What are the best sunglasses for fly fishing?

What are the best sunglasses for fly fishing?

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What are the best sunglasses for fly fishing? What color lens is best for fishing? Do I have to spend a lot of money on good fishing glasses? How do you choose polarized sunglasses for fishing? What sunglasses have the best lens? Questions that we want to answer for you today.


Hello everyone, I am sure you are by now getting ready for your fishing season and are on the look for  polarized sunglasses for your days out fishing. 

If you're trying to choose the right lens color for fishing, we've put together an easy guide to understanding your options


Do I have to spend a lot of money on good fishing glasses?


Well this is really a personal choice you can spend a lot of money and be happy and spend less and also be happy. In reality it depends on your wallet, and what you are willing to spend. But before you buy, you should really know what you are buying. We are talking lens materials, and what is out there so you know what you are buying before you buy. Forget makes. Think about what company uses what lens material as this is essentially the most important factor when buying sunglasses. Very important.


Polycarbonate lenses are highly resistant to impact, won't shatter, and are 10 times stronger than glass or standard plastic, making them ideal for children, safety lenses, and physical activity. Lightweight and thinner than glass lenses, polycarbonate is more comfortable to wear for long periods of time.


TAC (Tri Acetate Cellulose) polarized lenses offer superior visual and polarization clarity. They are hard coated to resist scratching and block out 100% of all harmful UV rays up to 400 nanometers, and are also lightweight and highly impact resistant.


Glass is much more scratch resistant than plastic, making the glasses last longer. ... Plastic lenses are less reflective than glass lenses, making them clearer and less prone to glare. Glass lenses generally have a higher index than plastic lenses, making them slightly thinner and more attractive looking.

Glass will always provide the best optical experience as glass refracts light much more efficiently than plastic. It’s the most scratch resistant lens material and blocks UV light. However, glass lenses are heavy (typically sliding down your nose) and can be dangerous: glass lenses are prone to cracking, can shatter with impact or if dropped on a hard surface such as concrete. There are also a limited range of colours available made from glass; for all these reasons glass is not used for sports eyewear.

Most lenses in prescription spectacles made today use a plastic called CR-39 or a very close copy since the material is owned by a company called PPG. Half as heavy as glass, and far less likely to shatter, the optical quality is nearly as good as glass. Plastic is much lighter than glass, making it more comfortable to wear all day and plastic lenses come in many more colours and larger sizes. It is also much less expensive to use than glass. Hence, since the creation of the plastic lens, it’s become the “default” material for opticians and glass lenses are now much rarer than plastic when it comes to prescription glasses. However, it’s important to recognise that plastic can still shatter and does not provide a high level of impact protection, so it should not be used for most active or shooting sports.


What color lens are best for fishing?


You should be asking yourself what water will I be fishing? Each water requires different lens colors to maximize efficiency and visibility. What do we mean with that? We mean that each pair of glasses has been designed with particular water in mind, be it small pocket water, crystal clear rivers, Flats, lakes, and blue water. Each pair of glasses has its advantages.

You only have to ask yourself two questions when deciding on lens tint:

  1. Are you sight-fishing or not? If yes, then go with Copper or a mirrored variant of Copper. If not, then go with grey.
  2. Is it overcast or bright? If overcast: wear the Copper lenses. If bright: wear the Smoke. If it’s bright and you’re sight-fishing, wear the copper with a mirror.

But before we talk lens color variations, let's ask ourselves why are polarized sunglasses so important for fly fishing?


why are polarized sunglasses so important for fly fishing?

 Well, polarized sunglasses work by eliminating the glare from the horizontal sun rays that bounce of reflective surfaces reducing water surface glare and sun in your eyes, which, in turn, improves your water visibility and improved FISH VISIBILITY. But they also help:

  1. Protect your eyes from harmful UV rays
  2. Offer extra shade on the face will keep you fresh on the water
  3. Protect you from swinging fly’s 


So now you know why polarized sunglasses are so important.  lets take a look at lens color variations


What lens color should I choose?

sunglasses lens colors absolutely matter when fishing! There appears to be widespread confusion and misunderstandings on the purpose of different lens colors. Can someone choose the “wrong lenses” in their favorite pair of sunglasses and still be a great angler? Definitely! However, if you are looking for that extra edge in spotting fish, lens colors matter! If your goal is to catch more fish, taking a hard look at your polarized lens color is a good place to start.

Yellow Lens

The yellow tint allows maximum light transmittance of any polarized lens and increases contrast while filtering out blu light. The yellow is also very effective in low light or heavily overcast conditions.

Green Lens

 Green tint maintains true light balance and is perfect for varying light conditions. The green tint is formulated to emphasize colors the eye sees most easily and de-emphasizes less useful colors. perfect for sight fishing, this is the most all-round lens setup for bright sunny days on flats or sight fishing. Something you should have on you where ever you are.


Copper Lens

designed with flats and sight fishing in mind. The Copper tinted polarized lenses offer 23% light transmittance and 77% light absorption.

The lenses improve depth perception and increase the distinction of contours. Great on sunny and overcast days with increased contrast. Build on a classic elegant plastic frame with bamboo temples this pair of glasses combines good looks comfort and functionality all in one beautifully presented pair of glasses. This is the best color combo for sight fishing and general all-round scenarios except for bright sunny days.



Grey lens with Blue Mirror

Designed specifically for blue water. Polarized lenses with blue mirroring block out high amounts of blue light while maintaining true color balance.

The lenses provide high contrast for better visual acuity on bright sunny days. They are good in varying light conditions and have the highest protection from harmful sunlight filtering out harmful UV rays.

Dark enough for wearing in bright sunlight but improve contrast enough to be able to see indoors. This best color for fishing in blue water



Copper Lens with Green Mirror

Designed for chalk streams and flats. The Cat 3 UV 400 polarized lenses with green tints with copper inside lense filter blue light and reduce glare while offering high contrast and visual sharpness. these lenses are ideal for inshore and shallow water fishing. This is the best color combo for sight fishing on the flats.


The green mirroring also helps reduce eyestrain in bright light, while the grey lens color increases contrast and dampens certain backgrounds. Best in average and bright conditions.


This pair of Cool Eco-Friendly, Handmade glasses reduce your plastic footprint on the water. Protect your eyes and help you catch more fish. 


Grey Lens with Red Mirror

Red mirroring offer 60% light transmittance with 40% light absorption.

Used in partly cloudy and sunny conditions these lenses excel on darker colored water letting in the maximum amount of blue light. These lenses are ideal for inshore and shallow water fishingThis is the best color combo for sight fishing in darker water.


 Grey Lens

Gray sunglass lenses are a very popular lens tint because they are suitable on both cloudy and sunny days, providing anti-fatigue benefits and overall protection from glare – especially glare shining off water.




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