Summer is here and anglers are taking to the water all across the country. If you’re like us, you enjoy spending your Saturdays casting and catching, taking the boat out and fishing into the night. While you’re working on your perfecting your cast and trying out the newest flies you've tied, make sure to follow these four tips for staying safe in the sun!
1. Wear sunscreen … always. Even if you have a naturally dark complexion and never get sun burned, you should always wear sunscreen with at least SPF 15 or higher. Protect yourself from skin damage, potential skin cancers and signs of premature aging. Even if it’s overcast, your skin is still receiving UVA and UVB radiation.
2. Protect your eyes. Don’t forget your favorite polarized sunglasses for a long day of fly fishing. Not only will they help you spot fish but they also protect your eyes. Just like your skin, your eyes are also at risk of getting damaged by the sun. Over time, sun damage to your eyes can cause vision loss, cataracts and eyelid cancer.
3. Stay hydrated. Long days in the sun often lead to dehydration. Especially if you are drinking, make sure to keep plenty of bottled water handy. After a few hours of casting, you may not have even noticed how parched you are.
4. Be aware of food and snacks. If you’re spending the day at the lake or on the boat, it’s a great idea to bring snacks with you. However, be sure they are properly insulated. Bring an insulated bag or a cooler with ice to keep foods from spoiling, which can lead to food poisoning or illness.
Just a reminder all Maven Fly gear has built in UPF sun protection!