The 10 Best Fishing Gloves
This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in October of 2017. It’s happened to every angler — you’re holding your catch in your hand to grab that perfect photo, but it thrashes violently, slips out of your grasp, and lands back in the water. Get yourself a pair of these fishing gloves so you won't have to tell your friends the same old story about the one that got away. Depending on the model, they may also provide protection from the sun and sharp fins. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
April 30, 2020:
Fishing gloves can make a day on the water a much more enjoyable experience. Whether you need a pair that makes it easier to grip slippery fish, to protect your hands from cuts and line abrasion, or simply to block harmful UV rays, you can find them here.
While many of the options on our list do double, or even triple duty, certain models are better suited to specific activities. For example, the Lindy Handler are cut and puncture resistant, so they are the ideal choice when you are filleting fish or for those times your hand is going to be near sharp teeth or fins when trying to remove a hook. The Berkley BTFG and Rapala Marine can give some basic protection against an errant hook or fin, but they aren't going to protect you against anything pointy that is going to have a bit of force behind it. Instead, they are best for helping you keep a secure grip on a fish, thanks to the rubberized palms. It is worth noting though, that due to their thick construction, all of the above will greatly interfere with dexterity.
The Goture Black Series also feature a high-friction palm, but unlike the previous three models they leave the bottom half of your thumb, index, and middle fingers uncovered, so they won't reduce your dexterity when tying knots. Additionally, they offer a reasonable level of cut and puncture resistance, making them a good all around pair.
For those interested mainly in sun protection, and who don't want to slather sunscreen on their hands, we recommend the Palmyth Fingerless, Glacier Glove Islamoradas, KastKing Sol Armis, and Fishing Tree Fingerless. All are thin and breathable enough that you won't mind wearing them for hours on a hot day, especially the Fishing Tree Fingerless. The downside to this last pair is that they offer almost no protection against line cuts. Conversely, the Palmyth Fingerless and Glacier Glove Islamoradas have some extra padding and more durable material in places known to be susceptible to line abrasion and cuts, giving you some basic protection while also blocking UV rays.
Huk Mossy Oak The Huk Mossy Oak are an anti-microbial, stain-resistant option that should stay looking like new for a long time to come, and hopefully stay relatively stink free too. They offer a high level of sun protection and are breathable enough to make them comfortable for warm weather use. hukgear.com
Patagonia Sun Gloves Ideal for warm weather use, the Patagonia Sun Gloves are crafted from a polyester and spandex blend that makes them lightweight and durable enough to stand up to plenty of use. To ensure they don't interfere with your rod feel or dexterity, they have a palm cutout and partial finger design. patagonia.com