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River: South Platte - Deckers

polarized glasses

Post By: multi      Posted: 12/22/2017 6:37:42 AM     Points: 0    
I need to get some polarized glasses for fishing & I see the prices go from $25.00 & then up, up, up from there. Is there a difference, should I pay for the expensive ones or are the cheap ones just as good?
thanks, Mike
 Reply by: GrabBass      Posted: 12/22/2017 7:17:30 AM     Points: 78    
Once you put on a pair of Costas in a real fishing environment nothing will ever compare!
 Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff      Posted: 12/22/2017 7:20:35 AM     Points: 7843    
For open water fishing, the brown tint will help the fish stand out better than the grey. If you are fishing in snow and on ice and just needing to cut the glare from that, the grey tint works best.
 Reply by: multi      Posted: 12/22/2017 7:31:56 AM     Points: 0    
thanks guys! I was on the S Platte w/out glasses & could not see the fish (even though other folks could).
 Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff      Posted: 12/22/2017 7:40:22 AM     Points: 7843    
You will be amazed at what polarized glasses do for you.
 Reply by: Skookshunter      Posted: 12/22/2017 7:57:33 AM     Points: 2866    
Cheap ones aren't as good. I've gone through about 4 or 5 pair in the last two years of cheap glasses. The durability isn't very good as two of them just snapped while opening them up. The lenses on others wear out or scratch too easily. More expensive glasses may have some problems as well over time but typically come with a legit warranty. I can't quite gather the strength to spend $200+ on Costas because Im bad at losing glasses so I stick to mid-range priced now.
 Reply by: Luke the Dog      Posted: 12/22/2017 8:16:30 AM     Points: 37    
Buy the best ones you can afford. There is a big difference between cheap ones and more expensive glasses. Costas and Smiths are totally worth the price, they can often be found on sale if you dig around on the web a little.
 Reply by: esoxrocks      Posted: 12/22/2017 8:21:43 AM     Points: 2498    
Comments regarding good glasses are valid IMO. I use Costas, but there are other excellent glasses out there that are not as expensive...but there is a difference.

My main comment is that if you are fairly new to sight fishing (I couldn't tell from your post) there is a period when its tough to see the fish until you get used to looking for the right things...regardless of whether you are using good polarized glasses or not (although good lenses really help).

Over time you will get a feel for what you are seeing and where to look (dark lines rather than whole fish, flashes, lateral movement, etc) and all of a sudden the fish will start to appear.
 Reply by: TADA32      Posted: 12/22/2017 6:05:41 PM     Points: 14330    
I've used tons of different glasses. the main thing is to find a pair that fits you right. If they don't the polarization doesn't work so well.
 Reply by: Ryan      Posted: 12/22/2017 6:49:27 PM     Points: 2290    
I agree with the posts supporting investing in a GOOD pair of glasses. I have always had Ray Bans and Native. Even had a pair of Maui Jims (actually two pair that I never liked).

Two years ago I bought Costa. It is amazing how much better I can see with them. I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't see it myself.

I still think my Native glasses are more comfortable, but Costa is all I want to wear in the boat.
 Reply by: Swampy13      Posted: 12/23/2017 8:59:36 AM     Points: 82    
And if you want to blow your mind, try a pair of the Costa 580 glass.
 Reply by: Fishful Thinker      Posted: 12/23/2017 10:00:30 AM     Points: 11331    
I live in my sunglasses and am pickier about the lens and frame than I am about my lure color most of the time...

Costa 580G if it's in the budget, or 580P if you'd rather not spend as much or prefer a physically lighter pair of glass. 580G is glass, 580P is poly...but both are coated to block yellow light at 580nm. I strongly prefer 580G in Green Mirror for the majority of's is an amber-copper based lens that increases contrast in browns/greens (perfect for lakes/streambeds), but is mirrored to reduce glare even more. This is a truly great fishing lens...make sure you get a frame that fits and blocks peripheral light, too.

I only wear two other lenses ever on open water...non-mirrored Copper on partial sun days, and Silver Sunrise on pure overcast or early/late low light. Most bass pro's will tell you Copper is the best all around but we get 300+ days per year of sunshine in Colorado and I strongly prefer the Green Mirror in the sun. Cheap glasses will not only not work as well for sight fishing or line watching, they will be no good for your eyes in the long run and have been known to cause headaches in the short term due to eye strain. Get the best glasses you can afford and take good care of them! CL
 Reply by: Swampy13      Posted: 12/23/2017 1:44:05 PM     Points: 82    
Yup, Green mirror, amber lens, 580g in the Man-o-war. Best pair I ever had. Sent it in for repair (the nose piece completely wore out after 6 years) only to find out they discontinued making them. They did however send me my choice for a replacement, for free. Great customer service and quick responses.
 Reply by: Budha      Posted: 12/24/2017 11:13:33 PM     Points: 166    
When you get to the point where expensive sunglasses matter, get glass versus polycarbonate. I agree, the costa 580G lense are the best and I also agree on the green mirror lense. But if you canít afford costaís 580G glass lense then get the smith action optics techlite glass lense which are far better than costaís 580P polycarbonate lense. Glass lenses are far superior to any polycarbonate lenses. But like what was mentioned above, youíll need to learn how to spot signs of the fish before they standout no matter what sunglasses you use.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 12/26/2017 5:15:55 AM     Points: 7788    
Any good store that sells polarized will have a test picture,that will let you test how good or not so good a pair of glasses work . . .its the first thing I try before I put down my money.
I had the same problem with sight fishing for SMB at Aurora and Quincy . . .I got a pair of clip ons from BPS . . .they are called Cocoons and were afordable at $20.
I wear perscription glasses,so clip ons were the only answer.

 Reply by: Dan Swanson      Posted: 12/26/2017 9:40:21 PM     Points: 1377    
You can get prescription Costas. For those of you who only need readers you can get the C-mate 580P in different magnifications from Costa.
 Reply by: walleyedsalmon      Posted: 1/28/2018 9:33:36 AM     Points: 40    
I've had amazing luck with the quality and durability of Maui Jim sunglasses, they are pricey but extremely well made, plus the customer service I got from them was first class. Had a pair that was almost 5 years old and they replaced the frames at not cost when I started having some issues with the lenses not seating correctly. With polarized glasses you definitely get what you pay for.

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