Polaroid sunglasses are one of the most underrated fishing accessories available. They’re not just a bank fashion accessory. They’re a practical tool and if used correctly could put more fish on the bank for you.

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So what’s all the fuss about?

Polaroid lenses cut through water surface glare, giving you visibility through the water. This gives you the upper hand and increases your conversion rate of follows to takes as it allows you to see following fish when fly fishing or lure fishing. This in turn, allows you to assess your tactics and alter them to entice the bite.

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Polaroid Lenses Cut Through Water Surface Glare

Safety and Protection

Polaroid sunglasses are highly recommended when fly fishing or lure fishing. They don’t just provide eye protection from UV rays and intense light levels on those summer days. They also provide protection from miscast flies and lures and other unfortunate accidents. Potentially they could save your eyesight, making them a valuable investment.

What type of lens?

Lens Colour

There are various lens colours to choose from and it is important to take a bit of time to decide what lens colour will be more practical for your style of fishing. Below, we look through the different colours available and what application they’re best suited too.

Lens colour

Selecting The Right Lens Colour For The Right Conditions Will Optimize Their Performance


Known as the all-rounder colour. Suited to general freshwater fishing from rivers, lochs and still water’s alike. Ideal for variable light conditions. The most commonly used lens colour.


Perfect during low light level conditions, ideal for those evening fishing sessions or those heavy overcast days. Also better suited to freshwater fishing.

Blue Mirror:

Ideal for open reflective water. A favourite amongst saltwater boat anglers. Also ideal for those summer fishing holiday adventures.

Green Mirror:

A high contrast lens colour, that is more suited to saltwater fishing like the blue mirror.

Lens Material

There are 2 main types of material; here we break down the pros and cons of both, to give you a better understanding:

Lens Material

Plastic Vs Glass Lenses

Polycarbonate Plastic

The most common lens material used, it’s lightweight and durable material makes it less prone to shattering on impact. Plastic lenses also provide better UV eye protection due to the lack of transparency it has compared to glass, it can block out UV rays better. Polycarbonate lenses are usually better value for money.


Glass lenses provide better clarity and are of a higher optical quality compared to plastic lenses. They’re also more scratch-resistant than plastic lenses; however, some plastic lenses do come with a scratch-resistant film over them. Glass lenses also deal with higher temperatures better than plastic and are ideal for prescription wearers. The only downside of glass lenses is that they are significantly heavier and some users might find that uncomfortable.

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Investing In The Right Accessories Could Save You Damaging Or Even Losing Your Sunglasses

Frame Size and Style

When it comes to lens colour we have a considerable amount of options available. However, when it comes to frame choice the options are endless. Genetically everyone has a different size and shape of face, and manufacturers have tried to accommodate for as many of these as possible. Some well known manufacturers also offer prescription glasses, a less expensive alternative than having sunglasses custom made to your needs.

The best way to find the correct frame for you is to physically try on a few frame styles in store. Fishing sunglasses come in stylish slim frames to oversized legs and frames. Thinking about the practicality of the frame is a must.

Ideally, you want a frame that wraps quite tightly around your face and blocks light from above and below the frame as well as around the temple area of your head. Broader legs on the frame can assist with this. The only light that should be able to come through the glasses is the lens itself.

This masking of light will help you visually stalk fish in the water better, see following fish and block the wind from giving you watery eyes.


– Protective cases are an essential accessory for ensuring the longevity of any pair of sunglasses. It prevents lens scratches and can limit the impact of dropping them or if they are accidentally sat on.

– Eyewear retainers are a really simple solution to a really annoying problem! A retainer is a cord that sits around your neck and attaches to both legs of your sunglasses. They stop your sunglasses falling off your head and possibly into the water.


Through constant use, it’s inevitable that dust and dirt will make an appearance. This will in time impact the optical performance. To clean your sunglasses we suggest you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Don’t use alcohol wipes on the lenses as this can damage the polarisation filter. It is best to rinse off any dirt with warm water and gently wipe them with a micro-fibre cloth when wet to remove stubborn stains.