Claire Corlett

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Net Making – Fishing Net – How To Make Your Own Fishing Net

Net Making – Fishing Net – How To Make Your Own Fishing Net

net making hello everybody welcome back and today’s little exercise what I’ve learnt is I’ve learned how to make a rectangular or square net and basically what we’re going to do in today’s little exercises I will show you how to create a square net or a rectangular net sorry a rectangular net very rarely you’d use as a square one I don’t think but anyway the whole idea is I will show you how to make a fishing net and so in this particular case what I’ve done is I have made myself and I’ve just pull it all together here I’ve made myself a nice little fishing net this is only a small one for this particular exercise and you wouldn’t believe how much trouble I had in trying to film this it’s so fiddly to do but hopefully it’s come across and shows you exactly what you need to do to actually make a net so please do leave me a comment down below if you make Nets if you like netting anything you want to be honest just write a comment below and I’ll answer it we’ll have a chat online so once again let’s get knotting right so the main ingredients that we need for our mesh make a net making is first of all the twine you need to select the twine that you’re going to use and I’ve selected this particular twine simply for the fact is it’s a little bit thicker than normal and it’s also a little bit easier to see on the camera the next thing that you need is a a mesh board a net board it comes with different names a mesh stick or mesh gauge and basically what the mesh gauge itself does it determines the size of the hole that’s going to be in your net so if say for example you want a net with smaller holes in you would then use a smaller board as such or if you want alternatively if you want larger holes in your net you would use a larger board but this is the particular board that I’m going to use for today’s little exercise and then the final thing there’s a couple of other bits but we’ll see those as we go along we have our netting and as you can see they come in different sizes and the whole reason for that is obviously if you’re doing a net with very fine mesh then you would use a smaller needle and gradually the bigger the net you increase your needle size up to a point where you don’t go massive just because you’re doing the shark net or something there anyway so that’s our netting needles and so the next bit that we need to do is we need to load our twine cordage onto our netting needle as such and what I do is I take the end of my cord you suck they can take a bit off let’s take a few feet off that’s it and there’s the end of the line and what I do is as you can see on my netting needle here it’s a needle in itself but within it is another needle here and I’m sure that it’s got some proper name but I don’t know what it is but the first thing that we do is we take our cord or our twine and wrap it around like so on our needle so as you can see it’s going round the back there’s my end and I’m just going to pull that end up there a bit because we don’t want to scraggly bit sticking out and there we go it’s going round that needle and then the next thing I do is take it underneath the base like so take it around the other side keeping my fingers on the back end because I don’t want it to slip off just yet and then put it around that Center needle again like so and then put it down the end there like so bring it round and that’s all I’m doing is putting it around the needle like so and then loading up the needle like so and you basically you load up the needle until it is quite full and for our exercise today you can see here how many turns that I’ve done on my knitting needle here for the neck that we’re going to make today so anyway I’m now going to clear the table and let’s get Nettie right the first thing that we need to do is we need to get hold of our neck gauge like so what we do is we’re taking the end of our twine around it once and then twice and then what I’m going to do is now that I’ve taken them off round twice I’m gonna tie it off so let me get this the right way up so that I can see it tie it off like so just put a simple reef knot in and there we go I’m now tied a loop but I’ve gone round twice that’s the important thing we need to go around twice and then we pull it off our net gauge like so and you can see now I put a loop in the end of my twine here the next thing we need to do and this is I’m not going to show you how to do this but the next thing that you will need to do is if you’re making this net is you now need to secure that loop onto something so that you can have tension as you are actually doing your netting so I’m gonna set up a little rig here now and then I’ll show you the next step of making our net so I’ve now passed my loop over my carabiner there which is now nicely secured you can use a rusty old nail whatever you want it doesn’t matter and then the next thing I do is I get hold of my loop at that point there and what I’m doing is that knot we initially created