Getting into the great outdoors for a day of fishing is one of life’s little joys.
But unfortunately, you still need to protect yourself from the elements – whatever the weather.
And one way to achieve that is by wearing something on your head.
So, as I always have your wellbeing in mind, I’ve put together this review of the best fishing hats in 2021.
A buyer’s guide will follow.
Feel free to take off your fishing shoes – but leave your hat on.
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First up, we have this boonie-style hat from popular fishing company Bassdash. I’m a fan of hats that have been specifically designed with fishing in mind, so this is an obvious choice.
Offering factor 50+ UPF sun protection, the water-resistant shell is quick-drying and stain-resistant, made with a combination of lightweight and breathable materials that is comfortable to wear while being gentle on the skin.
A draw-string strap at the back accommodates different head sizes, and the detachable neck flap adds a nice, extra layer of protection for when the sun comes out.
Practical features throughout.
Choice of colors.
Nice fishing logo design.
Might be a little too lightweight for some.
A top-quality fishing hat that has been very well-designed with plenty of features to help keep keen anglers out all day long. And if you are fishing for several hours, you might want to take a load off with one of these brilliant fishing chairs while you’re at it.
Here we have a stylish bucket hat from popular clothing manufacturer Under Armour. It’s a traditional bucket design with relaxed fit and extended brim to offer decent coverage around the head, face, and neck, UPF rated to 30 to keep those harmful rays at bay.
Light and stretchy, the hat offers good ventilation and breathability, and comes with an adjustable draw-string cord to ensure a secure fit and to prevent it flying away if the wind picks up.
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Choice of colors.
Quite pricey for what it is.
Sure, you might pay a little more – but you’re getting branded quality here – and this is a great bucket fishing hat for year-round use.
The first of our baseball-style fishing caps now with this versatile option that is also ideal for hunting. Available in a choice of camouflage colors and blaze orange, it features an ingenious LED lighting system that’s built-in to the peak of the cap.
Powered by two, small, easily-replaced batteries, you’ll never again be fumbling for tackle when the light starts to go.
Considering they’re one of the best fishing brands in the world right now, you’d expect that KastKing would not be outdone in this department – given that they’ve got a quality fishing product for just about everything else.
Made with a breathable mesh and PE fabric, this hat offers 50+ UPF sun protection, with a dark material under the brim to reduce reflected light. A moisture-wicking headband keeps sweat away from the eyes, while the vented sides increase general airflow.
An adjustable drawcord ensures it’s designed to fit heads of all shapes and sizes, and a removable neck shade option is available for a little more coin.
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Great choice of stylish colors.
Lightweight and comfortable.
Adjustable neck drawstring.
Again, might be too light for some.
A brilliant boonie from KastKing that ticks a lot of practical boxes for anyone out fishing in a variety of weather conditions. And take a look at their selection of products in this review of the best fishing pliers for more quality angling innovation.
This is a no-frills legionnaire-style fishing sun cap that comes with the ear and neck flap built-in. The unisex design is suitable for men and women, and is made from lightweight, breathable materials.
A wide brim helps keep the sun off, and the elongated neck flap is well-designed to fully cover the back of your neck and ears.
Available in a wide choice of colors – including some practical camouflage options, this is a useful sun cap for hunting and fishing that happens to be an absolute bargain to boot.
A little on the snug side for larger heads.
Neck flap isn’t removable.
Sure, it might not be the most stylish fishing hat out there, but it will certainly get the job done. When all your buddies are burnt to a crisp – you can have the last laugh.
Moving on, we have another baseball style fishing cap, this time from Fishouflage. You can tell it’s a hat for fishing, because of the giant fish logo on the front.
Jokes aside, it’s an attractive cap with a smart camo design, and features a five panel construction for superior comfort.
A moisture-wicking sweatband helps keep the eyes clear of obstruction, and the hook and loop closure at the rear significantly improves on those plastic snap straps you find in similar hats.
Ideal for bass anglers.
The design won’t be for everyone.
The perfect gift for the angler in your life, this is a quality fishing baseball cap that’s finished with a nice attention to detail. Why not pair it up with one of these great fishing knives, and you’ll be in their good books forever?
Made with a waterproof nylon fabric, this fishing hat keeps the rain off and also offers UPF 50+ protection against the sun.
But it’s the defense against those nasty flying, biting things that really caught my eye, as this hat comes with its own mosquito/bug net.
The long mesh veil protects your full face and neck, and can be rolled up when not required. Well ventilated, there’s also a moisture-wicking sweatband at the brow, and it’s easy to pack up, making it ideal for traveling.
Something altogether different now with this crushable felt outback hat from Scala. Made with 100% wool, it’s a premium-quality cowboy-style head-piece that will certainly turn a few heads no matter where you take it.
And that can be anywhere, as it’s very travel-friendly, and can be crushed and rolled up to bounce back when you need to bring some style to the proceedings.
