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I suspect this product is very similar to the mesh gloves we have used here for some time and are used by hatchery personnel in many places. An interesting glove indeed, although I am still on the bubble in regards to glove use as I am positive slime loss is happening with any man made product. That slime loss is indeed worrisome, as is a uncontrollable flopping fish, so I struggle with which is worse. For now I am not using any glove and am able to monitor the post release condition of some fish due to their capture.
So far fish handled without glove are not experiencing any slime loss fungal reactions, so I am leaning towards no glove use. I would however be interested in trying this glove and the mlar one we use to see if slime loss is measurable or not. I do shudder watching anglers pick up fish for a picture and drop them on the rocks or lose control of the fish and it attempts auto bonk on the rocks.
First off all anglers should be in the water with the fish and only lift them slightly for a pic, but inexperience is the number one factor in mishandling fish , so education is the key.

Glad to see people out there use this glove as opposed to that demonic BOGA gRIP piece of junk.
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Is anyone aware of any tests regarding the slime loss, scale loss with various nets, grips, tailing devices, and their affect on the fish?......Curious to know if certain species are more vulnerable than others.......Ortho 8)
 

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I suspect this product is very similar to the mesh gloves we have used here for some time and are used by hatchery personnel in many places. An interesting glove indeed, although I am still on the bubble in regards to glove use as I am positive slime loss is happening with any man made product. That slime loss is indeed worrisome, as is a uncontrollable flopping fish, so I struggle with which is worse. For now I am not using any glove and am able to monitor the post release condition of some fish due to their capture.
So far fish handled without glove are not experiencing any slime loss fungal reactions, so I am leaning towards no glove use. I would however be interested in trying this glove and the mlar one we use to see if slime loss is measurable or not. I do shudder watching anglers pick up fish for a picture and drop them on the rocks or lose control of the fish and it attempts auto bonk on the rocks.
First off all anglers should be in the water with the fish and only lift them slightly for a pic, but inexperience is the number one factor in mishandling fish , so education is the key.

Glad to see people out there use this glove as opposed to that demonic BOGA gRIP piece of junk.
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Excellent response BR!
As a matter of fact there is mounting information here in the Great Lakes region that more harm does indeed come from no glove, than with a glove! The first photo in my Review is the main reason for this review in the first place! Most inexperienced anglers here, think that bringing the fish out of the river, and some dropping them, for pictures will not harm the fish?? Don't know where they get that from, but the majority of 'fish injuries' come from dropping the fish and it struggling to find water!
In my experience, and opinion, any 'handling' has an affect on the fish. The slime coat is affected with or without the glove, and will come off even with a landing net. The more the fish struggles, the more scales and slime does come off in the net, but it's minimized with the use of this glove. Boca grips are dislocating the bottom jaw in our steelhead, but then again, a hook in the mouth is just as bad! So you kinda get harm no matter what. The cure; Don't fish! Then what are we going to do for fun?? Seems like everything will hurt sooner or later, guess it's just dependant on who's doing the fishing?

FISH ON!
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Aside from the tailing of fish info, you have a pretty cool website!!...Lots of info on there. It is of some interest to note the suptle differences between the gear used in Washington/Oregon and BC then compare to the East. There seems to be so much variation in gear that it is hard to keep up....Just like bass, I guess. Fifty different ways to catch them, and to be sucessful, you better be aware of all fifty..
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You are so right FO! When I moved to Florida from California, it was like a shock to the system! I was only 11 when I would fly fish from the beach, and get the weirdest looks from the locals! But then I still managed to catch fish! When I moved to Ohio in the 80's everything changed again!
I used to use a minimum of 12lb mono out west for Steelhead, and here that's almost unheard of! Now the heaviest I'll use is 6lb test, with a flouro leader (tippet) max 5X.
Thanks for the accolades on my site, but this is a sweet one too!
 
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