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Old 12-01-2009, 11:28 AM
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Default The Importance of Polarized Sunglasses

There are times when weather and location are not on your side but having the right equipment will make a difference. A pair of polarized sunglasses is one them.

Glare is one of the challenges of fly fishing. You can't see clearly where the fish are at therefore not knowing where to cast your fly. Having polarized sunglasses will greatly increase your sight on things under water. These glasses absorb the glare and retains only the necessary light so you could see the trout in the water.

And please, don't buy cheap ones because they also give you cheap results.
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Old 12-01-2009, 03:14 PM
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I guess I could say thanks for the info. Aside from the sun, I'd be concerned about hooks in the eye! And I agree, don't buy cheap crap.
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Old 12-01-2009, 03:32 PM
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I thought the sunglasses are there to make the person wearing them look cool. The other thought I had was that it was a protection directly from the sun. I'm glad I'm here to learn more about these things. Thanks for sharing that information to us Rommel!

By the way, how much does a good pair of polarized sunglasses cost? Which is better, buying a branded sunglasses or the custom made sunglasses from local optometrists?
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Old 12-01-2009, 03:37 PM
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Mark, this isn't a fashion forum lol, a good fly angler can make flick his fly through the air at ease and allow it to reach high speeds.

You can pick them up cheap, check this out for some information.
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Old 12-07-2009, 11:30 PM
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Thanks for the link to the polarized sunglasses! I might have to wait to get mine until after I go fishing, otherwise I don't think they would come in time.
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:19 PM
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Polarized sunglasses are definitely not a fashion statement for fishermen. If you're out on the water a lot, then you need the protection from the sun. But more importantly, they give you an advantage in being able to see where the fish are.
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Old 12-19-2009, 11:36 PM
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The primary benefit for me is that polarized sunglasses get rid of the glare off the waters so I can see exactly where the fish are hiding. Then I can gently land a fly above them and let it float by them and hopefully get a strike.
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Old 12-19-2009, 11:44 PM
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The glare triggers my migraine so I have used polarized sunglasses ever since. It gives me better vision of the water surface so I do a better casting.
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:16 AM
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Aside from the sun, I'd be concerned about hooks in the eye! And I agree, don't buy cheap crap.
Thanks Khalid for the heads up. I never thought about it before but now I do. It is important especially if you are fishing on the boat with your friends. It's just not cool to have your friend's hook in your eye.
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Old 12-28-2009, 02:03 PM
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Fashion statement when fishing? I don't think so! I always take a pair of sunglasses with me. They are great protection from the sun and from your daughters hooks! Kids aren't the best at casting and you just never know.
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Old 12-29-2009, 11:41 PM
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A point worth remembering - a fly no matter how badly it is cast can reach speeds of over 170mph. So bear that in mind the next time you venture out without your polaroid sunnies!
I have seen a bead head fly crack off due to a badly timed cast, fly about 100 metres and chip the hull of a boat - that would have permanently blinded any human in its way and dropped them into the reservoir if they were not wearing eye protection.

A foot note - lenses in normal sunglasses are rarely good enough to stop a speeding fly, they need to be 1.5mm thick and made of a good acrylic or poly carbonate. This type of lens only appears on good quality sports glasses.
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