August 21, 2015
These pliers are essential if you plan on using split rings to affix new hooks to your plugs. The finish is excellent and they feel decent on hand. I wish they were slightly larger to handle beefy split rings, but these types of rings can be opened using the grooves in the center of the jaws as opposed to the top. But their size is perfect for use on the water and won't add weight to your belt. Key of modifying hook size/setup is important, like when targeting big game species. The line cutter feature is nice as well.
Pros:Great pliers for the price. Nice construction and finish.
Cons:Could be slightly larger. I would not depend on these to remove a hook embedded in your hand though, the cutting edge is not strong enough, but that's not what these are designed for. Always have a tough pair of cutters on hand for this type of emergency.