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: Fishing Gloves

11-10-2002, 08:25 AM
OK, how many of you use them?

If so, what style do you like, the cut off fingertip type or the ones with fold over mittens?

And, once they get wet from releasing a fish, do they dry out quickly and continue to keep your hands warm, or do they stay wet and uncomfortable to wear, forcing you to take them off and have cold hands again?

Are there any brands you recommend?

Thanks for sharing!

11-10-2002, 11:51 AM
They get wet, and stay wet. Your hands look like a drowning victims at the end of the day. Do they keep your hands warm? YES! I tend to avoid them until I can't take the cold anymore, then I break down and put them on.

Kinds I've used:
Glacier glove (neoprene full hand with "flip down" finger and thumb)
Sage (fingerless, some kind of vinyl lined with fleece)
patagonia and simms (fingerless, mostly fleece with small patches of vinyl in grip areas)

Hate them... Use them...

11-10-2002, 12:14 PM
I used to do a lot of winter run fishing sadly not anymore :( but have used the glacier gloves, fleece with grip pads, and ol' trusty rag wool fingerless with and without grip dots on the palms.

I've found the key to be removing the gloves before putting the hands in the water at all cost. Can't always do that, like when you need to quickly grab something you dropped, or catch yourself from slipping, but for the most part you can avoid the majority of glove wettings by simply removing them.

Another trick is to carry two pair in case one gets soaked. Like a new lease on life on a winter run morning.

The glaciers are warmest but the least comfortable after wetting. The fleece are nice and light, less insulating, but dry pretty quick. Rag wool is the best after wetting of all. My favorite of all time are the 2 layer thin ply rag wool fingerless with the little brown rubber dots on the palms for grip. I lost one and they are hard to find.

BTW - if anyone sees them for sale anywhere pls drop me a line.

old man
11-10-2002, 12:14 PM
I don't like to use any kind of gloves either as the lint from the wool gloves gets caught up in the reel. and I find that they really just get in the way. But what I'm looking for is those sun gloves that you wear in the summer to protect your hands from the sun. :D

11-10-2002, 12:16 PM
side note:

This highlights the benefit of fishing a DT or Grand Spey with tips in winter - since you can fish effectively without stripping up to say 80 or 90 feet you can wear full-fingered gloves while working a run.

11-10-2002, 12:46 PM
I do occasionally wear them, just depends on situation. I normally will use fingerless gloves by I do believe it's called "Kodiak". They have neopreme palms and fleece tops with velcro cinch at wrist. I normally don't pull them out unless it's snowing or damned cold. They work well, and not too bad wet either. But, I'm normally running sticks most of time, so blood is pumping anyways. LOL

11-10-2002, 12:53 PM
Use the simms fleece /fingerless they dry quick as Juro stated.

Also have rag wool fingerless and another light pair of full finger light polar tec gloves in the vest.

Always have multiple pairs of gloves when cold water fishing otherwise you may have to abort time on the river due to cold hands, a real downer.:mad:

Yes can spey with full finger gloves as I did a little bit of this spring without stripping line in. That is a huge advantage of the spey and makes you more productive on the river, more casts deeper, probable more fish hook ups, etc..

Maybe its time to start another discussion on winter steelheader clothes and waders etc... Just bought some new underwear and fleece pants to use with breathable waders this year in place of the neopemes. Want to see how they work out in our cold water and air conditions out here in great lakes.

PNW air temps warmer than ours for the most part.

11-10-2002, 08:25 PM
I have used several differnt types of gloves for winter fihing. I find myself consistently going back to the medium weight rag wool fingerless (really half-finger) that I was introduced to by my father way back in the 1960's. They keep you hands warm even when wet. And despite your best efforts, there are times here in the PNW that your hands will get very wet simply because it is raining a good one. The fleece glves I've used were fine until they got soaked, then they do not insulate as wet wool does. In fact, I seem to recall reading somewhere that wet wool actually produces some heat simply because it is wet.

11-10-2002, 08:38 PM
I have a strong preference for those totaly fingerless Simms gloves...too bad Simms discountinued them after 2001.

I've got a couple pairs and they allow me full movement (which is great when I am fishing the baitcaster), are cheap and are easy to flip up if you need to dunk your hand.

They really nothing more then a piece of fleece with a a couple holes in them to keep them in place...they cover just the back of my hand, yet keep as warm as any other glove on the maret.

11-10-2002, 09:48 PM
Always remove your gloves before handling fish. Alot of gloves especially the wool ones I prefer are very adept at removing the fishes protective layer of slime. Without this slime the fish are very susceptable all sorts of diseases. I'm sure we all have seen steelhead with a ring of fungus around the wrist of the tail caused by improper handling.


