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Old 08-04-2010, 11:41 AM
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I agree with Mojo that glass sunglasses in the tan/copper color spectrum are the best all-around sunglasses for fly-fishing if they are impact resistant. My favorite sunglasses are the Smith Action Optics Kenai model in that color range. Glass sunglasses seem to be more resistant to attracting dust than plastic sunglasses are (I'm guessing due to less dust-attracting static electricity in glass than plastic), but on the other hand, they seem more subject to fogging (I'm thinking that since glass conducts heat better than plastic, going into humid heat from an A/C car fogs them up easier).

However, the problem is that it's difficult to find out if a given pair of glass sunglasses are impact resistant. Unless I know for sure, I stick with plastic streamside, since eye protection from an errantly-cast weighted fly is to me a major reason for wearing sunglasses. In that regard, plastic sunglasses have another advantage over glass - some brands allow for interchangeable lenses for different light or water conditions.
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I agree with Mojo that glass sunglasses in the tan/copper color spectrum are the best all-around sunglasses for fly-fishing if they are impact resistant. My favorite sunglasses are the Smith Action Optics Kenai model in that color range. Glass sunglasses seem to be more resistant to attracting dust than plastic sunglasses are (I'm guessing due to less dust-attracting static electricity in glass than plastic), but on the other hand, they seem more subject to fogging (I'm thinking that since glass conducts heat better than plastic, going into humid heat from an A/C car fogs them up easier).

However, the problem is that it's difficult to find out if a given pair of glass sunglasses are impact resistant. Unless I know for sure, I stick with plastic streamside, since eye protection from an errantly-cast weighted fly is to me a major reason for wearing sunglasses. In that regard, plastic sunglasses have another advantage over glass - some brands allow for interchangeable lenses for different light or water conditions.
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Maui Jim HT!!! You'll never find better glasses for reading streams
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After much experimentation and scientific study I can tell you the very best polarized glasses are the ones I have not dropped in the stream at dusk and not noticed that they fell off the top of my head!

I have long looked for one pair of glasses to cover all conditions and sadly it is like looking for one fly rod to do the same. So I now carry three pair... amber, gray, and yellow. They yellow are fantastic for overcast days or as the sun is setting and you have little light to work with.

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Sierra Trading Post had some Costa Del Mar interchangeable polarized glasses for something like 50 or 60 bucks. I dont know if they still do, but it came with 3 lenses which sounds like it'd be a pretty good deal. I'd have swiped myself some if i wasn't in canada(something like 25 dollars shipping, then the high possibility of duties since they use ups)
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I can't say anything about Smith glasses, but when I go the polarized lenses for my rx glasses, the salesperson said that the grey color lenses for polarized glasses block out the most light while the brown lenses let a bit more of the color through.

I got the brown and it has made a world of difference in being able to see fish. This might be something you may need to look into.
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yup check that out
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