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Hellbender Fishing Nets

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Black option available by special request. Just email us at hellbendernets@gmail.com and we'll make it happen!

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The story of Hellbender Nets straight from the horse's mouth:

"For years I had worked on several different bamboo projects and learned a ton of new and different skills along the way. I was finishing a tray for my sister when a fly fishing buddy showed me his new carbon fiber net. It was the first time I had seen a rubber bag and I loved that the fly didn't get stuck in the netting. In fact I had recently stopped using a net altogether because of the frustration of removing a hook from a nylon bag.

Handling that net caused a classic "aha" moment. I needed one for myself and bamboo seemed like an obvious choice. If I can make something, I'm not likely to go out a buy it. I had to at least try to apply my bamboo skills to craft a fishing net with a rubber net bag. Bamboo is incredibly strong and flexible. It grows abundantly where we live. It's nearly impossible to drive for five miles in any direction without seeing a stand. Multiple varieties grow in our region but not all are suited for net building. Some are too weak, but are great for trellising beans and cucumbers in the garden. (Add another pro/con here)

I wondered if someone was already doing it, but after a pretty thorough search it became apparent that no one was. I wondered why. Was there something I was missing? So I made a prototype, used it, then came back and tweaked it a little.

So that's pretty much the same net you see today. It simply worked. I fished that net for a couple of years and along the way made maybe a half dozen more for friends and family.

Our first model was called the mountain trout net and did better than we could have expected from the very start. Fast forward two years and we now have several different sizes to choose from with countless options to really make it your own. I have a hard time sitting still, so you can rest assured there are even more design ideas on the way.

The best adjective I can think of to describe the way these nets feel in the hand is nimble. Other nets can feel clunky because they aren't able to flex. The bamboo frame flexes with the movements of the fish, which helps to absorb shock which is better for the fish and helps you feel more connected to your experience.

Ultimately we want our customers to have the opportunity to fish with a net that is matched to their specific needs. At I write this, we offer four different hoop sizes with the choice of a standard teardrop hoop shape or a wide mouth. They can be flamed to either a traditional finish, which is a golden look that pairs well with a bamboo rod or a darker flameburst finish which is darker and totally unique. In fact, every net is as unique as a fingerprint.

They can be fitted with either a black or clear net bag and the handle length is up to the customer. I've made nets with handles as short as 5" and as long as 48". Shorter handles lend themselves well to hanging from a belt or pack/vest while longer handles are more easily stuffed into net holders or tucked behind a sling pack. The 48" handle was originally requested by a gentleman who was recovering from back surgery and had a hard time bending down to net the fish. The extra long handle helped him stay on the river where he wanted to be."

Thank you for being here. Even if you don't buy from us, we appreciate your interest and would love it if you would spread the word about our little Mom and Pop shop.

Cheers and Tight Lines,

Bailly and JD
Hellbender Nets
Est. 2021
Pickens County, SC
hellbendernets@gmail.com

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Ever fumbled with your catch at a crucial moment? Yeah, not a good look.

Here's the deal: a good net isn't just a fancy accessory, it's essential gear. It protects the fish, keeps them from flopping free, and adds some panache to your photos (because who doesn't love a good shot of a well earned fish?).

We've got nets in all shapes and sizes, whether you're casting from a boat or wading through the river. We use top-notch materials like copper sourced in Georgia, USA; deep, hook-resistant baskets; and bamboo that is grown and harvested right here in the Carolinas.

We're confident that we can craft you the perfect net for your next fishing trip. Let us know how we can help. 

Tight lines!

-JD and Bailly

Our Mission

At our workshop nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, we pride ourselves on our artisanal approach to crafting fly fishing nets. Our mission goes beyond mere functionality; we're dedicated to sustainable practices and personalized touches that set our nets apart from the mainstream.

From the outset, our focus has been on using eco-friendly materials and traditional craftsmanship techniques. Each net frame is meticulously handcrafted using locally sourced bamboo (a grass!), ensuring sustainability and minimizing our carbon footprint. We will always stay away from mass production in favor of small-batch, made to order fly fishing gear, allowing us to maintain quality control and attention to detail in every step of the process.

One of the hallmarks of our nets is their customizable features. Our customers have the opportunity to choose from a variety of handles, each handcrafted to their specifications. Whether it's the length, shape, or wood type, we work closely with our customers to create a handle that not only fits their aesthetic preferences but also enhances their fishing experience.

In addition to customizable handles, we offer a range of options for the net bags themselves. Our stream-friendly net bags are always made with catch and release fly fishing in mind, providing a gentle and sustainable solution for conservation minded fly fishers like ourselves.

At our workshop, we don't just craft nets; we craft an extension of your hand that is made specifically for you. From the moment you place your order to the day you land your first catch with one of our nets, we're dedicated to providing exceptional service and personalized attention. Whether you're an experienced angler or just starting out, our artisanal fly fishing nets are sure to enhance your time on the water.

Join us in our mission to craft sustainable, artisanal fly fishing nets that not only meet your needs but also reflect your values. Together, we can make a difference in the world of fly fishing and preserve the beauty of our natural environment for generations to come.