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Anatomy of a Fishing Glove

Anatomy of Fishing Gloves

David Holland Best Fishing Glove Author

Let’s have a closer look at a fishing glove. We will put names to each section and also a description of what to look for when choosing a fishing gloves. This is important fishing equipment knowledge that will help you make the correct fishing gloves purchasing decision.

Here are the main fishing glove components that we will assess and describe in detail. Plus a few others to provide a complete assessment of the anatomy of gloves.

  1. Finger Sections
  2. Thumb Sections
  3. Palm Area
  4. Back of Palm
  5. Cuffs
  6. Fourchettes
  7. Quirks
Anatomy of Fishing Gloves

Main Anatomy of fishing gloves

Finger sections (1)

Fishing Gloves generally all come with 4 finger sections on each glove. Some gloves are full-finger and some are fingerless. What is important is how they are joined to the body of the glove and the finger tips. There are generally two common ways that the finger sections are joined. The first is through stitching and the second is by using a continuous piece of material. This often depends on the type of material (polyester, rubber, spandex or a trademarked material) and ultimately the purpose of the fishing gloves. The finger section, particularly the index finger, should have additional material to provide protection against line burn for all types of line wiring.

Thumb sections (2)

This is pretty much the same as for the finger sections. Fishing Gloves generally all have a thumb section on each glove. Some gloves are full thumb coverage and some are thumbless. The thumb section should ideally provide protection against sharp objects as the thumb is often used to hold the mouth of a fish.

Finger Tips (Not Shown)

The finger tips of the glove are the sections at the end of the fingers. These are a very important part of fishing gloves. They should provide protection from sharp objects (think fish teeth and hooks) and ideally provide an amount of feel and touch.

A trend is to include touch screen friendly finger tips on at least one of the finger tips. friendly

A good set of gloves will also have finger tip “pulls” to assist with easily getting the gloves on and off.

Palm Area (3)

The palm section of a fishing glove is particularly important. This must suit the purpose of the glove which is usually to provide grip and protection. For example, and offshore fishing glove that will be used to handle mono, wire or cable leaders must have a super strong palm section. Whereas a fresh water kayak glove for bass fishing will often have a palm section made of a leather or synthetic leather that will provide protection from fishing line burn, however still be flexible to maintain excellent dexterity.

Back of Palm (4)

The back of a palm is the back section of the fishing glove. This should provide suitable protection and functions based on the purpose of the glove. For example, sun protection, warmth, etc.

Cuff (5)

This is the base of the fishing gloves that reaches or covers the wrists. Winter gloves tend to have extra long cuffs for warmth. While summer gloves may have longer cuffs for sun protection. Velcro fasteners are common to ensure a secure and comfortable fit to keep warmth in and water and wind out.

Look for gloves with “pull loops” to help get the gloves on and off.

Fourchettes (6)

These are the sections on the sides of the finger sections. This is often a different type of material to the finger sections (i.e. spandex) to increase dexterity. The front and back of the finger sections will be made of stronger material and the fouchettes a more flexible material.

Quirks (7)

A quirk is the part of the glove at the base of the finger sections that increase flexibility

Stitching (Not Shown)

Stitching is used to join different materials and sections together. Rigid gloves will have more stitching than spandex type fishing gloves. Stitching is often the first part of a glove to deteriorate. Look for quality stitching and ideally double stitching.

Draws (Not Shown)

Draws are the lining on the back of the palm from the quirks. Provides flexibility with gloves made of rigid material. Not as common on fishing gloves.

Other parts of fishing gloves

Lining (Not Shown)

Lining is the inner section of a fishing gloves for comfort and warmth. Most required for winter fishing gloves. Some fishing gloves have a moisture wicking inner layer that helps prevent sweaty hands. The lining is usually made from polyester and stitched between the inner and outer materials

Cushioning (Not Shown)

Cushioning is not so common in fishing gloves, cushioning is used to adsorb impacts. Sometimes cushioning is found in big game fishing gloves.


Outershell (Not Shown)

The outer layer of a multi-material fishing glove. This will often provide further protection from the elements such as wind and rain


Summary of Fishing Glove Anatomy

You should now have a solid understanding of the different parts or components off fishing gloves. This knowledge will help you compare and choose the best fishing gloves for your scenario. Tight lines!

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