The Ramblings of a Fly Fisherman

The Importance of Polarized Sunglasses

While fly fishing with Alyssa, I noticed that she was having a lot of trouble spotting fish that I was able to locate with little effort. At first, I wasn’t sure why she seemed to be missing those trout hovering in a pool not 10 feet from her location while I was at least 25 feet away… but it hit me. I wear polarized sunglasses every time I am on the river! I know that this may be obvious to most of you, but I have horrible vision and find wearing glasses so second nature that I often forget that I am even wearing them at all.

Polarized sunglasses will effectively remove surface glare on the river and provide an opportunity to see the underwater terrain well enough to easily spot trout. This is a huge advantage as it will permit you to more effectively position yourself within the river and within an area that you know fish are congregating. This will solve one of the most important variables that are required to have a good fishing day… Are fish even near where I am casting my fly?

Spotting the trout will certainly provide an advantage over just casting where you “feel” they should be located. Polarized sunglasses will be the best tool to help you out in this regard.


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