there I am bringing it so that it’s approximately halfway down the loop itself next thing I do is I get hold of my neck board and I pass it so you can see here now we’re working with one two three strands in effect to that make up the loop and one on its own and I passed the cordage over my net board and then I take my netting needle I pass it underneath my net board like so and up through that loop there and then just gently pull it through and then as I pull it through you’ll see what’s happening so as you can see it’s going over under and then coming up through the loop and I gently pull it up until all the line all three although one two three all three of those lines have been tensioned and then now that it’s been tensioned what I’m going to do is just snip it off at that point there to hold it tight in place I then take the cord and throw it over my hand like so so what I’ve got is take that little kink out there so you see what’s happening I have now created a loop over my hand there which eventually goes to the tail end of my netting okay netting needle and then once I’ve done that as you can see there I’ve got one two three cords there I’m gonna pass it underneath the right hand to which form the loop and then just pull it through like so and then just gently pull up there like that and what’s happening is I will now create a knot at that top point there and we’ve now created our first loop as such of our mesh and then I take the netting card out and then I do exactly the same again so what I’m going to do now is just move my mugak so they’re out of the way that’s it and now you can see here now let’s just bring that down a little bit there we go so here we have it we have one loop here now and what I do now is exactly the same again is take the left hand strand that goes to my knitting needle I pass it over my neck board under my neck board up through that previous loop like so and then pull it up pull it up tight and what we’re looking for is we want it abutting hard against there and then just pinch it off at that point there and let me just move that adjust that a little bit there we go okay so we’ve pinched off at that point there and we now pass the needle past past the cordage do a loop over your hand like so so just it doesn’t have to be so big but you can see now hear that cordage is coming out from that loop that we passed it through round the back of my hand and then onto my knitting needle again and then I do exactly the same as the previous one I pass it underneath the right hand to and over the very left hand one what I’ve just slipped out then just let me pull that back there we go so going underneath the right hand to over the left hand one and pull it through and then just keep your fingers there and you’ll feel the knot then suddenly smack tight and over your fingers and what you’re looking for is if I take this out now what you’re actually looking for is the knot itself forms above the actual loop so there’s my loop that I’ve formed and the knot forms just above it if it forms below it you’ll find that your cordage you’ve created a slipknot and it slips okay so that’s what you’re looking for each time so once again let me just show you one more time just pull a bit more up take the take it set up my loops there like so and there’s my loop take the left hand cord or twine pass it over my neck board underneath the neck board through the loop like so pull it up so that the loop is nicely butted against my knotting card throw the cordage over my left hand to form a loop there go underneath to over the very left hand one and pull it all through like so and then pull it up tight there we go and that’s all we’re going to do that’s all you do for your first rose so basically what we’re doing now is I don’t let me pause this and I’ll just get you a picture to show you so we’ve just created these loops going down here and basically what I’m doing if say for example let’s get that so you can actually see if that is my fishing net as such okay that’s my fishing net what we’re actually doing is doing that piece there we’re doing the depth so however deep you want your net to being in the water that is what we’re currently doing now so that’s what you need to think about as to how many times you want to repeat that procedure that I just showed you so what I’m going to do now is I’ll show you one more time on that how to do that so what I’m going to do is just adjust it slightly so that there we go and there’s my cordage and what we want is just don’t let it twist over too much so there’s the previous loop that I created I get my net board or my mesh board and I pass it underneath the left-hand strand I then go up through the loop like so that I’ve created and just make sure that it’s butted up tight that loop is butted up tight and then I just pinch it there like so and then throw it over the back of my hand to form a loop then take my netting needle underneath to over one pass it through and then allow to block off above your finger there and you can see now I’ve created another loop and if we take this off now just to show you you can see roughly what we’re getting