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Trouts Journal

Choosing the right eyewear

Ivan Orsic / Dec 2, 2011

Created by fishermen for the sport’s enthusiasts, Costas sunglasses have it all: Cool, protection, correction, and fish spotting prowess

The avid fly fisher has all of the requisite gear: fly rods and reels, leaders, tippets, waders, nets, fishing vests and outerwear, flies, and more. But there’s no doubt among the sport’s aficionados: no way they venture anywhere near a trout stream without a great pair of sunglasses.

There’s the cool factor, yes; sunglasses have to make a fashion statement whether you’re fishing, driving, or just hanging out. When you’re on the water, however, a high-quality pair of sunglasses protects from direct sunlight glare and reflected glare off the water, blocks harmful UV rays, and simply protects the eyes from flying fish hooks and other impacts. Plus, with the right lenses – polarized, various colors for time of day, light conditions, time of year, prescription, bi-focal readers – spotting fish in the water is greatly enhanced, and all of the other necessities incumbent in corrective eyewear are addressed.

Cool. Protected. Corrected. Fish Spotting. You can easily see why a great pair of sunglasses is indispensable to the fly-fishing sportsperson.

Here are Trout’s Fly Fishing we concentrate on every aspect of the fly-fishing experience, and we when we make a move in any direction – selecting brands of gear, equipment, apparel, or putting together educational forums with just the right experts – we don’t go with what’s trendy, we go with what’s right. We looked high and low for the right sunglasses to put into our line, and we believe we snagged the best - Costa Del Mar, often just referred to as Costa.

There are all kinds of sunglasses out there, hundreds of brands, and many of them – Oakley, Ray-Ban, Smith Optics, Revo, Maui Jim, etc. – are widely popular, stylish, excellent performers, and instantly recognizable. Costa, however, has all of the popular attributes found in any top-notch sunglass brand, and has the added advantage of being created by sport-fishing enthusiasts. Born on the water, so the company says.

Trout’s is proud to announce that we have reached an agreement with Costa Del Mar to become an authorized dealer of these fine sunglasses, and we now feature 43 Costa styles in the store and on our website.

Costa builds the clearest sunglasses on the planet for those who live to be on the water. Started in 1983 by a group of avid anglers, Costa's mission has never wavered: to create the clearest sunglasses on the planet for life's great adventures. As the leading manufacturer of the world’s clearest polarized performance sunglasses, Costa offers superior lens technology with its exclusive 580 Glass or 580 Polycarbonate lenses, unparalleled fit and durability, and a lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects on all of its products. Still handcrafted today in Florida, Costa creates what has been referred to as the highest quality, best performing sunglasses on the planet for outdoor enthusiasts.

The great thing about Costa sunglasses is that they offer all of the stuff mentioned above - they are cool, no doubt, they are polarized, have UV protection built in, come in lightweight styles and non-slip styles, and they feature the most popular colors conducive to blocking glare and for fish spotting in the water. Moreover, many of the styles can be custom made into prescription sunglasses for those needing corrective eyewear, and there are a few styles available as b-focal readers with +1.75 and +2.50 reading lenses.

To give some examples of the range of Costa styles available, at the head of the class (glass?) is the Costa Seven Mile, an aviator-type sunglass with large lens, available in 580 glass or 580 polycarbonate, a spring hinge for the side bows, a frame that comes in copper, blue, or green. The Seven Mile sells for $259.00. Or consider the Skimmer. Selling for $139.00, these lightweight, stylish sunglasses have 580 polycarbonate lenses, an internal hinged frame in either tortoiseshell or black, with interchangeable amber, gray and copper lenses. These cannot be made into prescription lenses.

With Costa sunglasses, we can outfit any angler with just the right glasses for any water and weather conditions, and of course any budget.

For more information visit our new Costa Del Mar page on the Trout’s Fly Fishing website at troutsflyfishing.com/brands/costa, call us toll-free at 877-464-0034 (local: 303-733-1434), or simply stop by at 1303 E. 6th Ave., Denver, CO 80218.

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