How to Select the Correct Sunglass Lens Color for Fishing

How to Select the Correct Sunglass Lens Color for Fishing
Anglers and fishermen wear polarized sunglasses to reduce glare reflected from the water when fishing. Boaters who are exposed to glare from a long, flat surface such as the front of a yacht can also benefit from wearing polarized sunglasses. A polarized lens works by blocking reflected light, which results in a significant reduction of glare. Polarized sunglasses are available in gray, brown, yellow, amber and copper.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Use brown or yellow polarized sunglasses when shallow-water fishing. Shadows and ground coloring from the bottom of the water can minimize your ability to see fish clearly when sight fishing, flats fishing or fly fishing from a bank or boat. Brown and yellow polarized sunglasses provide enhanced depth of perception, which can minimize glare and provide greater clarity.
Step 2
Opt for amber polarized sunglasses when fishing during low visibility including before sunrise and after sunset. Amber polarized sunglasses are also ideal for overcast days. You can also opt for photochromic lenses that adjust to changes in light patterns, which can provide the eye protection you need as the day lightens or darkens while you're out on the water.
Step 3
Wear gray polarized sunglasses when deep-sea fishing on a bright sunny day. Open water fishing is subject to constantly changing light conditions as glare bounces around by the water. Gray polarized sunglasses cuts glare and offers contrast.
Step 4
Pick copper polarized sunglasses when clear-water fishing. Copper provides maximum contrast and provides clear vision in most lighting conditions.

Tips & Warnings

Prescription sunglasses are available.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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