Joe Contaldi of Performance Anglers Guide Service in Mammoth, Ca. was tired of breaking cheaply made inported nets. We bumped into each other as exhibitors at the Pleasanton, Ca. Fly Fishing Show 2012. I showed him another client's net similar to this one. He was astounded at the strength of the Wenge hoop on that one. The rest is history... This is a beefed up guide model created especially for the type of fishing Joe does daily. The Wenge hoop was reinforced with extra strips of wenge and a wider frame. The yoke is fortified with a few strips of Wenge as well. The handle is a sandwich of Wenge within 2 pieces of exquisite Cat's Paw Burl Maple. The second picture reveals the shiny copper inlays wherever there was an open burl eye.