We all know space on your fishing vest is limited, everything you carry must serve a purpose. But some items can be both functional and dear i say it, a bit of a luxury.
One item we have come across recently that fits both categories are our hand turned Maire priests. Probably New Zealand’s hardest wood, Maire is naturally heavy, strong and very durable making it ideal for the task and ensuring it will last a lifetime.
John Hunter, local fisherman and craftsman, hand turns each priest, and each is unique in size and shape. After turning, a small amount of lead is concealed in the tip adding just the “oomph” required for the task. Finally the priests are oiled, then rubbed with bee’s wax producing a lovely finish. They range in length from 130mm to 230mm, meaning they fit nicely in your vest.
The Taupo fishery is a wild, self sustaining fishery with crystal clear water that produces some of the best eating trout in the world. The management of the fishery relies on anglers removing a certain number fish each year to ease pressure on the food chain. So while we encourage catch and release for larger specimen fish, we also encourage anglers to take home a fish or two for the smoker. If you choose to keep fish, its best to dispense them quickly, the priest being the traditional tool.
Much like mag wheels on your car, while not adding much in performance they are nice to have, and look great! For the angler with everything, these Maire priests would make a much admired gift that will last a lifetime, and one day be handed on to the next generation.