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Maybe My Most Amazing Tool - Texas Tackle Split Ring Pliers #13530737 04/23/20 02:25 AM
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Today I was out fishing for a bit and I needed to change out some hooks and add some split rings to some baits. And I pulled out something I literally always have with me when I fish. My OG Texas Tackle Split Ring Pliers.

I got it when it was still a pretty new item and only came in one size. I can’t even remember exactly how old it is but I’m guessing it’s maybe 12-15 years old now.

I’ve used it on those big size 8 and 9 split rings sometimes. And it wouldn’t really open those rings wide enough to slip on some of those thick tuna, striper or saltwater baits so I would really have to fight it into the eye. I’ve done it so many times I really thought the pliers would break a few years ago. Hasn’t happened. It’s still perfectly fine.

When wade fishing and trying to keep things minimalist, I will have only that pliers with me sometimes. I’ve used it to get treble hook baits out of fish a bunch of times. Just didn’t want to have to carry a heavy or larger metal needle nose pliers with me sometimes.

That thin and light aluminum split rings pliers is something I always have with me. Just really find it remarkable it has lasted so long considering all of the stress I’ve put it through for so long.

I added two other sizes to my collection a couple of years ago but that original small size model is the best design I think. Just find it cool that someone thought up a quality product that’s also so innovative that it turned into a small business or company.

Do you have a similar tool that’s almost indispensable?


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Re: Maybe My Most Amazing Tool - Texas Tackle Split Ring Pliers [Re: 5-20] #13530756 04/23/20 02:35 AM
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I just got some of those Texas tackle pliers! They were recommended by a friend and I ordered the "small" size and they've worked great so far for the normal orings on squarebills! So hard to find a good pair but I think I'm "Sold" on these!

Re: Maybe My Most Amazing Tool - Texas Tackle Split Ring Pliers [Re: 5-20] #13531834 04/23/20 09:28 PM
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Texas Tackle stuff is all good quality stuff made by some great folks in Texas!

Re: Maybe My Most Amazing Tool - Texas Tackle Split Ring Pliers [Re: 5-20] #13532072 04/24/20 01:33 AM
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The yellow pair are my favorite.

Re: Maybe My Most Amazing Tool - Texas Tackle Split Ring Pliers [Re: 5-20] #13532125 04/24/20 02:05 AM
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Which size works for small crankbaits like 1.0 squarebills?


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I've got the orange grip and they work great on everything I use them for!


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Re: Maybe My Most Amazing Tool - Texas Tackle Split Ring Pliers [Re: texasAUtiger] #13532192 04/24/20 02:38 AM
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Originally Posted by texasAUtiger
Which size works for small crankbaits like 1.0 squarebills?


The yellow ones seem to work fine for them.

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I've just been using a cheap o pair I found at walmart 4-5 yrs ago. They work but are cumbersome and not very precise. Been wanting to upgrade to some that are a little better quality, will give the Texas Tackle a try, thanks for the tips.

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I have the orange and love it!

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I carry a set of the mediums with me for throwing Halco swimbaits offshore for tuna. I simply tie on a solid ring onto the end of my line and these pliers help me to quickly change out baits

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I have two pairs of the orange handled ones. One in the bag and one on the bench. Great tool


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I have a pair ive had forever but ran into a problem earlier this year as the Arig I was trying to extract their cheap---- clips and replace with split rings left me unable to easily get the rings opened.. I need to run dowm another pair with bigger or with the kind that has humps instead of a sharp tooth... The tooth effective with most..


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Re: Maybe My Most Amazing Tool - Texas Tackle Split Ring Pliers [Re: 5-20] #13533126 04/24/20 07:56 PM
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Orange for most crank baits, Blue for the big baits. Love them.


Re: Maybe My Most Amazing Tool - Texas Tackle Split Ring Pliers [Re: lipjerk] #13533355 04/24/20 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by lipjerk
I have the orange and love it!

Same here. I have tried multiple pliers, then, a few years ago, I bought the orange ones from the owner at a tackle show. Far and above the best.


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Re: Maybe My Most Amazing Tool - Texas Tackle Split Ring Pliers [Re: 5-20] #13533830 04/25/20 11:46 AM
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I bought the small TT ones , have tried using them a couple times but the flat side has no serrations or ridges to grip the ring and they slip off the ring. Probably me , I need help learning the technique.


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