...and how it works: Imagine the hook is caught somewhere and somehow inside the mouth of the fish. With the "Larchy®" you don't need to see either how or where the hook is embedded, because you have in your hands the line on which the hook is snelled, and this line leads the hook receiver to the hook. So you introduce the line inside the hook receiver through the slit, maintain a light tension on the line, hold the line parallel to the barrel and let the hook receiver proceed towards the hook. When you feel the hook receiver has reached the hook (after some practice you will be able to feel it) now pull the sliding part backwards with the trigger. This causes a turn of the hook receiver of about 150° through the connecting rod. This has mainly the effect of setting the barb free, and you can now bring the hook all the way out backwards with no risk of it being caught in the fish again (Video 2). Treble hooks are extractable in the same way taking care to free first the tree point by pushing the treble inside the fish and turning it immediately after that (Video 3).If the hook is embedded in very hard and boney parts in the mouth, the leverage of the hook receiver will not be sufficient to extract the barb.
Don’t try by using more force, since this could damage the Larchy®. In such cases secure the line by winding it once under the braking disc, then hold the fish with your free hand and push the hook inside the fish’s mouth until you feel that the barb has come free. Then pull the trigger and bring out the hook (Video 4).
And that’s not all: Since the hook receiver is made of plastic, the Larchy® carefully extracts the hook without damaging the hook itself, the line, the knot or your delicate flies (Video 5).