Today's stupid question is- does anyone have a procedure and/or tool for removing split rings from lures, like say changing a treble on a spoon to a single hook? Whenever I try to do that, I end up with bloody fingers, and lose the battle cussing. I've used needle nosed pliers, but they don't seem to grasp those little stronger than you know what split rings that hold the hooks. There must be a trick out there to get them babies off. Surgical pliers? Ideas anybody?
There is an actual tool called a split ring plier that is made for the exact purpose you are mentioning. They can be had at FarmFleet, Cabela's, Thorne Brothers and just about any farm supply or larger tackle supplier... especially ones that carry muskie gear.
I muskie fish a lot and the split rings are enormously powerful and some lures even double split ring each hook to ensure they withstand the force exerted by a 40 pound fish. However, changing hooks goes wth muskie fishing as many times the fish must have the hooks cut off with a bolt cutter to avoid damaging the fish. This means most muskie guys replace hooks on split rings quite often.....well at least the ones who catch fish do!
Anyway...for a few dollars you can get the tool that will make this a much easier chore. A really good investment in my mind!