Has anyone else noticed people fishing in what appears to be a pair of black latex gloves? I have recently been seeing more and more of this and decided to do a little research behind it. I’ve learned that they are Nitrile Gloves and cold water anglers are beginning to swear by them as they keep your hands warm while not hindering any dexterity. They are sold in your local hardware store and after giving them a try, I do agree in their effectiveness. For sizing, you want them to be nearly skin tight while wearing. They are not insulated but they will keep your hands dry which is important for warmth, especially in windy environments. I know a few different well respected guides and cold water anglers who now do not fish in the winter without them.
My initial thought was that the gloves would definitely aid in cutting down the wind chill but I was a little hesitant to use them to handle fish. It is well known that most all fish should be handled with wet hands to not damage the protect mucus layer on the fish’s body. I have heard people claim that these gloves do not harm the fish but with lack of evidence behind that, I still remove them whenever handling the fish just to be safe. I will say the gloves are surprisingly durable and really do a great job of keeping your hands and fingers warm. They also offer protection from the sun and bugs so they might have a place when fishing in the summer as well. The advantage of the Nitrile material versus latex is they are not slippery when wet so you still get a great grip on the rod and fly line. Like I said, I am still new to the game here but figured I would share this as many of us still have a couple more weeks of cold weather fishing ahead. Have any of you played around with Nitrile gloves before?
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