Ketchum Release™

Catch and release fish safely with this fish hook removal tool.


Release fish safely, quickly, and easily without ever handling them. The best way to assure reduced fish mortality. Keeps hands from getting wet (great for cold days). Ends damage to flies, too. Rugged carbon fiber construction. Easy-grip handle. Two sizes. Standard for medium-size streamers to drys and nymphs hook size 18-20. Midge for flies size 20 and smaller. USA.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.7 / 5 based on 24 reviews


23 of 24 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Great Tool - 10/13/2014

    If you have never used a Ketchum Release, I highly recommend you give it a try. It is one of the best tools out there to minimize contact with the fish and get them back into the water with as little stress as possible. The minimally invasive tool for the catch and release fisherman.

  • 5/5

    Look Ma, No Hands! - 8/8/2014
    By: from Sierra Neveda,CA

    Great little light gadget to remove hook witout touching trout and removeng thier mucas membrane. Great for backpacing. Attach it to a retractable spool with nippers and you have all you need!

  • 5/5

    Workes as described - 8/4/2014

    I purchased this because of my grandson who just started fishing and wanted to protect the fish as much as possible so we could release them back to the water. We have used it twice and it made it much easer to get the hook out with minimal stress. good tool.

  • 5/5

    Life saver - 7/31/2014
    By: from Elverson , PAj

    You don't have to net or touch the fish leaving them in great shape for next time. Excellent tool I'm sure the fish think so too

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    catsmeow - 5/2/2014
    By: from crawley lake, ca.

    when it comes to removing flies from trout without even lifting the net out of the water, or restraining the fish this is the tool of choice, perfect for the serious catch and release fisherman

  • 5/5

    Practical fishing tool - 3/3/2014
    By: from Meriden, CT

    I always wanted a simple tool to help me with catch and release without harming the fish. I have heard others speak about this tool. It is smaller than am antiquated tool I had from years ago. The price for some may seem accessible, but it will last me for years.

  • 5/5

    Essential Kit - 9/10/2013
    By: from South Kesteven

    When I catch a Trout the hook must come straight out. This passed my test so it must be the best. Simple,humane and efficient.

  • 5/5

    Amazing Tool - 5/15/2013
    By: from Franklin, Maine

    The Ketchum release is an amazing tool hands down. When it comes to releasing fish in a time sensitive matter to ensure survivability for the fish, there is no other tool that can deliver the quality and efficiency that the Ketchum release does. In fact I ordered two because I wanted to give one to my son. This tool provides more then one amazing feature because it also protects your fly as you release your fish. Have you ever struggled with those forceps trying to release that fish and then realize you tore your fly apart. Protect your fly from forceps damage and release those fish as quick as possible. That is what I do with a Ketchum Release.

  • 2/5

    Hasn't Worked for Me - 3/23/2013
    By: from California
    Top 100 Contributor

    I usually don't have much trouble removing hooks. I have pulled this out a couple of time when the hook was pretty deep in the trouts gullet. Haven't been able to get it to work. I read over the other reviews. Everyone else seems to think it is great. I might try it again. I is very well made.

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