DO YOU EVER FLY FISH IN GLOVES?
If you answered no, don’t make the mistake of thinking just because you tried fly fishing in gloves a couple times and couldn’t stand them, that you’ll always feel that way. Believe me, I been there, I used to be one of the haters myself. I’d rather have my fingers ice cold all day long than try to fly fish in gloves and feel awkward and terrified of losing a fish of a lifetime. These things kept me from learning to fly fish comfortably in gloves for a very long time. Now, however, I don’t think twice about putting them on if the conditions call for them.
It wasn’t until the last couple years that I’ve finally become comfortable fly fishing in gloves. In fact, it was my first steelhead trip to New York that forced me to reconsider fishing gloveless. Steelhead fishing for a week in single-digit temperatures with howling arctic winds, showed me real quick sometimes gloves are the only option. It was so miserable without gloves, the first day I almost called it quits altogether. The only thing that kept me out there fishing was Louis and Charlie giving me shit. For the first time that I could remember, I couldn’t hack it in the elements and it wasn’t a good feeling at all. I felt like the biggest tool making the decision to leave my gloves at home. Especially since we had driven 14 hours to chase steelhead on the fly. I ultimately was left with two choices. Sit inside all day long by myself, while my buddies caught massive steelhead or head to the local Walmart and purchase a pair of gloves. I think you know what decision I made, and boy was it the right decision. That trip turned out to be one I’ll never forget. Wearing gloves I was able to tolerate the weather and land a ton of steelhead and big brown trout. There’s no way I could have made it through the week without them without losing fingers to frostbite.
Here’s the thing about fly fishing in gloves that anglers need to understand. There’s definitely a learning curve fishing in them, but if you force yourself to fly fish in them, it doesn’t really take that long before you’ll start to get comfortable with them and get back your dexterity in your fingers. Taking the time to get comfortable fly fishing in gloves is very similar to making yourself learn how to cast with your left hand if you’re a right handed. It’s sucks at first, but if you press on, you’ll figure out it’s really not that big of an obstacle to overcome. After a while you won’t even realize your wearing them.
If you currently feel the way I used to about wearing gloves fly fishing, commit to one full day of fly fishing in gloves. Don’t wait for a exceptionally cold day, any winter day will do. If you do it, I’m confident you’ll change your negative outlook on gloves all together. Be prepared to deal with the awkward feeling and giant clumsy hands syndrome for a while. but I promise you this, every hour that passes with you fly fishing in gloves, the more you’ll grow fond of them. Gloves have become a piece of gear that I always have on hand during the winter months now. With two to three more cold months ahead of us, you still have time to check this off your to do list.
Below are some links to quality cold weather fishing gloves.
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