Fishing Shirts And Gloves
July 15, 2015
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. More than 2 million people are diagnosed with skin cancers annually in the United States alone. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers. One person dies of melanoma every 62 minutes (skincancer.org).
Out on the water, our exposure to ultraviolet rays is multiplied by the reflectivity of the water, and as a result our risk of skin cancers increases. Whether you're in a flats boat in the Keys or wading a small Rocky Mountain stream, the sun threatens your skin.
But sunscreen is often messy and greasy. It can get on your fly line, make the cork grip on your rod hard to handle, and who hasn't had lotion leak or even explode in your tackle bag? More importantly, despite the "sweatproof" and "waterproof" claims, sunscreen needs to be constantly reapplied — especially if you are sweltering on the flats, or wet wading in a river. The solution of course is protective clothing with a UPF rating of 30+ or more. You put it on, and it protects you all day. And with the great new clothes many companies are coming out with, you won't look half bad either.