Sunglasses are one of the most important and often overlooked tools for fishing. They protect your eyes from the sun and also help keep your eyes safe from objects. Beyond that, they allow you to see what is below the water. There are many great brands on the market, and finding frames that fit your style and face is one of your first decisions. Once you have found the right frames, choosing the color of your lenses – a vital part of successful fishing – is next.
The first priority in selecting sunglasses for fishing is finding a pair with polarized lenses. Polarization eliminates glare while on the water and helps you see fish and other objects below the surface. This is the most important factor in choosing the right sunglasses; for best results, they must be polarized. All polarized sunglasses will work better than non-polarized lenses for fishing regardless of lens color.
Polarized lenses absorb horizontal light waves while still allowing vertical waves to pass through. A quick test to determine if your sunglasses are polarized can be performed with a computer screen. Hold your lenses horizontally to your computer screen; you will be able to see the screen through them. Rotate your glasses vertically, and if they are polarized, they will turn black.
The next decision is to find the right color of lenses. There are several options on the market, with each more suited for certain uses.
Gray lenses are the most versatile lenses for fishing. If you plan to have only one pair of sunglasses, gray may be your best choice. They work well in all light conditions and provide excellent contrast. The one downside is that they may be too dark in extremely low light. Overall, gray is a safe bet when choosing the right fishing sunglasses.
Gray lenses also provide excellent natural contrast. The view when looking through gray lenses is closest to wearing no sunglasses at all. The contrast provided by gray lenses makes an easy transition for your eyes and is another reason they are so popular.
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