Shortpump Gloves

Protecting your hands when you are fishing can be critical. Whether protecting them from the sun, fish, gelspun backing or a full day of just plain line-stripping.

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Protecting your hands when you're fishing can be critical. Whether protecting them from the sun, fish, gelspun backing or a full day of just plain line-stripping, gloves have become necessary gear. Most gloves are sun gloves designed to protect your hands from UV rays, but offer little more - especially for your stripping fingers. By the time you tape your fingers and put on your gloves, your hands might as well be armored. Bluefever Designsintroduces a new series of gloves that are mostly for offshore but that work for fly-fishing as well, especially the Shortpump gloves.

The company's new Release model provides full hand protection with the added benefit of a nonslip, molded palm reinforced with leatherlike Charino at areas of high wear. This glove offers all the grip you'll ever need. The new Utility glove offers the same full-fingered protection as the Release model, but features a full suedelike Chamude palm. These gloves, although full-fingered, provide plenty of touch and feel for working with small parts, and they are perfect for keeping gelspun and Dacron backing from biting into your fingers.

Bluefever's Shortpump gloves resemble other fingerless fishing gloves, except that it is constructed for durability and flexibility. The Shortpump features the same Chamude palm as the Utility glove, plus a terry-cloth sweatband on the back. The back of each model features vented foam mesh to ensure durability, coolness and comfort, and the cuffs are neoprene with Velcro closures to ensure a close fit.

All designs come in blue, black and gray color combinations in sizes M to XXL. Prices range from $16.99 to $29.99.

For more information, contact Bluefever Designs, PO Box 803250, Santa Clarita, CA 91380; 661-263-1890; www.bluefevergloves.com.