Should you spend $4 or $150 on nippers?
I have always been someone who is skeptical of high priced items that seem like they don't really help me catch more fish.
However, for anyone who has stood in a river in the middle of a chaotic mayfly hatch with trout sucking noises all around you, and had your nippers sputter and balk at cutting your tippet or doing a quick trim on a caddis wing, you know that every little thing can make a difference in your fish count!
So the question is - how much better is an expensive nipper compared to the normal inexpensive ones that we all have a drawer full of. This video takes a look at a few options, and shows that the crazy expensive Abel nippers do indeed get the job done. My wallet hates it when the expensive stuff actually works!
But still, you can buy enough cheap nippers to use a new set every few outings vs. buying the Abels, and you will cry a lot less on the drive home if you drop the cheap ones in the deep hole right about dark.