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: 4.6/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.6 / 5 based on 17 reviews

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16 of 17 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Useful - 2/6/2013
    By: from Las Vegas

    I bought this to replace the same one that was lost on a fishing trip in Utah. Easy to use, and easy on the fish...what's not to like.

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    Gotta have a Ketchum - 10/17/2012

    This is a great product to keep fish in the water. Although it is better for smaller fish than large ones. I've found it prolongs the fight with large fish versus using a net.

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    Easy to Use - 10/8/2012
    By: from Phoenix, AZ
    Top 100 Contributor

    Easy to use - doesn't damage the flies. Also works great for one-handed releases.

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    great tool - 6/27/2012
    By: from missouri
    Top 1000 Contributor

    this is an awesome tool- takes a little practice to use but once you get the hang of it you never use your net-fish never leaves the water-

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