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Prescription Sunglasses for Fishing

Where to Start When Looking for Prescription Fishing Sunglasses:

When it comes to investing in a new pair of prescription sunglasses for fishing it can become a daunting task.   With how much information there is to digest on fishing sunglasses and lenses  technology and how many choices of frames, lens tints, lens materials, and lens choices from progressives, to transitions, to polarchromic the options can become overwhelming.  Whether you’re fishing on wooded streams, open rivers, or the middle of the ocean we’ve broken down the essential things to look for when selecting the correct lens tints for the type of fishing you’re doing, the kind of fish you are fishing, and the weather conditions you most frequently fish in.

What to Look for in a Prescription Sunglass Frame for Fishing:

When it comes to selecting a frame a lot of it will come down to personal preference.  One thing you will want to make sure of with any frame you select for fishing is that it’s a wrap sunglass that provides full peripheral coverage from the sun and elements.  You may also want to consider a frame that has sport performance features such as Oakley’s Hydrophilic Unobtainium or Smith’s Hydrophilic Megol nose and temple pads which increase the grip of the frame as you perspire to prevent the frame from sliding down your nose.  Some fishermen also prefer a semi-rimless fishing sunglass so that their vision isn’t obstructed and that perspiration doesn’t pool in the lower rim of the frame. 

Below are a few of our recommendations for fishing prescription sunglasses from Oakley, Smith, and Kaenon:

Oakley Fishing Sunglass Recommendations:

Oakley Full-Rim Prescription Fishing Sunglass Frame Suggestions: Oakley Prescription Style Switch, Oakley Prescription Gascan, Oakley Prescription Fuel Cell, Oakley Prescription Crankcase, Oakley Prescription Big Taco, Oakley Prescription Valve, Oakley Prescription Hijinx, Oakley Prescription Five Squared, Oakley Prescription Pit Bull, Oakley Prescription Eyepatch

Oakley Semi-Rimless Prescription Fishing Sunglass Frame Suggestions: Oakley Prescription Half Jacket 2.0 XL, Oakley Prescription Flak Jacket, Oakley Prescription Bottle Rocket, Oakley Prescription Fast Jacket, Oakley Prescription Half Jacket 2.0, Oakley Prescription Flak Jacket XLJ, Oakley Prescription Fast Jacket XL

Oakley Women’s Prescription Fishing Sunglass Frame Suggestions: Oakley Prescription RPM Square, Oakley Prescription Break Point, Oakley Prescription RPM Edge, Oakley Prescription Commit SQ

Oakley Youth Prescription Fishing Sunglass Frame Suggestions: Oakley Prescription Quarter Jacket (youth or small/narrow faces)

Smith Fishing Sunglass Recommendations:

Smith Full-Rim Prescription Fishing Sunglass Frame Suggestions:  Smith Prescription Pivlock Overdrive, Smith Prescription Forum, Smith Prescription Precept, Smith Prescription Tactic, Smith Prescription Mastermind, Smith Prescription Maverick, Smith Prescription Backdrop, Smith Prescription Tenet, Smith Prescription Terrace, Smith Prescription Frontman, Smith Prescription Prospect, Smith Prescription Chief, Smith Prescription Pavilion, Smith Prescription Riverside, Smith Prescription Hideout

Smith Semi-Rimless Prescription Fishing Sunglass Frame Suggestions:  Smith Prescription Approach, Smith Prescription Approach Max

Smith Women’s Prescription Fishing Sunglass Frame Suggestions: Smith Prescription Shorewood, Smith Prescription Hemline

Kaenon Fishing Sunglass Recommendations:

Kaenon Full-Rim Prescription Fishing Sunglass Frame Suggestions: Kaenon Prescription Burnet, Kaenon Prescription Kanvas, Kaenon Prescription Beacon, Kaenon Prescription Hutch, Kaenon Prescription Trade, Kaenon Prescription Lewi, Kaenon Prescription Burny, Kaenon Prescription Klay, Kaenon Prescription Jetty, Kaenon Prescription Arlo, Kaenon Prescription Rhino, Kaenon Bolsa

Kaenon Semi-Rimless Prescription Fishing Sunglass Frame Suggestions: Kaenon Prescription Kore, Kaenon Prescription Hard Kore, Kaenon Prescription Soft Kore

Kaenon Women’s Prescription Fishing Sunglass Frame Suggestions: Kaenon Prescription Eden, Kaenon Prescription Georgia

Prescription Sunglasses for Fly Fishing

When it comes to Fly Fishing a great pair of prescription polarized sunglasses is arguably the most important piece of gear. Not only does the right pair of Rx polarized sunglasses cut through the glare on the water allowing you to see below the surface, they also allow you to not only spot fish but the holding areas and structures that attract fish. Investing in a new pair of prescription sport sunglasses for fly fishing can be a daunting and overwhelming task with the large variety of frame styles and lens tints that are available.  However, it can also change your fishing experience if you are able to find the right sunglasses for the conditions you fly fish in.  If you are looking for a pair of prescription sunglasses for fly fishing here are a few key factors to consider:

Polarization: Polarized prescription lenses are highly recommended for any activity on the water and are often considered a necessity for fly fishing. Polarized Rx lenses reduce glare, so instead of seeing the light reflected back into your eyes it is filtered out and clarifies your vision. Polarized lenses are ideal for getting the clearest view possible while on the water.  Polarized prescription lenses will allow you to spot fish, holding areas, and will make wadding easier as they will allow you to see below the surface of the water.

