Choosing the Right Lens Color for Fishing

Posted on October 01 2018

Choosing the Right Lens Color for Fishing

Lens Colors: Let’s Take a Deeper Look

This is a follow up to Lens Colors Do Matter for Fishing since we had numerous questions on the topic and people seem to be hungry for help in choosing the right lenses for fishing in various situations.

To recap briefly: lens colors do matter when you are fishing! There appears to be widespread confusion and misunderstandings on the purpose of different lens colors. Can someone choose the “wrong lenses” and still be a great angler? Well, yes of course! However, if you are looking for that extra edge, then lens colors matter!

At Breakline Optics, we believe all anglers can thrive on just two different lens tints: Copper and Grey. Additionally, you should factor in mirrored vs. non-mirrored lenses: what's best for fishing? 

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Copper vs. Grey Lenses

Previously, we've explained that grey lenses (sometimes referred to as smoke) are darker and provide normal color recognition, while copper (sometimes called brown or amber) lenses block out blue light and therefore, increase your ability to recognize contrast in color. This contrast is what makes copper best for sight fishing: when you can see a contrast, you can more easily spot objects under water.

Grey lenses are ideal for almost anything else, particularly if you are trolling offshore and watching a spread.

Lenses for Water Colors?

One important myth we need to debunk: “Brown or copper lenses are for brown water and grey lenses are for clear water". This could not be further from the truth. The effectiveness of lens tints has absolutely no correlation to water color. Lens color affects the wavelengths of light being allowed in through the lens tints—it's as simple as that!

Since copper lenses block blue light, they increase your ability to focus on objects. This is true in all water colors, as long as it’s clear enough to see through the water column in the first place (lens color won't matter much if you are fishing in muddy water where you can’t see anything at all). For grey lenses, you will always see normal colors but will have a darker view.

Overcast or “Low Light” Conditions vs. Bright Sunny Days

As we said above, copper (or brown or amber) lenses are ideal for sight-fishing. There is one other factor to consider, too: the light conditions around you. Whether you are sight-fishing or not, if it’s overcast, cloudy or otherwise “low light conditions,” then you are going to be happier wearing the copper lenses. They are less dark and will improve your vision in these conditions, all while protecting you from harmful UV rays.

If it’s particularly bright and you are NOT sight-fishing, we recommend grey lenses. These are going to be darker and keep your eyes more relaxed throughout the day in these conditions. If you are sight-fishing on bright days, we recommend a mirror on copper lenses.

To Put It Simply...

You only have to ask yourself two questions when deciding on lens tint:

  1. Are you sight-fishing or not? If yes, then go with copper or amber or brown. If not, then go with grey.
  2. Is it overcast or bright? If overcast: wear the copper lenses. If bright: wear the grey. If it’s bright and you’re sight-fishing, wear the copper with a mirror. It’s that simple!

Start Shopping for the Perfect Fishing Sunglasses For You

Breakline Cahaba Polarized Sunglasses - Grey Lense Blue Mirror Breakline Cahaba Polarized Sunglasses - Copper Lens, Green Mirror

Our Cahabas with a grey lens and blue mirror would be great for a bright day on the river.

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Our Cahabas with copper lenses and a green mirror would be perfect for a day of sight-fishing the flats.

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