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If guides choose it, shouldn't you choose it too?
Lightweight and durable aircraft-grade aluminum makes the ergonomically designed Simms Plier the go-to pinching tool for fly fishing guides everywhere. Replaceable stainless-steel jaws stem from a hollow stainless-steel hinge and non-slip handle with a precision-place finger guard. A beveled notch helps with knot-tightening and tungsten carbide cutters increase function, and lanyard clip points and a compression-molded nylon holster make this plier easy to carry.
- Lightweight and durable aircraft-grade aluminum
- Hollow stainless-steel hinge
- Exterior finger guard
- Beveled notch for knot tightening
- Retractor clip-in points
- Replaceable stainless-steel jaws
- Tungsten carbide cutters
- Compression molded nylon holster
- 7in length
- Made in the US
- Item #SMM000R
- Q & A
So Close, Yet So Far
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I've been in the process of finding a replacement for a pair pliers that I lost on the river the other day. I tried Cheeky's offering, which didn't work out, and now these from Simms.
Out of the box I was really impressed. Craftsmanship and materials are top notch. The finger hole by the jaws of the pliers is a really cool idea and definitely makes your control over the pliers much better than a traditional design.
Also, the sheath is is really well designed in that it is molded so when the pliers are in it, the handles spread slightly (it is a spring loaded design). That way, they are secure in the sheath and you have to slightly close handles to be able to remove the pliers from the sheath. Nice safety/security measure.
I've been praising the design on these so far, so why the 3 stars? Well, in the photo, you can see that the jaws don't fully close! This is fine if you're using really big tackle for big game saltwater fishing or something, but it really hampers the utility of the pliers for anything smaller than that. You can see the gap in the photo, with my thumb for reference, and you can tell it's not a small gap. The gap is large enough that I was not able to hold a paper clip with the pliers. So, if you wanted to do something like pinch a barb on a smaller hook, I don't think it would work.
I'm not sure what the thinking was behind the design. I'm sure it's intentional, just judging by how well these are made, but I can't figure out why. I wish they had a small section in the tip of the pliers that was a smooth surface that completely closed, with a the current jaw design behind that.
So, if you're into just big game fishing, where all the materials are a bit larger...these would be perfect and I'd highly suggest them. But for smaller stuff, I'd go with a different option (Orvis Hydros Freshwater Pliers).