When fly fishing, your vision is one of your greatest assets. Give yourself the upper hand with lens colors that enhance your view and make spotting and tracking fish easier than ever. Handpicked by our team of Sports Opticians, and fellow fishers, we almost feel guilty about the advantage over our finned friends. Join SportRx for our lineup of the best polarized lens colors for fly fishing!

Table of Contents

A. What to Look for in Lens Colors for Fly Fishing
B. Best Polarized Lens Colors for Fly Fishing
1. Costa Green Mirror
2. Maui Jim HCL Bronze
3. Costa Sunrise Silver Mirror
4. Oakley PRIZM™ Shallow Water
5. SMITH ChromaPop™ Polarized Brown
C. Prescription Fishing Sunglasses at SportRx

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What to Look for in Lens Colors for Fly Fishing

When selecting a lens color for your fly fishing sunglasses, there are a few main factors to consider. Let's review the criteria required by our Sports Opticians when curating the best polarized lens colors for fly fishing.


No matter where you fish, polarization is a must. Anglers and opticians alike boast the game-changing effects of polarization when out on the water. It reduces glare, increases clarity, and allows you to see through the surface of the water more clearly. To read more on how polarization works for fishing, visit our blog on Do Polarized Sunglasses Help You See Fish?


Since fly fishing focuses your attention on the surface of the water, it's crucial to have contrast-enhancing lenses that make details pop. All of the lenses in today's lineup feature contrast-enhancing lens technology or specific lens color bases to boost contrast.

Hydrophobic Coating

When you're out on the water, nature's elements may try to interfere with your catch. Don't let water droplets on your lenses block your view. Hydrophobic coatings repel water and sweat, so your vision remains unobstructed. It also makes cleaning a breeze, so you can get back to casting sooner.

Want more information on fly fishing tips and frame recommendations? For a full breakdown, visit our Essential Fly Fishing Guide!

Best Polarized Lens Colors for Fly Fishing

Let's check out the lenses!

Costa Green Mirror

A fishing favorite, the Costa Green Mirror is one of the most popular lenses for anglers. Its copper base creates a warm amber visual experience that provides high contrast in a variety of lighting conditions. On overcast days, the copper base excels at making details pop and for bright days, the green mirror delivers the sun protection you need. With a 10% visible light transmission, these lenses provide excellent coverage and, like all Costa 580 lenses, 100% UV protection.

Want to learn more about Costa's favorite fishing lens? Check out our full review of the Costa Green Mirror.

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Costa Green Mirror Key Features

  • Copper base with green mirror
  • Blocks 99.9% of glare
  • 10% visible light transmission (What is VLT?)
  • Available in 580G (glass) or 580P (polycarbonate)
  • Plastic lenses have C-Wall® molecular bonding to repel water, oil, and sweat
  • Rx-able

Maui Jim HCL Bronze

Leave it to Hawaiian Maui Jim to bring nature to life with their PolarizedPlus2® lens technology. The HCL stands for a "High Contrast Lens," and the bronze color provides a warm wash of tint that enhances color and contrast. Another standout feature is the unique bi-gradient mirror. The top and bottom of the lens have a subtle mirror to mimic how your eyes work when squinting. The HCL Bronze lenses do the work for you, so you get the extra glare reduction and protection needed to stay squint-free.

In addition to blocking 99.9% of glare, PolarizedPlus2® lenses have coatings galore to give you crisp vision (and help you spot that bedding bass). A hydrophobic coating repels water, an oleophobic coating repels oil, and a backside anti-reflective coating to reduce glare even further. And it's Rx-able!

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Maui Jim HCL Bronze Key Features

  • HCL stands for "High Contrast Lens"
  • Bronze provides a warm wash of tint to enhance colors & contrast
  • Bi-gradient mirror delivers comfortable vision free from squinting
  • PolarizedPlus2® lens technology blocks 99.9% of glare
  • Rx-able

Costa Sunrise Silver Mirror

For early birds and sunset chasers, no other lens will do than the Costa Sunrise Silver Mirror. These lenses offer an impressive brightening effect thanks to their 30% light transmission. Allowing in triple the light of standard lenses, the Sunrise Silver Mirror excels in low-light conditions. A yellow base boosts contrast, while the silver mirror deflects reflected light off the surface of the lens for improved color and clarity.

Want to learn more about this unique lens? Read our complete review of the Costa Sunrise Silver Mirror.

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Costa Sunrise Silver Mirror Key Features

  • Yellow base with silver mirror
  • Blocks 99.9% of glare
  • 30% VLT
  • Available in 580G (glass) or 580P (polycarbonate)
  • Plastic lenses have C-Wall® molecular bonding to repel water, oil, and sweat
  • 580P is Rx-able

Oakley PRIZM™ Shallow Water

As the name suggests, this lens was specifically designed for shallow-water environments. Featuring a rose-copper base, you'll achieve enhanced contrast and a boost of green and copper hues. It also keeps the whites bright, so you can more easily spot the flash of a fish and follow their path. Like all PRIZM™ lenses, the Shallow Water comes with patented HDPolarized lens technology for maximum protection and glare reduction.

To read more about this inland-favorite lens, visit our blog on the PRIZM™ Shallow Water.

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Oakley PRIZM™ Shallow Water Key Features

  • Rose-copper base boosts contrast while enhancing greens & coppers
  • Polarized PRIZM™ lens technology for maximum glare reduction
  • 16-26% VLT
  • Rx-able

SMITH ChromaPop™ Polarized Brown

Closing out our lineup of the best lens colors for fly fishing is the SMITH ChromaPop™ Polarized Brown lens. We love the warm effect the brown base gives to vision and how it performs particularly well in low-light conditions. ChromaPop™ lens technology takes care of confusing light within the visible light spectrum, so you're left with a sharper and more vivid color experience. You'll also experience reduced eye fatigue and greater visual comfort.

As for coatings, the ChromaPop™ Polarized Brown lens features both hydro-oleophobic coatings to keep water and oil at bay. You'll also get a boost of glare reduction thanks to the AR coating.

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SMITH ChromaPop™ Polarized Brown Key Features

  • Removes confusing light in visible light spectrum for a more vivid color experience
  • Warm wash of brown tint reduces eye fatigue & enhances visual comfort
  • 14% VLT
  • Hydro-oleophobic coatings repel water & oil
  • Rx-able

Prescription Fishing Sunglasses Online at SportRx

Need prescription fishing sunglasses? Done. When you shop with SportRx, you’ll find video guides and tooltips throughout the build process as you customize the perfect pair. An answer to all your questions is at your fingertips, and if you want to chat with an expert, give us a call! We’ll put you in touch with one of our friendly in-house Sports Opticians who can help you build your prescription fishing sunglasses.

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