If you like to fish, you probably wear a hat when you're doing it. That's a good thing, since hats protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation, the major cause of skin cancer. But whether you're wearing a hat to stay warm on a cold day or to protect you from the sun during a hot summer day, a hat is as much a part of fishing as the pole.
Lochsa River Straw Hat
Natural straw hats are one of the best and most comfortable hats for hot and muggy days. Their open weave lets perspiration evaporate and air circulate so you can concentrate on your casting. But straw hats are pretty fragile and don't last long, so consider a synthetic variation.
The Lochsa River Straw Hat is made of woven polypropylene that holds its shape despite repeated foldings, stowings and crushings. The brim is 4½ inches wide, for excellent shading of your skin, and an adjustable buckle headband ensures a good fit. It's available at Orvis.com.
Adventure Flats Hat
If you need extra UV protection, put on the Adventure Flats Hat. This vented fabric hat boasts an extra-wide brim in the back to protect your neck and has SPF 50+ sun protection integrated into the fabric.
The Adventure Flats Hat's floppy build make it perfect for folding and stowing in your pocket or pack, and an adjustable drawstring neck cord will keep it firmly on your head when the wind picks up. Available at Orvis.com.
Trout Cap With Insect Shield
Many anglers prefer the simple ball cap for their fishing trips. But how about a ball cap with a difference? The Trout Cap from Orvis sports Insect Shield technology, a bug-resistant repellent built into the cap to keep away annoying and biting insects. So rather than slathering DEET onto your face, just pop the Trout Cap on your head and fish in comfort. It's available in a variety of colors and can be personalized as well.
Article Written By Nichole Liandi
Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.