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    fished the salt a fair few times and I am a bit of a sunglasses nerd . Agree with above a good fit is more important than anything . personally I use a pair of smiths chroma pops on the flats in blue . I prefer em to the Costas . Interesting thing is as regards brands. , I have three pairs of Smiths and a pair of costas . What have I used the most this season ?, 25 quid Yellow lense Kordas of flea bay . Superb

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    Apologies - I should have added an 'IMO' to my post - thought that would be assumed.
    'Maybe your stature as a fly fisherman isn't determined by how big a trout you can catch, but by how small a trout you can catch without being disappointed.' - John Gierach

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    I was a big fan of Maui's for a long time and still use them for 90% of my UK fishing. On my last flats trip I bought a 'cheap' pair of 400G's (Green tint) as a spare. Tried them out one day and the difference was, to me at least, huge. As others have said, fit makes a big difference to effectiveness and also comfort, glass lenses are appreciably heavier than Polycarb and this can rankle after 8 or 9 hours on your bonce. Glass is more durable and to my mind clearer. However the best tip I can give anyone is to pop a few eyedrops in each morning... if you have tired/jet-lagged/hungover eyes then no amount of expensive sunglasses are going to help you see fish!
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    Go here this guy makes and sells great glasses at a very good price I have the yellow lens ones great in low light conditions..
    [url=https://www.habervision.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by andygrey View Post
    I was a big fan of Maui's for a long time and still use them for 90% of my UK fishing. On my last flats trip I bought a 'cheap' pair of 400G's (Green tint) as a spare. Tried them out one day and the difference was, to me at least, huge. As others have said, fit makes a big difference to effectiveness and also comfort, glass lenses are appreciably heavier than Polycarb and this can rankle after 8 or 9 hours on your bonce. Glass is more durable and to my mind clearer. However the best tip I can give anyone is to pop a few eyedrops in each morning... if you have tired/jet-lagged/hungover eyes then no amount of expensive sunglasses are going to help you see fish!
    Interesting point Andy! Just bought some eye drops for my next trip.

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    I'm on my third pair/prescription of Optilabs varifocals. I believe the cost is about the same as bog standard Costas.

    If you think your normal uk polaroids won't do why is that? If they're plastic lenses ok I agree but otherwise your uk polaroids will do the job.

    You can read about different tints, but the answer on that is - it is personal, what works best for you. You can only tell this either by trial and error or by independent specialist consultation (with an optical guy not a salesman).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRT View Post
    Yeah Costa green mirrors are the best IMO... but only in bright sunlight. I tend wear my standard 580 copper glasses most of the time if its not sunny.
    Trying to find a decent pair of low light glasses.
    Hi Jon,
    What are you recommendations for low light glasses? I've got some Costa 580P Sunrises but they ain't great (can't really put my finger on why but they just don't seem to 'work'). Smiths Optics Low Light Ignitors get good reviews but not easy to find in the UK. I'm heading to Mexico in January so expecting some overcast days!
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    Quote Originally Posted by andygrey View Post
    Hi Jon,
    What are you recommendations for low light glasses?!
    Hi Andy
    Short version. I have three working pairs of polaroids including Smith Low Light which are great on very dull days and too bright on clear sunny days. Moving up the light intensity scale I have some Spotters wrap around - yellow lenses with a slight green tint. My all time favourites in FW and SW. Lastly I have some 580G in amber/copper. Nice driving glasses. Nearly useless in all but bright fishing conditions.

    FWIW. Been sight fishing for 30+ years. Yellow lenses have been my favourite for at least 20 years.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by geenomad View Post
    Hi Andy
    Short version. I have three working pairs of polaroids including Smith Low Light which are great on very dull days and too bright on clear sunny days. Moving up the light intensity scale I have some Spotters wrap around - yellow lenses with a slight green tint. My all time favourites in FW and SW. Lastly I have some 580G in amber/copper. Nice driving glasses. Nearly useless in all but bright fishing conditions.

    FWIW. Been sight fishing for 30+ years. Yellow lenses have been my favourite for at least 20 years.

    Cheers
    Mark
    Fwiw I agree. I just don't wear anything darker than yellow.

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    Thanks all - some good points.
    I'll find somewhere that stocks a range and try them on for myself.

    With regard to my current poloroids - i have a range and they tend to be at the cheaper end - partly because alot of my fishing is carp fishing - and having lost a few our of trees/step/sat on - cheaper makes sense for that.

    I will take a couple of pairs for back up/different lenses.

    Apologies for the delay in responding - have been off line for a while.

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