Light conditions: Fly fishing can be done in a variety of light conditions.  Whether you are fly fishing on wooded rivers or canyons where you are in and out of shadows, or fly fishing in the middle of a large river and are in direct sunlight it is important to consider your light conditions when selecting a lens tint.  For example if you are fly fishing on a wooded river and are in and out of shadows a brown, copper, rose, or amber prescription sunglass lens would be best as it will increase contrast and improve depth perception.   If you are fly fishing on open water a grey, blue, or silver prescription lens would be best as it will cut out harsh glare and offer superior visual clarity in bright, full sunlight conditions.  In addition, if you are fly fishing in low light conditions such as early morning or evening you may want to consider a polarchromic prescription lens that will automatically shift the lens tint by either increasing or decreasing the Visible Light Transmission, meaning your lens will automatically get darker as the sun gets brighter and as the sun goes down your lenses will automatically lighten.

Glass vs Polycarbonate:  Lens material is often times a personal choice.  A polycarbonate lens will be lighter and shatter proof than a glass lens, while a glass lens will be more scratch resistant than a polycarbonate lens.  You may consider a glass lens if you are fishing in sandy conditions and risk scratching your lenses with sand, or you may want a polycarbonate lens if you are wearing your sunglasses for long stretches and need them to be lightweight.

Progressive Sunglasses for Fly Fishing: Progressive lenses for fly fishing are extremely popular as they allow you to both distance and up close without having to change your sunglasses.  Progressive lenses are essentially lineless bifocals that gradually change from your distance prescription to your add power.  If you currently wear bifocal or readers to see up close we highly recommend progressive lenses for fly fishing as they will allow you to use one pair of glasses to tie on your flies and spot fish. Most fly fishers who wear bifocals prefer progressive lenses but if you are looking for a traditional bifocal lens for your prescription fly fishing sunglasses we do have those options available in a limited number of frame styles and lens tints.

Our Recommended Fly Fishing Prescription Lenses for medium to sunny light conditions are:

Oakley’s Shallow Blue Iridium Polarized Prescription lenses (brown base, 19% light transmission, sunny to medium light): Developed specifically for fishing, Oakley’s Shallow Blue Iridium lens knocks down glare in shallow water conditions while improving depth perception and enhancing the ability to read underwater terrain. The Shallow Blue Iridium lenses are ideal for sight or fly fishing on rivers, lakes or saltwater flats.

Smith’s ChromaPop Brown Polarized Prescription lenses (brown base, 14% light transmission, medium to bright):  The ChromaPop technology is most apparent in the Brown Polarized lens, offering the most enhanced contrast and amplified colorations of the ChromaPop lenses because of this the Polarized Brown is going to be best for fishing, lake and water sports.  The ChromaPop lenses will also improve the speed of visual processing, letting you see true color faster.   Often times fly fishers select a brown base lens if they are fly fishing for trout or other brown fish as the brown base lens tints help to enhance browns making these fish easier to spot.

Kaenon’s Copper 28 Polarized Prescription lenses (copper base, 28% light transmission, sunny to medium light): Copper lenses offer a high contrast tint that enhances color contrast and detail recognition. Kaenon’s Copper 28 (C28) lenses are great multi-purpose lenses that perform well in all light conditions. Copper lenses are ideal for sports that require high contrast such as fly fishing since they improve depth perception and enhance the contours of the ground. Kaenon’s Glare 86 offers exceptional polarizing capability and tunes the essential light in any environment to your specific needs. A complex lens manufacturing process encapsulates the Glare 86 film into the SR-91 lens material, forming a bond so strong that the lens is guaranteed for life. Glare 86 provides razor sharp clarity and distortion free vision.  The Kaenon Copper 28 lens is going to be the lightest of the three lenses and a copper based lens which is often times recommended for fly fishing in rocky streams as it enhances the contours of the ground.  If you like a copper lens but want it to be lighter or darker Kaenon does also offer a darker copper (Copper 12) and an even lighter copper (Copper 50).

Our Recommended Fly Fishing Prescription Lenses for low light conditions are:

Kaenon’s Copper 50 Polarized Prescription lenses (copper base, 50% light transmission, low and hazy light): This is a great option for a prescription polarized sunglass lens for fly fishing in low light conditions. Copper lenses enhance color contrast and detail recognition in a variety of lighting conditions. Kaenon’s Copper 50 (C50) lenses block 50% of visible light which allows maximum light transmission for the greatest detail recognition. These lenses perform best in low light and hazy conditions. Copper lenses are ideal for sports that require high contrast such as fly fishing since they improve depth perception and enhance the contours of the ground.  Kaenon’s Glare 86 offers exceptional polarizing capability and tunes the essential light in any environment to your specific needs. A complex lens manufacturing process encapsulates the Glare 86 film into the SR-91 lens material, forming a bond so strong that the lens is guaranteed for life. Glare 86 provides razor sharp clarity and distortion free vision.

Oakley’s G30 Iridium Polarized Prescription lenses (rose base, 19% light transmission, flat to medium light): One of Oakley’s specific Sport Performance lens tints, Oakley’s G30 Iridium lens is designed to perform best in flat to medium light. The Rose base color improves contrast and depth perception in blues and greens while the Iridium lens coating reduces glare to provide better visual clarity this makes this lens a great choice for fly fishing in flat light conditions.  This is also a good lens option if you are looking for a cross-over prescription sunglass lens that will work for fly fishing, golfing, tennis, etc.  Oakley’s G30 Iridium Polarized Prescription lenses are going to work great in any blue or green environments as it will enhance the contrast.

