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Hellbender Fishing Nets

Upstream Bamboo + Copper Hand Crafted Fly Fishing Net

Upstream Bamboo + Copper Hand Crafted Fly Fishing Net

Regular price $174.00 USD
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Our original model, the Upstream, is the perfect all around net for fly fishers on the hunt for vintage flair in a lightweight & practical piece of fishing gear.

JD hand crafts each net to order with home grown bamboo. Georgia sourced copper is used for both the stitching and keeper ring. Bamboo + Copper come together for a truly unique heirloom piece.

  • Hoop Dimensions: 13"x19"
  • Full Rubber Basket: 10" deep
  • Full Rubber Deep: 15" deep
  • Rubber Coated Nylon: 10" deep
  • Short Handle: 6"-8" long
  • Standard Handle: 8"-12" long
  • Long Handle: 12"-16" long

For a more specific handle length, just drop it in the notes section of your order.

The hoop dimensions of this model can be most closely compared to the Fishpond Hand/Mid-Length/Guide net and the Orvis Wide Mouth Guide net.

  • Hand crafted in SC, USA
  • Made with Carolina Bamboo
  • Flame cured - strong & light
  • Black rubber: standard & deep
  • Clear rubber: Standard & deep
  • Black coated nylon: one depth
  • Copper stitching & keeper ring

Our traditional finish is by request only and is a great way to match your favorite bamboo fly rod. 

Our nets are one of a kind & made to order. Dimensions and finish may vary slightly.

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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.