Best 10 Fishing Multitools [2020 Update]

Multitool is a universal tool that combines many functions into one tool. There are several hundred multi-tools on the market, united by dozens of brands. But many multi-tools have featured that are not necessary for fishing.

Let's see which of the functions of fishing multi tools are necessary for an angler, and which ones can be dispensed with fishing.


Knives are crucial for fishing, whether it is for cutting line or cutting bait. I would highly recommend having a dedicated fishing knife that is a larger size than in a multitool. This allows it to be used for filleting fish as well that a multitool knife cannot.

The knife in the multitool is only 3-5 inches long and have a narrow blade because it is hidden in the handle. All multitools come with a knife and are generally of a similar style.

Serrated Knife

It seems the same narrow little knife, but with serreytornoy sharpening. But I use this knife from time to time as it is perfect for cutting any ropes, tows, twine or thick "wattle".

It may come in handy when fishing. Very useful.


I use regularly - as in many times a day. With the narrow ends of the pliers, it’s quite convenient to insert tees into rings or equip jig baits. Especially useful for removing hooks from a fishes mouth if you haven't got any else nearby to use.

In addition, from time to time it is required to unscrew something, slightly grasping with pliers. An extremely useful tool for an angler.

Round Pliers

Round pliers are in sets of some multitools, but they are not particularly useful for fishing. A good set of pliers is particularly handing for opening hook rings, but round pliers are not as effective.

I wouldn't be desperately searching for a multitool with round pliers for fishing purposes.


A file is very handy for sharpening your hooks. Some fish with a strong jaw require a very sharp hook. So having a file at your fingertips is very handy to give your hooks a quick sharpen, particularly if you notice they are getting bashed on rocks.

I would classify a file in fishing multitools as very useful, but not essential.

Diamond File

However, this is an absolutely indispensable fishing tool. After all, every hook, every snag makes the points of our hooks, doubles and tees blunt. Sharpen, sharpen and sharpen again with a diamond file.

There are, of course, special hook sharpeners. But I personally do not like them. But the diamond file in my multitool is one of the most popular tools.

Large File

A large file is not the most useless tool in a fishing multitool. I remember that one fall, we repaired a four-stroke outboard Nissan 18 hp engine using a multitool, an axe and a coil of wire. And the large file in the multitool then helped us a lot. Сomes in handy.


Have you ever seen a hook going through a fellow angler's ear?

It is not pleasant. And if it were not for the pliers in the fishing multitools, then we would have had to go to the nearest hospital, which was 100 miles away from the fishing site.

And so, after the “operation”, we lubricated a broken ear with alcohol and continued fishing, catching that trophy pike for 10 kg in weight that evening.

I have a soft spot for this one. I would certainly recommend including this.


An awl is a stitching tool that you will find in some multitool. A rather inconvenient tool in all multitools. We tried to sew an awning with this awl as well as trying to sew a tent. It turned out pretty rough, but better than nothing.

Similar to the file - comes in handy but certainly not essential.


In good American multitools there is a gorgeous two-row saw. I am delighted with mine. Once, when I was fishing, I sawed out a seat for my fishing box from a piece of laminated plywood. My original seat made from a foam box had broken very quickly. And the seat carved by a multitool saw has been under me for almost ten years now.

So, this fishing tool is indispensable. Just hope that the saw is not a cheap Chinese multitool as it will not be as good as a comparable American design.

Take a high-quality multitool, and there should be a saw in it. Very useful.

Phillips Screwdriver

I wouldn't ever consider a multitool without a Phillips head screwdriver. I don't go anywhere without mine.

Loosen the screws on the spinning reel, the screws on the spool of the winter fishing rod, the screws in the case of any fishing device. Yes, you never know what else. Crucial.

Slotted screwdriver

Same as a Phillips screwdriver. But it can still pry off the lid, enter a thin groove, push the turns of the winding ring.

The right tool. Essential for any good fishing multitools.

Bottle opener

Crucial, particularly for a multi-day fishing/camping trip.

If you drink beverages out of a can with a pull top then you can ignore this item, but it is certainly useful.


By the way, it opens cans well. And protects the blades of our fishing knives. Generally, I would prefer to be eating fresh fish on a camping trip, but not every trip is successful and a backup of canned dinner is wise.

Useful but not essential.


