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Aug 24, 2015
Category:General 
Posted by: Greg
After five long years of working hard to obtain medium-sized black rubber nets, the time has arrived!  Sierra Nets is proud to now offer black rubber nets in the medium-size.  This medium size net accounts for 90% of the nets we build.  They're perfect for landing fish in the 12-24" range.  Personally, I believe the black rubber compliments the woods we use better than clear rubber, so I am anxious to begin using these nets.  So if you are reading this, I want to extend a special offer to you just for being here and reading to this point.  Here's the scoop: If you order a custom Sierra Net with a black rubber net, you will receive a FREE Sierra Nets Die for the Fly T-shirt!  Just mention this blog post at the time you order.
 
Jan 29, 2014
Category:Shop News With Nets in the Making 
Posted by: Greg

Sierra Nets now makes custom matching reel seats to your specs.  Please inquire when placing your net order.  We can make stabilized reel seats from dozens of amazing woods or burls.

 

This is a Black Oak Burl with Stunning Kingman Turquoise & copper inlaid into its inclusions.  Each piece of Turquoise was individually inset with a pair of tweezers!

I even created a custom butt with Kingman Turquoise inlay.

This Carolina Cherry Burl seat has Kingman Turquoise & copper inlaid into its inclusions.

 

These Carolina Cherry Burl seats, a rare and beautiful urban burl, has copper inlays in its bark inclusions.

This was created for a conventional rod.

 

Here is a Stabilized Maple Burl seat with the inclusions left in as requested by the rod builder.

 

This is a Eucalyptus burl seat with a touch of sapwood to give it character. It has really nice tight burl eyes. I love this one! 

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Oct 10, 2013
Category:General 
Posted by: Greg
Hiya everyone!
Just wanted to let you know that we have a raffle winner. Our winner takes home a great Fly Fishing package: A custom built (Wt. to be determinedby winner) fly fishing rod by Renaissance Rods, a loaded Orvis reel to go with it, a custom lanyard by Western Visions Lanyards, and a custom Redwood Burl Net by Sierra Nets.  The good news is, he is a Project Healing Waters volunteer AND participant.  He's a veteran, and also bought a boatload of tickets this year.  Ironically, he also is the SAME GUY who won last year!   
 
He was so happy last year he called up each of the donors to thank us personally.  He could barely speak.  I have not heard from him, so I suspect he lost his mind with giddiness!  We raised $4600 thanks to you, so both PHW & CFR will be getting a check for $2300. Thank you for your participation!
 
 
Best Regards,
Greg
 
Sep 2, 2013
Category:General 
Posted by: Greg

This is a great raffle opportunity to help wounded soldiers and to upgrade your fly fishing arsenal. Hi all! I have been super busy selling and building nets. I had to force myself to sit down and tell you about the raffle I am doing again this year. Some buddies of mine and I got together and are raffling off a whole custom fly fishing setup! Check out the pictures of the Redwood burl net I posted below. This raffle benefits Project Healing Waters and Casting for Recovery. Being a Veteran myself, PWH is close to my heart, and last year I had the privilege of presenting a check for $1,800.00 to the local chapter of PHW.

ATTENTION:  PayPal has been added so the raffle deadline is September 29th!!!!!
For payPal please go to
www.PayPal.com  Click "Send Money" and type in SSFFCLUB@gmail.com

This just may be a once in a lifetime raffle!!!!  Yes it might be a lengthly post, but trust me you want to read the entire post;)   I have been  extremely fortunate to team up with two of the best Artisans, in their prospective fields, to create a "Super Raffle" for the newly formed Southern California chapter of  "Casting for Recovery"
and "Project Healing Waters" 
 
Unfamilar with these two top shelf charities?  Well, Casting for Recovery provides weekend retreats for breast cancer suvivors and Project Healing Waters provides Fly Fishing retreats for disabled Veterans.  They also teach injured vets, some with only 1 hand, how to tie flies.  They both have one goal in mind: To provide the participants with a time of healing and recovery.  Can you think of any better charities to donate too, all while having an opportunity to win the fly fisherman's dream package?

First the raffle details and then pictures of the goodies.  
Tickets:   $10.00 each
Drawing Date:   September 29th.  Extended till October 4th 2013 Via a random number generator.
Donation Method:   Cash or checks made out to the SSFFC
(Southern Sierra Fly Fishers Club)   

Address:   SSFFC c/o Pete Emmel/ 7775 Yesal Ave./ Atascadero/ Ca./ 93422
Why no PayPal?    PayPal charges 2.2% + $.30 per transaction.  This donation will not be like typical donations.  All monies collected will go directly to the charities.  In other words; no waste.  

