Header image
Enter a name
Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Salmonflies
Pteronarcys californica

The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.

Lateral view of a Male Baetidae (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #308 in Washington
This dun emerged from a mature nymph on my desk. Unfortunately its wings didn't perfectly dry out.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
Troutnut is a project started in 2003 by salmonid ecologist Jason "Troutnut" Neuswanger to help anglers and fly tyers unabashedly embrace the entomological side of the sport. Learn more about Troutnut or support the project for an enhanced experience here.

Priestmaker
Newcastle On Tyne

Posts: 14
Priestmaker on Mar 2, 2008March 2nd, 2008, 7:06 am EST
Hi All.
Nice site you have here, Interesting articles. Nice one.
High Quality Antler priests, for Salmon ~ Trout ~ Gamebirds. Made from Stag Antler, capped with Indian Water Buffalo Horn. see my Gallery here
http://s245.photobucket.com/albums/gg55/thepriestmaker/
Taxon
Taxon's profile picture
Site Editor
Plano, TX

Posts: 1311
Taxon on Mar 2, 2008March 2nd, 2008, 7:23 am EST
Welcome aboard, Paul. You are from England on the River Tyne, right?
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
Priestmaker
Newcastle On Tyne

Posts: 14
Priestmaker on Mar 2, 2008March 2nd, 2008, 7:49 am EST
Yes, Thats right, I live on the North Side of the tyne. Yo know it??
High Quality Antler priests, for Salmon ~ Trout ~ Gamebirds. Made from Stag Antler, capped with Indian Water Buffalo Horn. see my Gallery here
http://s245.photobucket.com/albums/gg55/thepriestmaker/
Taxon
Taxon's profile picture
Site Editor
Plano, TX

Posts: 1311
Taxon on Mar 2, 2008March 2nd, 2008, 10:23 am EST
No, Paul, I don't. I Googled your location in an attempt to learn where you were from, and then sought confirmation. Do you fish?
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
Troutnut
Troutnut's profile picture
Administrator
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2758
Troutnut on Mar 3, 2008March 3rd, 2008, 8:16 am EST
Welcome!
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
Priestmaker
Newcastle On Tyne

Posts: 14
Priestmaker on Mar 3, 2008March 3rd, 2008, 9:19 am EST
Yes I fish, mostly for trout in resevoirs, stillwater fisheries, lakes.
The river Tyne is considered to be one of the best salmon rivers in england, but too expensive. I make priests as a hobby, and sold some to a guy in Anchorage. Ive subsequently been invited over in 2009,to fish the salmon runs,Im flying out with two mates, really looking forward to it.
My personal best is a rainbow, a little under 9 lb.
Hope to better it this season. heres my web album.
http://s245.photobucket.com/albums/gg55/thepriestmaker/
High Quality Antler priests, for Salmon ~ Trout ~ Gamebirds. Made from Stag Antler, capped with Indian Water Buffalo Horn. see my Gallery here
http://s245.photobucket.com/albums/gg55/thepriestmaker/
Smallstream
State College, PA

Posts: 103
Smallstream on Mar 3, 2008March 3rd, 2008, 11:16 am EST
"scratches head" make preists? like the holy kind?
CaseyP
CaseyP's profile picture
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
CaseyP on Mar 3, 2008March 3rd, 2008, 1:31 pm EST
smallstream, a "priest" is also a fishing accessory, but in this age of CPR fishing, not very many people use them. salmon fishers in Alaska bring the fish home, you see, so they need one.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
Priestmaker
Newcastle On Tyne

Posts: 14
Priestmaker on Mar 3, 2008March 3rd, 2008, 5:21 pm EST
Thats right Casey, in England too a lot of fish are taken for the table.. I was rather surprised to learn from another site, that in most of the US all fish are returned.
Smallstream, Its called a priest, as its used to administer"The last rites" to a fish, rather than leave them to slowly die.
High Quality Antler priests, for Salmon ~ Trout ~ Gamebirds. Made from Stag Antler, capped with Indian Water Buffalo Horn. see my Gallery here
http://s245.photobucket.com/albums/gg55/thepriestmaker/
Smallstream
State College, PA

Posts: 103
Smallstream on Mar 4, 2008March 4th, 2008, 2:02 am EST
haha oh I see, like a club or something
Softhackle
Softhackle's profile picture
Wellsville, NY

Posts: 540
Softhackle on Mar 4, 2008March 4th, 2008, 2:51 am EST
Welcome, I always find it a real pleasure conversing with fishermen from England.

