Sunday, March 23, 2014
Product Review: Kast Steelhead Glove
I normally don't mind losing a fish, but since I hadn't landed one yet this year I was eager to bring this 8 pounder to hand. Or in this case, to the glove. The evening temp was 24 degrees and dropping and my Kast Steelhead gloves were keeping my hands very warm. But that was only half the challenge. Could the glove -- advertised as waterproof -- help me land the fish? My plan was simple -- at least it seemed simple: slowly work the steelhead back upstream, swing the rod upstream to pull the fish just ahead of my feet, drop to one knee, plunge my left hand into the 38 degree water and grab the fish just in front of its broad tail.
The question was would the gloves have enough grip to hold the fish. I had used the gloves in December and knew they were indeed waterproof, but I had never tried to tail a fish with them on. And tailing a fish in fast water is never easy.
The steelhead wasn't interested in coming upstream, but eventually I worked her close enough to give the glove a try. As the picture shows, the glove worked perfectly.