Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Hat Makes the Fisherman or Does the Fisherman Make The Hat?


I don’t know if you guys notice that I am more of a hat guy than a cap fisherman. I use to wear a cap all the time back when I was younger and didn’t mind the sun and could tolerate the heat more; but as I got older I wanted to avoid a lot of sun on my ears and face so the hat was born. Since switching to the hat I’ve become more aware of the comfort and looks for me. I don’t know why but I have always related the hat more to fly fishing than your traditional cap. I guess over the years seeing some of the greatest fly fishermen ever wearing a hat while fly fishing convinced me of the connection. The hat really had its resurgence when the movie “A River Runs Through it” came out. This movie not only revitalized fly fishing but it also help sell a lot fly fishing hats during that time. After seeing the movie I knew then that the hat had found its permanent home in fly fishing. I own three different hats that I use while fishing and one straw hat I wear while I am moving the yard. I have convinced myself that I need a new felt fly fishing hat for this winter. I did a Google search recently and came up with a lot of choices. I thought that you guys might want to take a look at some of my favorites I found.  
This was one of my first choices. What I really like about this hat is the mesh opening and of course the solid top, this hat is from AdventureHat
This could be my winter felt hat it comes in dark green, tan and brown. The only thing this hat is missing is the small quail feather in the band. It is from Orvis
Although I am not in the market for a straw hat this one really got my attention, I really like the flat top and the compress brim. This one is from Villagehatshop
Another good looking straw hat that is in the form of a Steton design--this hat is also from Villagehatshop
The crushable feature is what got my attention here with this hat, it is from Villagehatshop



The Aussie Wool Crusher is an awesome looking felt hat with the leather band it is from Adventure Hat
I am not in the market for an all leather hat, but I thought some of you guys might be interested --it is from Adventure Hat
I know this post is about hats but I was so impressed with this cap. In fact I order one for the fall, it is a little too hot for it now. It is from Cafepress





14 comments:

Fly Waters Edge - Kevin said...

hey Bill I like the 5th and 6th
Also the Cap. You'll look just as good in any of them.

troutrageous1 said...

Aussie wool crusher, that would be sweet!

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
I did order the Hatch cap, and really haven't made my mind up on the hat yet. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Hi Michael
I really like this hat, because of the crush factor, and I crush my hats a lot. Thanks for the comment

Mel Moore said...

Hey, Bill, thanks for doing some online research for us "Hat' kind of guys. I picked up an in-expensive mesh model at Sportsmans Warehouse for around $20.00 that will do me for those really hot days. I also own a couple of Tilley hats. More expensive, but, worth every penny.

Howard Levett said...

Bill
I really like the Tilley I won on OBN. Comfortable and lightweight, it suits me well. Of course I still wear a ball cap once in a while. Thanks!

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
The mesh hat I wear a lot while fishing was around 20.00. I know I will pay more for the felt winter hat. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
I will have to check out the Tilley hat. I think we would all be lost without our trusty cap. Thanks for the comment

Brk Trt said...

While I'm a cap guy, I've always like a Scottish tweed hat.

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
I find myself wearing a hat more now that I am older especially in the winter time. Thanks for the comment

Blake Hamilton said...

im a sun junkie, i love catching rays. i tend to go with a visor just to keep the glare out of my eyes. Plus i dont think I'm old enough for a big boy hat yet ;)

Bill Trussell said...

Blake
I was too back in the day, but now I am a little more careful when it comes to direct rays. Thanks for the comment

Sanders said...

I'm with T! ...any hat that has crusher in its name has something to prove. I think it's the one

Bill Trussell said...

Sanders
This is the hat I will get because of the crush factor. I need something that will take a crushing. Thanks for the comment