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Re: Cold weather fishing- glove suggestions

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Ok all you northern, cold weather fishermen, this southerner is looking for a pair of gloves. They can't be extremely bulky, have to come in XL - XXL, need to be fairly flexable but the need to somewhat keep you fingers warm and be able to keep them DRY.

I've spent hundreds of dollars on gloves over the past several years trying to find the perfect pair but all I've gotten is a basket full of gloves that don't work

I've tried just about every make/brand of Gor-Tex and other breathable materials made and they don't keep you fingers dry.

I've tried SealSkinz's, both type, with and without the Chill blocker and they don't keep your fingers warm plus they tire your hand out in a short time and create a big wad of material in your palm when you close your hand

The best I've still been able to come up with are those cheap, brown cotton work gloves and keep several dozen pair in the boat and constantly keep changing them as the fingers get wet. Those and a Coleman propane heater to thaw your fingers out from time to time. If it wasn't for the fact I have a very larger hand (long fingers and wear a size 15 ring), I would wear latex gloves over the cotton gloves but I can't even find latex gloves to fit my bare hand that don't cut the circulation off.

I fish even when the line is freezing as it comes out of the water and go through this every winter. I would love to find a pair of gloves that work. I can cast and wind a bait caster even with those big, bulky gloves on but during the winter the bite is usually so soft, you can't feel most of the bites through that much padding between your hand and the rod.

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Way2slow

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I would like to see their answers

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Ask and you shall receive

Do we got some fine moderators or what  

Where some suggestions?

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You might check catalogs that feature ice fishing gear.  I have a pair of rubber gloves that are slit in the ends of the fingers so that only your fingertips are exposed.  I thought it was Berkley that made them but I just checked their website and they're not there.  Perhaps Rapala....  If you can find a pair in your size I'd go a size larger and wear those cotton work gloves inside but cut off the fingertips so you can use the slits in the rubber gloves.  Wish I knew who made those.

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I've got a several different pair of gloves that expose the finger tips made for shooting, archiry and fishing.  Some have flip off finger tips some leave the finger tips constantly exposed.  The problem is the finger tips is what I'm trying to keep warm.  It doesn't take much moisture in freezing/near freezing temps for them to get so cold it's down right painful in a short time.

I've got everything else so I can fish all day in freezing rain and not be uncomfortable, only thing left is my hands.  I have actually fished until the rain and sleet freezing on the decks made it too dangerous to move around.  Got to the ramp and I was so iced over we couldn't use it, even with 4WD, had to use dirt area beside it and hoped like the devil I could come back out with a loaded trailer behind me.

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Haven't tried that brand.  I've tried other brand neoprene gloves and they don't do much for keeping the fingers warm, fingers still got painfully cold with them, even with a fleece liner.  Those I've tried also tired your hand after long use, but as I mentioned don't many glove fit my hands without being a little tight.

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Just bought a pair of the ice armor brand gloves. Have not tried them yet, will try and let you know how they work, has not really been that cold here in PA...yet.

Doug

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I can find gloves that keep my hands warm; I just can't fish with them on  

The major problem with cold in Southeast Texas & Southwest Louisiana is when it's 35 degrees outside; there is about 95% humidity in the air. From mid December through March is our rainy season and if you are gonna fish plan on getting wet. Then add wind chill from north/northwest winds and running a boat at 50 to 60 mph you'll get a chill to the bone.

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I live in NY and am no stranger to cold. The whole keeping hands warm as well as nimble situation is a pain, but I have something that works for me. I wear a pair of cheap, thin stretch gloves, got them at Gander for ten bucks. Then, on top of those, I wear latex medical gloves. The stretch gloves insulate, while the latex gloves keep water out. Now, in 30 degree weather or less, this don't keep my hands toasty warm, but they keep them warm enough. The best thing is that I don't lose much hand dexterity or sensetivity. Ex., I was wearing them the other day, and had no problems tying 6lb XL onto 1/8 jigs

Little tip- some latex gloves are thicker than others, something to consider. I use a thick brand that I get at Sams Club, cant think of the name right now. They dont tear as easily. Oh, and bring extras, just in case you hammer the fish and wear out the thumbs!

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I fish for steelhead in freezing temps and this is what works for me:

I have 2 pair of lightweight WOOL gloves and 2 pair of wicking liners. I keep a handwarmer somewhere inside my coat / waders where it will stay warm and dry. Wear liners under wool. When pair 1 gets wet, switch to pair 2, putting the damp ones near the handwarmer so they will dry. I keep switcing as needed. It's kind on a pain but it works. I too tried everything, this is all that I could get to work.

