Prescription Fishing Sunglasses Key Features

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Key Features for Fishing Sunglasses

Whether you are looking for your first pair of sunglasses, or are replacing your well-seasoned, but worn out shades, fishing-specific prescription eyewear can enhance and improve your time on the water. While we can’t guarantee that the right eyewear will help you catch bigger fish, it just might just give you a little edge over your friends that don’t take their equipment as seriously as you do.

Instead of attempting to make do with your regular, everyday glasses, step into the world of performance prescription sunglasses. Here are a few things to consider about frame style and design before making your purchase:


As an angler, protecting your eyes and ensuring you have the proper vision in all scenarios may just help you reel in a few more fish. Regardless of where you fish, it’s important to choose a style with lenses that “wrap” around your face. A wrapped lens design offers total protection from the light that sneaks through the top, bottom, or sides of your glasses, which can be quite distracting.

While flying objects aren’t as big a concern for fishing as they are for motorcycling, a shatterproof polycarbonate or trivex lens will be much lighter weight than traditional glass lenses. Also, should your glasses fly off your head while reeling in that 27-pound rainbow trout, you can rest assured that if your glasses land lens-first on a jagged rock, they won’t shatter or crack.

Frame Fit and Design

As tempting as it may be to rock your favorite lifestyle shades for your next fishing trip, your shades likely won’t perform as you want them to when you need them most. The main difference between fishing-specific glasses and casual frames is a close, snug fit.

Your new fishing sunglasses need to provide all day comfort. A large part of this comfort comes from not having to keep readjusting your glasses when you sweat, or every time you snap your head to the water as you reel in your latest catch. For this reason, fishing-specific shades will have rubberized nose pads and temple arms to keep your glasses secured in the same position as when you first put them on.

The Smith Guide’s Choice is a super popular frame thanks to its ample coverage and non-slip features. This frame also comes with a lightweight, no bulk, detachable leash, or retainer, so that you don’t have to worry about your shades falling overboard.

Moisture Management

Because fishing requires water, it is pretty seldom that fisherman don’t have to battle humidity and fogging. Casual sunglasses don’t tend to have any anti-fog features, and some sport frames hug the face so closely that there isn’t anywhere for moisture to vent. A semi-rimless or vented full-rim frame will work wonders for keeping fogging to a minimum.

Native has a number of full-rim frames that have hidden, built-in vents to eliminate fogging. The Andes, Kodiak, and Cable are all ventilated, full-rim frames.



If you have any other questions about fishing specific prescription glasses, give us a shout at 888-507-1230 or and we'll be happy to help.

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