Fishing Sunglasses Buyer’s Guide: Tips To Find The Best Pair For You

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When fishing, the difference between a good day on the water and a bad one may come down to the gear you have at your disposal. Your attire, your rod, your line, and your bait are all critical for achieving success. While fishing glasses are sometimes overlooked by greenhorns, experienced fishermen know that a good pair of polarized fishing sunglasses can make a world of difference when clarity and surface visibility are needed for making a catch.


Acceptable Appearance

While it certainly isn’t the most important element for a successful fishing trip, if you plan to fish with others, style is likely to affect your willingness to wear your glasses. If your pair of high-performance fishing glasses look odd or out of place, you probably won’t feel especially excited to wear them when a pair of regular polarized glasses can cost as little as 20 dollars. A style that suits your personality and your look, on the other hand, is likely to remain in your inventory for a long time to come. Simply put, find a pair of sunglasses that you feel good wearing, because then you’ll be more likely to utilize them.


Quality Frames

While many inexpensive brands offer polarization in their sunglasses, glasses that are produced with the intention of saving cost are likely to be made from low quality materials that can break or come loose over a relatively short period. Quality frames are not necessarily expensive, but they tend to far outlast their cheap, gas station counterparts.

Many anglers will want to avoid certain frame materials as they can erode, bend, or break easily. You should avoid metal framed sunglasses, or plastic framed sunglasses made out of acetate due to the lack of durability.

Look for Nylon based plastics like polyamides, co-polyamides, and gliamides. These materials can handle the heat, sunlight, saltwater, cold, and will retain their shape without warping.



Polarization is perhaps the single most important element in any pair of fishing sunglasses. Since polarized lenses cut down on glare from the water, they enable you to see under the surface of the water for increased situational awareness. In some instances, you may actually be able to see a fish taking your flies or lures. This can allow you to anticipate when to set the hook, giving you a significant advantage. More importantly, it can help you find fish visually before you even cast. If you plan to spend a long time outside, polarized lenses also protect your eyes and skin from UV rays that can damage your retina over time. If you are prone to light sensitivity or spend several hours on the water at a time, polarized lenses can reduce eye fatigue, eliminating headaches and improving your safety while driving to and from your favorite fishing spot.


Customization Options Relevant to Polarized Fishing Sunglasses

There are many potential considerations for improving your performance and enjoyment when purchasing a pair of prescription sunglasses for fishing. If you require a prescription or would like to add a prescription to your order, doing so is relatively simple and can give you as clear a picture of your surroundings as you need. Under certain conditions, tinted lenses can improve performance. Since the best tint for your eyes usually comes down to personal preference, you may want to try a few options or read different opinions online.

If you are an individual that needs a prescription, or a special tint or color, you’ll want to look for a brand or company that offers those customizations. Doing so will likely increase your overall costs, but you are going to want sunglasses that fit all of your needs.


Lens Type

The type of lens you purchase for your glasses determines their durability and clarity. Polycarbonate lenses are more durable than glass lenses and are generally cheaper. Glass lenses are often the clearest, though they are somewhat heavier. It is your choice which type of lens you prefer, but you should consider the type of hazards you are likely to encounter while fishing. If you do any activities that subject your glasses to significant force or projectile movement, opt for sturdier polycarbonate lenses.

There are three main types of lens materials: Polycarbonate, Glass, and Trivex.

Polycarbonate Lenses

Polycarbonate lenses tend to be the cheapest lenses, and the most durable, lightweight, and safest lenses. Because they are plastic, they are prone to more scratches, but also will not shatter with impact like glass lenses. Polycarbonate lenses will not be as clear as glass lenses.

Glass Lenses

Glass lenses are the most clear lens option, and are the most durable against scratches. Glass lenses tend to be the most expensive option, and they are also prone to shatter with impact, making them dangerous or not recommended for certain applications.

Trivex Lenses

Trivex lenses are more expensive than polycarbonate lenses, less expensive than glass, and are just as lightweight. They are often considered the middle ground between glass and polycarbonate. They are shatter resistance, but are capable of more clarity than polycarbonate, and are slightly harder to scratch.


Lens Color

The color you choose is up to your preference, but it is important to understand that some colors are better for certain scenarios. We recommend you read this article for an in depth explanation on lens colors:

Max DesMarais
Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of Hiking & Fishing. He has a passion for the outdoors and sharing experiences with others. Max is a published author for various outdoor websites and digital marketing websites. You can read more about him here: hikingandfishing/about


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