Best Fly Fishing Magnifying Glasses

Last Updated: October 22nd, 2019

Fly fishing is a sport that can be enjoyed by all ages. Unfortunately, as one gets older, all the fiddly parts of fly fishing get a little harder. Even when you are 18 years old, putting a line through the eye of a size 20 fly is difficult, so when you’re 60 it’s almost impossible. Luckily, fly fishing manufacturers have come up with a way around this and there is now a large range of fly fishing magnifying glasses to choose from. Here we have pulled together the best ones out there to make it a little easier to find the right ones for you.

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Boomerang Tool Company Cheater Snip Fishing Line Cutter with Magnifying Glass and Stainless Steel Blades That Cut Braid Clean and Smooth Everytime! (Black)
Boomerang Multi Tool with Magnifying Glass
  • 3 x magnification
  • Tethered for easy access
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MagEyes HatEyes #2 2.25x Magnifier Fits Hats [Office Product]
Hat Eyes Magnifier Lens
  • High-grade lenses
  • 4 lense choices
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Clip on Fly Tying Flip Focal w/ Locking Pin and Snap 2.5X Magnification
Clip on Fly Tying Flip Focal
  • 2.5 x magnification
  • Clip-on for free hands
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Carson Optical VisorMag 2.25x Power (+5.00 Diopters) Clip-On Magnifying Lens for Hats VM-14
Carson Optical VisorMag
  • Flip down is quick and easy
  • Clip-on gives you free hands
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Fisherman Eyewear Flip and Focus Polarized Magnifier - 14FF Clips onto Regular Eyeglasses with Magnification of + 1.50, Black, Universal (90150N)
Fisherman Eyewear Flip n Focus Magnifier
  • Easy to use
  • Fit most glasses
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Carson Clip and Flip 2x Power Magnifying Lens +4.00 Diopters (OD-14)
Carson Clip and Flip
  • Easy to use
  • 3 choices of magnification
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Fisherman Eyewear Flip and Focus Polarized Magnifier - 14FF Clips onto Regular Eyeglasses with Magnification of + 4.00, Black, Universal, 90992N
Fisherman Eyewear Flip and Focus Magnifier
  • Good value
  • Good magnification
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Orvis Flip Focal
Orvis Flip Focal
  • Easy to use
  • Good value
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Carson OcuLens Clip-On Eyeglass Magnifier Set (OL-57)
Carson OcuLens Clip-On
  • 2 choices of magnification
  • Easy to use
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Boomerang Multi Tool with Magnifying Glass

Boomerang Tool Company Cheater Snip Fishing Line Cutter with Magnifying Glass and Stainless Steel Blades That Cut Braid Clean and Smooth Everytime! (Black)

This is not just a magnifying glass, it’s a multi-tool. It comes with a clip-on tether that can move 36″ and retracts back into place once you need it again. The magnifying glass provides 3 x magnification, the nippers are high-quality stainless steel and there is a hook eye cleaner also.

While the multi-tool is useful, you’re going to have to give up one of your hands to use the magnifying glass. This will make tieing knots hard as it’s much easier when both your hands are free. You can imagine the struggle of holding a fly and the magnifying glass in one hand and then trying to thread the line with the other, it’s going to get frustrating.

Pros

  • 3 x magnification
  • Tethered for easy access
  • Includes nippers & eye cleaner

Cons

  • Hard to use
  • Single eye magnified
  • Lose one hand to holding the magnifying glass
  • Basic lense
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Hat Eyes Magnifier Lens

MagEyes HatEyes #2 2.25x Magnifier Fits Hats [Office Product]

The lense on these magnifying glasses is of optical grade quality. They are acrylic dual lenses and are free of distortion or irregularities. The lens moves with the line of focus, the angle is adjustable and there is a large field of 3D vision.

The lens clips on to the rim of most hats with brims of 3″ or more. You can swing it up or down and lock it in place once you have found where you want it. Once you’re done, you can simply swing out of the way. The fact that it’s clipped to your hat means both your hands are free to tie knots and organize things.

The glasses are very lightweight, the frame is stainless steel and you can change the lenses as you need to. They come in 4 different strengths.

Pros

  • High-grade lenses
  • 4 lense choices
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • Stainless steel frame
  • A good field of vision
  • Comes with an extended hanger
  • Clip-on for free hands

Cons

  • A little expensive
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Clip on Fly Tying Flip Focal

Clip on Fly Tying Flip Focal w/ Locking Pin and Snap 2.5X Magnification

This is another clip on fly fishing magnifier that attaches to the brim of your hat. It comes with a clip and pin for sticking it on your hat and it is easy to lock into place where you need it. You can also flip it out of the way once you’re done. This means both your hands will be free to tie knots. The clip is not the best quality and is easily broken.

The lenses are not the best quality but they do give you 2.5X magnification to thread even the finest tippets with ease.

Pros

  • 2.5 x magnification
  • Clip-on for free hands
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Ok lense
  • Clip breaks easily
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Carson Optical VisorMag

Carson Optical VisorMag 2.25x Power (+5.00 Diopters) Clip-On Magnifying Lens for Hats VM-14

This is a set of clip-on, flip-up magnifying glasses that attach to the brim of most caps and hats. Once again, the clip-on style allows your hands to be free to tie knots and these glasses are easily stowed by flipping them up when you don’t need them. The clip system is made entirely from plastic and may get damaged easily.