Smith’s Amber Polarchromic Techlite Glass Prescription lenses (Yellow Base, 15-30% light transmission, low light): Smith’s Amber Polarchromic lens tint is a higher contrast yellow Polarchromic lens tint that enhances depth perception and gathers available light in lower light conditions. The Polarchromic lens adjusts the Visible Light Transmission as the light conditions change.  Smith’s Amber Polarchromic Techlite Glass lens is a good option for fly fishing if you are going to be in changing low light conditions as the Visible Light Transmission will self-adjust from 15-30% depending on the current light condition.  Yellow lenses are ideal if you find yourself fly fishing in the early morning or in foggy or hazy conditions as they are excellent at gathering light to increase contrast.  People with sensitive eyes tend to stay away from yellow lenses as they are a light, high contrast lens that can become uncomfortable to wear.

Our Recommended Fly Fishing Prescription Sunglass Lenses for bright light conditions are:

Kaenon’s Copper 12 Polarized Prescription lenses (copper base, 12% light transmission, low and hazy light): This is a great option for a prescription polarized sunglass lens for fly fishing in full sunlight as it will be a dark lens with a copper base. Having a copper base rather than a grey base will enhanced contrast that’s needed for fly fishing as opposed to deep sea fishing in bright light conditions where contrast isn’t as critical. Copper lenses offer a high contrast tint that enhances color contrast and detail recognition. Kaenon’s Cooper 12 (C12) lenses are the darkest copper lenses that Kaenon offers. These lenses perform best in bright, full sun conditions. Copper lenses are ideal for sports that require high contrast such as fly fishing since they improve depth perception and enhance the contours of the ground.  Kaenon’s Glare 86 offers exceptional polarizing capability and tunes the essential light in any environment to your specific needs. A complex lens manufacturing process encapsulates the Glare 86 film into the SR-91 lens material, forming a bond so strong that the lens is guaranteed for life. Glare 86 provides razor sharp clarity and distortion free vision.

Oakley’s Gold Iridium Polarized Prescription lenses (brown base, 9% light transmission, intense to sunny light): This is a great another great option for a prescription polarized sunglass lens for fly fishing in full sunlight as it will be a darker than the Kaenon lens.  Oakley’s Gold Iridium Polarized prescription lens has a brown base as opposed to Kaenon’s C12 copper base. Much like a copper base having a brown base rather than a grey base will enhance contrast that’s needed for fly fishing as opposed to deep sea fishing in bright light conditions where contrast isn’t as critical. Having a brown base lens is also ideal if you are trying to spot trout or other brown fish while fly fishing.  Oakley’s Gold Iridium lens performs excellently in extremely bright light. The gold color is a great all-purpose contrast enhancing lens color while the Iridium lens coating reduces glare to provide better visual clarity in sunny conditions.

Smith’s Copper Polarchromic Techlite Glass Prescription Lenses (Copper base, 13-20% light transmission, bright to medium light): Smith’s Copper Polarchromic lens tint automatically adjusts to provide increased color definition and medium contrast. These lenses perform best in medium to bright light conditions as the lens is self-adjusts according to the current light conditions. This is a copper based polarchromic lens which means it will not only enhance contrast but it will also self-adjust according to the current light conditions.  This lens will be slightly lighter than the Kaenon Copper C12 but would be recommended if you are fly fishing mostly in bright, full sunlight but do find yourself in overcast, in and out of shadows, or starting or ending in the early morning or evenings where a more versatile lens is needed.

*Not seeing the lens you are looking for? Scroll down for an overview on all river lenses (high contrast lens tints) and open water (bright, intense sunlight lens tints).

Deep Sea Fishing Prescription Sunglasses

Our Recommended Deep Sea Prescription Sunglass Lenses for bright light conditions are:

Oakley’s Deep Blue Iridium Polarized Prescription Lenses (grey base, 17% light transmission, intense sun to sunny light):  Developed specifically for fishing, Oakley’s Deep Blue Iridium lens is engineered to cut out harsh glare in a dominantly blue environment. The Deep Blue Iridium lens performs best in bright and sunny conditions on the open water. The Iridium lens coating reduces glare even more to provide better visual clarity.  We recommend this prescription sunglass lens for deep sea fishing as the majority of your fishing is done in intense, full sunlight conditions.

Smith’s Blue Mirror Polarized Prescription Lenses (grey base, 12% light transmission, intense sun to sunny light): Blue mirrored lenses feature a blue base with a reflective coating on the outside of the lens that decreases the amount of light transmission even further than just the base tint. Blue mirror lenses are recommended to help reduce glare on very bright sunny days making them great for fishing.  If you regularly fly fish in the middle of large rivers, streams, or on lakes Smith’s Blue Mirror Polarized prescription sunglass lenses are going to be a great option, they will be a darker lens that lets in less light than the Oakley Deep Blue Iridium Polarized prescription lenses.

