In 2009 I bought my first pair of Glacier Glove sun gloves with the 50+ UPF protection. We’ve all had more sun than necessary in our lives and the backs of our hands get hammered while fishing. That’s why I first got a pair. But there are so many other advantages to these great gloves beyond the sun protection. In 2009 I hit #12,000 smallmouth bass caught and released since catching my first in 1994. On August 4 this year I caught #25,000, so I have handled over 13,000 smallies wearing Glacier Glove gloves and I can tell you no matter which pair I have on its much better handling the fish with the gloves on! Along with the sun protection I also get “abrasion” protection from the dorsal fin, gills and while lipping all those smallies. For my boat fishing and with the waders on during warmer months I wear the Abaco Bay and Islamorada models. In my fishing kayaks the Stripping/Fighting glove is tremendous. I get the sun protection, grabbing fish bonus and with the material in the palm, this is the perfect glove for paddling! I do chase smallies late into the fall and a few years ago I began using both the Alaska River and Cold River fingerless gloves for all my colder weather fishing. I am fortunate to be involved with many top fishing and outdoor companies along with writing and speaking. One thing that is very important to me is to “love” a product before I ever get involved with the company or talk about a product in articles or speaking at shows. For me it goes to my credibility. It sure didn’t take me long to love my Glacier Glove gloves and the few times I’ve been on the water without them is a few times too many!