The GripFlip is a high end de-hooker made up of over 40 parts. All metal parts are stainless steel, except for the body which is red anodized aluminum. The molded parts are 30% glass fiber filled with tongue and groove outer edges for additional strength and better alignment. The trigger is reinforced with a stainless steel core. The GripFlip is made to last.
PATENTED LEVERAGE SYSTEM:
Can your de-hooker do this? Grip a fishhook with enough force to hold up a 20 pound weight using just your little finger. The GripFlip combines three leverage systems. Two of which reach peak leverage where the fishhooks are secured.
FISHHOOK REMOVAL METHODS:
1) Grip the fishhook and then flip it so the weight of the fish will be pulling away from the barb. The faster the fishhook is flipped, the further away tissue is pulled from the barb, making it likely this is the only action needed for removal.
2) Twist it out as you would with pliers.
NOTE: the fishhook should be flipped so the point is pointing down and the barb should be directly above the shank.
Fishhooks are secured by positioning them inside the jay and squeezing the trigger which extends the shaft out to the jay and pushes the fishhook against it. The jay and front shaft are heat-treated 630 stainless steel allowing them to be made smaller but still maintain strength. The smaller gripper allows more room for fish tissue to pass by the barb and out of the hook.
GRIPFLIP VERSUS LINE TENSION DE-HOOKERS:
Both de-hookers can use line tension to position the fishhooks and the flip technique to remove them. With the GripFlip you do not have to wrap the fishing line around your hand to create tension. You do not need to worry about the fishing line being too weak to position the hook or the line cutting your hand.
GRIPFLIP VERSUS PLIERS:
Unlike the GripFlip, pliers can secure fishhooks too far from the tip where it is wider and thicker leaving less room for fish tissue to pass by the barb and out the hook. A smaller opening causes more damage to the fish and makes it more likely the fishhook will be straightened.