Greg Madrigal of
www.Sierra-Nets.com and Gary Silveira of   www.WesternVisionsLanyards.com have donated two of their beautiful works of functional art to support these worthy causes.  Renaissance Rods has donated a custom 3-4 weight, 7', two piece rod.  The rod will be protected by a custom "Renaissance Rods" rod tube and rod sock.

Now for the goodies.  Try not to drool on your keyboard.  Lots of pictures coming below :)

 

Greg Madrigal of (www.Sierra-Nets.com) donated this beautiful Iron Redwood Burl, Mahogany & Wenge custom fly fishing net.  There are copper inlays in some of the open burl eyes.  It is still in it's finishing stages but will be ready for the raffle!
 

Gary, the owner of Western Vision Lanyards took a look at the rod and net then created this color coordinated beauty to match them both. And yes, the beads are actual Agate stones along with Olive wood and Bamboo beads.  Gary's lanyards are not only beautiful to look at, they are 100% functional.  In other words designed by a fly fisherman for fly fishermen.   Visit Gary at:  www.WesternVisionsLanyards.com

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And last but, not least the Bamboo rod.  This is my favorite taper.  It has a hinge designed into its taper to make roll casting extremely user friendly.  The rod is a two piece, 7', 3-4 weight.  The wraps are silk  Antique Gold with Black tipping.  The seat is machined out of aluminum and polished, the seat insert is stablized Maple Burl and the stripping Agate is striped Amber Agate.  A "Renaissance Rods" aluminum black & gold rod tube and custon rod sock protects the rod.  

Save your pennies and buy several tickets.  Our goal is at least 400 tickets, or $2,000 per charity.  Please help us reach our goal.
Remember make your checks out to SSFFC.  Then send the check to:
SSFFC c/o Pete Emmel
7775 Yesal Ave.
Atascadero, Ca. 93422

Jan 24, 2013
Posted by: Greg
I wanted to do a story showcasing how wonderful it is to see fish inside my custom fly fishing nets. Just about 99.5% of my clients are fly fishers. They fish everywhere from Argentina to Alaska, and New York to New Zealand. Sometimes I take the pictures of nets during "field tests", and other times, clients send me pics from their adventures. I love it when the latter happens! From this: Photobucket To This: Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket We get em in the salt too! This is a spotted bay bass Photobucket A Bitch Creek Cutthroat. Claro walnut & curly maple custom fly fishing net. Bitch Creek Idaho day3 Bitch Creek Idaho day3 Photobucket Here is a gorgeous Yellowstone Cutthroat trout. Photobucket and another... Photobucket Photobucket Here I am fishing the Lamaar River inside Yellowstone. The net is dangling from my back on a" handmade wooden Magnet and Latigo Leather release":http://www.sierra-nets.com/CMS-Sierra/index.php?mact=Gallery,mf77c6,default,1&mf77c6dir=Accessories%2FMagnetic%2520Net%2520Catches%2FLeather-Mag-Catch&mf77c6returnid=75&page=75. Photobucket Leather Magnetic Net Release- By Sierra Nets, A custom Leather magnetic nnet release made to order with your choice of wood to match your new custom net.   Contact Sierra-Nets.com Photobucket Me getting a LITTLE BIT excited about landing this cutty. Photobucket Here is a nice brown landed by a young teenage client. Photobucket Another from him Photobucket This is a Pyramid Lake, Nv. cutty. Note the fly fishers lined up on ladders in the background. That's how you fish Pyramid! Photobucket Here's the first net I ever made. Boy, I've come a long way! Photobucket Photobucket Giant brookies from a "secret spot" Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket This curly Koa, wenge & teak custom fly fishing net landed this amazing "arm-sized" rainbow from SW Alaska. Her Curly Koa Net Photobucket Me with a 12lb. catfish on the fly! Photobucket Here is a nice stabilized maple burl net. Photobucket
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Hope you enjoyed!
Sep 4, 2012
Category:General 
Posted by: Greg
Sierra Nets will have a booth in the inaugural FFF SW Council's Annual Fly Fishing Faire held at Cerro Coso Community College. http://southwestcouncilfff.org/faire
May 29, 2012
Category:Appearances General 
Posted by: Greg
May 21, 2012
Posted by: Greg

Win a Custom Sierra Net along with a Renaissance Bamboo rod, and a custom Western Visions Lanyard.