here now you can see here now we’re actually getting just one small mesh appearing just pull that out like so oh is tricky this one was these fine ropes or cords okay and see there we are we have almost we’ve gotten almost a little mini net having appeared there and all I’m gonna do now is I’m gonna put this back on back on my carabiner like so and then I’m going to work my way down here and add a few more so that I get the right depth that I want for this particular job so anyway when I’ve done that I’ll come back and show you what to do next into making the of the net okay so what I’ve done is I have now carried on and I’ve done a further loops and I think I’ve got 12 in total here and as you can see here just by doing that very first bit we and we start off with a net you can see that is a net straightaway anyway so if I take that off now and I’ve done 12 I’ve done that 12 times that knotting process if I hold this now in front of a ruler say and I have done let’s see that is approximately 28 inches or 72 centimeters so that is now that has determined the depth of my fishing net okay so we’ve now okay obviously you would want to do that process even more if you want it deeper but for my particular case I’m happy with this size just as a demo and then the next thing we’re gonna do is set it up so that we then start doing the actual length of the net itself right so we’ve done that piece of our net now that is the depth that’s the depth of our net the next thing we want to do is determine how long we’re going to make it and to set that up I’ll show you that next what I’ve done now is I’ve laid my first part of the mesh out on the table just opened it out a bit and that was my starting point there there’s my little scraggly end for my starting point and I promise you on the right-hand side there it does terminate on to my netting needle now the next thing that we want to do is it’s you it’s simple but it’s just a little bit tricky to do what you do once you get used to it you can just grab the loops themselves but as you can see here we’ve basically got a top loop bottom loop top bottom top bond and what we’re doing is we’re gonna collect up all the top loops onto our pencil here so I’m just gonna go here pass it over pass it over and just feed it through that my pencil takes up all of the top loops now you want it’s crucial you get all of the top loops so when you get to there take the top loop take the top loop and there we have it now we have all our top loops on our pencil here and the next thing that we’re going to do is this is fairly straightforward and easy is just make sure when you do this when you’re doing this you’ve got a series of knots at the same point and also the other thing you’ll notice is that at the bottom here we’ve also got a series of loops and what we’re trying to do the main aim of this is to keep all these loops here just get them here so that they’re all at the same length now the thing is if we weren’t if we didn’t Tommy this it can actually shorten or lengthen so what we want to do is just bunch them all up together so that they’re the same length just stroke them out so they’re all the same length at the bottom there so all our loops at the bottom there we’ve got a fairly straight line and you can see there as I pull up on that and then the next thing I’m gonna do is just put a constrictor knot around the top there to tie that all off in place so it doesn’t slip so I’ll just do that and then I’ll come back to you alright so as you can see now just at that point there I’ve tied it all off and if I spread this out at the bottom you can see here that my end loops are pretty much equi distant oh you can’t see them pretty much equally at the same distance at the bottom okay so now that I’ve done that I can take my pencil out so I’ve removed my pencil and then that loop there the next thing I’m going to do is just put it over my carabiner so bring my carabiner interview there it is and then just take all of those loops and pass them on to the carabiner make sure you get them all on and there we go and then that’s it we’ve now secured that now the thing is at the moment because I’m right-handed when I’m netting I work from left to right and so at the moment the lead this lead here is going on to mine Fe needle is on right hand side and all I want to do now is just turn the whole work over and then we’re starting from the left hand side and going across to the right hand side and that’s what I’m doing there and then just spread it out a bit so that it’s all fairly so you can see it and it’s all fairly even and now what we do is this I need to once again put tension on my net so I’m going to apply the tension on my net starting to move out of this out of the way so bring it just put the tension on and get it so that I can see it you can see it just makes you all a little bit easier and then we do the following so we’re now doing the length of our net we’ve got the depth we now want the length of it and all I do is just make sure that the first cord that’s attached to my netting needle passes over the card and then what I do is I go underneath the card