If any of you are fly fishermen, you may already know this, but fly fishing in the fall is amazing. The fish are hungry. The food is plentiful, and the water is usually a bit lower, making the trout easier to spot. Even better is the fact that there is less traffic on the water in fall. Living in Colorado, we share our incredible natural resources with travelers from all over the world. This is a great thing as much of our state makes a living off the tourists, but the overcrowding can also be a bummer. I don’t know if any of you have tried to ski Vail over President’s Day Weekend, but unless you get up on the hill super early, you are going to be waiting in some pretty nasty lift lines. Similarly, you can experience this traffic on the water during the warmer months. Either you are waiting for a parade of rafts to pass, or you are hoping that the goober who beat you to the river will find a new hole. Luckily for us locals, most of these travelers pass through during summer and winter, so we locals have a couple months to ourselves.
I am guessing most of you aren’t avid anglers. If you were, you would probably be reading a fishing blog, and you probably would already have a few pairs of our polarized sunglasses. If you are a fisherman and don’t already have a pair, please take my advice and get some. They really are quality sunglasses and even better, they are affordable. The more you fish, the more you realize how important it is to have backup pairs because sooner or later, they are going to disappear into the water. That is why it helps to be able to afford a couple pairs at a time.
Many people don’t understand why it is important to have special polarized sunglasses when fly-fishing. Most of the time when people are fly-fishing, especially in Colorado, they are fishing for trout. And most of the time, trout live in rivers and streams in only a few feet of water. They constantly need to feed, but they need to do so while using the least amount of energy as possible. They tend to find pockets of current that are still or might move slightly upstream after going around an object, like a log or a boulder. They hang out in slow current right by the border of a faster current. They like to be able to see lots of food going by without having to swim all over the place looking for it. In a similar fashion, that is why I need my polarized glasses. The trout are going to hang in the best spots on the river, so once you learn where those spots are, you only need to be able to see them.
I don’t know if you guys have ever closely examined the difference between polarized and non-polarized sunglasses, but the results can be astonishing. Polarized sunglasses eliminate a large portion of the glare from the sun. When looking into water, often the only thing you can see clearly is the reflection of light off the surface. When fishing, you want to be able to see into the water, so it is quite necessary to get rid of that reflection as much as possible.
Now, I know what a lot of you are thinking. “I’ve seen plenty of fly-fisherman on TV, and they all look like a goofier version of my dad!” You picture a white guy wearing ill-fitting safari-esque gear that makes him look like he would be a little more comfortable wearing dress shoes behind a desk than wearing wading shoes in hip-deep snowmelt. Luckily, you guys are a few years behind. Fly-fishing has been spreading rapidly these past few years, and the designers have taken notice. No longer is functionality the only requirement. Nowadays, anglers want to look good.
Just look at the Simms or Orivs websites and catalogues. Those guys like to look trendy. This is why it is important to not offer just one style of bland yet functional sunglasses. Pugs has numerous styles. There is bound to be a pair to fit any occasion. For me, when it comes to sunglasses for men, I prefer retro aviator sunglasses when not fishing. They have very large lenses and block out as much sun as possible which is nice for me in the mornings when I am trying to let my eyes recover from a long night of fun.
The fact is Pugs offers an incredible selection of stylish and affordable quality sunglasses. No longer do you have to choose between style, functionality, and price. You get great-looking and well-made sunglasses for a fraction of the price of their competitors. I already picked up a few pairs for the summer. I suggest you do the same. That way, I can protect my easily irritated eyes from that pesky sun!