Best 10 Fishing Multi Tools [2020 Update]

A multi tool 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.

Another idea to consider is whether you will use this outdoor tool only for fishing or whether you will use it for DIY or other activities - in which case you may want to consider a much expensive product like a leatherman that has more versatility.

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

Quick Summary - Best Fishing Multi Tools

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MOSSY OAK Multi-tool - 13 in 1 Multi Function Pliers - Folding Pocket Tool with Sheath, Camo -...
LEATHERMAN, Wave Plus Multitool with Premium Replaceable Wire Cutters, Spring-Action Scissors and...
Booms Fishing L1 Fishing Pliers 13-in-1 Multi-Tools 6.7-Inches with Belt Holder Sheath, Blue, Black...
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Scissors
Saw
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MOSSY OAK Multi-tool - 13 in 1 Multi Function Pliers - Folding Pocket Tool with Sheath, Camo -...
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Stainless Steel
Number of Tools
13
Pliers
Scissors
Saw
Knife
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$15.99
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LEATHERMAN, Wave Plus Multitool with Premium Replaceable Wire Cutters, Spring-Action Scissors and...
Material
Stainless Steel
Number of Tools
18
Pliers
Scissors
Saw
Knife
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$99.95
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Booms Fishing L1 Fishing Pliers 13-in-1 Multi-Tools 6.7-Inches with Belt Holder Sheath, Blue, Black...
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Stainless Steel
Number of Tools
18
Pliers
Scissors
Saw
Knife
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Knife

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 multi tool. This allows it to be used for filleting fish as well that a multi tool knife cannot.

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

  • A Knife is Required for a Fishing Multi Tool

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.

  • A Serrated Knife is Required for a Fishing Multi Tool

Pliers

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.

  • Pliers are Required for a Fishing Multi Tool

Round Pliers

Round pliers are in sets of some multi tools, 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 multi tool with round pliers for fishing purposes.

  • Round Pliers are Optional for a Fishing Multi Tool

File

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 multi tools as very useful, but not essential.

  • A File is Optional for a Fishing Multi Tool

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 multi tool is one of the most popular tools.

  • A Diamond File is Required for a Fishing Multi Tool

Large File

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

Сomes in handy.

  • A Large File is Optional for a Fishing Multi Tool

Nippers

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 multi tools, 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.

  • Nippers are Required for a Fishing Multi Tool

Awl

An awl is a stitching tool that you will find in some multi tool. A rather inconvenient tool in all multi tools. 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.

  • An Awl is Optional for a Fishing Multi Tool

Saw

In good American multi tools 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 multi tool 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 multi tool as it will not be as good as a comparable American design.

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

  • A Saw is Required for a Fishing Multi Tool

Phillips Screwdriver

I wouldn't ever consider a multi tool 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.

  • A Phillips Head Screwdriver is Required for a Fishing Multi Tool

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 multi tools.

  • A Slotted Screwdriver is Required for a Fishing Multi Tool

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.

  • A Bottle Opener is Required for a Fishing Multi Tool

Can-opener

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.

  • A Can Opener is Optional for a Fishing Multi Tool

Scissors

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

Although I usually use fishing line cutters during fly fishing, I always use multi tool 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 multi tools selection.

  • Scissors are Required for a Fishing Multi Tool

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 multi tool in a belt pouch, this is extra weight.

Not required for an angler.

  • Hex Bits are Not Required for a Fishing Multi Tool

Small Spanners

Useless fishing multi tool 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 multi tool - a special key is required.

Not required for an angler.

  • Small Spanners are Not Required for a Fishing Multi Tool

Corkscrew

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

Pretty simple really.

  • A Corkscrew is Optional for a Fishing Multi Tool

Flashlight

I don't recommend a tiny flashlight as part of any good fishing multi tools. 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 multi tool is not particularly handy.

  • A Flashlight is Optional for a Fishing Multi Tool

Best 10 Fishing Multi Tools [This Month]

ON SALE $3.94 OFFBestseller No. 1
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
ON SALE $6.00 OFFBestseller No. 2
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...
Bestseller No. 3
Booms Fishing L1 Fishing Pliers Multi Tools for Hook Rmover with Sheath
  • Corrosion Resistant:Booms Fishing pliers L1 made of anodization and polished stainless steel makes sure it can resistant rust and corrosion,this fishing gear can last a lifetime if you take care of...
  • Thickening Multi Tools’ Jaws: As a multi function fishing gear, the pliers jaw using thicken steel material.With function include split ring /grip and cut lines/crimp lead and sleeves,which...
  • Spring/Surge Tools Loaded Handle: L1 Fishing pliers with tools’ spring loaded that you can cut lines handily.There are also set many tools in the handle which you will use frequently in outdoor.Take...
Bestseller No. 4
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...
ON SALE $9.01 OFFBestseller No. 5
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
ON SALE $10.99 OFFBestseller No. 6
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...
Bestseller No. 7
Multi Tool for Men, HIPPIH 11 in 1 UPGRADED Pocket Knife Multitool, Durable Stainless Steel...
1 Reviews
Multi Tool for Men, HIPPIH 11 in 1 UPGRADED Pocket Knife Multitool, Durable Stainless Steel...
  • 🔨 Be Prepared for Anything: You never know when you’ll find yourself in a situation needing a screwdriver, pliers, rope cutter, bottle opener or a knife. HIPPIH multi tool has removable pocket...
  • 🔧 Compact, Durable & Practical: HIPPIH 11-in-1 multi tools guarantees a multi-purpose using. It’s well built with full stainless steel and coated with durable black oxidation. Perfect for...
  • 🔪 One-Hand Oening: Sometimes you only have one hand to spare. HIPPIH multitool can open all the tools with one hand, even the ones that aren't accessible from the outside, even you don't have...
ON SALE $10.00 OFFBestseller No. 8
MOSSY OAK Multi-tool - 13 in 1 Multi Function Pliers - Folding Pocket Tool with Sheath, Camo -...
  • ✅ 13-in-1 MULTITOOL: Needle Nose Pliers, Curved Jaw 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. 9
Fisherman Gift Tool Fishing Multitool - Hook Remover, Scale Scraper, Tape Measure, Bait Cutter,...
201 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.
Bestseller No. 10
Multitool Knife. 15 in 1 Portable Pocket Multifunctional Multi Tool. Folding Saw, Wire Cutter,...
1,625 Reviews
Multitool Knife. 15 in 1 Portable Pocket Multifunctional Multi Tool. Folding Saw, Wire Cutter,...
  • ✅BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING… You never know when you’ll find yourself in situation needing a screwdriver, pliers, a can opener, or a knife. So it’s always best to be prepared. We recommend...
  • 🏅RECOMMENDED BY SKILLED ARMY OFFICER VETERAN - If you are looking for a premium, heavy-duty pocket knife that’s as tough as you are, then you will love our Pro-Master Multitool Pocket Knife Set...
  • 💯YOU DESERVE THE BEST 15-IN-1 MULTITOOL! Our premium multitool set includes all these important tools in one handy pocket knife - wire cutter, needle nose pliers, regular pliers, double-sided nail...

Conclusion

So, in summary.

A good multi tool should contain everything you need and nothing more. The composition of the fishing multi tools 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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