Kaenon’s Grey 12 Polarized Prescription Lenses (grey base, 12% light transmission, intense sun to sunny light): Grey lenses do not alter color perception like Kaenon’s other lens color options. Kaenon’s Grey 12 (G12) lenses block 88% of visible light and are the darkest lenses that Kaenon offers. These lenses perform best in bright, full sun conditions. Grey lenses are ideal for fishing in deep blue water and are the most comfortable lens color for long term sun exposure since they are neutral and offer no contrast which your eyes translate as brightness. Kaenon’s Glare 86 offers exceptional polarizing capability and tunes the essential light in any environment to your specific needs. A complex lens manufacturing process encapsulates the Glare 86 film into the SR-91 lens material, forming a bond so strong that the lens is guaranteed for life. Glare 86 provides razor sharp clarity and distortion free vision.  While this isn’t a fishing specific lens like the Smith Blue Mirror Polarized or the Oakley Deep Blue Iridium Polarized lenses this is a great full sunlight polarized grey base lens and a good option for fly fishers who don’t like the esthetics of a blue lens and want a lens that can also be worn as a lifestyle lens.

*Not seeing the lens you are looking for? Scroll down for an overview on all river lenses (high contrast lens tints) and open water (bright, intense sunlight lens tints).

Sight Fishing Prescription SunglassesSight Fishing requires skill, timing, a little luck, and most importantly keen site.  The ability to have a clear view of your target so that you can cast directly in front of its mouth is crucial in sight fishing.  The characteristics of this sport make having a technical pair of prescription sunglasses not just a want but a necessity.  When looking for a pair of prescription sunglasses for sight fishing here are a few key factors to consider:

Polarization: Polarized lenses are highly recommended for any activity on the water and especially fishing. Polarized lenses reduce glare, so instead of seeing the light reflected back into your eyes it is filtered out and clarifies your vision. Polarized lenses are ideal for getting the clearest view possible while on the water.

Light conditions: Sight Fishing can be done in a variety of light conditions.  Whether you are sight fishing on a river or in open water it is important to consider your light conditions when selecting a lens tint.  For example if you are fishing on a river and are in and out of shadows a brown, copper, rose, or amber prescription lens would be best as it will increase contrast and improve depth perception.   If you are sight fishing on open water a grey, blue, or silver prescription lens would be best as it will cut out harsh glare and offer superior visual clarity in bright, full sunlight conditions.  In addition, if you are fishing from mid-day into the evening you may want to consider a polarchromic prescription lens that will automatically shift the lens tint by either increasing or decreasing the Visible Light Transmission, meaning your lens will automatically get darker as the sun gets brighter and as the sun goes down your lenses will automatically lighten.

Glass vs Polycarbonate:  Lens material is often times a personal choice.  A polycarbonate lens will be lighter and shatter proof than a glass lens, while a glass lens will be more scratch resistant than a polycarbonate lens.  You may consider a glass lens if you are fishing in sandy conditions and risk scratching your lenses with sand, or you may want a polycarbonate lens if you are wearing your glasses for long stretches and need them to be lightweight.

Our Recommended Sight Fishing Prescription Lenses for medium to sunny light conditions are:

Oakley’s Shallow Blue Iridium Polarized Prescription lenses (brown base, 19% light transmission, sunny to medium light): Developed specifically for fishing, Oakley’s Shallow Blue Iridium lens knocks down glare in shallow water conditions while improving depth perception and enhancing the ability to read underwater terrain. The Shallow Blue Iridium lenses are ideal for sight fishing on rivers, lakes or saltwater flats.

Smith’s ChromaPop Brown Polarized Prescription lenses (brown base, 14% light transmission, medium to bright):  The ChromaPop technology is most apparent in the Brown Polarized lens, offering the most enhanced contrast and amplified colorations of the ChromaPop lenses because of this the Polarized Brown is going to be best for fishing, lake and water sports.  The ChromaPop lenses will also improve the speed of visual processing, letting you see true color faster.   For Sight Fishing these lenses are going to help when fishing for trout and other brown fish.

Kaenon’s Copper 28 Polarized Prescription lenses (copper base, 28% light transmission, sunny to medium light): Copper lenses offer a high contrast tint that enhances color contrast and detail recognition. Kaenon’s Copper 28 (C28) lenses are great multi-purpose lenses that perform well in all light conditions. Copper lenses are ideal for sports that require high contrast such as fishing since they improve depth perception and enhance the contours of the ground. Kaenon’s Glare 86 offers exceptional polarizing capability and tunes the essential light in any environment to your specific needs. A complex lens manufacturing process encapsulates the Glare 86 film into the SR-91 lens material, forming a bond so strong that the lens is guaranteed for life. Glare 86 provides razor sharp clarity and distortion free vision.

Our Recommended Sight Fishing Prescription Lenses for low light conditions are:

Kaenon’s Copper 50 Polarized Prescription lenses (copper base, 50% light transmission, low and hazy light): Copper lenses enhance color contrast and detail recognition in a variety of lighting conditions. Kaenon’s Copper 50 (C50) lenses block 50% of visible light which allows maximum light transmission for the greatest detail recognition. These lenses perform best in low light and hazy conditions. Copper lenses are ideal for sports that require high contrast such as sight fishing since they improve depth perception and enhance the contours of the ground.  Kaenon’s Glare 86 offers exceptional polarizing capability and tunes the essential light in any environment to your specific needs. A complex lens manufacturing process encapsulates the Glare 86 film into the SR-91 lens material, forming a bond so strong that the lens is guaranteed for life. Glare 86 provides razor sharp clarity and distortion free vision.

