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Kayak Fishing With Freezing Fingers

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Some people put their kayaks away when the starts to mercury drop and winter arrives. However, there is still some good fishing to be found if you can get on the water. You need to wear the proper clothing and safety gear, but even if you have a great dry suit your hands still can get wet and cold. Here are some options for keeping your hands warm while still being able to perform necessary functions.

As fall sets in, the first gloves a lot of people turn to are wool or fleece cut-off gloves with mittens that cover the fingers. Both these materials will help keep you warm even when they get wet. Depending on your personal tolerance, they’ll help into the freezing weather. I wear these when the temperatures drop into the 20°F range. Once thing I add if there is a lot of wind is some nitrile exam gloves underneath them. The exam gloves help keep some of the bite off of your skin. The exam gloves are not very durable especially if you are casting a spinning reel filled with braid so bring some extra with you.

Once the temperature drops below the 20°F range and you are breaking ice to find open water, the best option I have found is neoprene full-fingered glove. They come in several variations, but my favorite have a fleece lining that adds an insulations layer NRS has several options that will fit most conditions. Another option that is new to the market in the past couple of years is the Stormr line of gloves. These gloves were designed for the serious surf fishermen in Northeast, and will work equally as well for kayakers. The Stormr gloves are fleece-lined neoprene gloves, but also have Kevlar reinforcement to protect the fingers from your fishing lines.

Main image courtesy Eric Harrison
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Gregg Crisp

About the Author:

Gregg Crisp has been an avid fisherman all of his life. In 2007 he rented his first kayak and discovered kayak fishing.  A year later a new one was in his driveway and he has never looked back. He frequents the waters around Boston in search of Striped Bass, and also spends plenty of time chasing Black Bass in the sweet water.  As an environmental contractor he has traveled and lived all over the United States, having fished in over 20 states. He currently resides in New Hampshire with his wife and two sons. Gregg authors the Blog YakFish.net, is part of the Yak Angler, Werner PaddlesRat-L-Trap & YakDaddy.net  ProStaff and is a member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team.

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