Best Fishing Pliers [2021]

Did your pliers finally kick the dust?  This article is about the best fishing pliers that you can get, for a reasonable price.

Here Are The Best Fishing Pliers for 2020

The best fly fishing pliers have a couple distinct features to them.  For one, they have to be durable.  That is what we focused on the most in this article.  In no particular order, we also looked at the material the pliers were made of, comfort, grip, sharpness, and some other random features such as spring loaded handles.

Bottom line, we gathered a quality list of the best pliers for fishing, for you.  Hope you enjoy.

Best Fishing Pliers of 2020

SAN LIKE Carbon Fishing Pliers 

These are the most expensive pliers on this list, and if I’m being honest, the only reason you should buy these pliers is if you truly need to blow some cash.   Get the next best pair of pliers if you are like the rest of the world.

Not that you would regret the purchase, because you wouldn’t.   These are pliers that are made of high grade carbon fiber.  The carbon makes these pliers very, very lightweight and strong.  Not only that, but they’re also resistant to corrosion and rust.

picture of san like carbon fishing pliers
San Like Carbon Fishing Pliers

Like the majority of fishing 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.

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.



Kastking Speed Demon Pro Fishing Pliers (Best Overall)

The Kastking Speed Demon Pro pliers are the best overall fishing pliers that you can purchase.  The handles feature very comfortable and grippy, no-slip material to keep you from dropping them in the river. They’re also made of corrosion resistant stainless steel that is claimed by Kastking to be 46% stronger than standard aluminum 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.

They have spring loaded handles too.  In these pliers you are getting high quality craftsmanship and material.  They’re very comfortable and slice through fishing line as though it’s nothing.



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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 they are very nice.  The pliers feature anti corrosion aluminum in the handles designed for long term durability.

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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.



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).

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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.

This is a pair of great black fishing pliers.
Kastking Cutthroat 7″ Fishing Pliers

The ridges on these pliers are very durable and designed to take fish hooks out of fish.

The grip is made of a lesser rubber than the Speed Demon so that’s a disadvantage for sure, but still they are a high quality set of pliers.  They’re also very popular on amazon.



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.

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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.

These are the Booms Fishing pliers, another quality pair.
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.



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 plier are also advertised as corrosion resistant.  Overall, these fishing pliers are good if you like the additional tools that are included.



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.

This is a picture of a pair of Kastking fishing pliers.
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.


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These are the best fly fishing pliers

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!

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