Good hand tools for use in a saltwater environment are tough to come by, but Rising Tools’ new line of fishing accessories is durable and reasonably priced.
Its two most notable products are the 6-inch Crocodile pliers and the 8-inch Lippa4Life. Machined from stainless steel, the Crocs took more than 16 months of tweaking to perfect. They do everything from crimp to snip and debarb, and their unique contoured jaws allow you to remove hooks from a fish’s mouth without harming your fly. They also lock to keep them closed when not in use.
The Lippa4Life is a specially designed catch-and-release tool that minimizes damage to fish while you’re retrieving your hook. It’s created to hold the lower jaw without pinching it (the tool’s jaws can never get closer than 1¼8 inch), so you can control the fish while removing a fly.
The Crocs retail for $16, and you can choose from blue, red or black rubber handles. The Lippa comes in two models, one machined from aluminum and the other from stainless steel. The aluminum version features custom-machined stainless-steel fasteners and a handle that has a knuckle guard; it retails for $70. The stainless pair has a standard handle and rubber grips that come in the colors above and sells for $25. A special sheath that holds both tools is also available.
For more information, write to Rising Tools at 1334 E. Michigan Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT 84105; call 801-582-6387 or visit www.risingfish.net.
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