Split rings and pliers

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Which split rings perform best? Which pliers work best? I'm currently using Texas tackle pliers and Owner rings Are there better options?
 

hucklongfin

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Owner split rings are as good as it gets in the US. I use HPA’s for the extra strong Ultra split rings and Texas Tackle for the regular. I have the TT in large and XL sizes.
 

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hucklongfin

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The Nomad pliers are even more expensive than the HPA’s!
 

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As Mark said the TTs are fine for hyperwires but the ultras need something more. I haven't gotten to play with the HPAs but they look like the best option. I bought a pair of the Shimano ones bc they were on the rack in front of me and they work well on the ultras
 
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Mr. Sunshine

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The Nomad pliers are even more expensive than the HPA’s!
HPAs weren't available when I shopped. Tried the 'large' Texas tackle, and it didn't work well on the large 300 and 400 lb rings. Deformed them. Worked fine on smaller than that.
 

Texlee

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Owner split rings are as good as it gets in the US. I use HPA’s for the extra strong Ultra split rings and Texas Tackle for the regular. I have the TT in large and XL sizes.
I agree Huckey. I have both the Texas Tackle in large and XL as well as the HPA's. The HPA's are awesome.
 

benwah22

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What sized split rings do you think you'll be using? I'm assuming SPJ sized stuff? The recommendation would change depending on your answer
 

hucklongfin

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Saw a heartbreak last trip with a 40lb tuna on a colt sniper. it came back with a U looking split ring.
On my last trip my 100 gm colt sniper with a 2/0 Stinger treble and a #10 hyperwire split ring came back with a 65# bft.
 
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J blair

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What sized split rings do you think you'll be using? I'm assuming SPJ sized stuff? The recommendation would change depending on your answer
About #4-7 mostly. Looking at the Nomad, Shimano and the Bubba Blade. I think the HPA is too much plier for me.
 

hucklongfin

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Probably the Texas Tackle large size (green handle) would work for those. The HPA's are needed for the large really strong rings.

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benwah22

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About #4-7 mostly. Looking at the Nomad, Shimano and the Bubba Blade. I think the HPA is too much plier for me.
I use Wolverine triple wrapped #5 split rings and HPA Seabass pliers. They are not like the ones everyone is raving about here, rather they are designed for smaller split rings. I've had mine for 5 years and they are still going strong.

Here's two links:

http://www.tomostackle.com/hpa-sea-bass-split-ring-pliers/

https://www.hpa-shop.fr/gb/fishing/37-hpa-sea-bass-plier.html

I've ordered directly from the HPA France site and got my items within about a week.

I've had Owners open up (#6), and I do not like how the style of the orange pliers above this post open smaller split rings.
 

hucklongfin

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I don't like how the big HPA's work on smaller split rings either. I guess that why I have 3 or 4 pairs of split ring pliers in my tackle bag!
 

benwah22

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I don't like how the big HPA's work on smaller split rings either. I guess that why I have 3 or 4 pairs of split ring pliers in my tackle bag!
Likewise. I actually have two pair of the HPA Sea Bass pliers just in case something happens to the first. Then I have backup Texas Tackle (orange handle) and a small HPA (Texas Tackle sized) as well.

If something goes wrong offshore you've got to be covered.
 

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i bought a pair of Texas Tackle ones. Snapped into peices first try on a #8 Owner ring.

I use the $8 Bass Pro ones and they work great up to #10.

Even the cheapo Daneilsons work up to size 8.

For rings, the 120lb #8 work for most thing. I did have one go oval after two fish on 50lb string.
 

J blair

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Good info. I only saw the HPa big game online and they seemed too large for my application. Split ring pliers and rings don't get the attention they deserve.
 

hucklongfin

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i bought a pair of Texas Tackle ones. Snapped into peices first try on a #8 Owner ring.

I use the $8 Bass Pro ones and they work great up to #10.

Even the cheapo Daneilsons work up to size 8.

For rings, the 120lb #8 work for most thing. I did have one go oval after two fish on 50lb string.
I used my HPA's when I rigged up the Colt Sniper on the PV trip. I loaned them to someone else who was struggling with their pliers on a big ring. Another convert!