I’m one of those people who absolutely hates wearing gloves when I’m fly fishing. It takes all the fun out of it for me. But gloves remove most of your dexterity, stay dry only for so long, and usually end up floating down the river or sinking in the sea the minute you take them off to land a fish. I’d basically given up on trying to use them, instead deferring to numb fingers and a couple of hand warmers in the pockets of my jacket. As of last weekend that has now changed….
I had the pleasure of fishing the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam in Utah for a couple of days last week. The weather was about as crappy as it could get. We had rain, snow, sleet, thunder, wind, etc…. You name it, we got it. It epitomized spring fishing conditions in the mountain west. Luckily I brought a brand new pair of Kast Extreme Fishing Gear‘s new steelhead gloves on board the boat,and they renewed my interest in the use of such things while fishing when perhaps I shouldn’t be.
Quite simply put, they are the some of best gloves I have ever used for fishing. They are thin enough to allow for a ton of dexterity and allow you to tie on all but the smallest flies and cast with ease. They are 100% waterproof, breathable, stretch to make a perfect fit, and best of all are lined with a very thin fleece material that never seemed to soak up too much water even when I went in past the cuff. I wore them for two days straight never once thinking about the cold. They also pack up to almost nothing, making them very easy to stuff in pockets of my chestpack.
I’d highly recommend looking at Kast’s new steelhead gloves if your the type person who’s all but given up on fishing in gloves or does a ton of cold-water angling. At $79.99 they’re not cheap, but in my opinion they’re worth every dollar.
Some of the features of the Kast steelhead gloves include:
- Patented OutDry membrane for true submersion and waterproofness
- Wind resistant yet extremely breathable
- 4-way stretch construction for a snug comfortable fit
- Thin anatomical cut for maximum feel and dexterity
- Fleece lined for warmth
- Grippy rubberized fingers and palm for equipment control
- Palm material minimizes slime loss and damage to fish including anadramous species
- Soft nose wipe on thumbs
- Rubberized logo wris closure for easy grab
- Rubberized wrist cuffs