I have long been a Gerber knife and multi tool user and I find the ones that I own to be some of my most important gear. At this point I am on my second Gerber multi tool and it resides in my tackle box. I do not go fishing without it. Then the Gerber FliCK Fishing Tool shows up at my house. As usual I am wowed by what comes to me from Gerber, but as soon as I pull out the plier portion and see the needle-nose pliers I know this one is going to make me happy. I always use my current multi tool for hook removal, but sometimes I still have to pull out the needle nose set as backup, but no more. The FliCK is going into my fishing gear and I am putting my old multi tool and needle nose pliers aside. One piece of gear to replace two is a good deal in my book.
It comes with the needle nosed pliers (which deploy with the flick of a wrist), saw, screw drivers, scissors, tanto bladed knife, file, and a grove to sharpen hooks on. I also like the fact that the tools fold out of the handle from the outside edge, rather then the inside edge like many other tools do. Right now I am dying to go fishing. I want a chance to cut bait, pull hooks, and generally get this FliCK tool dirty and wet. That may have to wait for this weekend, but rest assured that this tool is going out to the lake as soon as is humanly possible. So stay tuned for more on this tool.
September 30, 2009
I have been using the Gerber FliCK pretty steadily over the last month. Using a multi-tool is nearly a daily activity for me. It seems like there is always something I can do with it, so it has to stay close.
I have spent a great deal of time fishing on Lake Conroe, Jones State Forest, and other small fishing holes in my area. My first love and use for the FliCK is fishing.
There is no way I can go out and fish without a multi tool or pliers of some sort. When ever I hit the water without them, every fish I catch will attempt to swallow the hook. The FliCK has been excellent for pulling those hooks that get a bit too far down the gullet of a pesky fish. The needle-nose pliers are a great improvement over my other multi-tools and this also means that instead of carrying a multi-tool and needle nose pliers, I can just carry the FliCK.
It is a little thing in the overall scheme of things, but the holster/sheath for the FliCK makes it even more useful on fishing trips. One of the hardest things to do is deal with a flopping fish while getting a multi-tool out so that I can pull a hook. All my other multi-tools had to be folded down to be carried on my belt, but the sheath for the FliCK allows me to keep the pliers extended while wearing it on my belt. That makes it much easier to get the pliers out and pull a hook without.
I have also been very happy with the way the knife blades fold out from the exterior edge of the handles. This means that the pliers can be deployed and I can still get to the blades or scissors. This cuts a lot of time off things like cutting bait or fishing line and that means more time fishing for me. My schedule is usually very tight, so every second the FliCK saves me is one more second I can spend fishing. One word of warning is necessary. The knife blade is wicked sharp. I am pretty lucky to have all of my fingers at this point. Slippery fishing bait can lead to a lack of fingers pretty quickly with this thing, so I had to learn to be extra careful. There is one down side to the FliCK, at least for me. I cannot figure out how to get the pliers retracted without a lot of fiddling and cursing. Getting them to deploy is damned easy, but putting them back is just a little bit beyond my capabilities at this point. It is probably a ‘me’ issue since the more I relax and surrender to the Zen of the FliCK, the easier it seems to be for me to retract the pliers. My inability to do this easily is another reason that I am ecstatic that the FliCK can be carried on my belt with the pliers deployed.
Over all I am happy with the FliCK. It can be easily carried on my belt or it is small enough to go in a tackle box, but I cannot find a sane reason to keep it stashed in one. I would love to see a loop for attaching a lanyard to the FliCK. There are times when I am using it in a boat that I worry that it is going to get dropped overboard and a lanyard attached to my wrist would go a long way towards easing this fear. So far, this is a really nice addition to my fishing gear.
Even more FliCK
December 7, 2009
Despite promising more pictures I am not having too much luck taking really cool pictures of FliCK. It is a bit more more difficult than I imagined to pull a hook out of a fish’s mouth while holding a multi-tool, camera, and fish, but never fear, I am still trying.
