Dipnet is a fishing tool with a long rod and a net at the end of it. It originates from the Middle Ages and has further developed with the circumstances in each environment.
A dipnet consists of different parts. The rod is about 6 to 7 meters long. At the end of it there is a ring through which the fish swim to a bag-like net. A piece of wood might be used to unite the rod and the ring. The size of the net varies.
Many fishermen make their own equipment even today. A dipnet is a piece of unique handicraft and as such each is different and reflects its maker. There might be well-known dipnet makers in the villages who make equipment also for others so a village might have a specific popular model. Anyone can attend a course of dipnet making.
Traditionally the rod and the net are made of natural materials. In the 20th century also lighter materials started to be used: glass fiber and thin steel wire. The ring is often covered with something soft to also make the touch on the river bed soft.
These days an official organization is defining the material of the net and the allowed thickness of the thread.