One of the great things about living in Upper Peninsula is the fantastic fishing. In the summer we chase trout and smallmouth on the local rivers. And when Fall arrives and the leaves turn we start chasing bigger game -- steelhead and lake run browns. One thing is for sure, the weather gets downright nasty as we go from Fall to Winter. But you'll still find us out on the water chipping ice out of our guides and trying to get a few more "casts" before we become human popsicles. Winter fishing can be some of the most rewarding, it's quite (there's fewer people, if any, on the water) and the fish are concentrated in winter holes -- which I love to go after with indicators, smaller nymphs and beads.
Over many, many winter seasons I've tried just about every different glove there is to keep my hands warm and dry.
I've tried every different materials: gore-tex, neoprene, wool, fleece, etc. I've tried different styles: gloves, mittens, half fingers, etc. I've different brands: expensive and cheap. I was working at Grainger for a time and I even started experimenting with different industrial gloves.
You name it I tried it. I probably tried 20-30 different gloves and mittens. But no dice.
I could not find a glove that provided both warmth and dexterity. I was searching for the holy grail of fishing gloves -- but nothing I tried could keep me warm, provide some dexterity and be OK getting a little wet. I wanted something that would let me fish without feeling like I'm wearing boxing gloves...something that I could wear while changing a fly, picking ice out of my guides or adding some split shot...and I wanted something that would not totally go to sh*t if I got em a bit wet.
Finally, eureka! The discovery happened as an act of desperation. I was digging through the closet one day getting ready to head out for some winter steelhead when I spied my wife's stretchy knit gloves. You know, those crappy, thin little knit polyester/acrylic gloves that cost all of 2 bucks. We'll I wound up fishing with them the whole day and could not believe how perfect they were.
Here's why these little knit gloves rock for fishing:
These are my favorites for colder winter fishing. They have some wool mixed in and are incredibly warm -- but they are a bit thicker.
These are my go to for fall fishing and what I stock up on in bulk. They are warm, very thin and dirt cheap.
Hope this helps you brave the colder fishing ahead! If you've found some gloves that totally rock for winter fishing drop us some suggestions in your comments below.
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