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Hemostats/Forceps Do You Use Them?

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I regularly lose a set a year. The Prof says they are not necessary if you know how to take fish off. I think they are invaluable.

Posted on: 2013/9/30 17:33
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Re: Hemostats/Forceps Do You Use Them?

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i use hybrids - scissors and hemo's in one.

nothing like them for a fish hooked in the gullet when streamer fishing.

also useful for pressing down barbs, i also have a hook eye clearer on mine:

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they are also bloody necessary if you hook your sweater, bag, bag strap, hat or net and don't crimp the barb enough.

i keep mine on an orvis retractor so i don't lose them.

Mark.

Posted on: 2013/9/30 17:42
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Re: Hemostats/Forceps Do You Use Them?

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Geebee:I just lost the ones on the left at Muddy this weekend

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I order the cheap Pakistan made hemostats off of Ebay for about $1 a pair. They are usually sold in lots of 10. For a buck, you can afford to loose a pair now and then

Never seen forceps for removing hooks from fish. Hemostats and forceps are not even sort of the same thing.

Posted on: 2013/9/30 17:59
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I use WJ hemocuts. Probably
The best hemostates made in my opinion. They cut just about anything.

Posted on: 2013/9/30 18:32
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Re: Hemostats/Forceps Do You Use Them?

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I use them...at least once an outing if I'm into a fair number of fish. Just makes life easier on you and the fish sometimes depending on how they're hooked.

I lose them too...maybe a pair every other year or so. I just clamp them to a strap on my bag and they get knocked or pulled off once in a while I guess and I don't notice until the next time I need them. I've found two pairs while fishing too...one was rusted and no longer usable, the other was banged up a bit but still in usable condition. They're now in my bag as a backup. Weird thing is where I found them...both were on steep, remote streams you wouldn't expect to see a lot of anglers on.

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I use cheap ones as well. Can't seem to keep ahold of any pair for very long. The grass along the letort seems to eat many things of mine. Most of the time I use them more for yanking flies out of my clothing more than fish, though I do use them for their intended meaning frequently. A must have for me.

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Re: Hemostats/Forceps Do You Use Them?

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I do have to relate a funny story. When I lost my Dr. Slicks this weekend I went to my local CVS to see if they sold them. All the youngsters who worked there had no idea what I was talking about. When I google imaged the hemostats for them they said they did't sell "roach clips" at C V S!

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I carry a pair with me, I hardly ever use them. But when you need them for that occasional fish that takes a fly just a wee bit too far back they're nice to have.

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Quote:

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I do have to relate a funny story. When I lost my Dr. Slicks this weekend I went to my local CVS to see if they sold them. All the youngsters who worked there had no idea what I was talking about. When I google imaged the hemostats for them they said they did't sell "roach clips" at C V S!

That is funny, just shows the difference in mind set. I went into a right aid to buy pipe cleaners to clean my Springfield and got carded, for pipe cleaners!

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Re: Hemostats/Forceps Do You Use Them?

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I keep a pair of Dr. Slicks hemos strapped to my WillyJ confluence pack with zingers. I RARELY need to use them due to barbless hooks.

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Re: Hemostats/Forceps Do You Use Them?

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I actually lost a pair on the Donegal, the summer of the big flood Was it Tropical storm Lee? and after the flood was down there checking out the damage and doing a little fishing and found them in a new gravel bar. Usually just get the cheep ones, but I keep them on a retractor now and haven't lost any since. Used to just keep them clipped onto a strap. I like them for removing tiny flies and ones inside the mouth. Not as much trauma as trying to get my big fingers in there.

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Re: Hemostats/Forceps Do You Use Them?

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Keep it coming guys. Tired of the Prof's elistist attitude.

Posted on: 2013/9/30 21:45
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Re: Hemostats/Forceps Do You Use Them?

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I am surprised to hear so few people use them.
i have about 4 cheap pairs and lose one a month just about.

i use cheap ones since i like to use them for tying on flies, and this is easier when not attached to a retractor.

i can clamp the hemostats on the hook bend, thread the eye, give the hemostats a spin and i have a fast clinch knot with lots of turns.

also a must-have when i go fishing near home for sunfish since they hit the hoppers and poppers so hard and inhale.



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I have a pair attached to a zinger and I clamp them on the underside of my sling pack to keep them out of the way. Since I started using the zinger I have not lost a pair.

I do not debarb my hooks and try to pop the fly out with my fingers first. If its a tough one I use the hemos...actually a sort of plier. It never takes more than 15 or twenty seconds.

I find hemos a few times a year along the stream. I give them away.

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