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    Default Flats Glasses

    Hi all - off to Belize in November. when ive been before i have just used my normal poloroids which did work, though as it was jsut bits of fishing stolen on 'normal' holidays that surficed.

    seeing as i have 6 days straight fishing - any recommendations for glasses?

    Suspect Costa 580 will come up and don't mind paying for a pair of them, unless there is a cheaper option that is nearly as good.

    I will take my normal/UK poloroids too for back up, though if a better option that is cheaper for a back up set, then I'm all ears!

    Unfortunately wont be ale to test glasses on a beach before so will be buying slightly blind - pardon the pun.

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    Default Re: Flats Glasses

    Costa for me are the best.....Maui Jim's are ok and a cheaper alternative.....

    I would go with the Costa's

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    Costa 580G copper/green mirror are great for flats fishing, was worried I’d struggle to pick out fish, no problem at all for me on the Cuban flats and I’m pretty blind !! ;-)
    I got the blackfin in matte black, good wrap around frame and cuts out all light coming through and paired with a good flats cap with dark underside to the peak, and you’re good to go.. tried many different types and these are the best of the bunch so far...... hope that helps

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    Get a pair that fit properly. A cheap pair that keeps stray light out will perform better than expensive Costa Lottas.

    A pair of good quality glass-lensed glasses that fit well will be best, of course. Amber/copper is the all-rounder for most, try different brands to see what works for you (tough to envisage the colour on flats though).

    If you're going in November, I'd try to make sure you've got a pair of yellow tinted glasses with you - they can be like night and day on an overcast day.

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    Costa 580 g copper green . But they must fit with no glare getting in and they must be comfortable on your face, ears etc.
    Try different models.
    I also use Maui,s but prefer them for freshwater salmon, trout etc . Costas better for me on flats. A few other anglers I know love Smith but haven’t used them myself

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    Costa green mirror - best flats lens on the market.
    '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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    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.
    Last edited by JRT; 05-10-2019 at 07:04 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by streamerjunkie View Post
    Costa green mirror - best flats lens on the market.
    OP, be wary of statements like these. Not picking on you SJ, but what suit one will not suit another, so it's important that people do see what works for them. I've tried many many lenses of all hues on flats, including Costas x2 and now use a distinctly yellow tint pretty much exclusively, but recognise that someone with lighter eyes would want something with significantly lower light transmission, for instance.

    ...and for the avoidance of doubt, Costas are very very good, as they always have been (I do think that they are rather guilty of inventing this year's killer tint rather too often, mind ), but there again so are Smith, Hobie, Maui Jim, and others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonefishblues View Post
    OP, be wary of statements like these. Not picking on you SJ, but what suit one will not suit another, so it's important that people do see what works for them. I've tried many many lenses of all hues on flats, including Costas x2 and now use a distinctly yellow tint pretty much exclusively, but recognise that someone with lighter eyes would want something with significantly lower light transmission, for instance.

    ...and for the avoidance of doubt, Costas are very very good, as they always have been (I do think that they are rather guilty of inventing this year's killer tint rather too often, mind ), but there again so are Smith, Hobie, Maui Jim, and others.
    I completely agree about the right choice of lens being personal to you - just like the right fit.

    My regular fishing mate used to wear yellow Optilabs glasses all the time - and they suited him. Now he is sponsored by Maui Jim - lucky chap; and he carries 2 different tints.

    I tend to use brown or bronze lenses, the higher light transmission ones don't work for me except in very low light situations. I have used Optilabs, Smith and Maui Jim and happily recommend all of them. I have never owned a pair of Costas - so cant comment. I don't get on with grey lenses.

    It is interesting to note that certain people seem to spot fish better than others. I don't think it is all about the glasses (assuming we all wear 'decent' ones) it is about how your eyes 'see' and register movement and contrast. I used to fish regularly with a group of 6 guys and one of them nearly always saw the fish before whoever he was fishing with and often before the guide....I used to be rated second best of the group. There are parallels with vision in shooting situations - some people are able to shoot (clays) noticeably faster than others (I'm in the 'slow' camp) and that is down to visual acuity (spelling?) and focus. Competition shooters actually train their eyes to focus better and more quickly.

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    After having made over 100 trips to fish flats around the world I have come to the conclusion that particular brand of polarised glasses is irrelevant.
    I have used Costas, Maui Jim and even custom made prescription polaroids. I have also used clip on polarised filters for my normal glasses.
    It's all marketing b.....s.
    Go to a glasses shop, try a few different pairs on and buy whatever is comfortable. Maybe looking cool is also interesting.

    It takes a lot of practice to spot fish. It is not just down to the glasses.

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