If anyone learns how to use this I PROMISE it’s a gem. I’ve used it for a long time and don’t leave home without it when I fish the river. In fact, I keep a couple in my boat. The first one we had way back was made of a solid rod, but after losing several by them falling in the water, I’ve adapted them so they float if they fall in. Now, I’ve shown this to some people and they either love it or hate it. If you don’t use it correctly you’ll think it’s a sham and it’ll bend your hooks. Trick is to not let your wrists give/roll ANY when you are unhooking a fish. Here’s how it’s done: 1/ Hook the curved part of tip around the line and slide it down into the fish’s mouth and onto the hook- as far as you can towards the back of the curve of the hook. 2/ Hold line and doohickey (that’s what we’ve always called the instrument) in a straight line, VERY IMPORTANT that you stretch each out very tightly. The fish will be hanging down, unless it’s big but I would practice on smaller ones first. Should look like this (paint brush is the fish). 3/ Flip the fish over the top of the line made with the doohickey and leader that the hook is attached to. Flip it away from you, I once had a hardheaded friend who wouldn’t and ended up with a fish hanging from his kneecap. Note: Once you get the feel you can make it even easier. I just hold the two taught and break my wrist over- the wrist holding the doohickey. I posted this on another forum and learned that they're used on saltwater charters too.