I can see clearly now...

Rob Hardy re­views the lat­est crop of sun­glasses

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - CONTENTS -

Fish­ing sun­glasses are a cru­cial piece of an­gling equip­ment. Rob Hardy re­views the lat­est mod­els

APAIR OF GOOD PO­LARISED sun­glasses that cut out sur­face glare and al­low you to see into the wa­ter to spot fish will not only make you a more ef­fec­tive an­gler, but also make your fish­ing more fun. Watch­ing a feed­ing fish, judg­ing your cast and hope­fully see­ing that fish in­ter­cept your fly is the pin­na­cle of game-fish­ing. Your safety is also im­por­tant. No an­gler should cast a fly with­out eye pro­tec­tion. A gust of wind or mist­imed cast is all it takes – your sight can be dam­aged for life in a split sec­ond. Im­pact-re­sis­tant lenses are the first fea­ture to look for when choos­ing sun­glasses. A good fit is part com­fort, part per­for­mance. If the frame is too nar­row the arms will pinch your tem­ples and be­hind your ears and can cause headaches. If the frame doesn’t fit your face, light will en­ter be­hind the lenses, re­duc­ing their abil­ity to block glare into the eye. If the fit is too tight or lacks ven­ti­la­tion, the lenses may fog. You don’t want to crawl into a cast­ing po­si­tion, only to find you can’t see through a sweaty mist. Try a few pairs, dif­fer­ent makes and styles, un­til you find a com­fort­able, snug fit, with no large gaps. If you’ve a large face, look at styles with big­ger lenses and thicker frames. We judged fit across a num­ber of mem­bers of the T&S team to cover all shapes and sizes. The lenses’ clar­ity and qual­ity will dic­tate their sharp­ness and the de­tail you will see. They must be po­larised to prop­erly re­move sur­face glare and re­flec­tions. Many mak­ers will add their own tech­nol­ogy to fil­ter or en­hance cer­tain colours and im­prove con­trast and sharp­ness. The over­all lens colour will make a dif­fer­ence. Yel­low and rose en­hance vi­sion in dull or low light. Blue and green work well in bright, sunny con­di­tions, such as that found on saltwater flats. The best colours for all-round freshwater work are grey, am­ber, brown or cop­per. Lenses are made of glass or poly­car­bon­ate: glass has the edge in clar­ity and scratch-re­sis­tance; poly­car­bon­ate is thin­ner, lighter, more shock-re­sis­tant and gen­er­ally cheaper. Fi­nally, check the build qual­ity. Are the arms flex­i­ble and strong enough to with­stand the stresses of be­ing hung around your neck or stashed above the peak of a cap? Are the hinges and frame up to twist­ing when drag­ging bags or wad­ing staff lan­yards over your head? Re­mem­ber the im­pact-re­sis­tant lenses, ca­pa­ble of stop­ping a fast-mov­ing fly: qual­ity com­po­nents are not cheap, but a small price to pay to pro­tect your sight.

“Are the hinges and frame up to twist­ing when drag­ging bags or wad­ing staff lan­yards over your head?”

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