|Hydros in use- they have been fantastic!|
When I am fishing I don't like to have to be concerned about my gear. The sheath provided with the Hydros has let me do that. Not once has the pair of pliers fallen out of the sheath. It keeps the pliers very secure but also allows easy access to them when they are needed. The lanyard has worked out great so far too- although I have to admit that once or twice the clip came undone. I don't blame the clip though. I know I have put the pliers back into the sheath in a funky manner (all twisted up) when this has happened. I do have to say that I wish they would put the lanyards by themselves for sale (hint hint). My biggest complaint with the sheath is that the belt loop is a bit small to put on a standard wading belt. I know they weren't intended to go on wading belt so for 90% of people that is fine but I like to have them on my side when fishing. I can get them through with some work but another 1/4 inch would make it sooooooooo much easier.
|Big fish, small fly, long lanyard- great pliers!|
As far as de-hooking fish: awesome! No issues there. They aren't intended to be used on small fish so don't expect to be getting a #16 nymph from deep in a trout's mouth, but with big streamers and nymphs they do the job incredibly well. I have used them on bass, bowfin, gar, musky, panfish, suckers, trout and a turtle that managed to take my fly too. No problems on any account there. And they were darned handy with that turtle too (he was a tad bit upset).
I did use the Saltwater model frequently when I was in Florida and everything I said about the Freshwater model is the same. I haven't used them as much here yet, but musky season is just around the corner. They will be perfect for the bigger flies I use and the larger fish I will be seeking out. They are definitely heavy duty- I grabbed smaller bonefish flies by the bend with these pliers and they straightened out the hook. Very strong so use caution with them.
I am very pleased with these tools. They are well thought out and work exceptionally well. I don't need to carry multiple tools any more thanks to the Hydros pliers. Keep up the good work Orvis!