Whether you’re fishing in Western Alaska, South Andros, or anywhere in-between, the right sunglasses can make a big difference in your fishing experience.
Sunglasses not only protect your eyes and part of your face from wayward shanks, but the right lens color for the right conditions can enhance your fishing experience by reducing glare, sharpen clarity, help you “see fish” in the water, and block a plethora of the sun’s harmful rays.
With that, there are a variety of colors that we can choose from. We need to match the best color, for the conditions; weather, bodies of water, and other environmental factors. Regardless of color, it is very important that whatever lens you choose it is polarized. Polarized lens reduces glare by limiting the reflecting light that enters the eyes. Polarized lenses will also help reduce eye strain. Another thing to consider is mirrored or anti-reflective qualities. Mirrored or anti-reflective lens helps reduce glare by eliminating additional levels of back glare.
A variety of sunglasses manufacturers have different labels for similar colors. Therefore we generalized the colors for perspective. Like a lot of other products, there is a difference between high-end sunglasses and the other guys; lens quality frame structure and warranties.
Blue – Best for offshore open reflective water on sunny bright days. Great for fishing in the open tropical waters of South Andros.
Green – Best for inshore, flats, rivers and streams and provide high contrast clarity. Along with the Gray/ Sliver color, it is another great all-around color for a variety of fishing environments.
Gray/ Silver – The best all-around color for a variety of activities. Best in medium to bright sunny conditions.
Amber/ Brown/ Copper – Another excellent all-around lens color that delivers a fantastic field of vision by providing high contrast views. They work well in a variety of environments for fishing in Alaska.
One other thing to consider is frame color. Clear and transparent tortoise color frames can emit light reducing the effectiveness of your sunglasses no matter the quality and color of the lens. Like all good things, you need to take care of your high-quality sunglasses. Practicing periodic good cleaning after use will clean help protect your investment and your eyes. Sweat, saltwater, and other external elements can deteriorate lens coatings and material. All in all, a good pair of sunglasses to match your most frequent fishing environment is a good investment regardless of color and will make any fishing a better experience but also a safer one.