I have a Frabill folding landing net with a telescoping handle. Looks like this: (how can I shrink images in a post?)
The handle extends to 48", and the net opening is 20" x 24", so the fully open and extended net is 72" long. Closed up, it's about 30" x 12" (and it has a carrying bag with a shoulder strap).
In addition to being way too open, the mesh is heavy, inflexible, knotted and rough. Not good for fish health or collecting small creatures. (Not that it matters for my questions here, but the circumference of the net opening is 72".)
I want to replace the bag with some 1/8" knotless mesh (like what you get on a Perfect Dipnet) and convert it to a dip net.
This will involve some sewing to make a sleeve to slide over the net's rim and to turn bulk mesh into a bag. Anyone have experience with sewing seine/dipnet mesh? Tips? Pitfalls to avoid?
I'm also thinking about sewing a layer of heavy fabric (cordura or some kind of canvas or something) over the sleeve, at least at what will be the bottom edge, to protect the mesh from rocks, gravel, etc. Anyone ever try anything like this?
The other thing I haven't decided is how deep to make the bag. With an opening this big, I could see getting some pretty large fish in the net, so I'm thinking it should be at least a few feet deep.