Evan Russell is on the podcast to share the Costa story and help us understand how to find the right pair of glasses.   We find out which type of Costa sunglasses is best for salt and fresh water fishing, the technology behind these polarized sunglasses, and how choosing the right sunglasses enhances your outdoor experience.

We dig into the history of Costa, how it was founded and became known for its unique polarized technology – plus the new Untangled Series which are made out of recycled fishing nets.


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Show Notes:  Polarized Sunglasses for Fly Fishing with Evan Russell

04:30 – Evan talks about when he worked for Bonnier Corporation and Yeti

05:37 – Back in the day, Evan fishes for Redfish in the Mosquito Lagoon

05:53 – Steve Davis was on the podcast at WFS 270

07:00 – Costa was founded in 1983 by Ray Ferguson who was an avid fisherman – 2023 will be Costa’s 40th anniversary


07:27 – In the early 2000s, Costa became known for its 580 glass lense

08:34 – 580 technology cuts out light that doesn’t enhance your optical clarity

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09:12 – The chart that explains the color spectrum and how the light is cut out

10:34 – In 2019, Costa merged with Luxottica, the parent company of Ray-Ban, Oakley, and Persol

12:47 – A lot of Costa’s products are made in the USA – mainly California

13:56 – Evan recommends starting with frames when choosing your glasses/sunglasses and explains why

15:00 – Costa’s number 1 selling frame right now is the Reefton

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16:09 – Evan picks glass than plastic lense when fishing

17:02 – The Polly (the 580p – plastic) is more impact resistant, lighter, and cheaper

17:41 – Costa’s most popular lenses are amber-based like the green mirror, amber no mirror, copper silver mirror – the green mirror works great for fishing in general

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18:13 – Dave used a pair of amber sunglasses for years – Suncloud brand

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22:03 – What makes the glasses more expensive

22:40 – Costa recently launched Untangled 2.0 where they use recycled fishing nets as the plastic material for their polarized sunglasses and is one of their cheapest offerings

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23:09 – Bureo offers a program where fishermen can turn in their old fishing nets for recycling

24:10 – Evan recommends the 8-based frame

28:22 – Article on how to choose sunglasses

31:30 – Evan talks about the difference between Yeti and Costa in terms of community marketing and their goals

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34:59 – Community Marketing explained

39:42 – Evan’s tip for startup companies trying to introduce their brand to the industry

41:03 – Evan commends Chewy.com for its excellent customer service and marketing


48:25 – We’ve done an episode about Canyon Coolers at WFS 211

50:56 – Evan talks about Captains for Clean Waters and the good stuff they have going – Costa sponsors them

55:18 – Evan and the Costa team plans to go to the Bahamas to shoot for their spring products

55:42 – Visit CostaDelMar.com to get a pair of Costa polarized sunglasses


You can find Evan on Instagram at @evanruss


Related Podcast Episodes

WFS 270 – The Everglades in Florida with Steve Davis from the Everglades Foundation

WFS 211 – Canyon Coolers with Jason Costello – Ice Chest Tips, Arizona, Boating


Read the Full Podcast Transcripts Below


Polarized Sunglasses for Fly Fishing Conclusion with Evan Russell

Evan and I talked about Costa’s best Polarized Sunglasses for Fishing, the technology behind its features, and how the right sunglasses enhance your outdoor experience.

What type of sunglasses do you use for fishing or outdoor activities? Let me know in the comments.