Lost Nets began after Dr. Jon Lineberger lost two very nice wooden landing nets in back-to-back years on rivers in Colorado (hence the name Lost Nets). The next year instead of buying a new landing net Jon went to his neighbor, a second generation wood craftsman, and asked him for some help in making a landing net. They worked together over the summer, along with help from his neighbor’s wife, designing and making a landing net using walnut, cherry, and maple wood that Jon’s neighbor’s late father acquired in the mid 1970’s when he was driving down a road in Illinois and across from a women’s penitentiary some workers were clearing out trees from a ditch. His father asked them for some of the wood and since they were just going to burn the cleared trees they allowed him to take whatever he wanted.
Jon and his neighbor finished the landing net in time for a late summer fly fishing trip to Colorado with some friends. After completing the landing net Jon said, “Had I originally known how much work went into making a net I would have just bought a new one instead, but I’m glad I didn’t.” When his friends on the trip saw the net Jon had made he was immediately asked by one of them to make him a net and the business was launched. Using skilled craftsman techniques learned from his neighbor and even developing some of his own Jon’s goal is to make unique ultra premium landing nets handmade in the U.S.A. using salvaged, repurposed, and rare woods in each one. Jon has used woods such as red oak from a 100+ year old train stop on the Texas to California railway, mahogany from a vintage sailboat, spalted pecan from a fallen tree in Austin, and even beautiful spalted maple from an aged transport pallet. Available in multiple shapes and sizes, Lost Nets are tough enough to withstand harsh conditions and each Lost Nets landing net is a one of one. There are no two alike and the tags tell the story of the woods used. The cutthroat trout watercolor on the tag is art by Jon’s oldest daughter who also inscribes the serial number on the landing nets. Most customers purchase these unique landing nets as gifts for special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays, and business deal closings. Available at Tailwaters Fly Fishing Co. a Lost Nets landing net would make a great gift for that fly fisher that already has everything.
Lost Nets are available In-store. Swing by the shop to check them out.