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Net Making Gauges, for making and repairing nets

Net Making Gauges, for making and repairing nets

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Net Making Gauges

This is not a toy!

ONE Set of 6 Sizes these include:

  • Needle No -Width:
    • 4.0 36mm
    • 3.5 32mm
    • 3.0 27mm
    • 2.5 22mm
    • 1.5 12mm
  • Length 130mm
  • Thickness of each gauge 3mm

How to make a basic net:


  • Nylon twine or fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Needle


  1. Determine the size of the net you want to make. Measure and mark the points where you want the corners of the net to be.
  2. Cut a length of twine or fishing line that is at least twice the length of one side of the net. Tie one end of the twine to one of the corner points.
  3. Move to the next corner point and tie the twine to it, pulling it taut. Repeat this process for all the corners.
  4. Starting at one corner, weave the twine over and under the horizontal lines, pulling it taut each time. Continue weaving until you reach the opposite corner. Then, weave back in the opposite direction until you reach the starting corner.
  5. Repeat step 4 with another piece of twine, weaving perpendicular to the first set of lines.
  6. Continue weaving additional sets of lines until the net has the desired number of openings. For a rectangular net, a common pattern is to have three sets of lines running parallel to the longest side and two sets running parallel to the shortest side.
  7. Once the net is complete, tie off the twine at each corner and trim any excess.

Note: You can also add weights or floats to the corners of the net to help it hang straight or float on the water.

Types of nets.

There are many different types of fishing nets, each designed for a specific type of fishing or aquatic environment. Here are some of the most common types of fishing nets:

  1. Cast nets: Cast nets are circular nets with weights around the edges that are used to catch bait fish. They are typically thrown by hand and are popular among recreational anglers and commercial fishermen.
  2. Gill nets: Gill nets are nets that are set vertically in the water with floats along the top and weights along the bottom. Fish swim into the net and become entangled in the mesh. Gill nets are commonly used in commercial fishing and can be highly effective, but they can also have a high by catch rate and can be harmful to non-target species.
  3. Trawl nets: Trawl nets are large, cone-shaped nets that are towed behind a boat. They are used to catch a variety of species, including shrimp, crab, and bottom-dwelling fish. Trawl nets can be highly effective, but they are also associated with high levels of by catch and can be damaging to the seafloor.
  4. Seine nets: Seine nets are long, rectangular nets that are set in a "U" shape and dragged through the water. They are used to catch schooling fish such as herring, anchovies, and sardines. Seine nets can be used from the shore or from a boat and can be highly effective in the right conditions.
  5. Trap nets: Trap nets are stationary nets that are set on the bottom of the water and use funnel-like entrances to catch fish as they swim in. They are commonly used to catch fish such as eels, lobsters, and crabs.
  6. Dip nets: Dip nets are handheld nets with a long handle and a small, circular mesh basket. They are used to catch fish that are close to shore or in shallow water and are popular among recreational anglers.

These are just a few examples of the many different types of fishing nets that are used around the world. The specific type of net that is used will depend on the target species, the fishing method, and the regulations in place in the local area.

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