As regular readers of the Electric Beaver, you know, I have been abused by certain bloggers who are "troubled" by my hand. This primarily is based upon an old photo of me holding a walleye. Some have said that my hand is a "mystery" because it does not look normal. Others have claimed that it's not even real, but actually mechanical. There are even a few out there dreaming up schemes that would have VBL selling replicas of my hand for a tidy profit. I find all of this to be a distraction from discussing the fishing on Eagle lake. And isn't this what you really care about? So, I hope to clear this up right now.
My hand is actually perfectly normal, but I keep it covered in a protective glove during the entire fishing season. This is because I have very tender hands which are quite sensitive to sharp fins, gill plates and teeth of various fresh water fish. I took to wearing a glove strictly for protection against the painful cuts, abrasions and pricks that come from handling lots of fish. Last week I was at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago to have the glove surgically attached to my hand.
I realize that my solution might be considered extreme by some, but it works for me and that's what counts.
Incidentally, I ditched the old green glove because it was wearing out. Now I'm going with a new, red one from Frabill. This one happens to be the John Gillespie autograph model. Check it out. Nice, huh?