What are Orvis Power Jaw Forceps?
Power Jaw Forceps are extra strong forceps or hemostats designed to help you remove hooks from trout and de-barb barbed hooks. They're not the cheapest on the market but are great quality and work really well. I've been using my Orvis Power Jaw Forceps every week for several years and they've performed brilliantly.
What special features do these forceps have?
Most fly fishing forceps are based on surgical hemostats. This style works fairly well and has a locking mechanism to hold the jaws shut, but they're often a bit bendy and don't always work brilliantly for de-barbing barbed hooks.
Orvis Power Jaw Forceps are designed specifically for fly fishing and feature a more robust design, a stronger locking mechanism, a de-barbing plate, an eye needle to remove varnish from fly eyes and jaws which are only gently serrated, giving extra purchase.
What are Power Jaw Forceps like to use?
My Power Jaw Forceps have held up well to years of weekly use. The Orvis logo has now worn away, and the needle for removing varnish did quickly bend and snap off, but they've worked very well apart from that. They're decent quality forceps.
They're much sturdier than regular forceps so don't bend and are very effective for unhooking and de-barbing. The de-barbing plate closer to the handle gives excellent pressure on the barb giving you a really flat crushed barb, which can be hard to achieve with cheaper, bendier forceps.
How much do these cost?
Orvis Power Jaw Forceps cost around £15. This is a little more expensive than most fly fishing forceps but they're great quality and work well and have lasted through years of regular use, with little sign of wearing out soon.