When the work is done for the day you just want to get out on the water, but in the back of your mind you know your gear just isn’t ready in case you hook the big one. Your line’s beat up and needs to be replaced. So you start pulling it off, wrapping it around your hand, thinking there’s got to be a better way. Well there may be; three different companies make three different products that might fit the bill.
The first is the Berkley TEC line stripper. It’s an apparently battery-powered device that can strip 140 yards off a spool in less than one minute. They make some ergonomic claims, but it’s not like you’re going to be using this tool more than a few times a season. They also don’t explain what happens to the line when it’s stripped — presumably it’s just dumped on the floor.
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When you practice catch-and-release, every second counts. The longer you have the fish out of water, the worse its chances of survival. You grab your forceps or other hook-remover only to figure out there’s no way you’re getting the hook out without damaging the fish. So you need to waste precious seconds to grab another tool to cut the line. If you were holding a pair of Hemocuts, you’d already have the fish back in the water.
The Hemocut is a combination of the Kelly forceps and bandage scissors. It’s marketed by two different companies for two entirely different fields. EMI manufactures and markets the Hemocuts to the medical field and William Joseph markets them to fisherman, including a few modifications like an open-finger loop and a rubber coating for a better grip in wet conditions.
The medical Hemocuts start at $6, while the ones specialized for fishing run $15.