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Best Fly Fishing Forceps/Hemostats

Best Fly Fishing Forceps/Hemostats

The forcep is one of the most useful fly fishing tools. It can remove flies from fishes mouths, crimp split shot onto your leader, crimp barbs, etc. Every fly angler should have a decent pair of forceps at their disposal.

There is no need to spend a bunch on a pair of forceps, but quality models can be purchased for pretty cheap nowadays. This article will cover my favorite forceps/hemostats currently on the fly fishing market. Whether you fly fish for trout or larger species, forceps will always come in handy. I never leave home without them and I always have an extra pair in my truck.

Forceps are one of the most commonly lost fly fishing accessories. Every fishing buddy I have has lost their fair share of forceps. I’m not sure why this happens exactly, but it just does. This is why I like to have a backup pair. It is also why I don’t buy super expensive forceps – I know I will lose them long before they actually break.

Loon Outdoors Rogue Quick Draw Forcep

These are one of the best selling forceps in fly fishing, and for good reason. They are made of surgical quality stainless steel, which will never rust or degrade. The jaws have a built in scissor, so you can cut your tippet without needing to grab your nippers. They also feature a carabiner in the handle, so you can attach them anywhere. Whether you have a hip pack, vest or sling pack – these Loon forceps can attach to it. I think we will be seeing a lot more carabiners on future forceps.

These are pricier than other models, as with most Loon Outdoors products. They are meant to last for a long time without needing to replace them. I think these Loon Quick Draws are one of the best models currently on the market – make sure not to lose them!

MFC Hot Grips Open Loop Forceps

Montana Fly Company has been around for a long time. They make high quality flies, and awesome accessories as well. The hot grips offer ergonomic grips that are easy to find if you lose them. I like the open loop as it is easier on the fingers and more pleasant to use.

These forceps last forever, and are extremely high quality. Even with all the fancy forceps coming out today, I still really love my MFC Hot Grips.

This model does not feature a built in scissor, which would be nice to have. However, it is hard to beat the price on these considering the quality and longevity of them. If you don’t want to spend a lot but need a solid pair of forceps, check out MFC Hot Grips.

Dr. Slick Forceps

Dr. Slick is a quality brand that has been around for a long time. Their forceps are fairly priced, and will last for years. Most fly shops will have at least a few pairs of Dr. Slicks on their shelves.

There is nothing fancy about these, but they are super strong and easy to use. They even have a hook eye cleaner if you can’t get your tippet through your fly. The 5 inch length is perfect for most fly fishers – compact, yet big enough to crimp barbs, attach split shot, and remove flies from fish.

Even though there are fancier forceps out there, Dr. Slick remains one of the most trusted brands for fly fishers. I highly recommend them.

Umpqua Rivergrip Forcep

I have to include Umpqua forceps in here. They are a Colorado company that is known for flies, but they also make great accessories.

These curved forceps are made of Japanese stainless steel, and they are available in black, blue, green, orange, and red. The curved jaws are more ergonomic and they make it easier to get flies out of fishes mouths. Curved jaws aren’t a necessity, but they are a nice feature.

The rubber gripping on these forceps is similar to the MFC Hot Grips. It really does make it easier to grip the forceps and perform tasks.

The Umpqua Rivergrips are reasonably priced. They are a mid range forcep that is for the everyday fly angler. I recommend them to frugal anglers that want a quality product.

Orvis Comfy Grip Forceps

These are a nice, compact forcep that is reasonably priced. Orvis makes just about every fly fishing product under the sun. Most of their products are high quality, and their forceps are an awesome choice.

The gripiness of the Comfy Grips is really nice. It feels pretty much the same as the MFC Hot Grips, which I like a lot. The only issue is that the openings are a bit small, and folks with larger fingers may have a problem with this. If you can’t get your thumb through the hole, they can be tough to use.

The Orvis Comfy Grips are decently priced, and will work well for a lot of fly anglers. However, I prefer the MFC Hot Grips, as they are much easier to use with larger hands and fingers.


There are many small accessories available to fly anglers. Many of them are not necessary, and can be a waste of money. Forceps are definitely a necessity, and every angler should have a pair (or two). We use them on a daily basis, and we need them to work well and stay intact.

The good news is that if you don’t lose them, forceps can last for years and years. There isn’t much that can go wrong with them, especially with the quality brands listed above. Stainless steel doesn’t corrode, and can even be used in saltwater fly fishing applications.

As mentioned in other articles, I like to support brands that are 100% fly fishing. There is no need to spend money with off-name brands who don’t care about the sport.