Mark
"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

Flymphs, Soft-hackles and Spiders: http://www.troutnut.com/libstudio/FS&S/index.html
CaseyP
CaseyP's profile picture
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
CaseyP on Mar 4, 2008March 4th, 2008, 4:45 am EST
in England too a lot of fish are taken for the table--Priestmaker

when i visited England last year, my hosts were mystified why i didn't bring home some fish for the table. my treat at the fish'n'chips shop fixed that!
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
Priestmaker
Newcastle On Tyne

Posts: 14
Priestmaker on Mar 4, 2008March 4th, 2008, 5:12 am EST
Smallstream, If youcopy and post the link in my earlier post (photobucket)into your browser, youll see the prists.
Heres a link to a site you might find interesting.

http://www.flyforums.co.uk/index.php
Paul
High Quality Antler priests, for Salmon ~ Trout ~ Gamebirds. Made from Stag Antler, capped with Indian Water Buffalo Horn. see my Gallery here
http://s245.photobucket.com/albums/gg55/thepriestmaker/
Smallstream
State College, PA

Posts: 103
Smallstream on Mar 4, 2008March 4th, 2008, 2:01 pm EST
those look very nice, likes works of art. I bet it feels a little less barbaric to the person than slamming the fish's head against a rock.
LenH
driftless area

Posts: 58
LenH on Mar 5, 2008March 5th, 2008, 3:37 am EST
thanks for the UK link.

gonna join later.

Len
CaseyP
CaseyP's profile picture
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
CaseyP on Mar 5, 2008March 5th, 2008, 6:17 am EST
I bet it feels a little less barbaric to the person than slamming the fish's head against a rock--Smallstream

and classier than smacking it upside the head with a pair of rusty pliers that live in the bilge. (one of those moments i wish i'd not seen because it was so unexpected...) are they horn or wood? and how are they made heavy?
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra
Priestmaker
Newcastle On Tyne

Posts: 14
Priestmaker on Mar 5, 2008March 5th, 2008, 9:44 am EST
Casey, thay are Made from Stag Antler. I drill out one end, a half inch bore, around one and a half inches deep. Fill with lead. then take a brass wire brush on a drill, and clean off the crap, mud etc.
Cap the ends with slices of buffalo horn, then scrub the whole lot with bleach, and wash, then dry. then the priest is is sanded down using a belt sander, then finer grades of abrasive paper. Then finally polished with metal polish. I usually add a brass centre to one end.
Then a waxed leather thong and toggle.
copy this into your browser.
youll see them.
http://s245.photobucket.com/albums/gg55/thepriestmaker/

paul
High Quality Antler priests, for Salmon ~ Trout ~ Gamebirds. Made from Stag Antler, capped with Indian Water Buffalo Horn. see my Gallery here
http://s245.photobucket.com/albums/gg55/thepriestmaker/
CaseyP
CaseyP's profile picture
Arlington, VA/ Mercersburg, PA

Posts: 653
CaseyP on Mar 5, 2008March 5th, 2008, 12:59 pm EST
gorgeous! your pictures of the process are neat, too.
why are good hand-made tools so much more fun to use? got a bodkin made from a piece of Yellowstone River driftwood that, no offense to Dr. Slick, makes my standard store-bought one seem crude and overdone.
"You can observe a lot by watching." Yogi Berra

Quick Reply

Related Discussions

Topic
Replies
Last Reply
11
Aug 13, 2018
by RleeP
2
Nov 18, 2008
by Trtklr
1
Mar 5, 2008
by Jjlyon01
1
Nov 15, 2013
by Oldredbarn
Troutnut.com is copyright © 2004-2024 (email Jason). privacy policy