The more I use the FliCK the more I have come to like it. Rest assured that there are quirks to it, but nothing that has discouraged me from using it constantly. The mere fact that I do not have to have a pair of needle-nosed pliers and a multi-tool with me on all my fishing trips is enough to make me sing a loud round of praise for the FliCK.
One thing that I have become aware over the past couple of months is that I have to be careful about extending the pliers completely. I was in a hurry one afternoon when I was restringing a rod and the cutting edges on the pliers did not come together closely enough to cut the fishing line. This was a rather disgusting discovery and I was dreading the day that I had to report the fact that I could do a lot with the FliCK, but I could not cut fishing line.
Not more than a week later I was again needing to cut fishing line and I grabbed the FliCK and started to put it back in the sheath since I remembered my earlier difficulty. Before giving up and going for one of the knife blades, I looked at the pliers again. This time I realized that the pliers were fully extended from the body of the FliCK and the cutting edges came together enough for me to cut fishing line. This was a good discovery from my point of view and it taught me to be very careful about getting the pliers fully extended before trying to use them.
I have also discovered that the screwdriver portions of the FliCK are probably the least useful useful of all the items that this tool is equipped with. If I used the FliCK for more things the lack of a serious screwdriver would be a drawback in my view. The fact that I mainly use it outdoors and while fishing means that the screwdrivers are a nice afterthought that do not merit a whole bunch of complaining. They are what they are and I doubt that I am ever going to be on a fishing trip and have an emergency involving a screw that will be too much for the FliCK to handle.
The knife blade and the scissors have both proved to be great parts of this tool. The knife is SHARP and the blade is sturdy. The body of the FliCK provides a good grip for the times when I actually used the knife to clean a fish and my hands never slipped or made using the blade dangerous.
The scissors can be a bit difficult to get out and in, but they are fine for cutting small items. I was amazed to see how often I could use a pair of scissors when out fishing, but I have done everything from cutting panfish flies out of their package to trimming the rubber legs on the panfish flies that had stuck together due to heat or age. Normally I would just hack away with a knife in both of these situations, but the small scissors on the FliCK provided me with a more controlled approach to both of these jobs.
I am very happy at this point with the FliCK as an addition to my fishing gear. It has replaced my old multi-tool with one that is much more fishing oriented and easier to handle. I have one more update left and there should be pictures then.
The Final Word
January 28, 2010
by Anderson Bowman
Fishing season has come to an end for a while in Texas and it is probably the prefect time to wrap up my notes on the Gerber FliCK multi-tool.
While I do consider it a rather heavy piece of gear to carry while backpacking, I have discovered that I would not leave home without it if I planned on fishing. As far as I am concerned it contains just the right mix of tools to make it really functional for fishing without being too heavy or cumbersome. I know I have said it before, but I will say it again, but the needle-nosed pliers are just a huge bonus on this multi-tool. The FliCK allowed me to stop carrying pliers and a multi-tool which means that my fishing gear is lighter and there is less digging to find the tool I need since the flick is carried on my belt for easy access.
The on thing I would love to see is a spot to connect a lanyard. I would probably never carry the flick this way, but there have been times when a lanyard connected to the tool and wrapped around my wrist would have made my fears of dropping it over the side of a boat a lot less intense. Now I never dropped it, but the fear of losing this tool over the side has been with me from day one.
Overall, I am pleased with the design and construction of the FliCK. I am still unskilled at retracting the pliers on this tool, but other than that, it is designed for easy use and despite being dropped a lot, it looks and works fine.
While I was a bit concerned that the FliCK was going to be a lot of hype and a lot less functionality, I was happy to learn that this was not the case. Gerber did not load this tool to the gills with flash and bang items to make it too fancy to use. Instead they took the road of “less is more” and thought out the number and placement of every tool on the FliCK very carefully, or at least that is the way it seems to me.
This may be my last update on the flick multi-tool, but I will continue to carry it for a long time. It has survived a fall fishing season with me and will see more heavy use as spring rolls around. I have no fear that the Gerber FliCK will continue to hold up my use and meet every expectation I have for my newest piece of fishing gear.
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