How to Select Sunglasses for Fishing

How to Select Sunglasses for Fishing
Glare is a problem all fishermen face. Sunlight reflecting off the water makes it hard to see what fish are doing. That's why polarized sunglasses are popular with anglers. When light bounces off smooth water, it becomes horizontally polarized. The vertical polarization of polarized lenses filters out horizontally polarized light to decrease glare while increasing clarity. This gives anglers the ability to look below the surface, so they can see and respond to changing conditions.


Difficulty: Easy

What To Look For

Step 1
Evaluate the construction. Fishing sunglasses get a lot of abuse, so durability is a priority. Nylon or composite frames, with polycarbonate lenses, hold up well in this environment.
Step 2
Analyze the protection. Get lenses that filter out 100 percent of UVA and UVB light. This will protect your eyes from macular degeneration and other damage. To reduce eyestrain in bright conditions, buy lenses that block infrared light.
Step 3
Check the fit. The last thing you need is to lose your sunglasses while reeling in the lake record. Wire-core temples are adjustable, so they'll stay on your head better. To look your best, choose a frame that contrasts with the shape of your face.
Step 4
Consider the lens color. Amber and yellow lenses filter out blue light to increase contrast and improve your ability to focus in hazy conditions. Pink lenses improve contrast and depth perception by absorbing light in foggy or gray conditions. Gray lenses sacrifice contrast to allow for accurate color perception. Brown lenses combine the advantages of gray and amber lenses, but to a lesser degree than the originals. Purple and blue lenses attract low-contrast blue light, so they're only useful in fashion settings.
Step 5
Look for versatility. It's impossible to find one pair of sunglasses that's perfect for every application. However, you may find a frame that fits well, looks good and is well made. You'll want to wear this frame all the time, but the lenses may not be suited to some conditions. A sport shield, with interchangeable lenses and temples, will give you the flexibility you need.

Tips & Warnings

A hydrophilic nose piece will help keep your sunglasses in place.
Extreme lens curvatures on prescription sport shields will make it hard to grind lenses that don't distort.

Article Written By Dan Eash

Dan Eash began writing professionally in 1989, with articles in LaHabra's "Daily Star Progress" and the "Fullerton College Magazine." Since then, he's created scripts for doctor and dentist offices and published manuals, help files and a training video. His freelance efforts also include a book. Eash has a Fullerton College Associate of Arts in music/recording production and a Nova Institute multimedia production certificate.

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