More information here!Custom Made Raffle

Jan 17, 2012
Category:General 
Posted by: Greg

Sierra Nets will make their first appearance at the West Coast's largets fly fishing venue.  Come down and see us at the show in Pleasonton.   For more information, please visit the Fly Fishing Show's web site.

Oct 5, 2011
Category:General 
Posted by: Greg
Sierra Nets written about on Field & Stream.com's FlyTalk Blog
 
Midcurrent.com- A Cool Custom Net Kirk Deeter writes about his favorite new net, made by Greg Madrigal of Sierra Nets in Garden Grove, California, calling it an example of what all nets should be: “the tool that turns the hunter into the healer.”
Jul 21, 2011
Category:General 
Posted by: Greg

Greg madrigal of Sierra Nets will be demonstrating fine net building at the world famous Bob Marriott's Fly Fishing Store on Saturday 7/23/11 from 11am-2pm.   Demonstrations will include, wood selection, wood bending, shaping techniques, and hand tool use.  Many nets will be on display in various stages of the building process. 

Other demonstrators will be on teaching the following:

Fly Tying - Fishing Long Rods - Nymph Leaders - Water Craft - Net Building - Indicators - Building Leaders - Fishing Knots - Rod Building - Fly Lines

Please come down and say hello! 

Bob Marriott's Fly Fishing Store                                                                                                             2700 West Orangethorpe Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92833-4212
(714) 525-1827

 

Jun 19, 2011
Category:General 
Posted by: Greg
I went on an overnight Flyfishing adventure on a local small stream with some guys on FlyFishingAddicsts.com.   We had a great time.   Read about it here....http://www.flyfishingaddicts.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5874
May 15, 2011
Category:General 
Posted by: Greg

You can read here or check out the story with pics here.

My buddy Jeremy and I went on a fantastic Fly Fishers Club of O.C. outing to the small Lake at Tejon Ranch.  It was an adventure to say the least.  

We got in EARLY in the am and were set up by 6am.  I had a float tube that I bought several years ago and had never used.   Yup, first time-I LOVED IT!  J had a raft with troll motor and fish finder.   I was on the water by 6:30 with my sites set on the tree strewn inlet of the lake. I tossed brown weighted and unweighted buggers all day on my 5 wt. I picked up my first fish-a fat slab bluegill that was very much fun!  He was tight a submerged tree island.

 I moved around picking up gills here and there.   My most productive fishing in the am came from trolling my line behind me.  I managed 4 or 5 small crappie too.  The guys that I was there with from the club have been there many times and never caught craps.  Jeremy also caught a slab crappie.

I did catch a few small bass too.    This killer fly was tied by my buddy Ben at Arizona Wanderings.  You’ll see more of it in a moment.

 The best part of the day came when I was trolling in a back area of the lake close to shore and against some partially submerged branches.  I thought I snagged the tree, but the tree seemed to move.   I knew this fish was big, but he was snagged on the branch so I wasn’t sure.   Then, after much maneuvering, I freed him up and moved him (Yeah, he moved ME) to the middle away from any trees.  This fish put a hurt on me I swear I will never forget.  Fought him for 15-20 minutes and couldn’t move him.  It was a stalemate.

My rod was doubled over and my hand was aching.  Actually, it still hurts as I type! I could not believe how he could just move wherever and take line whenever he wanted to during the fight.   After 10 min, we saw a tail thru the murky water and it was HUGE!  

 More club guys came by to see what all the raucous was about. 

Jeremy managed to do a proper face plant into the water when exiting his boat to try and net the kitty. AMy rod was doubled over and my hand was aching.  Actually, it still hurts as I type! I could not believe how he could just move wherever and take line whenever he wanted to during the fight.   After 10 min, we saw a tail thru the murky water and it was HUGE!  

 More club guys came by to see what all the raucous was about. 

 Jeremy managed to do a proper face plant into the water when exiting his boat to try and net the kitty. 

 After many failed attempts, the beast was netted and we all high fived and hooted n hollered. 

 

We took measurements: 30” long, 14” girth ahead of the dorsal, and a 15” girth on the head!  Weight charts put her at 12lbs.   I guessed it was between 10-12.  I believe it is a channel.  Anybody know 4 sure?

