, Pacific Big Leaf Maple, Spalted Maple, Black Walnut, Wenge, Maple, Maple Burl, Bird’s Eye Maple, Quilted Maple, Curly Maple, Spanish Cedar, Cherry, Bloodwood, Cocobolo, Mahogany, African Mahogany, Carolina Cherry Burl, White Oak, Padauk, Canary Wood, Douglas Fir, Teak, Red Oak, and Black Acacia.
There are many models to choose from, or you can have a custom net made to your specs including custom aluminum inlaid graphics or initials. These nets are so incredibly strong, and extremely light thanks to a special epoxy inlay process between the laminations of different woods. Also included in the Sierra Net line are magnetic net holders, custom net cases, hand crafted lanyards, and magnetic rod holders. The typical net order is around $450, out the door, including an amazing customized net, a magnetic net release, and shipping. These are truly heirloom nets. One grip in your hand and you will understand! To contact Greg and order your custom net call him at 714-305-1026 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org Or go to his website and see his work; http://www.sierra-nets.com/CMS-Sierra/