A week ago I found myself browsing through the fishing section of my local big chain sporting good store. As I came to the section of fishing tools, I spotted the braided line scissors, clippers, etc. I’m in need of something that will cut braied line and I soon spotted the Rapala EZ Stow Line Scissor. At a little over five bucks, I figured I would give them a try. The retractable design and size made these appear perfect for storing in the pocket on my PFD. Well, by the price alone, I should have known better.
I got these home and having just bought two new reels and braided line for them, I put the EZ Stow to the test right away. Guess what…I’m still in the market for a GOOD tool to cut braided line. The EZ Stow didn’t cut the braid without a little “sawing” action on my behalf and it barely cut the heavy fluorocarbon line I tied on as a leader. I was disappointed but of course, what do you expect for five dollars? The design of the EZ Stow is nice and the lanyard that comes with it is good quality. I’m sure I’ll use the lanyard on a different tool or something, but the EZ Stow itself will probably end up in the junk drawer.
If you’re looking for a tool to cut braided line with, stay away from the EZ Stow! Well, at least that’s my opinion.