Let Us Help You Find the Best Multi Tool for Fishing After 2015
Nothing beats an afternoon out on the water, fishing until the sun goes down. But for your trip to be a success, you need the right tools for the job. That’s where a fishing multitool comes in.
Delk 41293 Ultimate Fishing Tool
Our favorite for 2017
Booms L1 7-in-1 Fishing Pliers with Belt Holder Sheath
A great value option
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Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Multi-Tool
A great fishing companion
But how do you find the right tool for your needs? Here’s what we look at when comparing different models:
- Functions: One of the first things you should look at is the tool’s functions. How many does it offer? How many tools do you need? If you already have a toolbox full of tools, a simple multi-plier may be all that you need. But other specialized tools may be a better fit if you’re new to fishing or looking to upgrade your gear collection.
- Quality: No one purposely buys a poor quality tool. Consider what materials the tool is made of and read feedback from other users to help you find a model that will be durable and reliable.
- Fishing-specific, or Multi-purpose: Do you want a tool that’s specially designed for fishing tasks, or a tool that can also be used for other jobs? There are models for both preferences, and the price range can vary significantly between the two.
When shopping for a fishing multitool, you have plenty of options available to you. But even with the criteria listed above, it can be overwhelming to sort through all of the models just to find the right one. We’ve done all the hard work for you, and gathered five of the best fishing tools you can buy.
The Top 5 Best Fishing Tool Models
These five fishing tools are affordable, durable and easy to use. Each one meets our criteria standards, and most are backed by generous warranties that protect your purchase.
Delk 41293 – The Delk 41293 is a 9-function tool that was designed with fishermen in mind. Included with this tool is a fish scraper, hook remover, serrated knife, LED light, foldable stand, three-foot tape measure, bottle opener, scissors and an 18-pound weight scale.
This one simple tool can tackle nearly all fishing tasks in one compact, easy-to-use device. At just 6 inches long and 2 inches wide, this tool is easy to carry in your tackle box. And it’s backed by a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.
If you’re looking for a multitool that offers fishing-specific tools, this is the model you want. Delk is known for their quality, and the 41293 is no exception.
Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier – If you’re looking for a simple pair of stainless steel fishing pliers, the Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier is a great choice. Affordably priced, this model offers 12 functions and the Gerber Saf.T.Plus locking mechanism.
The built-in tools include: scissors, needlenose pliers, straight blade, wire cutter, serrated blade, large and medium flathead screwdrivers, Philips screwdriver, awl, saw, can opener, scissors, bottle opener and lanyard ring.
The tool itself is made of highly durable stainless steel, so it’s resistant to rust and corrosion. The special locking mechanism makes sure that all tools are safely secured, so they don’t accidentally deploy during transport or when not in use.
For a basic, all-around multi-plier, this is one of the best tools out there. And Gerber’s quality is top-notch.
Booms L1 7-in-1 Pliers – Booms L1 is a 7-in-1 multi-plier that offers nearly all of the practical tools you’ll need for your next fishing trip, including: Philips screwdriver, sharp plain edge knife, serrated blade, piercing tool, bottle opener, can opener, hook remover, serrated pliers, wire cutter, wire crimper.
The L1 is one of the most versatile fishing tools out there, and its compact design makes it so easy to store in your tackle box. The tools are made of stainless steel, so they’re resistant to rust and corrosion. The handles are also made of anodized aluminum for even more durability.
If you’re looking for an affordable and versatile fishing tool, it’s hard to beat Boom’s L1 7-in-1 pliers.
Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Multi-Tool – The Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Multi-Tool boasts 12 components that are all made of stainless steel and weather-resistant. And with a spring-loaded jaw, this tool is ideal for single-handed use.
Like the other Gerber model on our list, this tool features the patented Saf.T.Plus system that locks unused components for added safety.
What tools do you get with this model?
Needlenose pliers, fine-edge blade, serrated knife, Philips screwdriver, saw, medium and small flathead screwdrivers, scissors, bottle opener, lanyard ring, can opener and wire cutters.
Made with high quality materials and a rugged design, this model only comes in fourth on our list because of its slightly higher price. But the higher quality makes it well worth the cost.
Columbia River Knife and Tool Guppie – The Guppie is one of Columbia River Knife and Tool’s best-selling multitools, and it’s easy to see why. It’s easy to carry (thanks to its carabiner gate), and it’s highly versatile.
Included with this tool is a plain edge blade made of high carbon stainless steel. The blade can easily be deployed and closed with just one hand via the blade slot. A removable bit carrier is included, which includes an LED light. The carrier has two strong magnets that secure to the side of the tool.
The Guppie also includes an adjustable wrench with a jaw that opens to 1/2”, bottle opener, and flathead and Philips screwdrivers.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Right Fishing Multitool for You
We’ve provided you with five great tools, but how do you narrow your choices down from here? What should you be looking for when buying a fishing tool?
- Your Needs: When looking for any type of multitool, you need to consider your needs. Are you looking for a tool that offers only fishing-specific functions, or do you want a model that also offers other useful tools? If you already have a toolbox full of fishing knives and other tools, you may just need a simple multi-plier tool. But if you’re just getting started or want to upgrade your gear, you may want a tool that can do more.
- Materials: When you buy any kind of fishing tool, you want to make sure that it’s of the highest quality. Whether you’re out on freshwater or saltwater, moisture can wreak havoc on metal. The last thing you want is a tool that will rust after just a few uses. Look for tools made with high quality materials, so you can ensure that it gives you plenty of use. Stainless steel is a good option because it’s resistant to rust and corrosion.
- Size: The size of the tool is more important than you may realize. The larger the tool is, the more difficult it will be to carry around. Whether you plan on carrying it in your pocket or your tackle box, you need a tool that is compact and lightweight.
- Price: The cost of the tool will be the deciding factor in which one you choose. Stay within your budget, but don’t simply choose the cheapest model in your price range. Consider quality and functionality above all else. Cheap models will need to be replaced often, and will cost you more in the long run.