If you’re anything like me, you’d probably agree with me when I say that there’s really no American pastime more classic than that of the humble fisherman. Fishing in general has a very wide appeal, and it’s easy to see why. It can be a great way to casually pass the time with friends and family, it’s a good excuse to get out and experience nature, and you can even earn a prize if you’re good at it, with that prize of course being a freshly caught fish from your local fishing area.
However, if you’ve fished for any time, or even if you’re totally new to fishing, you’re probably aware that it isn’t as easy as it looks. Lots of people wrongly think that catching fish is a simple task: just put some bait out, cast the line, and wait until something snags, then pull. This is generally how things go, but there are lots of little steps all throughout that will separate the beginning fishing enthusiasts from the masters.
You’ve probably heard talk about how important having the right gear is. This can range from everything you would be expected to bring to a fishing trip, such as a tackle box, a sturdy, high quality fishing rod, and everything else associated. But one thing that doesn’t get talked about as often as I personally think it deserves to, is the topic of fishing specific eyewear. Namely, a quality pair of the best polarized fishing sunglasses.
The reason for having good and reliable performance fishing gear such as a good set of polarized glasses is pretty obvious, but there’s a little bit of nuance to the topic. Yes, it is possible to fish without using your eyes at all. If you’re good enough you might be able to do it completely on feeling. However, this is not practical advice for anyone who’s either new, or looking for every advantage possible when going out fishing, so I’d of course recommend using your eyes as you fish.
It’s not just a skill-related benefit you get from good fishing apparel; good fishing sunglasses are extremely important if you spend extended durations of time outside fishing, especially if you are on a boat in the middle of the water, since you’re going to be completely surrounded by reflective water that is going to be very aggressively hitting your eyes on a regular basis. Your eyes are one of the most delicate organs on your body; it’s why scientists and engineers always wear protective glasses before doing just about anything, for example. Consider wearing good fishing sunglasses an exercise in the science of fishing!
I mentioned it a few times already, but make sure that your fishing sunglasses are polarized, as this is extremely important. Basically, the only difference between polarized and non-polarized glasses is that polarized ones are coated with a special chemical filter over the lenses that essentially scatter the light that goes through them. So instead of hitting your eyeball dead-on, it’s much more spread out and safe, if that makes any sense. So definitely confirm before you order anything that the pair you’re looking at have good polarized lenses.
Next you might be thinking, “There are so many colors to choose from, which one do I pick?” Well, honestly there’s no wrong answer here, as all the colors of polarized fishing sunglasses you can pick from in most modern stores and shops have different uses and purposes, however some may be better suited for certain tasks.
Covering some of the most popular colors, blue lenses are some of the best for bright light on clear sky day, and yellow lenses are some of the best for dim light, cloudy days and are the best sight fishing sunglasses. However, my personal favorite, and the favorite of many other like-minded fishermen such as myself, has got to be the copper and amber colored lenses, which I’ll just refer to collectively as “red” lenses. Red lenses are stylish, currently trending and offer several benefits over your standard amber/yellow fishing sunglass lenses. They block 99% of glare and manipulate the light spectrum to enhance contrast and give you an extra pop of color!
Red fishing lenses probably perform better than all the rest when it comes to cutting down on glare in a wide variety of situations. They’re known to be an extremely versatile color of fishing lenses to work with, and tons of people use these as their regular sunglasses for when they’re driving to or from their fishing site, or even on their day-to-day commute. They just look good on most people.
Red lenses also feature a very nice amount of color contrast, which will ensure that you will be able to see deeper in the water in a variety of different environments, such as streams, rivers, lakes or even the ocean. Granted the fish need to be swimming somewhat close to the surface depending on how murky the water is, but you’d be surprised how much you’ll be able to pick out from in the water after slapping on a pair of some high-quality fishing lenses. The amber and red polarized fishing sunglasses make excellent and probably the best sight fishing lenses on the market and are the best driving sunglasses on the market.
You may also have the option to pick from a mirrored set of sunglasses, if that option is available to you. These are just sunglasses that feature very reflective fronts of their lenses, so that when others look at you, it’s like they’re looking into a mirror. Obvious, I know, but I just want to be comprehensive here. Anyways, some people like them. Personally, they’re not for me, but I’m also kind of camera shy, so either way, you do you.
Anyways, definitely check out your options for getting yourself a good pair of fishing lenses for your next outing, especially if you don’t already have some kind of eye protection. You might be so talented that you can catch fish with your bare hands, but I’d strongly recommend you take proper care of your body first and foremost, as it’s one of the most important investments in your future you can possibly make.