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    Default Polarized sunglasses...Do the fish care?

    So up front I'm a convert on polarized glasses from the upland bird hunting world. The difference in clarity can be, well, breathtaking at times. I will keep running my trusty Oakley's until I either loose them or break them. That said as I was looking over the offerings from Costa and Smith a thought occurred to me, in the deer hunting world numerous studies have been done on the structure of a deer's eye in order to determine what colors it really is capable of seeing. The entire camouflage industry is predicated on knowing that deer see a lot of colors as just gray and others poorly some very very well. It got me to thinking about fish. Can they distinguish between copper , gray, blue or amber polarized lenses? Can they see color at all? Do any one or the other of those colors cause a flight response in them or is it just as simple as ...it's a fish dude, all it knows is there is a shadow, Danger Will Robinson, flee...? Thanks.
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    Default Re: Polarized sunglasses...Do the fish care?

    Lens color is for you bruh; it ain't for the fish.

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    Default Re: Polarized sunglasses...Do the fish care?

    Yes they see color but I doubt they care about your glasses .
    Ron Zimmerman

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    Default Re: Polarized sunglasses...Do the fish care?

    I’ve never caught a fish that was wearing glasses.

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    Default Re: Polarized sunglasses...Do the fish care?

    Quote Originally Posted by fr8dog View Post
    I’ve never caught a fish that was wearing glasses.
    That's because the fish that do wear glasses can see you and thus avoid being caught.

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    Default Re: Polarized sunglasses...Do the fish care?

    I have two different color polarized sunglasses, Dark grey which work good and a copper tan costa knock off brand. At least for our tannin and tan/red silt rivers the copper/tan is really great.

    I think the fish could see shiny reflective surfaces so leave the large 70`s mirror shooting sunglasses at home.

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    Default Re: Polarized sunglasses...Do the fish care?

    I seriously hope they care in some small respect because on a really good day I could be seen by quite a few of them. To think that they aren't aware of how very well attired I am when in full costume would be... it would be unthinkable. And yes I do use Oakley Flak with the Fresh Water Prizim lens

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    If the fish can tell the color of your glasses, then they are also well aware a potential predator is closing in and they’ll take appropriate action .. which probably includes not eating.

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    Default Re: Polarized sunglasses...Do the fish care?

    LOL, you guys are a hoot! Thanks, for the confirmation, the fish don't care. I have been reading up on how different polarized lens colors perform in different situations. Very interesting.
    "To many afflicted Eastern fishermen, the 'Green Drake Hatch' is as irresistible and habit-forming as black jack, whiskey, or easy women."
    Caucci and Nastasi, Hatches II

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    Default Re: Polarized sunglasses...Do the fish care?

    This isn't about them seeing you, it's about you seeing them first.
    I can see them almost as well without glasses, because I know where to look.
    Glasses might help if you look out of the corner of your eye at them......keep them guessing. HA.
    Mostly wearing good shades might save you some cataracts latter.
    Don't skimp on them.......cheap glasses cause your eyes to dilate, and let in more bad UV rays.

    Jim

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