If you are going to be throwing your bait any significant distance you got to have a fishing finger guard. These little beauties will prevent your line from turning your finger into hamburger meat. Fishing line (especially braid) can cut through flesh just like a wire cheese slicer. When you are casting far distances on a spinning reel your index finger pins the line to the rod. Casting moderate distances with medium length rods doesn’t produce enough pressure to cause any concern or need for a fishing finger guard. However, if you are going to try to cast more than 80 yards or if you are casting more than 3 oz. of lead its a good idea to be wearing a finger guard when you cast. Cuts from fishing line hurt like the devil and tend to get infected.
I have had more than one trip where I misplaces my fishing finger guard and it ruined my day. Finger guards seem to always geet misplaced and disappear (like socks).
You don’t want to try to use a a lose finger guard or to wrap your finger in cloth. I have tried this when I left my guard at home and the line can catch on the lose finger guard and get ripped off your finger. I have broke rod eyes from this happening. The tangled messed of cloth and line hit the eye and bent it into garbage.
So if you are cat or carp fishing at distance keep a bunch of fishing finger guards in your tackle box, and when you find a tackle ship that sells a finger guard that fits well, stock up.