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Fly Fishing and the Necessity of Polarized Sunglasses

Posted by Adrian Doggrell on Jun 22, 2013 5:38:00 PM


Upon first inspection, you wouldn’t assume I had the redhead pale skin gene. That is probably mostly due to the fact that I don’t have red hair. Unfortunately, I have dated a pale ginger for the past few years, and I am fairly sure that I absorbed her skin condition. That is why nothing is worse when I go fishing than when I forget my sunglasses. Because if I have any part of my body that is more sensitive than my skin, it is my eyes, and when you are fly-fishing, your eyes are your most important tool, making my sunglasses absolutely vital.

When I retreat to the rivers and lakes of Colorado for some good old-fashioned R&R, I need to be prepared. The Colorado sun is nothing to mess around with, so, much like I am going to bring my high SPF sunscreen, I am also going to bring my best polarized sunglasses for fishing by Pugs Gear.

fisherman with fishing pole holding a trout in a river

Many people don’t understand why it is important to have special polarized sunglasses when fly-fishing. You see, 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 sunglasses. 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 Gear 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 I am fishing. They have very large lenses and block out as much sun as possible, which is great for me, as we have already discussed my poor pasty skin.

The fact is, Pugs Gear 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! Check out the best polarized Pugs sunglasses for fishing below.


Topics: Sunglasses, Fishing, Polarized