Nice thing about wool is that it will continue to provide warmth even if they are wet. The liners just add a little layering effect and a little warmth, they are not completely necessary if temps aren't at or near freezing.

Good luck in your search

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I bought a pair of these and they keep your hands warm and dry. BPS price $9.99. The thumbs and index fingers have slits to allow you to poke your fingers through to tie knots.

http://www.basspro.com/servlet/catalog.TextId?hvarTextId=73534&hvarTarget=search&cmCat=SearchResults

I use some leather half finger gloves made by Wells Lamont. They are called SUGs (sport utility gloves)

These are good when it's not too cold out but still need something to keeps your hands warm.

http://www.wellslamont.com/styledetail.tpl?style=836

Tom

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I am, apart from being a bartender, a window cleaner. In the winter I wear these Seal Skinz gloves. WHile they may not have the fingers cut out, they do keep your hands dry and warm. I've never used them for fishing, but they might do the job...

http://www.greatoutdoorsdepot.com/seal-skinz-gloves.html

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Georgia is pretty much like in Louisiana, 30 degrees, 90% humidity in that early morning wet cold and a wind and the hands can get very painful.

I've found exposed fingers don't work for me.  From the middle of my fingers to the tips is where the cold gets them.  

Neoprene didn't work, those were some of the first gloves I've tried, several different type

I can cast with no problems wearing bulky gloves, gotten very used to that and do that all the time when chasing stripers but when fishing worms or finesse baits for bass, you loose so much feel of the rod it's hard to detect most of the soft bites.

I've explored the latex gloves over the cotton gloves but can't find a latex glove that's large enough.  They are so tight they get uncomfortable rather quickly.  Anything that fits too snug on you hands is going to reduce circulation which is going to cause your fingers to get cold no mater what material it is.

I'm looking for a something like a wool, fleece or Thinsulate inner with a thin, soft pliable waterproof outer.   I've got several pairs of Gore-Tex and other breathable fabric type gloves that would work great if they were truely waterproof, but haven't found a pair yet that is.

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Ya'll are on the right road I need some good gloves too, fished yesterday had good warm gloves but had no sensetivity. I will definately want to know what works.

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Way2Slow, Please don't take this the wrong way, but you may want to consider using prophylactics placed on your fingers over woolen gloves, and then maybe some other set of gloves over the prophylactics.  This will, at the very least, keep your fingers dry.  Since you are unable to find latex gloves to fit your hands, this may be a viable, but very weird, solution.  If it works, you will then have to explain to your wife why you are buying so many "raincoats."   ;)

Mike

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Long Mike  :-? seriously, dude... bad picture. Oh well, check it out I used to work at a pump company and we used latex gloves for painting and we got ythem in all manner of sizes. I simply never took the time to investigate te source of the wonder gloves.  

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If I thought it would work, I would probably try it.  Latex or rubber next to the skin doesn't work though, makes the hand sweat and shouldn't need to say anymore after that point.

The glove I'm looking for is probably not made.  I've at least three years trying to come up with that perfect pair.  Just thought this would be a good place to see if some of ya'll had come up with a pair.   I just ordered a pair from Duluth Trading Company to try http://www.duluthtrading.com/search/searchresults/75074.aspx?feature=Product_14.  Probaby just another $35 thrown away.

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Err, Long Mike, about your suggestion: what exactly does that long in your screen name refer to, anyway? I hope the raincoats you've got in your wallet are more generously sized, shall we say, than your fingers . .  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

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nboucher, sorry to disappoint you, nut the Long in my Screen Name refers to my height.  I'm 6'4."  Unfortunately, at the ripe old age of 60 I have very little need for raincoats.   :( :( :(

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I run a Jet-Boat on the Upper Potomoc and Susquehanna river in PA. I do have gortex gloves because. I am a die hard winter fisherman and my boat has stick steering and those morning runs are brrrrrrrrr-cold. After 35 years of doing this, let me tell you what my friends and I do. Use the nice warm gortex for the run and such but, buy yourself a case of those brown jersey gloves with the red inside. When one pair gets wet or damp,put them in a bag and put on a dry pair. This works great and the Jerseys are cheap by the case. Good luck.

                                                                                                                   Jim

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