Fishing, a Great British pastime that is only increasing in popularity. One of the few hobbies that takes people directly to nature and back to one of our most natural instincts. Although if three hours sat by a lake side taught me anything, its that my natural instincts are either out of tune or none existence and that I am unlike to survive the next apocalypse. However, what instincts I lack in fishing I make up for in eyewear knowledge. Here's our guide to what you should be looking for when fishing.
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These are extremely important for fishing. Light reflected off the water creates glare which makes it impossible to see what’s happening beneath the water’s surface. When in direct sunlight polarised fishing sunglasses are essential, especially when you need to see what the fish are doing or be able to identify any hidden rocks. Polarised lenses reduce reflected light, improve visual comfort and prevent eye fatigue. For more information on polarised lenses click here.
Its always best to go for a polycarbonate or NXT lens material. This is because unlike your regular glasses, in an active sports environment your sunglasses need a little more durability and impact resistance. For example, I recently slipped on my way to the lake edge and my sunglasses fell off hitting a rock, fortunately without damage. Better to have the extra protection than regret it later. All the sports frames on our website already have durable lens, however, if you are choosing a prescription package make sure you select either polycarbonate or NXT.
Wiley X have specially designed polarised lens made out of shatter proof Selenite Polycarbonate. The polarised filter is placed in the middle of the lens, making sure that the filter stays untouched and protected against damage while wearing and cleaning them. Their lenses also have been through ANSI High Velocity Impact/ VD Ballistic Tests which means the lenses must withstand the impact of a 6.35 mm diameter steel ball fired at 164.6 km/h (ANSI) or 3.8 mm projectiles fired at 700-720 km/h (spectacle VD Ballistic). This ensures their lenses and frames are practically indestructible.
Mirror coating/ Anti-Reflective (AR)
Applied to the back surface of a lens, AR coatings offers better visual acuity to judge distance and improves accuracy by eliminating light reflections on the inside of the lens. Mirror coating are good for situations that require a reduction in the overall brilliance of light, such as the sunlight reflecting on the water surface.
Hydrophobic coatings sheds water and improves the lens ability to prevent smudging and grime building up on the lens. Because hydrophobic coatings make the front surface slippery it can also help improve scratch resistance.
Its always a good idea to have a scratch resistant coating or lens for general wear and tear. Wiley X do have their own extreme scratch-resistant coating (22% better than nearest competitor - NSL analysis)
Look for UVA, B, and C for 100% protection - although this is not something you need to worry about when buying through Eyekit as most of our eyewear comes with UVA, B, C protection as standard.
Photochromic/ Interchangeable lenses
This is great for anyone fishing in Britain with all the changeable weather. These allow you to benefit the most from just one pair of sunglasses. Photochromic lenses darken or lighten dependent on their exposure to ultraviolet (UV). Although it is rare to find a photochromic polarised lens (unless you are selecting a prescription) we have a good selection on our website to choose from. Click here to see all the photochromic and polarised sunglasses available.
Interchangeable lenses are an alternative to photochromic lenses. Most interchangeable sunglasses are supplied with two to three lenses that will provide a solution to most light conditions. Examples of brands with interchangeable polarised lenses are as follows: Wiley X: Airrage, Brick, P-17, Rudy Project: Magster, Rydon, Ryzer.
Mattie Curfs and Hans Sissingh- World Carp Classics 2015 Winners -
"Wiley X styles with different tints, which gives us the comfort of knowing that no matter the conditions, we will always be able to find a tint for the current weather conditions. The models we have used so far have all provided us with a perfect fit which is ever so important when using them for hours after hours of fishing."
Lens Tints/ Lens Category.
This depends on the light conditions you usually fish in as well as the location.
Grey- Minimises colour distortion and are a good choice for fishermen in the brightest sunlight. Grey lenses enhance dark fish and are the best overall solution for deep water fishing when you are dealing with intense glare and bright sunlight. Click here for all Grey Polarised fishing sunglasses.
Brown- Brown polarised filters are very effective at cutting through water glare and are a good all round solution. They improve contrast so that fish can be easily seen in shallow water and bring out grassy water bottoms. Darker brown are better suited to high glare situations and light brown suitable for low light conditions.- Click here for all Brown polarised lenses.
