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I did a search and looked threw a bunch but there wasn’t any clear senses on this or maybe I didn’t find it , sorry if it’s a repeat but I’m wondering what color glasses to get. I’m getting a pair of polarized glasses and wondering what is good for mainly bright sunlight conditions or some cloud cover. I don’t reslly need to sight fish as I don’t ever do bed fishing. But something to be able to make out stumps and stuff in water or see vegetation’s a little better but on sunnier days or little cloud cover.

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I bought my first pair last year when meeting up with @LadiMopar & her hubby at our local shop. I had no idea what to get and she insisted on green mirror outside with brownish/amber inside. I suspect it's one of these personal preference things but after using them for one season I liked them so much I bought a spare pair (at this $30-$40 price point, the coating wears easily). I use them for driving, too. Can't stand bright sunlight in the eyes. On the fishing side, all I can say is they definitely work for seeing through the surface glare on the water. It's like magic.

 

I'm thinking the polarizing is what actually matters (and quality too - say plastic vs glass lenses, or thickness of the coating), and colors are just secondary or personal pref. Don't sweat it.

 

 

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Blue if you have blue eyes, Amber for brown eye and dark grey if have grey hair.  All kidding aside dark grey if you want the most sun protection.

You should be looking in the water whenever you fish, be surprised what you will see.

Tom

 

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I use amber for every sky & water condition.

 

If you think you can see underwater with grey try amber. 

 

Amber is for maximum color contrast 😉

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Amber (Costa green mirror) absolutely rocks..

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54 minutes ago, Catt said:

I use amber for every sky & water condition.

 

If you think you can see underwater with grey try amber. 

 

Amber is for maximum color contrast 😉

I agree that Amber is best for color contrast but I can't handle the difference. I am color blind so that probably plays a major difference. Being color blind, my opinion is probably no good, but I have tried Blue, Amber, and Green. For me, I prefer the green. That being said, I am mostly green/red color blind so I am guessing this makes a difference.

 

BTW, the Amber I tried was more of a yellow.

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1 hour ago, Catt said:

I use amber for every sky & water condition.

 

If you think you can see underwater with grey try amber. 

 

Amber is for maximum color contrast 😉

So amber will help me see what’s beneath the water ? With logs and weeds etc.  will it be good on sunny days though ?

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I have never tried green, but between grey, amber, and blue... I prefer amber. 

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Everywhere I read or listen to online says that amber is for “low light conditions” so is it good in the sun? I fish Lake Erie a lot pre spawn and smaller bodies of water in the summer bc I use a canoe so nothing is reslly deep open water. I would like to see what is under the water better but a lot of times it’s sunny sky’s. So would Amber still be the best? @drew4779 @Catt @WRB 

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I fish a lot of vegetation, brush, & timber; amber allows me to see under the water surface even on bluebird days. Even in off colored water amber's color contrasting ability shows details better.

 

If you're fishing deep water where seeing under the surface is a non-issue then lens color doesn't matter.

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I own blue mirrored, gray, and 2 pair of amber (different brands).  The blue and gray sit in the glove box of my boat.  The only thing I ever wear is amber.  Could just be the quality of the lens I suppose, but amber makes the others seem useless.  

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I wear  brown 100 per cent of the time .Yes they work in the sun . If you demand the most blockage then get grey .

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I wear dark grey with blue mirror.  The mirror to cut the glare and the grey for maximum sun blockage.  My glasses are RX Oakleys and my optometrist is a bass fisherman.  I could get better water penetration with Amber but I use mine for driving too and need the sun blocking of grey.  You might want to look at Copper as a go between.  Smith Optics has that color.  

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22 minutes ago, scaleface said:

I wear  brown 100 per cent of the time .Yes they work in the sun . If you demand the most blockage then get grey .

I was looking for being able to see under water as I fish a lot of vegetation and lay downs , stumps etc. sun doesn’t bother me. It sounds like Amber or copper is the way to go then. @TOXIC thanks for the copper suggestion it sounds like a good medium 

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11 hours ago, Ksam1234 said:

will it be good on sunny days though ?

Most good glasses tell the % visible light blocking, and the greens and greys are usually about 90%.  The ambers are usually a little less, around 85% if  I remember right, so they will transmit more visible  light.  I think they are still OK for sunny days, but you might not.  If I were going to pay a healthy price for them I would try them before buying.

 

All the good glasses will filter 100% UV and state it clearly.  If you're going to buy cheap, be sure the glasses specify this.  Not sure I would trust the cheaper ones to be honest, though.

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2 minutes ago, MickD said:

Most good glasses tell the % visible light blocking, and the greens and greys are usually about 90%.  The ambers are usually a little less, around 85% if  I remember right, so they will transmit more visible  light.  I think they are still OK for sunny days, but you might not.  If I were going to pay a healthy price for them I would try them before buying.

 

All the good glasses will filter 100% UV and state it clearly.  If you're going to buy cheap, be sure the glasses specify this.  Not sure I would trust the cheaper ones to be honest, though.

I was looking at solar bat or eye surrender ESE glasses. They around mid price glasses. I can’t see myself buying 100$ + glasses. Just not me 

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1 hour ago, Ksam1234 said:

I was looking at solar bat or eye surrender ESE glasses. They around mid price glasses. I can’t see myself buying 100$ + glasses. Just not me 

If you are not picky about frame color and style you can find Costas and Smiths for great prices at some of the outdoor discount sites like Sierra Trading Post. 

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I wear dark grey polarized sunglasses all the time when it's bright sun light day outdoors fishing or not. 

Dark Amber or copper depending on who's sun glasses you use high lites greens underwater and female bass ready to spawn tend to glow lime green.

Tom

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I have a few entry level glasses in multiple colors and prefer the amber ones.  When I am out on the open water (lake Michigan) I prefer the blue mirror.   

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I wear prescription glasses. Found the brown polarized to work best for me. Might be different for others.  

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If you're only getting one pair I'd recommend a brown/amber lens.  I wear my grey ones the most because it's usually really sunny but they get dark pretty fast when the sun isn't so bright.  The quality of the lenses will make a big difference also.  I like my Maui Jim's.  I have them in 3 colors/levels of light transmission.

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Thank you everyone! I went with a copper lens, can’t wait to use them

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I'm sure the copper will be great, I prefer a brown🤣

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I go with amber. I happened to wind up on a long business trip by car and forgot my glasses. Found Uv3 iDrive polarized glasses at a rest stop and got amber lenses. Ever since then, I prefer amber. I’ve done green, grey, mirror, grey/blue. I found amber best all around, especially fishing and looking through the water.

 

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22 hours ago, FryDog62 said:

Amber (Costa green mirror) absolutely rocks..

No sure if you have the 400 or 580, but the 580 green mirror that Costa uses is Copper based.

 

 

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