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Boomerang line cutting tool

Several years ago I received one of the first Boomerang line cutting tools, called “The Snip.” The first thing I thought was, “Great, not another fishing gimmick I will never use.” That thought was reinforced when I took it out of the package and the built-in light didn't work. Without giving it a second of doubt, I threw it in the bottom of my milk crate and there it sat for several months.

I’ve always been a scissors man, or just a plain pair of fingernail snips. Since the advent of braids, finding something that will cut them has become increasingly difficult. I ran across some scissors from Ohero that cut braid very well, but they didn’t cut heavy leader, so you would need another pair of snips to cut the leader.

As it often happens with kayak fishing, I lost my scissors out on the water. Remembering that I had the Boomerang Snips in my crate, I dug them out and started using them to re-leader one of rods. “Man, where have these things been?” I thought. “They are awesome!” And just like that, I was hooked.

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L to R My first pair of The Snip and newer The Snip

Now after a couple of seasons under my belt using The Snip, I’m a won-over convert. It cuts braid and heavy leader like a hot knife through butter. As you can see in the photo above, the one on the left is showing some signs of heavy use in salt water. The attaching split ring has rusted, as well as some of the small screws that enable you to change the battery for the built-in light bulb. The one on the right does not have those features, so there are fewer things to corrode. The aluminum carabiner used for the tether will last in salt water with the proper care. I have had these corrode at the pin that allows it to open and close. The cutting blades are extremely sharp, and have stayed that way since I took them out of the package.

I ran into the Boomerang folks at ICAST 2012, and talked to them about some the new items they have coming out in 2013. The first one is “The Snip XL”. Very similar to the regular size The Snip, this one lives up to its name. It’s extra-large for cutting heavy duty braid and more importantly, heavier leader material. It even has a built in pick-like device that could be used for picking out wind knots.

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(If you look real close, in the lower right you see a new pair of scissors that will be out in 2013)

They also have a newly designed pliers. Pliers have always been a sore subject with me, as in years past a pair that would last for more than a year, at a reasonable price, was really hard to come across.

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Current models feature a retractable leash, and so will these. A built in stainless steel cutter give these pliers a dual function capability. Rubber inserts on the handle give the pliers better grip ability. I hope to get a pair of these when they become available to anglers next year. Boomerang also makes water tight containers for all sorts of devices you wish to keep out of the water.

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My overall impression of “The Snip” is outstanding. It’s great tool to have on the kayak. I wish I had started using it much, much earlier. With the retractable leash, it can be easily attached to your PFD, milk crate or anyplace on the kayak that you need it. I keep mine in a fanny pack attached to my milk crate. I like to keep everything “clean” on my kayak, so there is less chance of anything getting tangled.

Give “The Snip” or any of the other great Boomerang products a try - I think you’ll love them.

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5.0

Don't leave home without it!

Having tried a few cheaper brands of line snips that were advertised as being capable of cutting braided line, I was left terribly disappointed in their performance. A friend of mine suggested the Boomerang Snips so I reluctantly picked one up and gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised as these things work exactly as advertised. They easily cut all of my fishing lines, including heavy braid, and are easily stowed away in a tackle tray, PFD pocket, fly fishing vest or drawer at home.

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Waters Fished:
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
Used:
16-30 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Price, durablitiy, compact, ease of use
Cons:
I don't own enough of them
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5.0

Boomerang Snips

I have used braid scissors, Swiss army knife, and Leatherman Tools. I decided to purchase a 3 pack of the Boomerang Snips with the LED. I have attached them on both of my Hobie PAs and keep the 3rd one in the garage to use when I am re tying lines or setting up gear.

After using them both on the water and off I now realize how valuable they are. I have always had trouble cutting tags close to the knot. Not with this snip tool. I even have to put my glasses on so I don't cut the knot, is how close I can get. Most of my reels have 15lb braid and it cuts it with no difficulty at all.

This is a great tool and compared to the other devices I mentioned that I though worked fine, the Boomerang Snip Tool is no contest as the best that I have used to date.

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Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
Used:
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
convenient, sharp,
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4.0

Boomerang Snips

The Good



The Snip is made to be a one handed way to cut braid, mono, fluoro and other line types. It absolutely does that. The biggest challenge to cut is braid and it slices through it. I could tie a knot, hold the bait and snip the tag end as closely as I wanted. The blades can also lock in place and with a retractable tag end is available on your belt or PFD.

The price is also great. Available with and without an LED light the Snip ranges in price from $10 to $19. The cutting blades on the snip are very close together which allows for precision cuts with little effort. Additionally, the design is safer to carry on your person than a pair of scissors and will cut better.



Needs Improvement


After lots of testing I finally found the weakness in the Snips. There were no issues with mono and fluoro line but after quite a bit of cutting, the precision on small pound test braid started to lessen. 20 pound braid still cut pretty well but the 10 pound braid took a couple of tries.

Do I still use the Snips? You bet.I don't throw a ton of 10 pound braid so the minor detail isn't a hassle. For the price point, these are worth a look.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Price, Effective
Cons:
Smaller braid not cut as well
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Boomerang Snips

I don't get that excited over new tools for fishing. Let's face it, how many different pliers or sissors does one need? Boomerang Tool Company has come out with a new fishing line cutter, however, that makes sissors obsolete in a kayak.
I first ran across these at the Boomerang booth at ICAST. They were giving away the snips to folks walking by. I smiled, put it in my goddie bag, and figured I had something to give to a fishing buddy later. The next day I met some of the guys at the booth and they gave me the premium snips. Now I had to try them out. I am glad I did!
The Boomerang Snip is small. That's a really good thing for kayakers. It also doesn't have long sharp blades like sissors. It has an ergonomic design for easy one-handed operation. the two small blades protruding from the end will cut through braided line up to 50lbs! I don't mean it hacks through it, it cuts clean through quickly. You squeeze the two sides of the handle to cut. The premium model also has an led light right at the blade for easy night use. The snip also has a retracting lanyard with ring to attach it to anything.
I used the regular model and the premium model and I went through a lot of line trimmings. I started with monofilament leader material from 20lb to 80lb test and started cutting. I made 100 cuts each on four different diameters of mono leader with both tools and they cut perfect every time. I then changed to braided line. I expected the smaller diameter line would get smashed between the blades and fail to cut. I used 15lb, 20lb, 40lb and 50lb Power Pro braided line and performed the same test. I made 100 cuts with each tool on each diameter line, and both snips cut the line perfectly each time.
The housing is made of plastic and feels pretty solid, so I threw it against a stucco wall several times. It didn't break. I then ran it over several times with my truck. That produced no cracks or breaks, and the snips still worked perfectly. I dunked them in saltwater and left them overnight without rinsing them off. This produced a very small spot of surface rust, but the cutting blades still worked and showed no signs of rust.
I was really impressed by this little tool by the end of testing and I now carry it as part of my tool kit and tacklebox. They are available at www.boomerangtool.com and at an increasing number of tackle retailers. I found some in Key West last time I was there and was informed by my local tackle shop that they have an order in. Based on what I have seen, I think these will be the last line cutters I will ever have to buy.

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