pick up the first loop so if we just pull that to one side you can see the first loop that we come to is that one there and all I do is go up through that first loop and exactly the same as we did in the beginning we bring it so that the loop butts up hard against my netting knee my net gauge I then pinch it throw a loop over my hand like so go underneath pick up the first two that form the loop go over the left hand one of that and then pull it through and then pull the knot down tight and locks it into place now this is where it differs now from the other one the other way we did it we don’t take the loops off the card what we do now is we find the next loop along which is that one there and what we’re gonna do now is go underneath the card pick up so let me just bring that into just so you can see that a bit better so there we go so I’m well my twine is going to go underneath the card pick up the next loop just make sure it’s not twisted pick up the next loop like so and then go through and make sure it butts up against my neck gauge again here pinch it off throw a loop around my hand like so and then what I want to do is I just want to go underneath – and then over the rest so underneath to bring it through that loop and then pull up tight and there we go we have our next one done and then I’ll do exactly the same again I look for the next loop to the right hand side of that and just put your fingers in there to make sure you’ve got the loops if you cross over you’ve got a bit of a problem but what you’re looking for is the next one along so we’re going underneath the card pick up the next loop like so bring it over pull it tight so that we end up tight at that point there the loop is actually butting against the card throw a loop over my hand go underneath to up over the rest through the loop over my hand who confuses me sometimes and then pull it up tight you won’t believe how much problems I’ve had filming this okay and so once again we go underneath the board up through the next loop bring it so that it comes up tight against the card like so nip it off form a loop over my hand underneath the two that form that loop bring it through and then pull the knockdown and that’s what we do we keep doing that all the way along until we get to the very end okay so what I’m gonna do is I’ll carry on with that when I get to the end I’ll show you what to do next so I’ve come to my final loop that I can see here so all I’m going to do now is go around the back of the card pick that loop up pull it over like so make sure that loop butts up against the card itself like so and then when it’s buttered up pinch it over and then go underneath those two over all the rest and bring it up so that it’s nice and tight and now we’ve done another row so if I undo this now and I’m gonna turn it over as well because we’re going to go from left to right again because I’m right-handed and you can see here now that we have now completed another row on our mesh here and all I’m going to do now is now that I’m on the other side just go and pass the card underneath there pick up the first loop hang on let’s put a bit of tension on this again okay so pass the card over like so take the needle underneath take the first loop bring it over pull it down so it’s nice and snug against my card pinch it off loop around the hand underneath the two over the rest and form a knot and that’s all I’m gonna do is I’m gonna go along and pick up these and more the more we do this then turn it over do it again the longer our necks gonna get so what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna do a little bit more and then you can see what I finished off with all right so I’ve done a couple more rows since I saw you last and there is my net spread out and as I pull it together you’ll be able to see that I have done one two three four five six and a half six half if not half couldn’t show you on camera so anyway so that I’ve done six and a half here and if I actually take it off my forgot the name of it now carabiner and then just undo that knot there and then I’ll be able to spread it out and then you can see then what we’ve done is we have created a nice rectangular net so undo that pull that out like so and then just gently spread it out and you now see what we’ve done here is we have created a nice and it is nice I like it to be honest I like netting it’s a very very nice thing to do and you can see here now we have created a net at the moment this net is not very big at all but it’s big enough to fill the screen and I think that’s all we want but that’s all you do you just keep going until you get the length you what so the first bit is the depth of your net you could do it the other way around I suppose but I think of the first bit as doing how deep I want the net and then the next bit is how long I want that net to stretch across a river a bay whatever okay and so that’s it that is basically how to make a rectangular net so once again thanks for watching if you enjoyed it if you hated it but please do leave me a comment down below and tell me your experiences on netting okay thanks very much them bye bye you