Oakley’s G30 Iridium Polarized Prescription lenses (rose base, 19% light transmission, flat to medium light): One of Oakley’s specific Sport Performance lens tints, Oakley’s G30 Iridium lens is designed to perform best in flat to medium light. The Rose base color improves contrast and depth perception in blues and greens while the Iridium lens coating reduces glare to provide better visual clarity this makes this lens a great choice for sight fishing in flat light conditions.

Smith’s Amber Polarchromic Techlite Glass Prescription lenses (Yellow Base, 15-30% light transmission, low light): Smith’s Amber Polarchromic lens tint is a higher contrast yellow Polarchromic lens tint that enhances depth perception and gathers available light in lower light conditions. The Polarchromic lens adjusts the Visible Light Transmission as the light conditions change.  Smith’s Amber Polarchromic Techlite Glass lens is a good option for sight fishing if you are going to be in changing light conditions as the Visible Light Transmission will self-adjust from 15-30% depending on the current light condition.

Our Recommended Sight Fishing Prescription Sunglass Lenses for bright light conditions are:

Kaenon’s Copper 12 Polarized Prescription lenses (copper base, 12% light transmission, low and hazy light): This is a great option for a prescription polarized sunglass lens for sight fishing in full sunlight as it will be a dark lens with a copper base. Having a copper base rather than a grey base will enhanced contrast which is essential for sight fishing as opposed to deep sea fishing in bright light conditions where contrast isn’t as critical. Copper lenses offer a high contrast tint that enhances color contrast and detail recognition. Kaenon’s Cooper 12 (C12) lenses are the darkest copper lenses that Kaenon offers. These lenses perform best in bright, full sun conditions. Copper lenses are ideal for sports that require high contrast such as fly fishing since they improve depth perception and enhance the contours of the ground.  Kaenon’s Glare 86 offers exceptional polarizing capability and tunes the essential light in any environment to your specific needs. A complex lens manufacturing process encapsulates the Glare 86 film into the SR-91 lens material, forming a bond so strong that the lens is guaranteed for life. Glare 86 provides razor sharp clarity and distortion free vision.

Oakley’s Gold Iridium Polarized Prescription lenses (brown base, 9% light transmission, intense to sunny light): This is a great another great option for a prescription polarized sunglass lens for sight or fly fishing in full sunlight as it will be a darker than the Kaenon lens.  Oakley’s Gold Iridium Polarized prescription lens has a brown base as opposed to Kaenon’s C12 copper base. Much like a copper base having a brown base rather than a grey base will enhance contrast that’s needed for sight fishing as opposed to deep sea fishing in bright light conditions where contrast isn’t as critical. Having a brown base lens is also ideal if you are trying to spot brown fish as it will enhance the colors of the fish.  Oakley’s Gold Iridium lens performs excellently in extremely bright light. The gold color is a great all-purpose contrast enhancing lens color while the Iridium lens coating reduces glare to provide better visual clarity in sunny conditions.

Smith’s Copper Polarchromic Techlite Glass Prescription Lenses (Copper base, 13-20% light transmission, bright to medium light): Smith’s Copper Polarchromic lens tint automatically adjusts to provide increased color definition and medium contrast. These lenses perform best in medium to bright light conditions as the lens is self-adjusts according to the current light conditions. This is a copper based polarchromic lens which means it will not only enhance contrast but it will also self-adjust according to the current light conditions.  This lens will be slightly lighter than the Kaenon Copper C12 but would be recommended if you are sight fishing mostly in bright, full sunlight but do find yourself in overcast, in and out of shadows, or starting or ending in the early morning or evenings where a more versatile lens is needed.

*Not seeing the lens you are looking for? Scroll down for an overview on all river lenses (high contrast lens tints) and open water (bright, intense sunlight lens tints).

High Contrast Lenses for Fishing

When fishing on rivers you are generally going to want a high contrast brown, copper, rose, or amber lens as these lenses will increase contrast and improve depth perception for when you are in and out of shadows.

SaltCityOptics Recommends the Following Prescription Lenses for Fishing on Rivers Where Increased Contrast is Needed:

Recommended Smith River Fishing Prescription Sunglasses Lens Tints: Brown Polarized, Bronze Mirror Polarized, ChromaPop Brown Polarized, ChromaPop Gray-Green Polarized, ChromaPop Polarchromic Ignitor, Copper Polarchromic Techlite Glass, Ignitor Polarchromic Techlite Glass, Amber Polarchromic Techlite Glass, Brown Polarized Techlite Glass

Smith’s Brown Polarized Prescription lenses (brown base, 15% light transmission, sunny to medium light): Brown lens tint will absorb stray “blue light” and sharpens visual acuity while reducing reflected glare.

Smith’s Bronze Mirror Polarized Prescription lenses (brown base, 15% light transmission, sunny to medium light): Smith’s Bronze lens tint is designed to perform best in medium to bright light. It is an excellent all-purpose lens with enhanced contrast for sunny conditions. Mirrored lenses feature a reflective coating on the outside of the lens that decreases the amount of light transmission even further than the lens base color.  If you are fishing in the early mornings or late afternoon you may want to stay away from a mirrored lens as it will decrease the amount of light that is transmitted through the lens.

Smith’s ChromaPop Brown Polarized Prescription lenses (brown base, 14% light transmission, medium to bright):  The ChromaPop technology is most apparent in the Brown Polarized lens, offering the most enhanced contrast and amplified colorations of the ChromaPop lenses.  The Polarized Brown is going to be best for fishing, lake and water sports.  The ChromaPop lenses improve the speed of visual processing, letting you see true color faster.

