Gone are the days when buffs & gloves were a drag… now they’re a big benefit.
In days gone by, wearing sun buffs and gloves while fly fishing was an unappealing idea. You wore them because you had to. They were cumbersome and bulky, and were a huge handicap in the execution of your fishing technique. Put simply, they were a pain… but now they’re a must-have.
Here’s why gloves are the go-to for today’s modern fly fisher:
Protect against hooks, spines & fishing lines!
These species will wreak havoc on your hands, particularly the Snook, which are well regarded for their razor-sharp gill plates, plus some pretty spikey dorsal spines. Trust us, you do not want to try something like Snook without gloves… the ripped up palms and lacerations will flow!
Get a great grip!
As reels seem to get smaller and smaller, driven by the desire for weight reduction, grip for the bigger handed fly-fisher can get tricky and present rising difficulty in achieving a tight enough grip for a good fish. But a pair of lightweight buff gloves fixes that problem!
When it comes to sun protection, the hands are like the back of your legs – often overlooked and not given enough attention. Wearing fishing buffs and gloves for sun protection is one of those things that are so obvious now that many anglers are asking themselves why they didn’t cover up before.
What’s in a fly fishing buff?
As well as protecting you from harmful UV rays, sun buffs and masks help you spot fish faster and clearer… what’s more they will drastically reduce glare as light is blocked from coming through the back and bottom gaps in your sunglasses. Once you’ve used sun buffs, you won’t go back.
Never heard of sun buffs?
If this is the first time you’ve heard of a sun buff in relation to fly fishing, don’t worry, you’re not alone. A UV fishing buff is a seamless tube of fabric which can be worn in a variety of ways around your head and face to add extra protection from damaging sun rays.