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Split Ring Help

Post By: anglerwannabe      Posted: 11/13/2019 7:22:32 PM     Points: 58270    
Hi FxR, seems I need your help once again! Would you be so kind as to providing a recommendation for split rings? In particular a size one. Lately I been having fish pull the split ring apart therefore it seems I need an upgrade.

Any recommendations as to a good split ring that I can get in Size 1 and where to buy them?

 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 11/13/2019 7:38:57 PM     Points: 55196    
Catch smaller fish!
 Reply by: Crit      Posted: 11/13/2019 9:35:55 PM     Points: 0    
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I like Owner stuff
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 11/13/2019 11:04:11 PM     Points: 7831    
OH!!! The cross you must bear . . . . . .what a terrible problem to have. I'm sure one of the folks here have a good answer.
 Reply by: Neyet Stalker      Posted: 11/14/2019 6:15:34 AM     Points: 8467    
Jim are you on ebay? I replace split rings on most of my baits and have used these for several yrs in size 2 with no issues. They have all sizes in good quality stainless steel USA made.

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 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 11/14/2019 8:45:36 AM     Points: 58270    
Cisco and Dan - you're ice weirdos and as such can't be taken seriously! lol

Crit - thank you. I always look at TW first and had already parsed through what they have. So I'm seeing what others use. I like Owner brand also.. in the pic below.. thats a brand new Owner treble. Well, it was.

James - that looks perfect. Do you have a particular set of pliers you use for these smaller split rings? The pliers I have work fine for larger split rings but not so much for these smaller ones.

Anyone else have any suggestions? For split rings AND pliers?

So I've taken this lure out four times now and the first three times the hooks and split rings have been destroyed. So yesterday I thought I'd be smart and take TWO of the same lure. SO when one gets mangled I'll have another. Clever right? Nah, they just mangled both of them

 Reply by: longdraw      Posted: 11/14/2019 10:06:07 AM     Points: 512    
Spro for the split rings and Texas Tackle Split Ring Pliers.
 Reply by: SurfaceIron      Posted: 11/14/2019 10:08:02 AM     Points: 366    
Don't even mess with any split ring pliers other than Texas Tackle. They're spendy, but they work with zero frustration or sore fingers. Watch some videos. Get yellow handles for tiny stuff like spoons or bfs baits(00 to 3 split rings). Get orange handles for most freshwater lures(size 0 to 5 split rings). You'll probably like the orange as they are larger, more solid, and will handle most freshwater and light saltwater.
Owner Hyper Wire for split rings. #2 are rated at 37 lbs. They will NOT deform. Owner oval split ring for line tie.
Owner ST-36 trebles are super sticky sharp and strong for crankbaits or stingers. Go to ST-41 trebles or heavier for saltwater lures.
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 11/14/2019 12:45:12 PM     Points: 5903    
Jim- What kind of jerkbait is that?
 Reply by: Smelly      Posted: 11/14/2019 2:34:15 PM     Points: 24249    
Kahara, Owner, and VMC all make good split rings For pliers. Barlows tackle. The narrow “ good” pliers work well not the eco ones SKU 410515. Texas tackle are also good pliers. But I haven’t found any from them that will work on the really small rings I have pliers from both , and have used components from all 3 companies
 Reply by: WapitiStalker      Posted: 11/14/2019 3:43:28 PM     Points: 0    
wow i cant believe theres a lure that costs 250 bucks jeez those things should come with a guarantee or something!
 Reply by: Neyet Stalker      Posted: 11/14/2019 8:10:03 PM     Points: 8467    

The pliers in the link are what I have been using for 10 yrs they are excellent. Don't let the unbranded and cost deter you. Its necessary to have pliers with narrow fine precise tips/points. These pliers are user friendly and replace rings easily. You might search for a seller with more feedback than zilch. lol

There are several other pliers available on the market or on ebay that are similar. Search for a pair that has the fine tips.

I've had some hooks destroyed by big eyes, but never had a split ring fail!

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 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 11/15/2019 7:23:38 AM     Points: 58270    
Thanks for all the great info.

I ordered the Yellow and Orange Handle Texas Tackle Pliers along with a sturdier Owner hook, although I am concerned they'll change the action of the lure. Also ordered the split rings Neyet Stalker suggested.

James and Tony - both those pliers you recommended look great. I especially like the Barlow Narrow Opening ones. If the Texas Tackle doesn't suit my needs I'll look into those.

Wapiti - the lure in the pic is $20 not $250. lol But if you wanted to spend that kind of money on a lure, look at Roman Made. Those can cost more than $400

As always, thank you all AND I'll give an update when I get everything.
 Reply by: SurfaceIron      Posted: 11/15/2019 8:07:28 AM     Points: 366    
I see you've ordered, but I want to say that Neyet is right about the pliers he suggested as the lower jaw extends past the split ring opener which is critical for maneuverability of the ring when you're gripping it. You'll like the Texas Tackle ones or Neyet Stalker's.
 Reply by: Neyet Stalker      Posted: 11/15/2019 2:44:21 PM     Points: 8467    
SurfaceIron said it right, it absolutely helps to grip and maneuver the split ring while working it onto the hook eyelet of the bait.

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