While fishing gloves aren’t a must-have item, anglers who use them might beg to differ. First and foremost, gloves provide protection against blisters, line cuts, and the potentially harmful rays of the sun. They also can help fend-off potential punctures from hooks or sharp fish. Factor in other elements like cold temps, harsh wind, and driving rain, and the right pair of fishing gloves can make a huge difference. They also provide extra grip on both the reel and when handling a fish, add a touch of comfort and padding for hand fatigue, and—more often than not—don’t inhibit your dexterity. Given all those factors, it may be hard to make a case against owning at least one pair. These are the best fishing gloves. What We Like Ample size options Slits at the index finger and thumb provide access for more dexterous tasks without having to shrug off the entire glove What We Don't Like In really frigid conditions you may want a bit more insulation A cold climate is a feature of ice fishing, not a bug. Glacier Glove uses TechLine Neoprene in its Pro Angler glove to combat freezing temps. A burly Velcro Pro Strap secures the glove to provide a comfortable fit, with protection that extends beyond the wrists so that they’ll marry with your jacket. Inside, a 2-millimeter fleece lining amps the insulation. Pre-curved fingers mirror the hand’s natural topography to help fight hand fatigue and provide reliable dexterity. And when situations demand executing minute tasks like confident casting or knot–tying, slits riding on the index finger and thumbs let you pull back the fabric to expose the top knuckles to make quick work of whatever the situation demands. No seams line the palm for a confident grip, and the glued stitches are as waterproof as the rest of the glove.