Floatation fishermen can wear gloves at any time of year. During the summer you might want protective gloves for handling fish. You don’t need the gloves for warmth but they can reduce “fish rash” from grabbing rough and spiny fishies. They also help in maintaining a grip on fish while you control them for hook removal, picture taking or just to release them with as little harm as possible.
Gloves for warm weather fishing can range from costly Kevlar models to cheap cotton gardening gloves. I like to buy the white gardening gloves with the black plastic dots in the grip area and then cut off the ends of the fingers and thumb like the fingerless cold weather gloves. The cotton gloves are thin and do not interfere much with fishing or “touch”, but they keep my pretty hands looking better after a day of handling lots of stickery fishies. And, when they get” funky” you can toss them in the washer or just toss them.
Fishing with gloves in cold weather evokes mixed feelings. You don’t like the bulk of the gloves while casting or reeling. But, you also don’t like cold-numbed fingers. Serious cold-water tubers and tooners often carry two different pairs of gloves on board. One is a warm pair of fullfingered gloves. These are worn while launching, beaching or moving from one spot to another. The other set of gloves are “fishermen’s” gloves…with the tips of the fingers and thumb missing to better allow rigging, baiting, fishing and fish handling. They rely on the body’s natural circulation process to keep the fingertips warm with blood pumping up from the covered hands.
They work most of the time. If they get wet, or if there is a cool moist breeze, the open fingered gloves don’t work as well. That’s when you take them off and wear the full-fingered gloves. The latter are not as comfortable for fishing, and they reduce sensitivity, but they keep you fishing longer and reduce the whimpering because of painfully cold fingertips.
Winter fishing gloves come in a variety of designs and materials. Ragg wool has long been a favorite. It is soft and comfortable and keeps its warming properties even when wet. Fleece is also popular with many cold-water anglers. More and more frigid floatation fishermen are buying the neoprene models for their combination of warmth and water resistance. They shut out wind and shed water. Unless the wind is bitterly cold neoprene gloves work for anything…up to and including ice fishing.