Thursday, January 23, 2014

Gear Review-Filson Fingerless Wool Gloves

Trout season is open year round in Colorado, which means that as long as the stream is not completely locked with ice, you can brave the elements and cast a big dry fly whenever you want.   Having the right winter gear is a crucial part of enjoying the experience.

Keeping your hands comfortable while fishing in the winter is very important.  I've tried different gloves in the past, but have found that a trusty pair of merino wool, fingerless Filson gloves have worked the best.    Even when wet, wool continues to provide warmth, which I have not found to be the case with gloves made of synthetic material.  Filson makes the gloves in a full fingered, or fingerless version, and I've found the fingerless gloves are the best for fishing.   I can tie on a big, juicy dry fly without taking off my gloves! 

I've had this pair for quite a while, and found them to be quite durable.   The only issue that I found is that if you accidentally snag the hook of your fly on them, it can be a bit of a pain to remove it from the wool.  They would be the perfect gloves if they could figure out how to make the outer surface of the gloves a bit more resistant to snags.   However, I still recommend these gloves as the best I have found for this purpose.  I've had several Filson products over the years, and they are tough, well made, and durable.

Check the gloves out at http://www.filson.com/

BDF uses a three tiered gear rating system for gear reviews.

Dry Fly =       Great Product
Emerger=       Good product with potential
Nymph=         Could use improvement   
 

Due to the snagging issue, the Filson gloves earn Emerger status.

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing, I really need a good pair of fingerless gloves. Yes, indeed they tend to grab a fly hook if it is anywhere near them. But, warmth and finger flexibility comes in handy with the fingerless glove. I would have to look at other options because even though Filson makes a great product, $32.00 for a pair of fingerless gloves seems pretty pricy too me.

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    1. Mel, it is hard to find the perfect combination for a glove, but I have really enjoyed them. I've had these for over 5 years, and they are still going strong, so if you break that down by year, it moderates the price a bit. Thanks for the comment!

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    2. Very good point, Mike! I shall re-think this. Did you buy directly from Filson?

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    3. I think I bought mine from Jax in Fort Collins. They carry Filson products. St. Peter's Fly Shop carries a few Filson items as well. I bet they could order them if they don't have them in stock.

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  2. I must be getting old, I've decided that I need a pair. Thanks for the review Mike.

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    1. Howard, glad to see you back! I've enjoyed the new posts on your blog!

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  3. BDF...I'm kind of surprised these didn't hit three out of three stars. I don't think a simple pair of wool gloves get much better than these.

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    1. It was extremely close....they are fantastic gloves. I ran into a guy on the river today that was wearing a pair. He said that he was very pleased with his, and that they lasted a long time.

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  4. Finger-less gloves would imply cold weather...and ya know I don't fish in the cold! HA Nice post and review Mike!

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