Best Lens for Trout Fishing

July 1, 2018

Best Lens for Trout Fishing

Picking a glasses lens for trout fishing in Montana is a Tricky Balance. Some days go from the brightest sun possible to cloudy and rain in a matter of seconds. Also getting out on the water early or staying late can add complexity to the varying light conditions a trout fisher experiences. In an ideal world, we would have a pair of blue mirror, green mirror, silver mirror, copper, and yellow lens all at our disposal, but this is not an ideal world. This spring we have had crazy amounts of rain and sun in between. This has presented the perfect opportunity to test some new lenses. We tested Costa’s 580G green mirrors, Costa’s sunrise lens, Smith’s bronze mirror, and Smith’s polar chromic Ignitor. All these lenses were amazing in certain conditions. In Bright sun the green mirrors and bronze mirrors were awesome, In the rain and clouds the sunrise lens was fantastic, but for all conditions, the polar chromic ignitor from Smith really stuck out. The polar chromic lenses from Smith transition based on light conditions which instantly helped in both the bright sun and clouds. The ignitor lens also brightens the water when rain rolls in and makes picking out fish much easier. To have a lens that varies from 12-20% light transmission makes these glasses ideal for anything from morning light to high sun. If you are looking for a good pair of all around polarized glasses, the Smith Polarchromic Ignitor is a good lens to check out!

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