The № 51 Bernard Venables Landing Net.
Made in 1997. In exceptional condition.
This net is an exceptional example in every way, in absolutely superb condition.
Designed and built at the request of the late Bernard Venables, this pear-shaped net has a 6′ circumference, measuring 26″ front-to-back and 21″ side-to-side. All but the largest fish can be landed comfortably in it.
The hand tied knotless mesh has loops at the top through which the frame passes. There is no seam at the bottom of the mesh, so it expands to accommodate the fish. The 1″ mesh size allows the free passage of water, thus reducing drag.
The best straight-grained American white ash is used for the frame, which has a superb varnish finish and is inscribed in Indian ink The № 51 Venables Net. E. Barder rod co. 1997.
The specially cast naval bronze Y-shaped block is secured to the frame with flush-fitting stainless steel screws.
The 6′ detachable handle is made from seasoned, tempered and bored-out Tonkin bamboo. It is straightened, beautifully mottled, and impeccably varnished. There are brass fittings at each end, with a red rubber button fitted to the butt. The handle comes in a fitted bag with a hanging loop and press stud fastenings.
We don’t make nets at the moment and they don’t come up for sale very often. In 1994, we pioneered the revival of this type of net at Bernard’s suggestion, and with his full cooperation. They remain the original and best. They are practical, beautiful and good for a lifetime’s use.