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Tools Review

Rising releases a tool for Bass anglers, the "Work" pliers

Date: 11/24/06
Tackle type: Tools
Manufacturer: Rising
Reviewer: Zander

Total Score: 8.16

Looking for a new pair of pliers? Rising, a company best known for fly fishing tools and accessories draws upon their know-how to create the “Work” pliers for bass fishermen looking for an alternative to the traditional tools.

Rising Work Plier Specifications

Overall Length 6" & 8.5" (2 options)
Material Stainless Steel
Weight 2.35oz & 4oz
Additional Features Pick tip, attachment hole, crimp ridge. line cutter, rubbergrip, locking mechanism
Price $20 & $24

About Rising:
Rising is now in its third year of operation, and the Lippa4Life continues to be the company’s flagship product. We first took a look at the Lippa4Life a year and a half ago, and since then the product has moved to its second generation model. The new tool now comes with a custom compression spring, a more ergonomic form factor, and a custom compression spring. In addition to the Lippa4Life Rising has released a diamond file, water bottles, and a slew of new pliers.


Pliers or oversized hemostat? The Work is a bit of both


Impressions: The Work pliers look like are a cross between needle nose pliers and a hemostat.  The Work pliers are available in two sizes, a 6” and 8.5” lengths and are constructed out of stainless steel. The 6” version weighs 2.35oz while the larger 8.5” model weighs 4oz. In my hands both felt relatively light, certainly lighter than the vast majority of pliers I have used before.


The Work pliers feel like a precision operating tool

Real World Tests: Some tests take weeks, some months, and in the case of the Rising Work…it took a year and a half. Putting the pliers to the real test meant going out and catching fish, and seeing just how they would operate, and feel, under normal bass de-hooking conditions.

Rising includes many features into the nose   

Over this extended period of testing my opinion of the pliers changed a number of times, mostly due to the variation in seasons and shifting types of fishing applications. For the most part I used these pliers in their intended application…bass fishing. But I did use them for offshore trips as well as fly fishing to see how well they would perform on both ends of the spectrum


The pick tip at the top is great for switching out split rings or hooks


Design: As with all tools we test a detailed inspection was done before the product ever hit the water. We wanted to document the exact condition of the Work pliers so we could look back and compare throughout our tests. We noted that the pliers were thinner in diameter than most traditional pliers, and that the pliers were more flat than rounded, more like an oversized hemostat.


Rising advocates catch and release and this tool help makes that easier.

Notice the "KEEP FISH IN H20" etching

The nose features a number of different crimp and cutting tools, as well as a hole that you don’t normally find on normal pliers. Let’s work our way down from the tip to the back of the pliers. Starting at the top, the Work pliers feature a “pick tip” which is commonly found on many pliers today.

 I liked the longer 8.5" model, as it made it easy to free deep hooked lures

This is an extremely useful feature, and can be used to open split rings to change out hooks or pry open split shots. Before striper fishing each season I always check all my hooks and replace those that are bent out of shape or have broken trebles. I found the Work pliers actually better than traditional pliers in this application. With these medium sized split rings I could actually lock the pliers as I grabbed hooks and worked them in. When going through an entire box of pointers this really helped speed up the process.


The crimp ridge


Next we move onto that odd “hole” midway down the nose. Because these pliers feature a locking mechanism (3 click like a hemostat) it is able to be clamped closed. When closed this hole becomes an attachment hole, which can come around a ring on a vest or jacket, suspending the tool within easy reach.


The "hole" is for attachment for stowing when on the go. This is possible because the tool can be locked securely in a close position


I actually didn’t like using the hole for bass fishing, as I prefer to holster my pliers. Rising does make accessory holsters that house the Work and other Rising tools nicely. The hole feature did however come in handy when fly fishing, the attachment feature made it possible to hold the pliers on my vest and out of the water when wearing waders. This feature certainly comes from the company’s fly fishing heritage.


The Work's quality cutter was good for cutting mono, braid, and even light wire


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