Smith’s ChromaPop Polarchromic Ignitor Prescription lenses (rose base, 12-20% light transmission, medium to bright): The ChromaPop technology in this lens makes color more vivid with increased clarity and chromatic contrast.  Smith recommends this lens for settings where you will be experiencing shifting light conditions as the Polarchromic allows the lens tint to be self-adjusting and decreases or increases the Visible Light Transmission as the light conditions change.  This lens is the only Polarchromic lens option in the ChromaPop lenses.  An Ignitor lens is going to maximize an objects definition, enhance depth perception and is recommended for medium to overcast light conditions.  ChromaPop lenses improve the speed of visual processing, letting you see true color faster. They are also Polarchromic which lets you adjust to changing light conditions faster than a non- Polarchromic lens.

Smith’s Copper Polarchromic Techlite Glass Prescription lenses (copper base, 13-20% light transmission, sunny to medium light):  Smith’s Copper Polarchromic lens tint automatically adjusts the Visible Light Transmission as the light conditions change. The Copper Polarchromic Techlite lens provides increased color definition and medium contrast. These lenses perform best in medium to bright light conditions. Smith’s Techlite Glass lenses produce superior clarity, optical precision and glare reduction. They utilize Smith’s Tapered Lens Technology to correct light distortion for true optical clarity. They are also 12 times as anti-scratch resistant as plastic lenses and 20% lighter than standard glass lenses. 

Smith’s Ignitor Polarchromic Techlite Glass Prescription lenses (rose base, 12-18% light transmission, sunny to medium light): Smith’s Ignitor Polarchromic lenses automatically adjust in changing light conditions and provides increased color definition and high contrast. These lenses perform best in very bright to medium light conditions. Polarized filter eliminates reflected glare from water, sand or pavement.  Smith’s Techlite Glass lenses produce superior clarity, optical precision and glare reduction. They utilize Smith’s Tapered Lens Technology to correct light distortion for true optical clarity. They are also 12 times as anti-scratch resistant as plastic lenses and 20% lighter than standard glass lenses. 

Smith’s Amber Polarchromic Techlite Glass Prescription lenses (Yellow Base, 15-30% light transmission, low light): Smith’s Amber Polarchromic lens tint is a higher contrast yellow Polarchromic lens tint that enhances depth perception and gathers available light in lower light conditions. The Polarchromic lens adjusts the Visible Light Transmission as the light conditions change.  Smith’s Techlite Glass lenses produce superior clarity, optical precision and glare reduction. They utilize Smith’s Tapered Lens Technology to correct light distortion for true optical clarity. They are also 12 times as anti-scratch resistant as plastic lenses and 20% lighter than standard glass lenses. The Amber Polarchromic Techlite lens is recommended if you are fishing in low light conditions so early in the morning or late in the evening.

Smith’s Brown Polarized Techlite Glass Prescription lenses (Brown Base, 15% light transmission, sunny to medium light): Smith’s Brown Polarized Techlite Glass lens will be the same as the Brown Polarized lens where it will absorb stray “blue light” and sharpens visual acuity while reducing reflected glare but is a glass lens.  Smith’s Techlite Glass lenses produce superior clarity, optical precision and glare reduction. They utilize Smith’s Tapered Lens Technology to correct light distortion for true optical clarity. They are also 12 times as anti-scratch resistant as plastic lenses and 20% lighter than standard glass lenses. The Amber Polarchromic Techlite lens is recommended if you are fishing in low light conditions so early in the morning or late in the evening.

Recommended Oakley River Fishing Prescription Sunglasses Lens Tints Shallow Blue Iridium Polarized, Bronze Polarized, VR28 Polarized, G30 Iridium Polarized, VR28 Black Iridium Polarized

Oakley’s Shallow Blue Iridium Polarized Prescription lenses (brown base, 19% light transmission, sunny to medium light): Developed specifically for fishing, Oakley’s Shallow Blue Iridium lens knocks down glare in shallow water conditions while improving depth perception and enhancing the ability to read underwater terrain. The Shallow Blue Iridium lenses are ideal for sight fishing on rivers, lakes or saltwater flats.

Oakley’s Bronze Polarized Prescription lenses (brown base, 15% light transmission, sunny to medium light): Oakley’s Bronze lens tint is designed to perform best in medium to bright light. It is an excellent all-purpose lens with enhanced contrast for sunny conditions.

Oakley’s VR28 Polarized Prescription lenses (rose base, 19% light transmission, sunny to medium light): One of Oakley’s specific Sport Performance lens tints, Oakley’s VR28 lens is designed to perform best in medium to bright light. This lens color reduces blinding glare while filtering blue light to increase contrast and improve depth perception in a wide variety of conditions.

Oakley’s G30 Iridium Polarized Prescription lenses (rose base, 19% light transmission, flat to medium light): One of Oakley’s specific Sport Performance lens tints, Oakley’s G30 Iridium lens is designed to perform best in flat to medium light. The Rose base color improves contrast and depth perception in blues and greens while the Iridium lens coating reduces glare to provide better visual clarity.

