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Old 09-15-2012, 12:42 PM
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Default A Priest, anyone?

I was going to make a priest for myself with a six-inch section from an old cane fly rod butt and a few heavy brass nuts, the whole held together with epoxy. It shouldn't look too bad - not as nice as the old Hardy priests, though. The new Hardy's have a cork handle, which is, IMO, overkill.
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However, I need a new small mag light. Has anyone here used a thin mag light that is sturdy enough to double as a priest for trout, sunfish, etc. Is there such a beast? I don't want to carry any more than necessary and a light/priest would be fine.
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Hi Reed,

I haven't taken trout for 32 years and back then didn't use a real priest. The fish I keep for food are larger than what you are looking to bump off (pun intended, bump - priest, get it ) For big fish like salmon I use a knife to pierce the brain and then cut the gills. It kills as close to instantly as I can get. For what you need and the size fish we're talk'en here, the priest in the photo is very cool.

I can imagine they are somewhat expensive but they are really a neat piece of gear! If you were to get one you better put a lanyard on it. It would be a shame to lose such a fine piece of equipment.

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Hi Hardy Reels:

A lightweight but efficient "priest" could be made by getting a graphite Golf Club from a Thrift Store, sawing it down to maybe 6" below the handle.

the Fiberglass Rods used to stick a Red Reflecter to mark a driveway can be placed inside the Golf Club handle with some Gorilla Glue and cut to length.

It can hit hard enough to do the quick job on a fish, while being very light weight.

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The same Fiberglass Rod, left about full length this way, can also be made by the same method to make a really great "pointer" for a teacher.
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