If you spend as many consecutive days on the water as we do, taking care of your hands is important. Cold, wet, hands coupled with line cuts, hook scars, and fish teeth can bring down even the most hard core anglers, which is why we’re always on the lookout for better ways to keep our hands fresh over the course of a season.
A while back we mentioned a particular tape known as Transpore Surgical Tape, that we’ve had luck with on the water for use as a makeshift stripping guard, a relatively waterproof dressing for light wounds, etc. However, our good pal, Pat Virnich, recently left us with a roll of tape that we happen to think is even better..
It’s called Nexcare Absolute Waterproof Tape by 3M, and we think its the most functional first aid tape for anglers available. It’s earned a permanent place in our boat bag, we think it should do the same for you too, and here’s why.
- It’s Waterproof. Yes, really. We’re not talking water resistant.. Or the sort of ‘waterproofness’ most of us have come to expect from ‘waterproof’ bandages. This stuff stays on throughout the day, even on submerged, sweaty, or fish slime coated hands. That’s pretty important in our line of work.
- It’s Stretchy. The tape is extremely stretchy, allowing for full range of motion even if wrapped directly over knuckles or joints. Once its on, you hardly notice its there, which we really appreciate.
- It Cushions. Unlike popular tapes used on the water (athletic tape, duct tape, etc.), Nexcare’s Absolute Waterproof tape provides a bit of cushion for tender line cuts, blisters, etc. Plus, more importantly, being slightly tacky, it provides a good bite while pinning slippery fly line against the cork when setting the hook too!
We can’t recommend Nexcare’s Absolute Waterproof Tape enough. Several of our guides and guests alike have used it with great success this summer, and at only $5.99 per 5 yard roll (that’s a lot of maxima-cuts worth) we think it should be in every hardcore angler’s gear bag.
Pick up a roll on the cheap today by clicking right here!