Oakley’s VR28 Black Iridium Polarized Prescription lenses (rose base, 10% light transmission, sunny light): One of Oakley’s specific Sport Performance lens tints, the Oakley VR28 Black Iridium filters blue light to increase contrast as well as improve depth perception in a wide variety of conditions. The VR28 Black Iridium performs best in medium to bright light and features an Iridium coating which diminishes glare for better visual clarity.  The Black coating in the VR28 Black Iridium Polarized lens will make this a darker lens with less light transmission than the VR28 Polarized.  It will also have an Iridium coating which will diminish glare and help to enhance contrast even more.

Recommended Kaenon River Fishing Prescription Sunglasses Lens Tints: Copper 28 Polarized, Copper 50 Polarized, Yellow 35 Polarized

Kaenon’s Copper 28 Polarized Prescription lenses (copper base, 28% light transmission, sunny to medium light): Copper lenses offer a high contrast tint that enhances color contrast and detail recognition. Kaenon’s Copper 28 (C28) lenses are great multi-purpose lenses that perform well in all light conditions. Copper lenses are ideal for sports that require high contrast such as fishing since they improve depth perception and enhance the contours of the ground. Kaenon’s Glare 86 offers exceptional polarizing capability and tunes the essential light in any environment to your specific needs. A complex lens manufacturing process encapsulates the Glare 86 film into the SR-91 lens material, forming a bond so strong that the lens is guaranteed for life. Glare 86 provides razor sharp clarity and distortion free vision.

Kaenon’s Copper 50 Polarized Prescription lenses (copper base, 50% light transmission, low and hazy light): Copper lenses enhance color contrast and detail recognition in a variety of lighting conditions. Kaenon’s Copper 50 (C50) lenses block 50% of visible light which allows maximum light transmission for the greatest detail recognition. These lenses perform best in low light and hazy conditions. Copper lenses are ideal for sports that require high contrast such as fishing since they improve depth perception and enhance the contours of the ground.  Kaenon’s Glare 86 offers exceptional polarizing capability and tunes the essential light in any environment to your specific needs. A complex lens manufacturing process encapsulates the Glare 86 film into the SR-91 lens material, forming a bond so strong that the lens is guaranteed for life. Glare 86 provides razor sharp clarity and distortion free vision.

Kaenon’s Yellow 35 Polarized Prescription lenses (copper base, 35% light transmission, low and hazy light): Yellow lenses offer maximum contrast in hazy or low light conditions. Kaenon's Yellow 35 (Y35) lenses enhance color and increase definition. Yellow lenses are ideal for low light sport conditions because they help see details that would otherwise be missed. Kaenon’s Glare 86 offers exceptional polarizing capability and tunes the essential light in any environment to your specific needs. A complex lens manufacturing process encapsulates the Glare 86 film into the SR-91 lens material, forming a bond so strong that the lens is guaranteed for life. Glare 86 provides razor sharp clarity and distortion free vision.

 Open Water Prescription Fishing Sunglasses

If you are fishing on open water a grey, blue, or silver lens will generally be your ideal lens tint as it will cut out harsh glare and offer superior visual clarity without altering color perception in bright, full sunlight conditions.  These lens tints are going to be darker and are the most comfortable lens color for long term sun exposure since they are neutral and offer no contrast which your eyes translate as brightness.  However, if you are fly fishing or sight fishing in open water where enhanced contrast if critical you will want a low light transmission brown, or copper base lens.

SaltCityOptics Recommends the Following Prescription Sunglass Lenses for Fishing on Open Water:

Recommended Smith Open Water Fishing Prescription Sunglasses Lens Tints: Blue Mirror Polarized, Platinum Mirror Polarized, Chromapop Platinum Mirror Polarized, Grey Polarchromic Techlite Glass

Smith’s Blue Mirror Polarized Prescription lenses (grey base, 12% light transmission, intense sun to sunny light): Blue mirrored lenses feature a blue base with a reflective coating on the outside of the lens that decreases the amount of light transmission even further than just the base tint. Blue mirror lenses are recommended to help reduce glare on very bright sunny days making them great for fishing.

Smith’s Platinum Mirror Polarized Prescription lenses (grey base, 14% light transmission, intense sun to sunny light): Smith’s Platinum Mirror Polarized lens tint is a grey lens with a silver mirror coating that provides true color vision without affecting light reaching the eye.  The Platinum Mirror Polarized lens performs best in bright light and intense sun conditions.

Smith’s Chromapop Platinum Mirror Polarized Prescription lenses (grey base, 14% light transmission, intense sun to sunny light): Smith’s Platinum Mirror Polarized lens tint is a grey lens with a silver mirror coating that provides true color vision without affecting light reaching the eye.  The Chromapop Platinum Mirror Polarized lens exemplifies crisp optical clarity and rich color enhancement.  This lens is best suited for cloudless, bright-light conditions.

Smith’s Grey Polarchromic Techlite Glass Prescription lenses (grey base, 12-20% light transmission, medium to sunny light): Smith’s Gray Polarchromic Techlite lenses automatically adjust in changing light conditions to sharpen detail in true colors. These lenses perform best in medium to bright light conditions. The polarized filter eliminates reflected glare from water, sand or pavement.  The Polarchromic in this lens will adjust its light transmission from 12-20% making it a good option if you are in bright light conditions with occasional cloud coverage.