An absolutely indispensable item for winter or float fishing. Because multitool scissors cut a monofilament perfectly.

Although I usually use fishing line cutters during fly fishing, I always use multitool scissors for float and winter fishing - they have special serrated blades and the mono-fishing gear does not slip on them.

Essential for any fishing multitools selection.

Screwdriver and Hex Bits

These are more suitable for a home renovator than for a fisherman. When fishing, sets of bits are constantly lost, clogged with all sorts of garbage and dirt. In addition, bit sets are quite heavy. And for those who wear a multitool in a belt pouch, this is extra weight.

Not required for an angler.

Small Spanners

Useless fishing multitool component. There are no such nuts in the public domain when fishing. And if they are, they are usually hidden in wells, for example, on coils, and they cannot be approached with a wrench in the multitool - a special key is required.

Not required for an angler.


If you are a wine drinker then go for it, if not then don't. Pretty simple really.


I don't recommend a tiny flashlight as part of any good fishing multitools. I have a headlamp with me on a fishing trip, a second spare headlamp, a large hand-held flashlight, and a flashlight also built into the fishing box. There are also lights in the boat and in my SUV. So a small flashlight in multitool is not particularly handy.

Best 10 Fishing Multitools

SaleBestseller No. 1
Gerber 30-000469 Dime Mini Multi-Tool, Black
3,822 Reviews
Gerber 30-000469 Dime Mini Multi-Tool, Black
  • Sturdy stainless steel construction
  • Compact, lightweight size fits perfectly in pocket - a daily companion for any task
  • 10 tools: Needle nose spring-loaded pliers, Wire cutter, Fine edge blade, Retail package opener, Scissors, Medium flat driver, Crosshead driver, Bottle opener, Tweezers, File
SaleBestseller No. 2
KastKing Cutthroat 7 inch Fishing Pliers, 7 inch Split Ring Nose
2,225 Reviews
KastKing Cutthroat 7 inch Fishing Pliers, 7 inch Split Ring Nose
  • Corrosion Resistant Stainless Steel – The KastKing Cutthroat pliers are made from corrosion resistant 420 stainless steel and coated with a tough Teflon coating for added protection. Our stainless...
  • Tungsten Carbide Cutters – Super hard tungsten carbide cutters slice though mono, fluorocarbon, or braid with ease. Side mounted anvil cutters for easy access, these cutters allow you to cut your...
  • Multi-Function Jaws – Grab and remove any fish hook with the serrated jaws or take advantage of the crimping slots to secure a split shot weight or build a steel leader. To cinch down a knot quickly...
SaleBestseller No. 3
wolfyok Aluminum Fishing Pliers, Stainless Steel Hook Removers Pliers, Rustproof Saltwater Split...
507 Reviews
wolfyok Aluminum Fishing Pliers, Stainless Steel Hook Removers Pliers, Rustproof Saltwater Split...
  • ◆ Aluminum and Corrosion Resistant: Wolfyok Fishing Plier is made from Air-Craft Grade aluminum material for a great capability of saltwater resistance. No rust, no corrosion, best for freshwater...
  • ◆ Durable Stainless Steel Jaws: Our titanium - coated stainless steel jaws which is more durable, split ring design provides easy removal of rings from a bait or hook
  • ◆ Replaceable Tungsten Carbide Cutters: Super sharp tungsten carbide cutters with exceptional cutting power, making it extremely easy to cut the strongest braided lines and heaviest mono leader
SaleBestseller No. 4
Multitool Knife, POHAKU 13 in 1 Portable Multifunctional Multi tool with 3' Large Blade,...
162 Reviews
Multitool Knife, POHAKU 13 in 1 Portable Multifunctional Multi tool with 3" Large Blade,...
  • BIGGER BLADE KNIFE. Larger blade over 3” gives you more of a cutting edge as well as a more secure and comfortable grip during heavy duty cutting. It has a lock function to keep the blade from...
  • ONE HAND OPERATION. With a simple push, you can easily slide out the large blade knife in a second!! Each tool can be opened and used separately without opening the entire pliers.
  • SUPERIOR QUALITY. POHAKU multifunctional multi-tool knives are made of high-quality stainless steel with sufficient hardness and toughness. The rust-proof and anti-corrosion high-quality steel help it...
SaleBestseller No. 5
