A good pair of stainless-steel pliers should be in every fisherman’s kit, and the new ‘bullethead’ side-cutter pliers from Dr. Slick fit the bill nicely. This compact, 51.2-inch tool has both grooved jaws and a grooved barb crusher, which makes debarbing hooks a snap. The easy-to-access cutters will handle Monel, braided wire, and monofilament. Available with vinyl ($17.50) or foam rubber ($19.50) grips, these pliers will do the job for freshwater and inshore saltwater anglers. % 800-462-4474 for dealer information.