Some new pliers on long-term test........

I was recently sent this pair of the 6'' long Ross Worldwide Pescador pliers for a long term test and review (check here for the full details and specs etc.). If you think that spending over the £100 mark on a pair of fishing pliers is complete and utter madness then I guess it's not worth reading any further, but personally I am fed up with my more recent pliers that I bought ending up covered in rust, their cutters not cutting anything remotely meaningful, and the actual pliers bit not meeting close enough to properly crush the barbs on all my lure hooks (yes, all trebles and singles for me, but best not go there for now in case it becomes another in my series of rants).

These Ross Pescador pliers are not actually a new product to me, in that a fly fishing friend of mine began using a pair a few years ago now and therefore I got to see them in action so to speak on various trips overseas. Delve around in the fly fishing world especially and you will soon find how perfectly possible it is to go and spend some very serious dosh on a pair of pliers, so please understand when I say that to some anglers these Ross Pescador pliers are in fact extremely good value for money. My fly fishing friend hasn't got a bad word to say about his, and neither have the other anglers I have met and spent time around who use the same model of pliers. OK, so perhaps I start this long term test/review with a slight degree of already having a fair idea about how good these Pescador pliers actually are, but there is nothing like using and generally abusing a product oneself over a decent length of time to form an opinion.............

It's far too easy to dismiss the idea of ever spending over £100 on a proper pair of fishing pliers, when in the end it's merely a matter of personal choice. If I add up what I have personally spent in the last few years on different pairs of pliers that have not stood up to spending time in and out of saltwater then I bet you I could have bought a proper pair straight off. There is always this argument in life to buy properly and just buy the once. I broke two garden forks the other weekend for example when I was digging over a patch of earth for planting spuds (honestly, it's turning into the Good Life around here, caught myself reading Gardener's World magazine at lunch the other day), and now I have bitten the bullet and bought two more proper ones that I am hoping might last the course a little better.

Do I use pliers all the time when I am fishing ? No, but then when I don't have them I feel kind of lost these days. The fact that I can do things like crush down the barbs, unhook fish, tighten knots, and also cut mono, fluoro, wire and braid with one implement makes a good pair of pliers way more useful than I had ever previously thought. I am going to use these pliers for my own fishing, and I will treat them as I would any other pair that I have used in the past - a quick rinse in freshwater after fishing and then leave them to dry. First off I like the fact that they come with a holder and springy, coiled lanyard that all sits on a wading belt together with my Boga grip. Do I look like a bit of an "all the gear no idea" kind of person when I strap up and head out fishing ? Probably, but then I have never worried what people think about me. I think my wife might agree with me here, because as much as she loves me, I know that she never fell for me because of my dress sense. Looking "sophisticated" ain't one of my strong points, but perhaps these nice shiny Ross pliers will make up for my sartorial failings ? Or perhaps not........