Orange/ Amber- with polarised filters are best used for fishing in overcast or low light conditions. Generally, the closer the lens tint matches the background the more the lens will make the fish stand out. Orange lenses increases contrast enabling fish to be seen better in low to medium light conditions accentuating sandy bottoms of shallow water. -Click here for all Orange/amber polarised lenses.
Yellow- Though the least effective polarised, they can be effective in highly overcast or low light conditions. Click here for all yellow polarised lenses. Peter Hornak- 2015 Trout Union Cup Winner is an advocator for yellow lenses. “During 2015 I won the prestigious Lure Fishing World Championship as well as the European Champion- The Trout Union Cup. WX Arrow model with yellow lenses one of my favourite Wiley X models I use helped me to win these competition. I used them mainly during cloudy weather and they performed at a 100%”
This has an extensive curvature on the frame that provides the widest field of vision and the best fitting on the face or head as well as optimum protection for the eye area against dust, pollen, wind debris and UV. Great for those suffering from dry eye syndrome. Frames with 8 Base curve lenses and above provide the the best and most extensive curvature. However, if you need a prescription, an 6-Base curve works just as well but it also allows higher prescriptions to be glazed into it without compromising on your peripheral vision. Click here for all Wraparound Polarised Frames suitable for fishing.
Plastic or metallic frames?
We recommend plastic frames, particularly polycarbonate as these aren’t going to get damaged if you drop them or drop something on them. Come on we’ve all done it! They are more durable and do not bend out of shape. Wiley X have dedicate an entire range of sunglasses specially for fishing in which they have not only chosen polycarbonate frames but all there frames and lens come with ANSI requirements: Wiley X Frames come with the ANSI High Mass Impact Test frames which must withstand the weight of a 500g pointed projectile dropped from a height of 127 cm. This ensures it will withstand almost anything you will encounter. Jeremy Stavermand and Luc Coppens (2014 and 2015 World Predator Classic Winners):
"protective eyewear make us feel secure while casting (lead) jighwads. Too often this lead shoots out of the water after pulling out from a snag. Now we know we are safe."
Foam Gasket or padding
Ultra Foam and Facial cavity seals on selected styles are worth considering especially if you are exposed to water condition such as in the ocean where there is a lot of spray.
Measure the width of your existing glasses from the screw hole in one arm to the other and choose a frame that would match this width. We measure our frames in this way and round up to the nearest 5mm.
Well, there really is only one that you need. A floatable headband. Click here to Buy. Floatable headbands are a must for all water sports. The last thing you need while reeling in that prize catch is your sunglasses falling off and sinking while you are distracted. A floatable headbands is perfect for anyone fishing in or close to water. Having a floatable headband means if you do accidentally drop them in the water you can pick them up without them sinking to the bottom. Of course, they might be difficult to retrieve while fishing in rough seas or on a fast flowing river but at least this way you will be able to give them one last salute before you bid them adieu and watch them as the float away into the distance. Can you think of a better send off?
Alternatively, there are floatable frames on the market. However, do not expect them to float if you have a prescription fitted. The heavier prescription lenses can tilt the balance and cause them to sink. Click here for all floatable wrap frames.
Anti-fog liquid sprays or sachets
The Anti-Fog liquid spray and buffs are optimised for use with ophthalmic lenses, ski goggles, scuba masks and motorbike helmet shields. Ideal for industrial safety and other eyewear it prevents fogging for hours or days depending on the application. It goes on clear and stays clear. Click here for options.
If needed, bifocals are a great choice for fishing as they allows you too use them for focusing on things close up such as when you need to tie hooks or hook on bait whilst still ensuring the majority of your vision is for distance.
If you have a prescription that has combined powers over +/- 3.50 and require a direct fitting prescription into the frame, select a frame that incorporates lenses that are 6 base and below. Click here for all our prescription wrap frames that are 6 base and below. Alternatively if you prefer highly curved lenses you can select a frame that incorporates a clip-in prescription insert. Click here for clip-in options.
Apart from that, the rest of the advice is the same as the lens guide. In fact, if you are selecting a prescription, it is much easier for you as all you need to do is pick your frame and then choose all the element you want to have in a lens when you add your prescription. Polarised lenses are, of course, the most important and so is the lens material (click either polycarbonate or NXT), the rest is up to your personally choice.
We have provided a step by step guide. Please click here
Once you have placed your order it usually takes about two weeks to deliver polarised prescription sunglasses to you.
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