100 comments on “Net Making – Fishing Net – How To Make Your Own Fishing Net

  1. How to make weights at the borders like in professional fishing nets, so that it doesn't swim on the upside of the water?

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  3. Excellent way of showing netting. You did a very good job of recording. I hope I can remember all the steps. Our grandkids will have fun with this. They live near a lake. Thank you for sharing

  4. Very good video…. Easy to understand how to make own net…. But you hand … Just like a baby hand so soft…. Haha.. btw thanks sir ..

  5. Hello. First of all thank You for the video, it's really clear about the knot and the entire netting process. I'm trying to make a gill net (a type of fishing net) and I started with the "classic" knot. After a couple of attempts, I decided to go for the double knot (which is the second knot You explained in the "net making knots" video). Since here in Italy I can't find a website/online shop to buy a mesh-board (probably because the few net-makers all have their self-constructed one) , I was thinking about making a wooden one myself. The only thing that seems a little complicated to me concerns the thickness of the board, because a wooden one would be far more thick than an aluminium one like You're using in the video. Do You have any suggestion about it? Thank You in advance!

  6. Dear Johnny, I saw in Maldives they are making a chairs using this net. using strong ropes & iron frames. If you can please explain us also how to make these chairs. If you need here is my G mail [email protected]

  7. You have too many words.
    I don't know your native language.
    It is better to show than long explanations.
    Progress is too slow.
    Brief explanations and short videos are good.

  8. Kindly get a camera that can zoom out, so one can get an overview every now and then. Also : You very patiently show how to do the depth, and how to start lengthening it – then you forgot to film how to end the thing off !!

  9. I am having been watching many many videos on technique of making net with this method, but unfortunately could not learn by any except your this video.
    Thanks a lot for such easy and detailed lesson.

  10. Lol, my grandfather made nets all the time in all diff sizes, most used was 2cm max mesh for the circular nets used for cod, his grandfather was a fisher, his father was a fisher and my grandpa was a fisher from the late 1930's

  11. You should rather get the needles that has split tip so its easier to put on line quick, my granpa just used the dining room (not kitchen) to make his nets and they were just hanging on a nail over the window.

  12. For 55 years it baffled me how this was done let's just say I'm no longer baffled thank you for the great demonstration

  13. I'm enjoying your videos. As a complete novice I would like to have some comments on the pros and cons of different types of twine material. I've been trying with various synthetic twine as it seemed more durable, but my knots don't stay tight. Any help appreciated.

  14. Finally someone on the internet showing how to use the needle for making net.. MAaan thank you!! I subscribed and im gonna learn whole brain out of it. I need to learn this because seals made some nasty holes on my fishnets and i need to repair them.. Maybe a little rapair destroyed net video next? I hope you dont mind if i download the video for my personal use. I promise I will not use it for any public teachings or any public display. I have been looking for video like this for over a year now. New fish net cost allot of money, and my fishnet is pretty new.. it just need some repair as the seals raided it and made an nasty riot

  15. Excellent tutorial, thank you so much for taking the time to film this process and thank you for sharing.

  16. Based on my many years fishing and net making experience,
    1) This simple knot is weak, look for for a better knot
    2) Shuttle made from plastic is not the best. I like aluminum shuttle as it is thinner and passes easy between lines
    3) Fishing line is better than rope as fish cannot see it as good as rope. Also it does not rot.

    I would not worry with doing it manually as time is money. Just buy net itself as the process is tedious.

  17. Thank you for this detailed presentation. Excellent. I agree, I too like working with ropes and twines. So, will be trying to make some netting now; sounds like a relaxing pass time.

  18. Hi! Really enjoy your videos! But I have one problem when making bigger nets. And that is when I run out of yarn on my netting needle but need to continue on my net. Could you possibly explain how I would go about to continue after I "reload" my netting needle?

  19. Thanks a trillion. As we in Libya lack means of amusement for children. I 'm making stuff from youtube to make my child have fun. And you wouldn't believe how happy he would be after I finish the net and let him play with it. I have a question though.; Can I use it as a jumping net؟

  20. I'm doing this with 1/8 inch bungee cord to make a stretching cargo net for the back of my car.

  21. I've tried to find how to make a hoop net and haven't found anything. Where folklore groups associated with universities have had classes on it. Like University of Indiana, where I figured they'd have videos at least or written instructions.

  22. I’ve lived on the SC coast for 45 years and have always considered this one of the great mysteries of life. Thanks for explaining it to me. Very good video.

  23. Thank you so much. I watched another fellow's video and I could tell that he was very good at making nets, but I just couldn't get my hands to match what his were able to do. This time, by watching your video a few times as I worked through each step, I now feel pretty good about making this net to catch a bunch invasive carp out of our pond.

