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Are You Still Using a Rusty Pair of Pliers? No More Excuses (continued)

Of course, one of the more compelling reasons people commit to a pair of high dollar pliers is the ability of most of these tools to cut braid. P-Line’s Adaro pliers come with a cutting blade made just for that purpose and ours handled both Daiwa Samurai Braid and Sufix Performance braid in sizes from 30lb test on up to 80lb test just fine. Granted, we’ve had pliers that cut this stuff cleaner, but the Adaros do get the job done.

... that clips to any number of things for security ...

Where you will run into trouble with the cutters on the Adaro is if you try to cut an actual hook. These pliers are not built for this situation but as we all know, while fishing, stuff happens and this situation actually came up. Without getting into gory detail of the actual plight at hand, I grabbed my pair of Adaro pliers, went for one of the two hooks on my crankbait that needed extraction, squeezed and… the hook was cut clean.

... including the heavy duty cordura carrying pouch (also included).

I immediately went for the second hook, grasped it in the Adaro’s cutting jaw, squeezed and… CRACK! Something snapped, but it wasn’t the hook. I broke the cutting jaw on the Adaro pliers. At that moment, it came back to me and I realized I had reached for the wrong tool. While a good cutter, the Adaro’s cutting jaw is not built for heavy duty use and really is just intended to cut fishing line. For this purpose, it performs well.

The Adaro pliers are not only good for clearing out clogged intakes ...

Was I dismayed at my mistake? Yes, because for the remainder of the trip, my Adaro pliers were useless for cutting line. But it was my own fault and something I should have been mindful of in that situation. Fortunately, when I got back home and to the tackle shop, because the pliers were only forty dollars ($40), instead of going through the trouble of ordering another pair of cutting jaws and installing them, I just pulled another pair of Adaro pliers off the rack. Quick, easy, and relatively painless.


P-Line Adaro Aluminum Fishing Pliers Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A nice simple, clean implementation 8
Performance Cutters could be a tad more precise but still very good 7.5
Price Really tough to beat for a quality pair of pliers designs specifically for anglers. Comes with a custom holster 9
Features Standard features for ocean fishing pliers 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) The all aluminum construction can be a little slippery 8
Application Good general purpose pliers and really handy for bass fishing 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


J A more than excellent alternative to the standard toolset needlenose pliers L As with any ocean pliers, the jaws are a little large for smaller hooks and fish with small mouths
J So affordable you'll want multiple pair!  
J Good braid cutting performance  


Conclusion: I’ve had the Adaro pliers with me on trips to the California Delta, Clear Lake, and Falcon Lake, Texas. They’re hard to beat for the price but there are still some features that could stand improvement. At the top of this list are the jaws and the fact that they don’t quite close down all the way to where, at the tip, metal is meeting with metal. This is only important in cases where I’m tying line and need something to grab hold of that tag end to tighten the knot down just a tad more. A standard pair of needle nose pliers will handle this task, but because the Adaro has a gripping surface in the jaws, the tolerances are not such that the teeth at the tip of its jaws actually touch.

... they actually serve well as standard fishing pliers.

Another area that could stand for improvement, and this one is just cosmetic, is the handle on the Adaro. Currently made of solid aluminum, it’d be nice if there were some holes, etchings, or otherwise to make the handle just a tad more interesting and easier to grip when you’re reaching for them on the boat.

It would have been very difficult to unhook this little schoolie striper without a good pair of pliers. The Adaro's spring loaded jaw made it even easier.

Otherwise, these pliers do very well with neglectful maintenance. Not once have I had to oil my pair and they continue to operate smoothly – well, up until the point I broke the cutting jaw that is. The new pair have been just as impressive as the first and I still haven’t broken that one hundred dollar barrier yet. Certainly I’m never shy on spending top dollar for a high quality product, but with P-Line’s Adaro pliers, I don’t have to spend the coin to get a product that looks good, performs very well, and holds up to reasonable use. What’s more, for the same price as say a pair of Abels or Accurates, I can have three or four pair of Adaros, two for the boat (one in the front, the other in the back), one for my swimbait box, and another for my traveling tackle bag. No more excuses for having a pair of rusty pliers that won't open when you need them.

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