Best Fishing Pliers [2020]

by Darby @ Fly Fish And Camp | Last Updated: March 20, 2020

Ahhh so your fishing pliers finally kicked the can huh?  Or you got out to the river and realized that fishing without good pliers kind of sucks!

Either or, fishing without quality pliers can be a pain in the butt.  Trust me, I’ve been out on the river with a worthless pair of pliers and it’s not worth the hassle.  The pliers on this list are going to be some of the best in the world for the price that they cost.

Here Are The Best Fishing Pliers for 2020

Now, you might be thinking that there is a lot of options on this list, and you are not wrong.  I want to go through each one personally and the order that they are in, is the order that I ranked them.  One important thing about pliers is that they can be one of the handiest tools a fisherman can carry.

I should note that these pliers are going mostly going to be in the $10 – $30 range with the casual fisherman (or woman) in mind.  I did put one set of pliers on this list that will probably be out of a typical price range of a fishermen, but I liked them.  In this article I ranked quality first, without the price a driving factor.

Best Fishing Pliers of 2020

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SAN LIKE Carbon Fishing Pliers 

Ok, now if you are looking for an expensive pair of pliers, here you go.  At $80, you are going to get an interesting style of pliers.  They’re pliers that are made of high grade carbon fiber.  The carbon is going to make these pliers very, very lightweight and strong.  It also takes away the possibility of rust and corrosion.

picture of san like carbon fishing pliers

San Like Carbon Fishing Pliers

Like the majority of pliers, these have a multi purpose serrated edge to grab hooks, crimp hooks, cut line and braid and it offers protection from three hook lures as well.

It does have spring loaded handles I should mention too.

Probably the coolest part about these pliers is the fact that they come with a hundred percent satisfaction guarantee.  If you have a problem with these pliers, just let them know and they’ll replace/ refund you right away.

The price tag is steep, but if you are looking for an elite level of pliers without breaking the hundred dollar mark, maybe check these ones out.  Who knows? Maybe carbon pliers are the future!

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Kastking Speed Demon Pro Fishing Pliers

The Kastking Speed Demon Pro pliers are a very high end pair of pliers.  They’re going to be very similar to the Cutthroat pliers (lower on the list), essentially the only difference is that these ones have a better no slip grip on the handle.  It’s made of corrosion resistant stainless steel that is claimed by Kastking to be 46% stronger than standard aluminum pliers.

Kastking Speed Demon Pro Fishing Pliers

These pliers feature tungsten carbide in the cutters to allow for warm butter like snips.

The jaws of these pliers are pretty standard with the typical pull the hook out, crimp the hook, cinch a knot, and what not.

Overall you’re getting a comfortable pair of pliers with insanely strong steel that will slice through most lines without a sniff of an issue.

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Piscifun Aluminum Fishing Pliers

The Piscifun Aluminum pliers are a thin, lightweight style of pliers.  There’s really not a lot to em, but wow are they nice.  The pliers use anti corrosion aluminum in the handles for long time durability so they’re going to last you a long time.

Piscifun Aluminum Fishing Pliers

It also comes spring loaded so using these pliers with one hand is a breeze.

The cutters are made of tungsten carbide that for one will cut through the toughest of lines and the cutters are also replaceable.  These pliers also come with a sheath for easy access.

Overall, these are a slim, lightweight and dynamic performing set of pliers.

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Calamus A7 Lightweight Aluminum Fishing Pliers

Next up, we have the lightweight aluminum fishing pliers.  These pliers use aircraft aluminum which are E-coated to prevent corrosion.  Calamus put vanadium in the cutters to effortlessly cut lines and braid (very strong material).

Calamus A7 Lightweight Aluminum Fishing Pliers

The grips are made of rubber for a nice comfortable feel and to resist slip when they get all wet.  The handles are also spring loaded with a little locking device to keep them from jumping out of your sheath, underrated feature in my opinion.


The cutters feature 2 inches of serrated jaws that are designed to grab fish hooks better than other pliers as well.  Overall the Calamus A7 pliers are going to provide some of the best performance and durability especially for the price.