 We let this beast go, and I continued to cast to the trees for more gills and small bass.  

 Final tally at 4:30 :

15+ bluegill

4-5 bass

4-5 crappie

1 Catfish

 The tube was surprisingly comfortable.   I will be doing that again!

We saw a lot of wildlife including these mating toads, a (gopher) snake in the grass, a hopper hatch like none I have ever seen (Millions at the shoreline and surrounding grass), a rabbit, and tons of damsel flies.   

Jeremey did well fishing damsel fly poppers and nymphs for bass.

I almost forgot, Lyman Kennedy, the guy who set up the trip caught a 4-5lb kitty.  He dropped it b4 any pics were taken.   They said it was the first time they had anyone in the club(let alone 2) catch a catfish on this outing.

 Tight lines fellas.

 Greg

 

 

Apr 14, 2011
Category:General 
Posted by: Greg

 

L. Owens 4/14/11 On the way to EWR & Pyramid Lake (Part 1)

 http://www.flyfishingaddicts.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5559

 

Welcome to Sierra Nets!

Sierra Nets, a veteran-owned company, hand-crafts fine wooden custom fly fishing nets for the novice to professional fly fisher, or for those looking for a gift for a fly fisher. Sierra Nets only creates heirloom quality custom fly fishing nets by commission, and occasionally, for sale in our Sierra Nets for Sale Section.  We are not a high production shop and will take the time necessary to work one on one with you, the client, to create a meaningful heirloom quality custom fly fishing net that meets your specifications, and exceeds your expectations! Our Clients' Testimonials tell the tale.

Sierra Nets also hand-crafts a variety of Accessories to complement your new custom fly fishing net such as: Hand-Tied Lanyards, Net Safety Lanyards, Wooden Magnetic Rod Holders, Latigo Leather & Wooden Magnetic Net Releases with Stainless Steel S-clips, and Replacement Nets. 

Greg Madrigal, a U.S. Army veteran, has been in the custom woodworking businesses for over 20 years and is an extremely passionate catch & release fly fisherman. He field "tests" his own collection of custom fly fishing nets whenever, and wherever possible.  Each custom fly fishing net is created using traditional methods.  We make your net, using a variety of hand and power tools and plenty of elbow grease, right here in the United States of America.  Every year, we donate product to support Project Healing Waters, Casting for Recovery, and other non-profits like TU.

Sierra Nets uses only the finest hardwoods available including many locally harvested urban hardwoods, and rescued or recycled wood, as well as exotic wood species. You may choose to create your own custom fly fishing net using the variety of woods we stock or some clients prefer to supply the woods from their own personal stock or buy it online.  Most clients add personal touches like hand carved and inlaid monograms, full names, nick names, or their favorite fly, fish, or bible verse.   Inlay materials we stock are copper, brass, black stone, bronze, Chrysocolla (Looks like Turquoise), Kingman Turquoise, and aluminum. 

Some of the woods we 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.

Please don't hesitate to Contact Us for your free personal consultation, or to answer any questions you may have about a net or the commission process.  Our Warranty can be found Here. 

Gift Certificates are available!  Please Contact Us for more information.

             

All Sierra Nets are PROUDLY
made in the USA!
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Welcome to Sierra Nets!

Sierra Nets, a veteran-owned company, hand-crafts fine heirloom quality wooden custom fly fishing nets for the novice to professional fly fisher, or for those looking for a unique gift for a fly fisher. Sierra Nets typically only creates nets by commission, and occasionally, for sale in our Sierra Nets for Sale Section.  We are not a high production shop and will take the time necessary to work one on one with you to create a meaningful heirloom fly fishing net that meets your specifications, and exceeds your expectations! Our Clients' Testimonials tell the tale.

Sierra Nets also hand-crafts a variety of Accessories to complement your new custom fly fishing net, and we sell both black and clear rubber replacement nets. 

Every year, we donate product to support Project Healing Waters, Casting for Recovery, and other non-profits like TU.

Please don't hesitate to Contact Us for your free personal consultation, or to answer any questions you may have about a net or the commission process.  Our Warranty can be found Here. 

Gift Certificates are available!  Please Contact Us for more information.

             

All Sierra Nets are PROUDLY
made in the USA!
Please don't forget to like us on Facebook!
Click below.

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