SNIPS & CLIPS. Whether it’s on the ice or openwater, having a good cutter helps keep things moving. Besides tying a quicker knot with a clean cut, clippers snips and scissors in a variety of models are easy to store on a lanyard or in a tacklebox and can make short work of the worst situations. We talk about these three handy tools in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: The sun sets in the chilly air over the Missouri River valley. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 2/11 – Breezy Sunday. Hi 15, Lo -2, Winds NW @16, G25.
Tomorrow: Mon 2/12 – Cold & Calm. Hi 6, Lo -11, Winds L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:51AM Sunset: 6:02PM
Moonrise: 5:07AM Moonset 2:21PM
Overhead: 9:45AM Underfoot: 10:09PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (15% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 2:00 – 3:00PM. Moonset will bring tapering winds into the afternoon and a better bite during the Edge Hour
CLIPPER SHIP. For about a buck, a simple fingernail clipper can fit the bill for most clean-up duties at the end of the line. Without mashing or flattening the line (making it tougher to thread through a hook or jig eye), a clipper will make a clean cut of most monofilament but may struggle with superlines like Berkley’s Fireline. Fishing-specific models have a number of useful add-ons. It weighs next to nothing and folds up nicely on a key chain or lanyard.
SNIPPET. A mini scissors is more effective at cutting through braids and other superlines, and still provides the clean cut of any clipper. It can also be used to trim electrician’s tape, rope and other heavier-duty materials as the situation calls for.
FORE! A forceps with scissors combo covers just about any situation, from freeing a hook from the bony portion of a fish’s mouth, to cutting both mono and superline. Its narrow nose makes it a great choice for freeing flies from panfish and trout, and its lightweight frame makes it barely noticeable on a vest, life jacket or lanyard.