Smith’s Copper Polarchromic Techlite Glass Prescription Lenses (Copper base, 13-20% light transmission, bright to medium light): Smith’s Copper Polarchromic lens tint automatically adjusts to provide increased color definition and medium contrast. These lenses perform best in medium to bright light conditions as the lens is self-adjusts according to the current light conditions. This is a copper based polarchromic lens which means it will not only enhance contrast but it will also self-adjust according to the current light conditions.  This lens will be slightly lighter than the Kaenon Copper C12 but would be recommended if you are sight fishing mostly in bright, full sunlight but do find yourself in overcast, in and out of shadows, or starting or ending in the early morning or evenings where a more versatile lens is needed.

Recommended Oakley Open Water Fishing Prescription Sunglasses Lens Tints:  Deep Blue Iridium Polarized, Gold Iridium Polarized, Black Iridium Polarized, Ice Iridium Polarized

Oakley’s Deep Blue Iridium Polarized Prescription lenses (grey base, 17% light transmission, intense sun to sunny light):  Developed specifically for fishing, Oakley’s Deep Blue Iridium lens is engineered to cut out harsh glare in a dominantly blue environment. The Deep Blue Iridium lens performs best in bright and sunny conditions on the open water. The Iridium lens coating reduces glare even more to provide better visual clarity.

Oakley’s Black Iridium Polarized Prescription lenses (grey base, 9% light transmission, intense sun to sunny light):  Oakley’s Black Iridium lens is designed to perform well in extremely bright light and is an excellent all-purpose lens for sunny conditions. The black color is a neutral lens tint which offers truer color perception while the Iridium lens coating reduces glare to provide better visual clarity.  The Black Iridium Polarized lens is the darkest lens option from Oakley and is recommended for sensitive eyes and intense sunlight conditions making it a great option for open water fishing.  The Iridium coating will also help to improve contrast.

Oakley’s Ice Iridium Polarized Prescription lenses (grey base, 9% light transmission, intense sun to sunny light):  Oakley’s Ice Iridium lens tint is designed to perform well in extremely bright light. The black color is a neutral lens tint which offers truer color perception while the Iridium lens coating reduces glare to provide better visual clarity.

Oakley’s Gold Iridium Polarized Prescription lenses (brown base, 9% light transmission, intense to sunny light): This is a great another great option for a prescription polarized sunglass lens for sight or fly fishing in full sunlight as it will be a darker than the Kaenon lens.  Oakley’s Gold Iridium Polarized prescription lens has a brown base as opposed to Kaenon’s C12 copper base. Much like a copper base having a brown base rather than a grey base will enhance contrast that’s needed for sight fishing as opposed to deep sea fishing in bright light conditions where contrast isn’t as critical. Having a brown base lens is also ideal if you are trying to spot brown fish as it will enhance the colors of the fish.  Oakley’s Gold Iridium lens performs excellently in extremely bright light. The gold color is a great all-purpose contrast enhancing lens color while the Iridium lens coating reduces glare to provide better visual clarity in sunny conditions.

Recommended Kaenon Open Water Fishing Prescription Sunglasses Lens Tints:  Grey 12 Polarized, Grey 28 Polarized

Kaenon’s Grey 12 Polarized Prescription lenses (grey base, 12% light transmission, intense sun to sunny light): Grey lenses do not alter color perception like Kaenon’s other lens color options. Kaenon’s Grey 12 (G12) lenses block 88% of visible light and are the darkest lenses that Kaenon offers. These lenses perform best in bright, full sun conditions. Grey lenses are ideal for fishing in deep blue water and are the most comfortable lens color for long term sun exposure since they are neutral and offer no contrast which your eyes translate as brightness. Kaenon’s Glare 86 offers exceptional polarizing capability and tunes the essential light in any environment to your specific needs. A complex lens manufacturing process encapsulates the Glare 86 film into the SR-91 lens material, forming a bond so strong that the lens is guaranteed for life. Glare 86 provides razor sharp clarity and distortion free vision.

Kaenon’s Grey 28 Polarized Prescription lenses (grey base, 28% light transmission, sunny to medium light): Kaenon’s Grey 28 (G28) lenses are great multi-purpose lenses that perform well in all light conditions. Grey lenses are ideal for fishing in deep blue water and are the most comfortable lens color for long term sun exposure since they are neutral and offer no contrast which your eyes translate as brightness. Kaenon’s Glare 86 offers exceptional polarizing capability and tunes the essential light in any environment to your specific needs. A complex lens manufacturing process encapsulates the Glare 86 film into the SR-91 lens material, forming a bond so strong that the lens is guaranteed for life. Glare 86 provides razor sharp clarity and distortion free vision.

Kaenon’s Copper 12 Polarized Prescription lenses (copper base, 12% light transmission, low and hazy light): This is a great option for a prescription polarized sunglass lens for sight fishing in full sunlight as it will be a dark lens with a copper base. Having a copper base rather than a grey base will enhanced contrast which is essential for sight fishing as opposed to deep sea fishing in bright light conditions where contrast isn’t as critical. Copper lenses offer a high contrast tint that enhances color contrast and detail recognition. Kaenon’s Cooper 12 (C12) lenses are the darkest copper lenses that Kaenon offers. These lenses perform best in bright, full sun conditions. Copper lenses are ideal for sports that require high contrast such as fly fishing since they improve depth perception and enhance the contours of the ground.  Kaenon’s Glare 86 offers exceptional polarizing capability and tunes the essential light in any environment to your specific needs. A complex lens manufacturing process encapsulates the Glare 86 film into the SR-91 lens material, forming a bond so strong that the lens is guaranteed for life. Glare 86 provides razor sharp clarity and distortion free vision.