also i have a pipebender but have not looked much at a dipnet. i have a welder and all of that goodstuff. is there a way to make one that breaks down with pins but is still sturdy. any info on building one and what materials would be very helpful. thanks vance
Mike has several different styles as well as a few others down on the Kenai; you really can't beat building one yourself tho; the feeling you get and satisfaction you derive from making one and cathching fish with it is unmatched to any net that you can purchase.
Build you own net boat net:
cut 1" copper pipe into 4-18" long sections
fill the sections with aerosol insulation (gives some floatation but adds rigidity to the copper)
- you can connect it with poprivets or you can solder them together, if you solder - do it outside and wear a mask!
connect all section with elbows - except for one section, cut it in half and put a "t" fitting there
make your handle about 6' long and make sure you put an elbow or tee on the end of it to give you something to grab/hold onto.
If you're ever dipping from the beach get a Kenai Keeper from Trustworthy Hardware in Soldotna; you can stack about 30 reds on it without leaving the water.
About the only limiting factor in building a dip net is your imagination. You'll see almost countless variations on the hoop and handle theme - hoop size, (max dimension is 5') handle length, (no limit) and materials .
I find a 4' hoop to be nearing the max for boat usage. Bigger than that it becomes unwieldy.
The MW nets are welded Al and in my experience outcatch all others.
KenaiMike: Nothing terribly wrong w/ PFM. If people know what goes in the middle, then you said nothing new. If they don't, then you said nothing. I have made many nets out of a 12' x 1/2" solid aluminum. Yes, they are a tad heavier than tubing, but it has never killed me and anyone can bend it. I made a jig on a piece of plywood and can bend a new net in several minutes. BTW: A boat net, IMHO, should not be round. The end should be flat so you have more net on the bottom. j
The nets MW are building these days are not made of round tubing anymore. They are made of an oval shaped material with an internal cross section for strength. really a nice setup. I don't recall what I paid, 2 yrs. ago. Maybe 180$ a-piece.
Amanda -- well I look at a dipnet as an investment. If you can swing it I would recommend buying or making the best one you can. Most heavy aluminum ones with a 10 or 12 foot pole run about $150 to $180. I have had my present one for going on its sixth season. When averaged out it has cost me a little under $25 a year and will only go lower as time passes.
You might find someone to split the price with you. My friend and I bought one for $150 five years ago. I live in Anchorage and he lives in Kenia. He keeps it there and I use it when I come down. He usually limits out and I get about 30 fish.
Hope this helps
I have a used Mike's welding aluminum dip net for sell. 10' "T" handle and 5' hoop. one spare net.
I'm moving and would like to sell it. New price is $175, I would like to get $100.00
Please give me a call if interested. 907-317-3065
Located between Palmer and Wasilla.