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Kastking Cutthroat 7″ Fishing Pliers

The Kastking Cutthroat fishing pliers are some high quality fishing pliers.  Like I said in the review about the Speed Demon Pliers (above), a lot of the features are the same.  It uses corrosion resistant stainless steel that’s stronger than regular aluminum pliers.  It has tungsten carbide in the cutters to help cut through line easily.

Kastking Cutthroat 7″ Fishing Pliers

The ridges on the jaw are designed to help with grabbing a hook out of a fish’s mouth.

The grip is made of a lesser rubber than the Speed Demon so that’s a disadvantage for sure, but still they are a quality set of pliers.

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SAMSFX Locking Aluminum Fishing Pliers

Next up on the list are the SAMSFX Locking Aluminum Fishing Pliers.  These pliers have an anodized aluminum body with carbon coated stainless steel jaw for strength.  Similar to other cutters on this list, they have tungsten carbide cutters to help snip fishing line faster.

SAMSFX Locking Aluminum Fishing Pliers

These pliers have a locking system that will provide quick open or closure.

One reason I favor this set of pliers over others is because it comes with a 4in1 nippers and a zinger retractor.  The nippers have a hook sharpener, mono line cutter, quick knot tool and a jig cleaner also.

The SAMSFX Locking Aluminum pliers deserve to be in the top 9 for fishing pliers available today.

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Booms X1 Aluminum Fishing Pliers

The Boom Fishing X1 Aluminum fishing pliers are a solid set of pliers.  They’re made of anodized aluminum to resist corrosion from salt or freshwater.  These pliers feature tungsten in the cutters and are spring loaded for one handed use.

Booms Aluminum Fishing Pliers

They feature a pretty standard serrated jaw edge so nothing special there, but it will get the job done.

There have been complaints about these pliers however.  Apparently the line cutters are tough to use, especially in low light situations.  The quality is said by some to be awesome while others have said that it’s not very good at all, especially with bigger fish.

These are on my top nine because the majority of people that used these pliers have liked them, but personally I wouldn’t recommend purchasing these ones over others on this list.

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ZACX Fishing Pliers

The ZACX fishing pliers are very lightweight.  The company used aluminum with the body and went with a hollowed out design on the handles.   It’s spring loaded with the intention of one hand use.  Although on the same token people have complained that the pliers wanted to jump out of the sheath they came in (because it doesn’t have a locking system).  The cutters on this set of pliers are very nice and will cut through braid fairly easily.

ZACX Fishing Pliers

These pliers are advertised as corrosion resistant, but some fishermen had rust only a day after using them.  Maybe it was a defect, who knows, but that’s unfortunate.  However, at the same time a lot more people like these pliers than those who didn’t.  Personally, I’m going to stick to some of the other pliers on this list.

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Need a new fly reel for the upcoming fishing season?  I wrote up an article here if you are interested!

Kastking Intimidator Fishing Pliers (7 models)

For the third time on this list, we are featuring Kastking.  This time we are talking about a cheaper model called the Intimidator ($7 – $15).  Being that there are 7 models to choose from in this model, you’ll have some variety.  The few consistent aspects of all these pliers are that they’re made of steel for power that is coated with teflon to resist corrosion.

Kastking Intimidator Fishing Pliers

The more expensive models have tungsten carbide in the cutters for better clipping, otherwise it’s just steel cutters.

The grip is pretty standard plier grip, it will vary between pliers as well but nothing crazy here.

If you do go with one of these choices of pliers, I would recommend the F:7 version.  They’re heavy duty and have tungsten carbide in the cutters.  At the same time although, if you don’t want to spend 15 dollars on a set, I suggest going with the D:7 bent nose. For ten bucks you’ll get a nice quality set of pliers for cheap.

Just remember, you get what you pay for.

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At the end of the day, we all want to have high quality fishing pliers when we get out to the river.  It’s a must, I for one am not a fan of a pair of my pliers breaking down while I am trying to get a hook out of the mouth of a fish I just caught.

It really comes down to how much you want to spend on pair of pliers, more money – hopefully more quality.  That’s not to say that you can’t buy an expensive piece of garbage although.  Regardless, I hope this helped you out and good luck!