Five Essential Tools for Angling  Adventures

Five Essential Tools for Angling Adventures

May 02, 2022
By Smith's

Smith’s Fishing Tools Expertly Address On-the-Water Challenges

Anglers are only as good as their tools. Just as a carpenter sinks a nail with a hammer rather than a wrench, every angler must choose the right tool for every on-the-water task – from picking the rod and reel combo best suited to the day’s target, to using the best device to dislodge a lure from a deeply-hooked fish. Smith’s Consumer Products – the Edge Experts since 1886 – offers a complete lineup of knives, tools, and accessories designed to make fishing more enjoyable and productive, including a collection of five essential tools that belong in every angler’s arsenal.

Scissors and Shears

Items that need cutting abound as we chase fish on the water – and the best tool for that task is a high-quality pair of scissors. Line, leader, and knots are obvious trimming targets, as are tackle items like the skirts on spinnerbaits or the bucktail on a walleye jig. Larger, more robust shears play important cutting roles at the bait station and the cleaning table. Smith’s fishing scissors and shears are essential tools for every trip. 

Smith’s Lawaia 3-inch Stainless Scissors are the angler’s best friend while on the water. Engineered with durable stainless steel construction, these scissors are perfect for any fresh- or saltwater application. Their serrated cutting edge makes quick work of braided superlines, monofilament, and fluorocarbon, while a textured handle and oversized finger holes make them easy and comfortable to use.  Smith’s Lawaia 3-inch Stainless Scissors (SKU 51214) are available now with an MSRP of $7.99.

Forged from high-grade rust- and corrosion-resistant stainless steel, Smith’s EdgeSport Bait and Game Shears are perfect for handling any larger cutting task. These multi-purpose shears feature a two-piece design for easy disassembly, as well as dishwasher safe handles that make clean-up a breeze. An integrated fish scaler and fin clipper make these shears indispensable at the cleaning table.  Smith’s EdgeSport Bait and Game Shears (SKU 51247) are available now with an MSRP of $28.99.

Split Ring Pliers

Multifunctional pliers are never far from any serious angler’s workstation. Creative design allows contemporary pliers to be far more than simple hook removal implements. Whether carefully pinching split shot onto a delicate leader, opening a split ring to change hooks on a crankbait or slicing cleanly through thick braid, the best pliers are perhaps the most versatile tools in any fishing toolbox. 

Smith's Regal River Split Ring Aluminum Pliers are perfect for any fresh- or saltwater angler. The spring loaded needle-nose design integrates carbide braided line cutters, a split shot crimper, and a split ring opener to create a dynamic fishing wondertool. Its ergonomic, lightweight, and spring-loaded aluminum design makes these pliers the perfect choice for situations when your hands are tired. A built-in carabiner in the handle connects securely to a belt or loop, keeping these pliers within easy reach at all times.  Smith’s Regal River Split Ring Aluminum Pliers (SKU 51301) are available now with an MSRP of $28.99.

Folding Fillet Knife

Harvesting fish for the table is an integral part of fishing, and no tool is more central to that experience than the fillet knife. Anglers may encounter a wide variety of knives at a busy cleaning table, each fine-tuned to a specific purpose or size of fish. Perhaps the most versatile fillet knife is one that can be a companion on any adventure – from jigging for walleyes in the pine-studded Canadian wilderness to wading the Texas flats for speckled sea trout – and expertly convert the day’s catch into delectable table fare. 

Smith’s Mr. Crappie Flex Folding Fillet Knife will quickly become the most favored knife in your collection. Its slim, lightweight design easily fits in your pocket, tackle box or fishing bag. The knife’s 6-inch folding blade is forged from 400-series stainless steel to resist corrosion and hold a razor-sharp edge. Its ergonomic handle features non-slip TPE inserts to improve grip, and includes a tether-ready lanyard hole to help keep the knife within easy reach.  Smith’s Mr. Crappie Flex Folding Fillet Knife (SKU 51259) is available now with an MSRP of $28.99.

Fishing Multi-Tool

When space is at a premium, it makes perfect sense to replace individual tools that are used to sharpen hooks, sharpen knives, cut thick braided lines and more with a single pocket-sized device that can – quite simply – do it all, with precision and ease.

Smith’s Regal River Fishing Multi-Tool handles every task that you throw its way. This compact tool includes both coarse and fine sharpening slots to keep your knives ready for action, a carbide line cutter that handles the toughest braid, a jig eye cleaner that removes pesky paint, and a diamond hook sharpening groove to help you convert bites into fish in the tank. It features non-slip feet that help you sharpen safely, a pocket clip, and an extendable lanyard that easily attaches to a belt loop.  Smith’s Regal River Fishing Multi-Tool (SKU 51057) is available now with an MSRP of $39.99.

The Edge Experts since 1886, Smith’s Consumer Products provides everything that anglers, hunters, and outdoor adventurers need for success in the field. Learn more about Smith’s Consumer Products by visiting

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About Smith’s Consumer Products:

Smith’s Consumer Products is an Arkansas-based company that traces its history to 1886. Smith’s produces the broadest line of knife and scissors sharpeners available, ranging from simple, fixed angle pull-through sharpeners for consumers that want quick and easy sharpening to sophisticated Precision Kits designed for the knife sharpening enthusiast. Our offering includes both manual and electrical sharpeners that incorporate many different abrasive materials, including diamond, carbide, ceramic, bonded synthetic abrasives, and, of course, natural Arkansas stones. The Edge Experts at Smith’s Consumer Products also design and manufacture a wide range of tools for outdoor enthusiasts as well as knives for everyday carry, tactical, shop, kitchen, hunting, and fishing needs.