Hand-Crafted Scottish Oak Fishing Nets


The art of fly fishing requires great stealth – small, quiet movements that create minimal disturbance to the water. A cumbersome net can lose you your fish, but a light, well-crafted one can make all the difference.

This elegant wooden net is made by John Bell from finely lathed strips of storm-fallen Scottish oak, steamed, shaped and hand fitted with a rubber net. Each net takes 12-14 hours to complete over a period of 3-4 days. The design of the net is informed both by the way it will be used, with every detail carefully considered, and by respect for the fish – it is generous enough to allow even large trout and salmon to lie comfortably in the water before release, and the rubber used for the net will not damage the fish’s scales.  

Born of passion and dedication, this limited-edition net is a thing of beauty that will bring added pleasure to the river bank, and become an heirloom to be passed down through generations of fishing enthusiasts.

Due to ongoing issues across the UK with all delivery platforms, we cannot guarantee arrival of your purchases before the January 4th. Thank you for your patience. 

Our shipping charges are calculated live at the checkout with our delivery partner DHL Express. 

If applicable, international duties and taxes are also calculated at checkout. 

Items are shipped directly from:

The Fife Arms, Mar Rd, Braemar, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5YN, Scotland.​

The information contained in this Shipping and Returns Policy is subject to our Online Shop Terms and should be read in conjunction with them.

We aim to dispatch all orders within 5 working days. 
Please note that we do not deliver to all destinations from all of our shipping locations, and we are unable to deliver items to the following destinations from any of our shipping locations: Aaland Islands, Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Georgia, Gibraltar, Heard Island and Mcdonald Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Timor Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.

Returns & Exchanges

Important information
If on receipt of your product you are uncertain about your purchase, please keep your product in the original packaging until you have decided whether or not you wish to keep it.

If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, you can return it to us no later than 28 days from the date you receive it and provided the item is in saleable condition, we will refund or exchange the item(s), excluding any delivery charges.

Returns are only accepted online for products purchased directly from our online shop and shall be made in accordance with our Online Shop Terms of Use.
Return shipping will be charged at standard shipping rates based on your shipping location.

Making a return
To arrange a return or exchange, please contact customer services using the above below or by email at shop@thefifearms.com
On receipt of your returns request, we will email you a returns label to attach to the packaged item(s).If you would like to arrange a return via home collection or a collection point drop off, please inform us when you submit your returns request and we can help organise this with you.
When returning items to The Fife Arms, please ensure that they are well packaged and protected from damage in transit, within the original packaging. 
You are responsible for each item until we receive it.
All items will be inspected upon return.
Once we have received your returned item(s), we will arrange a refund, excluding any shipping costs, which will be paid in accordance with our Online Shop Terms.


John Bell

John Bell’s passion for fishing began before he can remember – he would fish in puddles as a young child if that was all that was available. He even fished on his wedding day, after the service held on the banks of Loch Lomond. He works part-time for Glasgow City Council but is also a fishing guide on Loch Lomond and spends most of his spare time fishing or in fishing-related pursuits.

His passion for fly fishing has taken him all around the world and it was when fishing in France that he first saw a wooden fishing net in use. He decided to try to make his own but it wasn’t until 2020’s Lockdown, when he couldn’t do his day job, that he had the time to develop his techniques. He experimented with materials and methods, honing his design through trial and error to create the perfect net for him.

John has a deep knowledge of nature built up over years on the water – he can read the river, seeing from the behaviour of the birds where the flies are hatching and so where the fish will be. He makes all of his own fishing flies, working on his wooden nets and intricate flies during the dark days of the winter months, ready to move to the river when spring – with all its fishing possibilities – arrives.

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