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I have a pair of costa del mar sunglasses and I am going to send them back to get some new lenses. I was wondering what the best kind of lenses are for trout fishing. I have heard that amber is the best but don't really know.
03-16-06, 11:14 PM
This site gives the general uses for Costa Del Mar lenses.
More Detailed, But Doesn't Deal Specifically With CDM...
I use Amber lenses for all uses-- but the main reason I got them was for fishing. They seem to really reduce the glare and make running water almost "stand still" and alas, you can see exactly where your target lies!
These are the ones I have...
Filament -- Amber Lense with Tortoise Frame (http://costadelmar.com/miva/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=CDM&Product_Code=B_Filament&Category_Code=B_Frameless)
Costa has to a couple of lenses in the amber. The wave 400 lenses have a vermilian and a brown lense. The vermillian lenses being the lighter of the two. The purpose behind the amber style lenses is that they provide contrast. This means that you will better be able to see trout against the stream bottom. The new 580 lense from costa is their premier lence and comes in a copper color. These lenses go a little beyond the typical polarized lense in the fact that they filter light at 580 nanometers. At his level, yellow light(which causes extra glare) is pretty much elliminated. With this filtering, the reds, greens, blues and others basicly pop out at you. The lenses are expensive, but you will see fish you never saw before with any other lense. I've used oakley, native, action optics and nothing from these even come close. Overall though, defintately get an amber colored lense if you are fishing shallower water. Gray is a neutral colored lense and better suited for open water and high light conditions. Glass verses their CR39 optics plastic: the plastic will be much lighter and offers shock resistence. The glass lenses offer better clarity, a little heavier, but very scratch resistant. The glass will shatter though. You have to be careful with them. hope this helps. I use the Black Framed Harpoons with the Wave 580 Copper Lenses. Like I said NOTHING comes close.
03-17-06, 08:22 AM
I bought a pair of Costa Del Mar's harpoons with tortoise frame 2-3 weeks ago and went with the green mirror glass lens, which are amber when you look through them. So far they have been great, they really seem to reduce glare and definetely make it alot easier to spot fish. In addition, the amber seems to work well even when its lower light conditions, the contrast is very good. I highly recommend either the green glass or any of the other amber/brown/vermillion lenses.
Thanks to all for your suggestions I'm going to send my costa back and get some better lenses. Again thanks for all the help!!
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