Anglers' Holster Tips


CONGRATULATIONS! The patented ANGLERS' HOLSTER®, ANGLERS' HOLSTER PLUS® and ANGLERS' HOLSTER MAX® by Garland are "THE BEST Plier Holsters on the market!" They work perfectly for both right and left handed anglers.

You'll end up using your pliers more often and for a variety of tasks - to extract hooks, cut line, crimp lead, adjust hooks & lures, and tighten fishing hardware. That can make a difference in your fishing!

The ANGLERS’ HOLSTER® has a Swinging / Pivoting design so it moves with you for all day use. It will fit most sizes of Needle Nose Pliers and has a Velcro Type Fastener to secure your pliers, yet allow easy one hand access.

Tips on Extracting and Inserting Pliers:

Tip# 1: ‘Thumb Grip’ Method of Extraction

    Grasp the end of the Fastening Tab with your thumb & first finger and pull the Tab down (releasing the Velcro type Fastener). Then grab the handles of the pliers (as when using them) and pull straight up.

Tip# 2: Quick Draw ‘Pull Break’ Method of Extraction

    Grab the handles of your pliers (as when using them) & quickly pull straight up. Be sure to pull straight up and to do it quickly. If you pull outwards the tab will not release. Practice a few times. This ‘Quick Draw’ method uses the plier handles to separate & release the Tab.

Tip# 3: Reinserting Your Pliers or Forceps

    With the Fastening Tab in its open position (Tab down) put the pliers in the Holster. Friction between the leather and steel will hold the pliers in place, so you don’t have to ram the pliers in. For added security pull the Tab up & into its closed position between the plier handles.


Salt water and salt spray are highly corrosive and can damage most materials, including leather and steel (even Stainless Steel).

After salt water use, all tools should be washed first with fresh water and then towel dried. After drying, occasionally oil the plier joint with a good 3 in 1 oil or WD-40 and give the metal surfaces a light coating.

If there is salt build up on the leather Holster or brass hardware, wash the Holster by hand with warm clean fresh water. Rub off any caked on salt with your hands. Then repeat the process with clean fresh water. After washing, towel dry the brass hardware and allow the Holster to air dry overnight.



These patented ANGLERS’ HOLSTERS have either 1 or 2 SIDEHOLDERS to fit the EZE-LAP diamond Hook File (Model ‘S’) and/or our 4 1/2" Braided Line Cutters with Gold Plated Handles. Easy access to these tools can improve your fishing!

Easy access to your Hook File means fishing with ultra sharp hooks, and more hook-ups of larger fish. Easy access to your Line Cutters mean quicker and easier lure and hook changes, so you won’t hesitate to switch to a more productive set-up.

The front Sideholder on the MAX® version should be used for the Hook File and the rear Sideholder for the Line Cutters. This makes inserting and extracting each tool easier. Here are some helpful tips on extracting and inserting tools in the SIDEHOLDERS.


Tip# 1: Extracting the Hook File

To extract the Hook File use the upper end of the Holster as a lever against your body. Grasp the handle of the Hook File with your thumb and forefinger. Then pull out the Hook File. This will cause the upper end of the Holster to press against you, stabalizing the Holster as the File is extracted.

Tip# 2: Reinserting the Hook File

To reinsert the Hook File into the Sideholder, insert the File’s shaft into the Sideholder (to the beginning of the black handle). Then place your thumb on top of the black handle and press gently down while pressing gently up on the bottom of the Sideholder with your second finger. Gently push the handle into the Sideholder until the rib on the handle is at the top of the Sideholder. Friction will hold the File in place.


Tip# 1: Extracting the Braided Line Cutters

To extract the Cutters put your first & second fingers in the handles. Place your thumb on top of the plier handle or upper end of Holster & pull up with your fingers until the Cutters are extracted. Remove your first finger (place beside the lower handle) & insert your thumb - you’re ready to cut.

Tip# 2: Reinserting the Cutters

To reinsert the Cutters, insert the the tip into the Sideholder. Leave your thumb in one handle & remove your finger. Stabilize the Holster with your fingers while pushing down with your thumb. Part of one handle should be behind the Holster. Remove your thumb & press down on the handle.

8 FISHING TIPS by Garland

1) Fish where there are fish of the type you want to catch. This may seem obvious - but it is easier said than done. The bottom line is that you cannot catch a certain species of fish if there are none there. Learn about the species that you are fishing for - habits, seasonal migration patterns, home range, feeding patterns and how they respond to pressure.

2) Fish where and when the fish are biting. Again easier said than done. However, there are certain rules that can either be learned through experience or at the hands of a teacher or mentor. Learn to listen and to ask questions of both yourself and of those giving experienced advice. Most importantly - go fishing!

3) Learn how to 'read' the water. 'Reading the water' really means being able to read underwater structure as well as water depth, the bottom conditions, and the location and speed of both surface and underwater currents.

4) Presentation is as important as what you present. Whether you're drifting live bait, casting plugs and lures, or laying down flies, you need to present your offering so that it encourages fish to either bite or strike. Most times this means that you've got to get your offering down to their level and, like a good baseball pitcher, present it within the strike zone.

5) Learn to think like a good deer hunter. The cruel reality of life is that you cannot be everywhere. Spend time scouting out the areas you want to fish. Talk to the 'locals', get a map and orientate yourself. Better yet, if it is a lake or large river get a map of the underwater contours. Cover a lot of territory quickly, but slow down to investigate promising areas and mark these in your mind or on your map. If you have limited time, an experienced guide is an excellent investment.

6) Appreciate nature and adopt a conservation ethic. Don't contribute to the mess that others leave behind, instead help to clean it up. As anglers, nature is our living room. We didn't construct it, but we do inhabit it. Clean up after others and after yourself. And spend some time appreciating the natural beauty. A strong conservation 'ethic' is the best defense against the anti-hunting, anti-fishing lobby.

7) Practice limited catch-and-release. Hundreds of experienced anglers, in fast boats, on limited water, fishing 6 to 8 hours a day can damage fish stocks. This is why many tournaments practice 'pure' catch-and-release. Most water does not have this type of pressure. "Catching your limit, but limiting your catch" is the sustainable approach. It requires that you learn how to release fish so they will live.

8) Make safety a priority. Water gives and sustains life, but it also takes life and injures. Safety first means checking for the person behind you when casting from a boat or pier. It means handling your filleting knife with care. Whether fishing from a boat, shoreline or wading, it means being brave enough to recognize danger both to others and to yourself. You won't be bored - accidents do happen!