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Improving the fishing experience...one fish at a time
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Applications: Interestingly during our field tests we found that one of the best uses for the tool was not just control of our catch during the de-hooking process but also landing the fish as well. Rather than use a net to land larger fish we were able to lip them on the side of the boat just as you would do so with your hand. The only difference was the L4L affords you an extended reach and helps put some distance between you and your lure's hooks should the fish decide to resist during the grab. Once dehooked you can simply lower your catch back in the water, open the jaws of the L4L and release the fish.


Holding a striper securely as we remove our broken off Streamer

 

This entire process takes no more than a few seconds, drastically improving chances of survival for the fish since there was no direct, physical contact between the angler's hands and the fish's mucus membranes. The L4L is great for fly fisherman that prefer to hold trout securely in the stream while they retrieve their delicate flies. The L4L is also a excellent tool to have when dealing with toothy gamefish like Barracuda where retrieving flies and lures can be perilous if the fish is not properly controlled.

 

Release fish just as easy with the Lippa4Life

  

Durability & Maintenance: After three months of intensive use and over 20 bass and 80 plus stripers, the L4L looks just about as good as new. If you drop the L4L on the ground it will suffer cosmetic damage in the form of scratches but performance and operation are unaffected. We liked the optional holster, and recommend keeping the tool buckled to the lanyard when on the water.

 

In terms of maintenance, a simple rinse and wipe with freshwater after each use will keep the tool clean. For smooth operation, apply a minute drop of to the connection point beneath the jaws once each month. We tested both ReelX and Quantum Hot Sauce and both were excellent lubricants.
 

CPR (Catch, Picture, Release) has never been easier, the Lippa4 Life makes the entire landing and de-hooking procedure painless for you and the fish

 

Price: Quality craftsmanship has a price, and in the case of the Lippa4Life that price is 70 dollars per copy. The L4L is not a cheap tool, but it is a very nice one. While just a bit pricey for a bass tool the L4L is priced reasonably for a fly fishing tool. But for those anglers that enjoy bass fishing in the summer and fly fishing for steelhead in the cooler months the L4L is a brilliant crossover tool, and certainly worth the investment. Those anglers that love the overall design of the L4L but still find it too expensive for their tastes can also consider the stainless steel version of the tool. The main differences between the two are that the stainless version does not have the knuckle guard, has rubber handles for increased grip, obviously weighs quite a bit more (22.83oz), and costs only $25.00, which is within reach of all anglers. 
  

Ratings:

Lippa 4 Life 60361 Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality The L4L features excellent materials and build quality 9
Performance This tool is easy to use, and does exactly what it is supposed to...it helps control and protect fish making the entire encounter safer for both the angler and the fish. Bonus points for so much consideration put into the design to help preserve the health of the fish. Unlike most vertical gripper tools you still feel very connected to the fish when using this tool 9.5
Price I was a bit torn here. I was going to give the L4L a 7 in this category but the overall build quality won me over, in addition to the fact that in terms of fly fishing tools the L4L is appropriately priced 8
Features The main feature of the L4L is the unique design and exceptional weight. The tool loses points in comparison to other grippers because they have built in scales and can hold fish without constant pressure 8
Design (Ergonomics) Ergonomically the L4L is excellent. It is comfortable to use by anglers with just about any size hands, and is extremely easy to operate 9
Application The L4L is a tool that can serve just about any freshwater and light offshore angler. Whether you pursue trout, bass, or barracuda the L4L will serve you well 9.5

Total Score

8.83

  
Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Excellent ergonomic design L Requires constant pressure from angler to operate
J Beautiful build quality L Cost may be slightly high for bass anglers
J Many applications for fly or bass  
J Unique tool designed to protect fish just as much as anglers  
J Cost reasonable for a fly tool  

    
Conclusion: Rising should be commended not only for designing and bringing to market a quality tool, but for designing it with the fish in mind. The more fish that survive the healthier the sport, and that kind of forward thinking is what helped Rising create this unique tool. The name Lippa4Life says it all...while there are a lot of tools out there, many of them do quite a bit of damage to fish in the process. The Lippa4Life is one of the first tools we have seen that is designed to allow anglers to remain closely in connection with the fish, enabling them to sense and react to the fish during the de-hooking process, ultimately making the entire encounter as quick and painless as possible for both you and your catch.  For anglers that may shy away from the 70 dollar price point the company's 25.00 stainless steel version is functionally similar but not as refined in terms of design and ergonomics. The L4L is a great tool if you dabble in both fly fishing and conventional angling, and also a excellent tool when you want to stay out of harms way when dealing with toothy fish. The one thing that is for certain is that the Lippa4Life will improve your fishing experience, as well as the experience of all the fish that you catch.

 

For more information, or to order check out Rising.net


                                     


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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