Nailed it. Owner Rings and HPA split ring pliersI have a HPA split ring pliers. They work great on the Owner rings, making a wide opening. Google them and there is a you tube Video.
I had others and wasn’t impressed.
I got them at Trophy Tackle.
I usually use Owner rings.
I agree Huckey. I have both the Texas Tackle in large and XL as well as the HPA's. The HPA's are awesome.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.
Split rings definitely fail. I’ve seen them open on 3-lb largemouth bass. Big tuna will straighten cheap split rings with ease.Split rings don't fail . . . 6.5¢ ea on Amazon w/ tool . . .
It's OK to fish on a budget.
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.About #4-7 mostly. Looking at the Nomad, Shimano and the Bubba Blade. I think the HPA is too much plier for me.
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.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!
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!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.