- Put boiling water in a 5 gallon bucket.
- Add the two packets of dye.
- Stir until the dye is completely dissolved.
- Immerse the net in the water for 30 seconds then take it out.
- With one person at each end of the net, walk in opposite directions stretching it out as far as you can. Hold it stretched out for about 30 seconds. This will put the "set" in the net and make it easier to handle later on during construction.
View our Fish Collecting Net Diagram and follow the instructions below to make it.
- Load the net needle with the nylon twine. To do this, tie the end of the twine to the "tang" in the center of the needle. Then run the twine down the needle, then up the back side and around the tang, again. Repeat the looping until you have about 20 feet of twine on the needle and cut off the the twine.
- Slide your weights onto the lead line rope. You will want to place one lead every six inches center to center on the bottom of your net. For the float line you want one float every 24 inches center to center for the top of the net. This will keep the net on the bottom for the set net method and allow a good sink rate if you opt for the drop net method for capture. Tie a knot in one end of your rope and string your leads and floats from the "bitter end" of the rope. For a 20' net string 41 leads onto the lead line and 11 floats onto the float line.
- Start sewing the lead line by tying a triple half hitch knot four inches from the end of the rope. Then hold the end of the net to the rope, run the net needle through the first net eye and tie a double half hitch. Slide a weight into position down the rope to the knot. Thread the net needle through three of the net "eyes", then tie a double half hitch, through the net eye, around the rope and net after stretching the net, to where the net eyes are symmetrical (3/4" x 3/4"). Repeat this process spacing the weights and pulling the net over them until the net is complete. When you get to the end of the net, tie another double double half hitch to finish the end of the net.
- Follow the same procedure and attach the float line to the top of the net spacing the floats accordingly as mentioned above.
You're getting closer!! Having learned how to make your catch buckets and collection nets, the only thing left to make now is one of the least time consuming, hand nets. Then, after you read about how to capture, decompress and transport fish, you'll be ready to start collecting.