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Old 11-15-2010, 08:16 AM
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So the more I trout fish the more I realize how important a good pair of Sun Glasses are. This past week during my Steelhead trip the water was low and clear with few fish. So much water did not hold fish that it became paramont not to be fishing blind. I was using a pair of Native glasses with an amber lens and they worked great in the bright sunlight but not as good in the grey light conditions of early morning and evening. So what Brand and lens color have worked best for you. I am looking at a pair of Smiths.
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All I use is amber and am still wearing thirty year old Flying Fishermen which were 20 bucks or less back then. They are glasses not plastics, and the old aviator style.

I had a really expensive pair made once by an optomitrist, but they only lasted about 3 years before someone stole them when I set them down at a trade show for about 15 seconds. I never bought another expensive pair.

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In low light amber is hard to beat. You might try a rose or copper tint to enhance contrast, but they generally allow less light in than amber, which is not as ideal in low light conditions.
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oakley has always been my favorite. They make a very nice high quality polarized lens. As for color, i recently purchased a new pair in tungsten iridium, it is a shade of amber and im very happy with them.
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Copper is more of an all around lens. Amber is suited for flatter light. Here is a chart from Smith Optics on what color lens is suited for which condition.

I am currently using two pairs of glasses from Smith Optics. One has the polarchromatic copper lens, and the other has the polarized gray lens.

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Try Maui Jims Bronze or HT.
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Default Re: Lets Talk Lens Color

Agree with Cliff and Dennis(MP) about amber.Now I have to use prescription glasses .... some years ago I had a pair of yellow Orvis(lighter than amber) which were great in low light.
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Any Smith models you like better than others. I have been looking at the Guides Choice. I have a large nose bridge and need somthing that is not to narrow.
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I will agree with the above that amber is a great all around color. My favorite is a pair of Costa del Mar Howlers with the mirrored glass lenses. They are a bit heavier than some, but you can wipe them with a napkin and not scratch them.
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Default Re: Lets Talk Lens Color

Been using Smiths for many years. The guides choice is good for me because, I don't want light/glare coming underneath them. Squinting all day takes much of the fun out of fishing.
I was a photo guy, so I prefer a grey lens, it doesn't skew the spectrum so much.
Amber helps the contrast a little, but doesn't work as well in low light conditions.
I have a pair of interchangeable Oakleys, for very low-light eye protection, with yellow or clear lenses. Whatever glasses you pick, tie them on. Glasses are too pricey to lose.

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