Just tripped across this tip in the June 2009 edition of Bassmaster:If anyone has a better plan for dealing with those 'impossible to pry open' rings, let's hear it.
I guess you didn't watch the video????? LOLAlso, once you've split the ring open and the old hook is in the opening, slide the new hook on and use it to push the old one around and off. It saves having to reopen the ring to install the new hook.
I never tried this myself, but thought I'd pass the idea along.