Rated 5 out of 5 by FlySlinger Excellent Win Win tool!
Grab the fly line, slip the tool on it and slide the tool down the line and over the fly. The tool stops at the hook shank and a with a small push on the tool the fly is released. Easy to get used to and very good for removing gut hooks.
Forceps damage flies, badly. This tool does no damage, it slips over the fly. Using this tool I have caught and released over 20 trout in one day on the same fly, (Denny Rickards, Seal Bugger), no kidding. It will pay for itself over and over and over again.
The best part is the fish never have to leave the water. Place the fish in the net, use the tool, dip the net and repeat. The fish is far less stressed.
It really is an excellent Win Win tool! The fish and your pocket bool will thank you.
August 24, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Entish Excellent tool
I've used this tool for years. It is really slick for flies too small to easily grab with my fingers. The fly can be removed quickly without the fish leaving the water. Contrary to one reviewer's experience I prefer this tool to my hemostats for fly removal. Similar to another reviewer this tool does not work to remove flies deep in the trout's mouth. I use barbless hooks.
December 18, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Windrvr Ketchum Release
Pricy, but works quite well. I learned by trial and error. Keep tension on line and slide the cylinder down the line until the cylinder contacts the curve of the hook. With the handle, lift the trout vertically. The trout will wiggle free all by itself! No need to even touch fish and risk injuring scales most times.
Does not work well if fly is swallowed deep in mouth or if swallowed by very small mouthed fish.
September 22, 2009
Rated 1 out of 5 by Hilow Not Reliable: too expensive
Sometime this gizmo works, often it doesn't. My hemostat is superior (and cheaper) that this expensive Gizmo. I started out with it attached to a zinger on my vest; now it resides in my junk box of odds and ends I never use in my garage.
September 12, 2009
Rated 3 out of 5 by bazzy Product is the size of a pen
While the Ketchum Release can easily fit in a vest pocket or tackle box, I was expecting it to be a larger tool. The Ketchum Release works OK, but the description online could include more info like dimensions, etc.
July 21, 2008
Rated 3 out of 5 by DavefromMaine Works fairly well
This device works fairly well with barbed hooks, I'm guessing it would work much better with barbless. It is very well made, a solid tool, very easy to hang onto and handle.
I've been using it for a couple of weeks now, been fairly happy with it so far. Much easier on the fish than netting it and handing it.
July 12, 2008