Our exterior: here is the sun (glasses)

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Polarized tints provide the added ability to see below the surface, while protecting the eyes from errant hooks. Photo Simonson.

By Nick Simonson

It’s been a long mix of cold winter and disappointing spring.

The cold temperatures, snow, rain and general badness that stretches into May has created a desire for the latter part of the season and early summer warmth, and perhaps with the recent changes in the scheme, this warm-up is coming. With that comes the search for a vital fishing tool that not only reminds me that even in the cloudiest and coldest expanses the sun is up there and getting stronger and a pair of sunglasses is or will soon be in place.

I’m not a guy with expensive sunglasses at all. A cheap pair of the cardboard backing on the back of a fishing section usually lasts a season or two, and with a layer of polarizing material gives me the vision I need on the water to spot shape dark of a largemouth bass under the shrinking reflectivity of the water surface. I’m less concerned with fit than function, and whether it’s oval eyecaps or a slightly squarer standard pair, the lenses will serve their purpose with an added element of fish finding when of those long-awaited sunny days in the near future. I think I’ll look cooler with a fish in my hand while wearing them anyway, whether or not they compliment my facial features.

Plus – as a fly fisherman they not only help scoop up those missile shaped fish on small streams, or assess the horde of early summer bluegills that move behind my surface popper – these glasses provide a vital layer of protection. Anyone whipping the long rod has, from time to time, whether due to poor form, a snag on the back cast, or a missed hook, kicked back any dressed hook in the general direction of his face. And while Spartan soldier Dilios may have pointed out in the 300 movie that the gods were adept at blessing us with a spare, protecting both eyes from sharp, pointed projectiles in flight is always a good idea.

Those who tow bait throughout the warm water season also know the risk, as walleyes are hoisted onto the gunwales of the boat, frequently flipping and casting the hooks, which feature three such prongs that are more once too close together for the comfort of an avant-garde. eyebrow piercing guard. In addition to providing protection from the sun’s rays, even the cheapest blind set in the discount bin will provide a shield against those stray hooks that are an integral part of the angling experience.

I learned at a young age that the most expensive sunglasses often have the shortest lifespan and that the price / productivity ratio is inversely proportional. The more expensive a set of shades is, the less likely it is to stick around. Whether crushed under an ill-placed step on the bow of the boat, blown off with a baseball cap by a strong gust of wind or sudden acceleration of the speedboat, or simply knocked off the dock and into the water, it n It’s not uncommon for my sunglasses to meet their creator long before their time, and it seems the more spendthrift they are, the faster they go.

With so many inexpensive options to accomplish the technical aspects of the job and the very low price of polarized lenses these days, I’m almost guaranteed to have a set on hand from some past season or another. True to this formula, these pairs seem to last. While some of them have their frames held together with a pinch of tape, others have lenses that constantly need to be reattached, and still others are probably collecting dust in the console of the boat, under a truck seat or tucked away in an old tackle box, they’re all a welcome encounter when it’s time to hit the water at this point in the season.

From polarization to protection, there’s no better addition than a pair of sunglasses for a warm spring outing with the sun shining, a light breeze blowing, and fish biting…in our outdoors.

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