No doubt while shopping at your local fly shop, you've seen a stack of these.
What is it? Do I need it?
A stripping guard is a basically a protective sleeve that goes over your stripping fingers to prevent them from getting cuts and burns while stripping and setting the hook.
A stripping guard can really come in handy when you're fishing saltwater, large fish, textured or thin fly lines. In addition, these can be helpful when your hands have seen a lot of time in the water and can also protect your hands when tightening knots.
Unfortunately, if you have small hands, these can become more of a nuisance than help as they don't fit well and can fall off at inopportune times.
Sometimes the materials and seams can irritate your hands causing more discomfort than a cut.
All that being said, if you've found a guard that works for you - keep it. If you're among the multitudes of anglers still looking for the best solution or you've never used a guard, the age-old cloth Band-Aid or our personal favorite, athletic tape is inexpensive, easy to find in remote locations in case you forget yours and works.
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