Polarized glasses – a tribute to fashion or a serious trump card on fishing

Still fishing without polaroid glasses? This is you in vain. Polarized fishing goggles not only protect your eyes from sun glare, but also a serious advantage in the pond.

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Rene Descartes

I fished without polarizing glasses for half my life, considered them useless contraption, until one day I bought Chinese polaroids for 500 rubles in a fishing store. How wrong I was, friends: polarized fishing glasses are not a trifle, but a serious advantage on the pond. How is it expressed? Read the article, you will soon find out.

What are polarized glasses

The main part of polaroid glasses is polarizing filter. This is the thinnest film (0.05 mm). A layer of organic polymer molecules oriented in a magnetic field along one axis and fixed in this position on a solid substrate. On glasses or plastic of glasses, the polarizing film is fixed in two ways: either it is glued to the surface (cheap technology), or it is sealed inside a multilayer material (an expensive manufacturing option).

As you know from your high school physics course, sunlight is inherently heterogeneous. It consists of a number of radiations, different in frequency and wavelength, that is, from chaotically directed rays. Polarizing filters streamline the light flux, filter out high-intensity rays – light glare reflected from the surfaces of objects around us and dazzling eyes.

Agree, if bright sunlight hits the window, it is difficult to see anything on the street. But it is worth closing the blinds, reducing the intensity of the light flux, and the picture becomes clearer. The same principle of operation is with polarizing glasses, the role of blinds in them is played by a film of a polarizing filter.

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Benefits of polarizing glasses on the pond

I often fish with float gear from a boat. On an unfamiliar body of water, I start fishing with a search for fish and a promising fishing spot. Polarized glasses are the first assistant in this matter. They allow you to see the details hidden from view behind the glare of the sun and ripples on the surface of the water.

With their help, I can easily “scan” three-meter depths: when driving a boat slowly in a standing position, the bottom, algae, schools of fish are clearly visible. It is important. It is one thing to catch at random, and another to target fishing at the point where the fish is definitely there, and the bottom is free of greenery.

Polaroid glasses are indispensable for coastal fishing. Today it is difficult to imagine fishing with Bolognese or match tackle without this accessory. Watching the tiny tip of the float 20-30 meters from the shore for hours with eyes not protected from glare is torture.

In order not to squint and “tear” your eyes, which today already suffer from computers, telephones and TV, fish in polarized glasses. They relieve eye strain, protect from harmful solar radiation, make the picture richer, more contrasting and clearer.

How to choose polarized fishing glasses

For fishing, glasses with gray and yellow-brown glass colors are suitable. Gray is versatile but still works best in sunny weather, while yellow-brown is preferred on cloudy days. In low light, it gives a bright and contrasting picture. The blue color of the glass is optimal for sea fishing.

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As for the material from which the glass is made: primacy here belongs to plastic. Filters based on plastic are cheaper to manufacture, and their polarizing properties are not worse than that of glass counterparts. Of course, laminated glass is a classic: it is not scratched, durable, wear-resistant. But such glasses will cost $ 25-100, plus they are heavier than plastic models and break when dropped.

The cost of glasses practically does not depend on the polarization ability of the glasses. Polarizing film manufacturing technology is simple and inexpensive. Their price is influenced by:

  • completeness (cover, fixing cord, replaceable filters of other colors);
  • the presence of lateral isolation from glare;
  • workmanship;
  • frame material;
  • fashionable design;
  • functionality;
  • wear resistance;
  • visibility;
  • weight (less is better).

When choosing glasses, do not hesitate to try them on. They should sit on the face like a glove: no discomfort, squeezing by arches and fidgeting along the bridge of the nose. Ideal if you forget you are wearing them.

How to check polarized glasses

It’s a shame to give money and get a fake, right? To prevent this from happening, check the polarization properties of the glasses in the store. You can do this with:

1. A special test strip. Usually sellers offer customers a gray paper strip that acts as a tester. Look at it through polarizing filters, if they are real, you will see a latent image.

2. One more glasses. Two polarizers, superimposed on each other in a certain way, do not transmit light passing through them (Malus Law). Take the second glasses, lean them against the first so that the distance between the glasses is 1–2 cm, and slowly rotate around the axis: the picture should darken at some point.

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3. LCD display. Look through polarized glasses at the monitor of a computer, calculator or electronic clock that is turned on. Turn it or tilt your head to the side, if there is polarization, the display will darken.

At the end of the article, I will once again mention the obvious advantages of polarized glasses:

  • eye health benefits;
  • the ability to spy out fish and promising points on the bottom;
  • visual comfort (fishing is a rest, not a test of endurance, remember this).

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