Gwizdz's Gadgets and Gear

Many of the most innovative tackle items on the market aren't developed by the big tackle manufacturers; they're products of the basement and garage workshops of America's anglers. And that's especially true in this part of the country, where we make things and a fair number of folks still work with their hands.

That's the case of the Quick Slip Stinger Hook, made by Todd Robbins of Romulus. Robbins devised a stinger hook with a slip knot and plastic collar that allows anglers to easily put on — or take off — a stinger hook. The Quick Slip features a small plastic collar downstream from the loop so an angler can cinch it down tight, but just as easily remove it when he needs to replace the trailer on the jig.

Made from about two inches of stiff monofilament and a No. 10 treble hook, Quick Slips are all the rage on the Detroit River and have been for a couple of years. A lot of the guys I know who fish there swear by them.

Quick Slips are available online at They cost about $1 apiece and are available in a variety of counts. — Bob Gwizdz

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