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Retying Fishing Line Made Easy With Maui Jim’s Sunglasses

by Daniel McElrath   |  June 29th, 2011 2

I’ve been wearing Maui Jim’s sunglasses for years. But because of my progressing age, my eyesight has gone from 20:20 to “Why do they make this menu print so small!”

Maui Jim's new bifocal "readers" make tying fishing line a cinch.

In fishing tournaments, I was either jabbing my line where I thought the hook eye should be or fumbling between my reading glasses and my sunglasses while holding my line and a lure, and trying to keep my balance in a shifting boat.

Then I got a bright idea. Though Maui Jim makes outstanding fishing sunglasses, why not give their new bifocal “readers” a try?

So I did. It was one of the better decisions I’ve made in my angling life. The company’s sleek Makaha and larger Ho’okipa bifocals ($199) are both lightweight and comfortable. Moreover, they both offer legendary Maui Jim glare-cutting ability but also incorporate a hidden magnifying area along the lower part of each lens. Magnification is your choice of 1.50, 2.00 or 2.50.

The benefits while fishing are considerable. Quickly retying and getting back to fishing improves your performance more than you realize.

Tying a fast clinch or Palomar knot, or threading a hook eyelet on the first try — without changing glasses — is a wonderful thing.

  • zak

    I've been using bifocal sunglasses while fishing for a couple years now. It makes the detail work so much easier. I'm sure Maui Jim makes spectacular glasses, but I bought bifocal Strike King sunglasses in Walmart for $19. They work well and have the added advantage of being polarized for seeing beneath surface glare. The other week when a pair slipped out of my shirt pocket and deep-sixed in a murky bass lake, I was profoundly glad they didn't cost $200.

  • zak

    Oh, one other thing. No matter what brand of these bifocal sunglasses you use, DO NOT wear them while clambering around on rocky banks or other dicey surfaces. You will look down to see where you desperately need to place your foot and the magnifying area will be out of focus. Not good, as I found out the hard way.

    Take them off for this kind of activity.

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