Amoygoog Stainless Steel Fishing Pliers, Fishing Needle Nose Pliers, Cut Fishing Line Fishing...
  • 【Fishing Multitool Pliers 】The stainless steel fishing pliers with hook remover, cut fishing line, fish gripper, weights crimper, one small tool fit all need!!
  • 【Easy Use& Easy Carry】The fishing needle nose pliers spring loaded handle keeps it open freely, super easy to use by one hand, come with lanyard & sheath which prevent accidental loss and always...
  • 【Anti-Corrosion with Lock】The stainless steel fishing pliers are constructed with durable stainless steel in perfect finish, offers exceptional corrosion protection in both freshwater and...
Bestseller No. 6
Fisherman Gift Tool Fishing Multitool - Hook Remover, Scale Scraper, Tape Measure, Bait Cutter,...
119 Reviews
Fisherman Gift Tool Fishing Multitool - Hook Remover, Scale Scraper, Tape Measure, Bait Cutter,...
  • 10 Main functions to help your fishing in one great multitool - no need to dig for each tool in your tackle box.
  • Includes all of these - Hook Remover, Scale Scraper, Tape Measure, Bait Cutter, Flashlight, Knife, Scissors, Weight Scale, Bottle Opener and Foldable Stand.
  • Compact and easy to carry, lightweight stainless steel tools, easy to carry with you as you move around between fishing spots.
SaleBestseller No. 7
MOSSY OAK 13 in 1 Multi-tool - Multi Function Pliers - Folding Pocket Tool with Sheath, Camo -...
312 Reviews
MOSSY OAK 13 in 1 Multi-tool - Multi Function Pliers - Folding Pocket Tool with Sheath, Camo -...
  • ✅ 13-in-1 MULTI-TOOL: Needle Nose Pliers, Pipe Grip Pliers, Wire Cutter, Knife Blade, Saw Blade, Phillips Screwdriver, Slotted Screwdrivers, File, Leather Punch, Bottle Opener and Can Opener. Fits...
  • ✅ SUPER HARDENED STAINLESS STEEL: 420 stainless steel and open-frame design make it ultra-tough, ensures long-term reliable performance
  • ✅ ALL LOCKING FEATURES: Every separate tool and knife on the body of the handle, with the exception of the pliers head, will lock into place. The locking design enables you to operate individual...
Bestseller No. 8
Piscifun Aluminium Fishing Pliers Hook Remover Braid Cutters Split Ring Pliers with Sheath and...
1,859 Reviews
Piscifun Aluminium Fishing Pliers Hook Remover Braid Cutters Split Ring Pliers with Sheath and...
  • Add Piscifun fishing pliers to your fishing arsenal. Make your hook removal much easier. Fish on!
  • Anti-Corrosion Aluminum - The aircraft-grade anodized aluminum delivers excellent corrosion resistance, great for long term use without any signs of oxidation and rust. CNC cut handles offer extreme...
  • Spring Loaded Pliers - Keeps the pliers open freely, super easy to use by one hand. The titanium coated stainless steel jaws come with split ring tip, strong enough for removing hooks and splitting...
Bestseller No. 9
Gerber Suspension-NXT Multi-Tool with Pocket Clip [30-001364]
  • While still up to the challenge of the professional tradesman, the slimmer design and focused tool pack are ideal for EDC user
  • Successful features of the Suspension remain: all outboard tools, all locking tools, and spring-loaded jaws
  • New features to the Suspension-NXT include: wire stripper, medium flathead driver, awl, file, and ruler
SaleBestseller No. 10
Gerber Linedriver Fishing Line Multi-Tool
  • The compact, dual ended tool has 6 essential line management functions
  • The spinning hook vise securely clamps onto a hook or lure, spinning the line as you tie the knot
  • An eyelet clearing spike cleans out debris and old line, making it much easier to thread new line

So, in summary.

A good multitool should contain everything you need and nothing more. The composition of the fishing multitools should include a knife, pliers, a diamond file, nippers, a saw, a Phillips and slotted screwdrivers, a can opener and scissors. These items are essential - Everything else is optional

Russ Egan

Russ is an avid angler. He has fished all over the world, primarily for Saltwater game fish but also for local prize fish. Russ writes reviews for all of his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. His favorite reel is a Shimano Tyrnos for an overhead reel or a Shimano Curado for a baitcaster. His dream is to catch a Black Marlin.

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