I just retired my old net. I called it "Wonderboy" because it had a deep scratch in it that looked like a lightening bolt (a play off the baseball bat in the movie "The Natural"). Now I have a new net which I had built by Greg Madrigal of Sierra Nets in Garden Grove, California. This net is made with "Cat's Paw Burl Maple" and Wenge, a sturdy, dark African hardwood. It has rubber mesh and is sized exactly to the types of trout fishing situations I like most. I can see the hours Greg spent cutting, glueing, shaping, sanding and polishing this net to perfection. And in time, I will also see and remember the hours and miles of casts and landings that make a net special. Like a classic acoustic guitar, this net has its own look and personality. There's never been one exactly like it and there never will be. And I like that.