11-11-2002, 10:57 AM
Agree, when and if I ever land them, I have seen some steelheaders with a plastic surgical glove to handle the fish, what do you think of that ?

11-11-2002, 04:09 PM
neoprene with cut off finger only use gloves in colder weather

11-11-2002, 05:50 PM
Originally posted by pmflyfisher
Agree, when and if I ever land them, I have seen some steelheaders with a plastic surgical glove to handle the fish, what do you think of that ?


I cannot see what the difference would be between a bare wet hand and a wet surgical glove. I suppose if your wife doesn't like the smell of fish on your hands the glove would take care of it.


11-11-2002, 11:54 PM
I use them. Hot Shots, neoprene, with the fingers cut down to about 1 inch remaining. With a good net , all your touching is the fly anyway, right?
I keep them in my chest pack, put them on when my hands get cold, when the blood starts flowing, I take them off. They dont get in the way.
On the subject, Ive found a Starbucks napkin in the vest pocket is a must, dont leave home without one!
Deerhawk ;)

11-12-2002, 08:41 AM
I have a pair of Sage Tech I like a lot. Picked them up a the Lower Forty Fly Shop in Worcester on sale.

11-13-2002, 07:44 PM
I personally dont like the short finger gloves because the tips of your fingers get cold. Also the wool gloves are not very good eather, they get wet and stay wet. If you want a good glove get neopreme full finger gloves.


11-13-2002, 08:57 PM
Gloves,I don't need no stinking gloves!!!!!!!!

Actually I remember a time when I did not use them very often, but that was then and this is now, I really like dry and warm. To accomplish this I wear a very thin neoprene glove that is made by the Glaicer Glove folks and marketed as Ice Bay thats the model and they are totaly waterproof.

They will wear through if you use your rim control too much (as if thats possible), but like most things neoprene they patch easily with aqua seal shoe goo etc.

11-13-2002, 09:14 PM
Well, smoking a pack a day doesn't help (no comment guys; I get ALL THE INPUT I need from the JoanMeister on this point). But the "older I get" the more I find low temps, especially combined with wet weather, gets beyond the pale (did I spell that right?) below 40 degrees.

Combination of cold, damp/wet, etc., is more than I can handle on my hands. Which is strange, as even in water well below 40 degrees, I'll just have cotton socks with an over sock of some sort and warm as could be. (Maybe a set of light 'long johns' under blue jeans)

Read years ago that you loose something approaching 55% of your body heat from "above the neck and from the hands," and have found this to be all too true.

Keep the toes, hands and a hat on the head and "bring it on!" One exception, for you Northern Oregon Guys, is the Alsea at the end of December/1st of January. Sweet J...., even with 5mm neo's Id freeze my butt! (This comment in the context that I use Danner breathable waders 95% of the time: summer, fall, winter or spring.)
First indication that's it too cold is Doggie standing in the water giving me the LARGE EYED look saying: "Dad, could we go back to the car and turn the heater on????????"

Have the old Ford set up with blankets for her so she can snuggle in when it gets beyond her point of "this ain't no fun no more! She's burrowed in, warm (at least warm enough) back window of the Ford up so she can watch the goings on on the beach, etc. Will "check her out" every so often and get the 'well I! could be more comfortable ... if you please ... but this will do.

Amazing what you'll do for a "pet." Nuts, Saki got into an altercation of some sort and dropped $230 bucks for three stiches, a drain, and an ounce of anti-bio's. Hell, I don't spend that kind of money on myself unless I'm dripping blood like a stuck Pig.

You don't "own" a "pet," they ÷wn"you. But as the good book says: "What you do to the least of mine, you do to me."

Case closed.


11-14-2002, 08:26 AM
REI makes good fingerless fleece glove with super-grippy stuff over the palms and stripping finger. Even stickier than wool for tailing fish, machine washable and around $20.

11-14-2002, 01:20 PM
Got an REI near me will have to check them out. Thanks

11-14-2002, 01:44 PM
Thanks everyone for all your responses to date.

Great information, as always!

11-14-2002, 06:00 PM
I am sure I'm not the first to have the thought occur that tailing a fish with a sticky glove is potentially harmful to the fish. Since no one likes a wet glove, it would be a good idea to remove the glove first, wet the hand, and tail the fish.

Then the skin dries quickly and you can replace the warm, dry glove as the fish swims away with it's protective slime layer intact.


11-15-2002, 08:33 AM

As long as the glove is wet, it will not harm the fish. Allowing the fish to flop around on the rocks because you can't get a grip on it will. I had an Atlantic do that to me this fall on the Salmon River and it was heartbreaking to see it bruised up & dead on the rocks the next day. IMHO "the glove" is a better alternative to net-cut fins, etc.

Just my .02 :D

11-15-2002, 09:31 AM
Fingerless wool shorties. I have about 6 pairs.