They come with a protective soft-pouch, crystal clear acrylic lenses and give you a sharp, distortion-free view that allows you to see even the finest details with ease.

The VisorMag magnifying lenses come in three different options, from 1.75 – 2.25 x magnification. The VisorMags are backed by Carson’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Pros

  • Flip down is quick and easy
  • Clip-on gives you free hands
  • 3 types of lenses available
  • Good vale
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Not very durable
  • Clip tends to slide when on
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Fisherman Eyewear Flip n Focus Magnifier

Fisherman Eyewear Flip and Focus Polarized Magnifier - 14FF Clips onto Regular Eyeglasses with Magnification of + 1.50, Black, Universal (90150N)

These magnifiers come in one strength, 1.5 x magnification. They are rimless lenses that clip on to your fishing glasses and are compatible with most frames. Flip them down when you need them and flip them up when you don’t.

The lenses are good quality and are Polarized TAC Lenses. These are very useful as they make sure your hands are free to tieing knots but having them sitting on your forehead while you don’t need them may be annoying and take some getting used to. 

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fit most glasses
  • Good polarised lens
  • Good value

Cons

  • Only 1 choice of magnification
  • May be annoying when flipped up
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Carson Clip and Flip

Carson Clip and Flip 2x Power Magnifying Lens +4.00 Diopters (OD-14)

Similar to the magnifiers above, these turn any pair of regular glass into magnifying glasses. Simply flip them down to magnify and flip back up to get them out of the way. This keeps your hands free and ready to tie knots.

The crystal clear acrylic lenses give you a sharp and distortion-free view and come in 3 different options from 1.5-2x magnification. The clip is made from plastic and is not very durable but the product does come with a limited lifetime warranty.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • 3 choices of magnification
  • Quality lense
  • Great value

Cons

  • The clip is low quality and can break
  • Only work on wire-frame glasses
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Fisherman Eyewear Flip and Focus Magnifier

Fisherman Eyewear Flip and Focus Polarized Magnifier - 14FF Clips onto Regular Eyeglasses with Magnification of + 4.00, Black, Universal, 90992N

Another pair of magnifiers that clip on to your glasses and flip up and down for use and storage. This makes your hands free and ready to tie knots when you need to. The lenses are large and clear and are great for seeing small objects. They only come in 1 magnification though, +4.00.

The lenses are big and a little heavy, they will feel heavy on your ears. The clip is also fiddley and feels like it’s not very secure.

Pros

  • Good value
  • Good magnification
  • Clear lenses
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Clip not very secure
  • Only 1 choice of magnification
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Orvis Flip Focal

Orvis Flip Focal

Made by Orvis, this magnifier clips on to your hat with a clip and pin. The clip is made of plastic and feels a little fragile and ciould easily break.

It has a single lens that you can flip into focus or out of the way when you don’t need it. This keeps your hands free so you can tie knots easily. The lense is clear but a little small and comes in one strength of 2.25 x magnification.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Good value
  • Clear lens
  • Light

Cons

  • Clip is fragile
  • 1 choice of magnification
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Carson OcuLens Clip-On

Carson OcuLens Clip-On Eyeglass Magnifier Set (OL-57)

This is a single lens clip-on magnifier that attaches to most glasses, making it hands-free and easy to tie knots with. The lens itself is small, reducing the field of vision and will make it hard to use. It comes with 2 options, 5x or 8x magnification, this is probably overpowered for fly fishing and more suited to making jewelry.

Pros

  • 2 choices of magnification
  • Easy to use
  • Clips on to most glasses

Cons

  • Single lense
  • A small field of vision
  • Magnification is a little strong
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What To Look For

When buying a pair of fly fishing magnifying glasses here is what to look for.

Hands-Free

You are going to want a set-up that makes sure your hands are free. The main purpose of these glasses is to help you tie knots with and you’ll need both of your hands for that.

Clip Quality

Most of these products come with a clip that attaches to either your glasses or your hat. The quality of the clip is very important and some products come with cheap clips that break or slip while in use. This will leave your glasses useless and you a little stranded by the river. Make sure the clip is of good quality.

Magnification

There is a range of magnification options out there and you’ll need to get the right one for you, don’t just guess when you buy. It’s worth going and trying on some reading glasses to work out your ideal magnification so you can buy the right ones.

Glasses or Hat?

Fly fishing magnifying glasses either clip on to your sunglasses or your hat. Personally I think ones clipped to your hat will be more comfortable to use, but it is a personal choice. Think about it before you choose which ones are for you.

Our Favorites

Here you’ll find our favorites from the lineup and in different categories for you.

The best of the bunch that clip on your hat are the Mag Eyes, Hat Eyes Magnifier lenses. This product has been thought through. They come in 4 different lens powers, the clips are made from stainless steel, the lens is great quality and they are super light. They even built in an extender so you can get the focus just right for you.

The best in the lineup that clip-on to your glasses are these. The lenses are excellent and polarised and they fit any glasses. The magnification is a medium and will suit most people and the clips are durable.

The best on a budget goes to these guys. They are great value, easy to use and have good lenses. There are three choices of magnification but be careful with the clip as it’s a little fragile.

Carson Clip and Flip 2x Power Magnifying Lens +4.00 Diopters (OD-14)
  • Clip-on, Flip-up, Magnifying Lenses (clips on to your regular glasses)
  • Flips up out of the way; Flips down to become a hands-free magnifier