I’ve been looking for some affordable, state of the art fly fishing sunglasses that aren’t just technically superior but aesthetically gorgeous. I found them at Costa del Mar; the Inlet design in Coral. I was drawn to Costa because I’ve seen them around on other sportsmen - on the ski slopes, bike trails, and of course, on the river. I now understand that they are so popular not just because they look good but because of the three claims to fame for Costa: Perform, Protect, and Explore. I took these platforms to test in a real world expedition carp fishing on the Colorado river. Yup – carp in the Colorado!
Carping is “Sight Fishing” and requires a clear view of your target, that you cast exactly in front of the target’s big baby lips, and set the hook at the precise moment the fish sucks in the fly. Success depends on skill, timing, a little luck, and keen sight. The former attributes can be practiced but the only way to have keen sight is to have kick-as* fly fishing sunglasses. To break it down:
Perform – as in lens and frame technology. Costa’s 580 Lens Technology is named as such because it blocks yellow light at the 580 nanometers on the light spectrum and provides unmatched razor sharp color enhancement and glare elimination. (Yellow light is the harshest light for your eye to filter.) This is paramount when you’re on the water.
The 100 percent polarization and UV protection are embedded directly into the lens which comes in either optically ground glass or super lightweight polycarbonate. A note about your lens color selection:
Costa's Frame Construction
Protect – Fly fishing sunglasses do protect your eyes but that’s not what this platform is about. Think – protect your sport. For Costa, conservation is all about sustainable fishing. Many fisheries that should be vibrant and healthy are all but devoid of native fish because they have fallen victim to poor fishing practices, unregulated development, lack of watershed protection or all of the above.
Explore - Whether it's exploring uncharted territories are protecting the planet, one fishery at a time, Costa is committed to helping others see more clearly what's out there.
Thank you to Trip Dobson of Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt CO for an incredible day on the water Performing, Protecting, and Exploring… and slaying some carp!