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Gadgets: Can they help you catch fish?

Small, easy to access tools can make everything from tying an emergency nail knot to de-hooking a fish fast and easy

Knot tying tools have the largest market share of potentially useful tools for fly anglers, but when it comes to having them with you aboard a skiff, in your fanny pack on walk-in fishing outings or stuffed in your waders while fishing your favorite river or stream, some tools lose their useful glow and live out their lives waiting to rust.

Practical is the first, and perhaps the only reason to own a tool

NOTE: We collected a sample of each of these tools that we did not already own, tried them all and did not list them in any order of preference, except for the first three. You can Google these items by name and get a dozen or more versions / prices to choose from.

This tool ties a perfect nail knot, a substitute for a blood knot (much stronger and 4 X faster to tie), line to swivel (O ring), and a terminal knot waaay stronger than a clinch knot.

NUMBER ONE TOOL. This tool ties a perfect nail knot, line to swivel (O ring), and a terminal knot way stronger than a clinch knot.

Make a leader last a season. How? Cut off about 2-feet of an extruded, one piece leader. tie to the O ring and fish until you need another "piece' not entire leader.

NUMBER TWO TOOL. Make a leader last a season. How? Cut off about 2-feet of an extruded, one piece leader. Tie to the O ring and fish until you need another “piece’ of tippet” not the entire leader.

Perfect indicator every time. Make mine a Kiwi.

NUMBER THREE TOOL. Perfect indicator every time. Make mine a Kiwi.

Crappie, bass, and trouts. Don't leave home without a pair of hemostats.

Crappie, bass, and trouts. Don’t leave home without a pair of hemostats.

If you are fishing with saltwater hooks, don't leave home without a hook sharpener.

If you are fishing with saltwater hooks, don’t leave home without a hook sharpener.

One of several hook eye threaders.

One of several hook eye threaders.

Leader having kinky problems, a couple of swipes with this pad and you're straightened out.

Leader having kinky problems? A couple of swipes with this pad and you’re straightened out.

Take your rod out of the SUV, set it up. lean it against the vehicle, wind blows it to the ground, you step on tip-top. Day off to a bad start. Instead, use this "U" shaped magnet to keep rod standing.

Take your rod out of the SUV, set it up, lean it against the vehicle, wind blows it to the ground, you step on tip-top. Day off to a bad start. Instead, use this “U” shaped magnet to keep rod standing.

The bite is on, it's getting dark and you just broke off. You find that 20, but can't see the eye? The lamp will set you free.

The bite is on, it’s getting dark and you just broke off. You find that 20, but can’t see the eye? The lamp will set you free.

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