Fishing gear isn’t complete without a pair of sunglasses. From dawn until dusk, your fishing sport relies on your eyes. That’s why RE Ranger offers sport sunglasses for precision optics, including fishing sunglasses.
RE Ranger’s ClearSight™ lens technology is rooted in competitive American shooting. We’ve worked over the decades to improve our performance eyewear for both on the range and off the range.
Polarized sunglasses for fishing are essential. The newly released Adventure Collection is engineered to fit the needs of today’s modern competitive fisherman.
Adventure Collection Specs:
- Ranger Clearsight™ Hydrocoat incorporates multiple features providing a superior durable lens surface protecting the lens in daily wear and tear.
- Bluz™ backside AR coating prevents unwanted interior reflections and increases visual acuity.
- Precision lens colors that provide enhanced contrast and sharpness during ever-changing lighting conditions.
Polarized Sunglasses for Fishing
Why wear polarized sunglasses for fishing? When the sun reflects off the water, a polarized lens will block this extra glare.
You will enjoy your time by the water even more if these reflections are blocked, and you will be able to perform better as a fisherman if you’re able to see clearly.
Non-polarized sunglasses are best worn in situations where you must see reflections, such as when a pilot flies and must see all objects in the sky as well as all buttons on the control board. Polarized lenses are best when you need to block glare, such as when skiing, driving and fishing.
4 Types of Fishing Sunglasses
Fishing sunglasses require more than polarization.
They must also be durable, comfortable, and water resistant, among other unique features for this sport. The best fishing sunglasses will have a colored lens that adds contrast for both your viewing pleasure and for peak performance when relying on your sight for precision.
Depending on your favorite style of fishing, certain sunglasses could be a better fit.
1. Bass Fishing Sunglasses
Bass fishing is often done in lakes and nearly year-round where you’ll come across wind, rain, and both hot and cold temperatures. You might fish from a shoreline, but you’re most likely fishing from your boat, depending on the season. Fishing from a boat is especially harsh on your eyes under the sun when your sport requires a lot of standing and waiting for a bite.
Sight fishing is a style of bass fishing that requires excellent vision. Expert bass fishermen have their own methods of sight fishing, such as which bait to choose, how to cast, and when to reel, but there’s no debate about how important it is to clearly see the target bass.
Bass fishing sunglasses must be polarized to block glare from the water, built to last through each season of outdoor travel, must offer complete cover from the elements, and should have a lens with high contrast for viewing bass through the water.
- Built to last
- Full coverage against water and sun
- Lens with high contrast for viewing into the water
2. Deep Sea Fishing Sunglasses
When in the ocean, you’re surrounded by nothing but sun and water. You’ll notice you burn much faster from the extra reflections, and your eyes will tire much easier.
It’s essential you rely on a pair of polarized fishing sunglasses in order to last for a full day. Your lenses should also help prevent your eyes from fatiguing by offering a complimentary lens color. You won’t need a very high contrast since deep sea fishing doesn’t rely on targeting your fish when casting, and instead you should go for an enjoyable and natural hue.
Deep sea fishing sunglasses must have full coverage and an excellent polarized lens with a relaxing color to complement the blue sky and blue water.
- Lens color for a relaxing open ocean experience
- Full coverage against water and sun
3. Fly Fishing Sunglasses
Fly fishing offers a very unique style to the fishing sport.
Fly fishermen have the benefit of fishing in shadier spots, but are more prone to incoming objects such as bugs and flying hooks. The best time to fish is typically closer to sunrise and sunset, so the lens can be suited to low-light situations if this is your fishing style. The peacefulness behind fly fishing comes with admiring the water and taking your time.
Fly fishing sunglasses must be durable, scratch resistant, high contrast, good for low-light, and with great coverage around the eyes.
- Durable with scratch resistance
- Full coverage against water, sun and incoming objects
- A colored lens with high contrast and good for low-light
4. Salmon Fishing Sunglasses
Salmon fishing is an active type of fishing sport that sometimes takes place on a drifting boat, called drift fishing. The current is typically weak when drift fishing but calls for good balance. You might also fish for salmon from a shoreline. Fishing for salmon sometimes means being in partial shade, but glare can still be a problem. You don’t always need to see the fish you are casting towards, but sight is still very important for you to be aware of what is in the water near you, such as rocks.
Salmon fishing sunglasses should be polarized and comfortably fitting so that they do not slip from your face while moving. They should offer full coverage with a lens to compliment mid to low light in a natural, outdoor setting.
Lens color for mid to low light with color to compliment nature
- Comfortable and snugly fitting
- Full coverage from water, sun and objects
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