Protecting Your Fingers From Braided Line
Now you have braided line and you find out the hard way you need finger protection. Braid can literally cut your finger to the bone if you try to cast it like monofilament. Even thin mono and wet fingers can get cut up, so what is the best protection? If you know how to cast, using braid is not an issue, but using it with heavy lures or bait, then protection is a must. Otherwise you will slice the end of your finger off.
There are several ways to protect your fingers from braid by using gloves designed for using braid to medical tape and the old trusty finger guard. The joke online is to use electrical tape, it doesn’t work. Hockey tape and medical tape are a favorite and cheaper to use. Gloves work but if you surfcast a lot they will wear out quickly. Then you are back to using tape, because you can always get more tape cheaper than a new glove. The problem is tape is not that flexible.
A buddy of mine introduced me to KT tape last year and I really like how it works. It is more expensive than medical tape or hockey tape, but the flexibility is amazing. I can’t even tell I have tape on my casting finger. The flexibility is great, you can bend your finger and not lose any circulation. KT tape comes in a roll or you can get it in a roll of cut up segments. We cut that segment in half to use. A few wraps is all you need. it is available at all pharmacies in the first aid section.
There is also the trusty finger guard you can get at most tackle shops. It is made from a piece of leather with a flexible material on it to slip onto your finger. Kind of like a chinese finger cuff, but flexible, but it doesn’t stick to your finger. It works great if you are just casting bait in the surf. I would not try to use it if you are casting over and over again. you could do that but you would have to tape it to your finger, there is that tape again. When you are bait casting there is ample time between casts, tape or gloves would be overkill. This is an inexpensive way to cast without spending much money.