Polarised Sunglasses

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Gonna be needing another pair , anyone got any recommendations, also I’m told amber is probably the best lens colour for general use ( unless people on here think different )

Any opinions on what on what ones /where to buy etc

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Agree re amber being the best all-rounder for most people most of the time.

Get ones that fit well*. If you can afford glass lenses, do. If you can't, don't stress it too much.

*Other considerations are a long way secondary IMHO. I spent a lot of time fishing with Snowbee fitovers and my regular specs on a recent bonefishing trip and tbh didn't feel the difference to the degree I expected.
 

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The cheaper Maxcatch jobs in amber are great too 👍

Are they?
I've never seen really cheap polarising sunglasses that were any good. Hold them at 90° to a good pair and you can always see gaps in the polarising in cheap glasses IME.

Polariod do very good ones at sensible prices (£30 ish).

Andy
 

clag

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Gonna be needing another pair , anyone got any recommendations, also I’m told amber is probably the best lens colour for general use ( unless people on here think different )

Any opinions on what on what ones /where to buy etc

tight lines 🎣
I guess it depends on whether your primary purpose is eye protection or to spot fish/wading hazzards. I have amber lenses in glasses made by Snowbee, Mau Jim and Costa. Price ranges from £30 - £160. If all I fished for the rest of my days was from a boat on Rutland then Snowbees would be fine. But I actually fish places where you need to see through the water. Mau Jims and Costas do a much better job and they also last longer because their build quality is much better. It’s like the old adage on shooting optics - the more you pay the more you see.
 

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I almost never sight-fish, one of last seasons carp was the first for years actually. Cheap Polaroids have been my benchmark for years (if you have a TK Maxx near you have a gander at their sunnies 😉)
I have had various 'surf/snow' brands (O'Neill, Vuarnet, Smith's) from TK Maxx in Plymouth down the years. All at huge savings.
I know I will lose or break most within a season or two, so I really baulk at the idea of paying more than £15 or so for sunnies....
I actually have been using some super cheap clip-ons from Ebay this season on top of my normal specs which have been OK, surpriaingly OK 👍
 

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I've lost my Fortis so decided to try something different and bought these Nash in yellow which works well on these autumn dull low light days.
They come with a hard case, cloth and lanyard. I find the polarised better than the Fortis, ie no funny patches.
 

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I almost never sight-fish,

There was a time when over half my fishing was sight fishing, mainly for salmon and trout but occasionally sea trout, grayling and pike. That is why I have a thing about the quality of the polarisation.

Even fishing lochs from a boat there are times when it is helpful to see through the surface. When on the oars I've lost count of the number if times I've seen fish following the rods flies which they have never noticed because they weren't using good polarising glasses.


Green lenses. I seem to remember somewhere that green works really well on chalkstreams. I don't have any chalkstreams within about 500 miles but I thought I'd try them for the estuary (lots of green and brown weed over pale sand in clear water). I can't say they were an outstanding success but I can say that in peaty rivers green lenses are the very worst choice! They just turn everything a dull flat brown and are almost worse than no glasses at all. You live and learn!


Andy
 

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Some years ago, Scierra had a sort of clearance on with their sunglasses & I bought a pair of their polaroids, amber coloured for less than £20, an absolute Godsend, steel frames but not really sure what the lenses are, no scratches as of yet.
 

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That is why I have a thing about the quality of the polarisation.
I have noticed some pairs of mine have had the polarising layer at varying angles; some at 45⁰ and some at 90⁰ to the horizontal. I had a pair of Polaroids when I was instructing in the 80's that had two lenses; you could rotate the inner one to achieve the polarisation required. Trouble was they got dirty between the lenses and you couldn't clean them.....
I totally agree that decent polarising glasses are a must, I just don't get to see a lot of my fish before the take ...
 

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