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Tool Review

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


Date: 7/7/10
Tackle type: Tools
Manufacturer: P-Line
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 8.00 - BEST VALUE AWARD!

In our 2009 Holiday Gift Guide, we remarked how many anglers struggle with the decision between a pair of quality, corrosion resistant fishing pliers and something far more affordable but sure to rust as in a pair of standard needlenose pliers. Of course, most opt for the item already sitting in their tool box and end up cursing their decision days, weeks, months or a couple of years down the line when that same pair of pliers is sitting on the deck of their boat, or at the bottom of their tackle box all seized up from rust. What do most do at this point? Rinse and repeat cycle because that two hundred dollar pair of Abel pliers is just too hard to justify.

Introducing P-Line's Adaro Aluminum Fishing Pliers.

Well, thanks to P-Line, there’s another alternative. Modeled after some of the more popular, high end, ocean fishing pliers, P-Line’s Adaro pliers now deliver lightweight, corrosion resistant performance to the every day angler. Presenting our review of this still relatively new forty dollar ($40) tool.

P-Line Adaro Aluminum Fishing Pliers Specifications

Material Aluminum 
Length 7.5"
Cutters Tungsten Carbide 
Jaws Replaceable Carbon Steel 
Hinge Spring hinge
Colors Anodized blue, gold, silver 
Included Accessories Cordura pouch, nylon lanyard
MSRP $39.99


Impressions: The P-Line Adaro Pliers are available in one of three anodized colors are and built out of a lightweight aluminum alloy. They are equipped with a pair of replaceable tungsten carbide cutters built specifically for braided line. The coated carbon steel jaws are also replaceable and the pliers come with their own cordura pouch and heavy duty, coiled nylon lanyard. They look and feel like a much more expensive pair of pliers.


The Adaro Pliers are made of lightweight aluminum and are designed primarily for the ocean.

Field Tests: Technically, the Adaro pliers were designed for ocean fishing situations, but until recently, ocean fishing opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area have been few and far between due to a variety of different reasons that we will not get into here. So instead, we took the Adaro pliers out for several trips during our The Search For One campaign to see how they’d fare.

They feature tungsten carbide cutters suitable for braid ...

So why a pair of fishing specific pliers? Aren’t all needlenose-like pliers created the same? Well, aside from the afore mentioned corrosion resistant properties, another advantage of the made from aluminum, P-Line Adaro pliers is weight. Standard needlenose  pliers are usually made out of steel. There are varying grades, no doubt, but pulling a pair of standard pliers out of my toolbox and throwing them on the scale, I found mine weighed 8.2 ounces. Not heavy by any means. The P-Line Adaro pliers weigh in at 5.4 ounces. This translates into a less bulky and troublesome tool to have hanging on your belt or stuffed into your back pocket.

... and replaceable carbon steel jaws.

Now, because the Adaro pliers are lighter in weight and made out of aluminum, they’re not going to fare too well in duties around the house or on the construction jobsite. Obviously this is where you want a standard pair of pliers. But most standard set of pliers don’t come with replaceable jaws. The Adaro pliers do.

Certainly not as refined as a pair of Abel pliers (left) but at a quarter of the price, does it matter?

Another nice perk with the Adaro pliers, and really, most any fishing pliers these days is they have an spring loaded jaw to help hold them open making easier to use when you’re trying to unhook a fish. No fumbling and fiddling, one handed, trying to open the jaws of the pliers to get them into the fish’s mouth and onto the hook when you’re trying to unhook your catch. The Adaro pliers perform very well under this task with the only downside being trying to unhook a fish with a small mouth or one that’s hooked with a very tiny hook. In this situation, there’s no beating a nice pair of forceps – they’re just smaller in size and more appropriate for that particular situation.

Accessories include a coiled, nylon lanyard ...


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