  24. I hated it dagnabbit, just kidding,jk, haha!!!! I thought as much after making dreamsnatchers, i mean catchers, hehe!!!! Dang knots always get me all tied up inside….

  25. Thank you, this is for me the easiest and simple way to create a net, and you explained so carefully that make my first experience of making one so easy..

  26. Hola saludos desde Argentina.
    no entendí nada de lo que explicó en el vídeo sólo entiendo en español pero fue tan bien explicado visual mente que me sirvió y mucho.
    Muchas gracias 👏👏👏👏👋

  27. who ever invented this technique was a genius :D, thank you so much sir, not only for sharing your knowledge but for explaining it in the clearest and most honest and sincere way. thank you one more time :]

  28. my father and grandfather were commercial fisherman from long island new york and as a very small child my grandfather taught me how to repair the ripped areas of the net. your video made me remember the knotting process which i had long forgotten! thank you for such a great teaching video! i think i might start making some nets now as well!

  29. An excellent video. The instructions were clear and easy to understand, and looking at the views so far, it must be one of the most most popular net making instructional videos.on YouTube.

  30. Really enjoyed that ,my dad was a hunter and he taught me how to do this when I was 10 I'm 52 now and this was a great wee refresher course for me thank you for doing this x

  31. The knot is a sheet bend. (a bend cinched by a half-hitch).

    Do you have a good reason for the constant references to yourself? The repetition was tedious. Ex-primary teacher were you?

    ps: You screwed up the very first link when you failed to keep the reef knot at the mid point.

  32. Thank you very much it reminds me of when the disciples were fixing their nets in the Bible. Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures was buried and rose again on the third day according to the scriptures 1 Corinthians 15 verse 3

  33. I have made nets before using a Japanese square knot, but I have never known how it was that the squares of the net were made of uniform size. Now I do. Did you also make a video on repairing a torn net? I have several netting needles, some which I made, but I also wonder what is the relationship between a long needle and a short one? Is it just to hold more chord? Some netting needles also have a small hole near the tip. What is that for? I am thinking that it is just to be neat, and to have a place to tie the loose end to. Thanks.

  34. I use to watch the Yurok, the Karuk, and the Hoopa Indian gill net the Klamath and Trinity river in Northern California the steelhead and salmon that were caught were bigger than small children.

  35. im glad to see how it's done. my grandfather was blind but he made these and patched nets too.
    gill nets but he also made toy nets too.
    thank you for posting

  36. I am a crocheter and have learned to tat. The stitch you are doing is what is used in tatting only the knots are all on one thread so they can be pushed together to make tiny loops. Tatting thread is like sewing thread and uses a shuttle that is about 3 inches long. My grandmother's is metal and has a removable bobbin. BTW I was watching to learn how to make fishnet for hair nets.

  37. That netting needle’s proper name is a “Fid” or fisherman’s fid. My father was a commercial fisherman who fished the Grand Banks and George’s Banks back in the 1940’s & 50’s. I was a kid back then when he showed me how to make & repair a net. He was so adept at it that he would only use his fingers as a gauge for his left hand with the fid in his right. Great video. Brings back old memories.

  38. VERY IMPORTANT VIDEO. The Skills of the Homo sapiens to survival when the techno-industrial society cannot solve any problems they created.

  39. really enjoy your instructions. back in my day it was always by books . i makes crab pills pots with hand made netting. i have been doing this for 40 years. you are tone best!!!

  40. I love what you technically show, but you need to reduce half of your babbling and repetitive explanation like were are beyond kindergarten. You blabbed so much that the "length" segment of the net didnt start until well past 3/4 of your video. I cant waste this much time when this segment should have taken 10 minutes in total. Had blabbing been extreme importance OK, but just poor communication process. Thank you for showing us, but I can't watch you no more lol! I didnt learn much… as I got irritated and shut you off before you even completed. Good luck though. I'm out for good!

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