Stay cool in the heat, and look impeccable while doing so – this is a timeless classic for fishing nostalgia.
Super stylish aesthetic.
Choice of colors.
Not suitable for really heavy downpours.
I think this is one of the best hats for fly-fishing out there, but you’ll look super sharp no matter your fishing style. And speaking of, wear it with a pair of quality fly fishing waders, and you’ll look like a vintage fishing pro – even if you’re not one. Heck – even in the photo on that link the dude is wearing a similar hat – which tells you everything you need to know.
Now, this fishing hat for men and women offers about as much sun protection as you can get – without staying indoors.
Capable of UPF 50+ defense, it provides unbeatable sun relief, with a fully removable neck cover at the back. It also features a face mask to help keep airborne particles and dust away from your nose and mouth – which is also removable.
A mesh top keeps things breathable, and the polyester construction is lightweight and ideal for throwing in your travel luggage.
Easily one of the most popular and highly rated fishing hats on the market, this unisex, packable option is a boonie/bucket hybrid, with a brim width of just under four inches.
Perfectly designed to offer the best possible sun protection, the waterproof polyester is also lightweight and breathable, and features vented sides to help airflow.
One size fits most, with an elastic toggle, and it also has an adjustable drawstring cord, so it won’t fly away in windy conditions.
But the real plus point is the price – and probably why there are so many excellent reviews in the first place.
Choice of colors
Outstanding price point.
For the money, you can’t go wrong with this excellent fishing hat, that’s suitable for just about any outdoor activity where you need top-notch sun protection. Wear it with one of these practical fishing vests for extra storage space to keep your tackle at hand.
You’ve had an affordable boonie, now here’s an affordable bucket. This is a classic, no-nonsense fishing hat that does exactly what it sets out to do, without any bells and whistles.
Offering adequate UV protection, it’s rugged, durable, and very comfortable to wear. Available in a great choice of colors, you can be sure to find one that will suit your taste – or given as the perfect gift to anyone who enjoys the great outdoors.
Add some quality fishing gloves to help protect hands – and it will be a winning combination for keen anglers everywhere.
Simple, no-frills design.
One for larger heads – so double-check your sizing.
At last, a hat designed for monster bonces like mine! This is a great bucket fishing hat, simple but effective, and very affordable. And one of those funky designs will look just as good at a festival or concert, too.
Often imitated, never replicated, this is an original Stetson hat, and easily one of the best fishing hats for men on the market.
Beautifully designed and put together, it’s made from 100% waxed cotton, in an attractive olive green finish.
Highly wind and weatherproof, it’s perfect for keeping the sun and the rain off, offering UPF 40+ protection with just over two inches of brim.
This is a stunning fishing hat that seriously takes the crown when it comes to style as well as protection, and it would look great when paired with other items from this review of the best rain gear for fishing.
Premium quality materials.
Brass eyelets for ventilation.
Name to trust in headwear.
On the pricey side.
Listen – if you’re not ready to be complimented everywhere you go – then don’t buy this hat. A sure-fire head-turner, this is a classic that will never go out of fashion, and as practical as it is stylish. I think I’m going to order one for myself.
We finish with something for the colder months now, as nobody said anything about stopping fishing when the winter rolls in.
This super-snug skull cap has built-in ear flaps that are fleece-lined, so you can be sure to stay toasty even in the freezing cold.
An elastic closure keeps things comfortable and in place, and it’s double-layered with Sherpa lining for extra protection against the chill.
]Suitable for a variety of outdoor winter activities, this is probably one of the warmest fishing hats available – and for the price you can’t go wrong.
Very warm and comfortable.
Choice of colors.
Not great in heavy rain.
Perfect for ice fishing, or if you’re simply out throwing a rod in the local pond in the deepest, darkest depths of winter. Alternatively, you can also try one of these ice fishing heaters if you’re prone to getting really cold.
How to Choose the Best Hat for Fishing
It’s not all just about the style! Below, you’ll find some interesting points to consider before purchasing your next fishing hat.
Here’s what you should be looking out for.
Do You Need a Fishing Hat?
Yes, is the short answer.
The long answer is – that it’s really up to you, but when the sun’s out you’re going to need to protect your bonce from those harmful UV rays.
And unless you’re going to be using one of these umbrellas (link to Amazon.com), nothing does that better than a good fishing hat.
The wind and rain might also be a threat to your comfort, in which case, wearing a good fishing jacket is also highly recommended.
But if you choose the right fishing hat for the weather and conditions – you’ll not go far wrong when it comes to keeping the elements at bay.
Types of Fishing Hat
Okay, so it is about style. There are many types of fishing hats available – or hats you can use for fishing – and you need to decide on the look that’s right for you.
Style and practicality don’t always go hand in hand, but you can find a happy medium with the right garment.
Baseball caps are hugely popular for fishing, and you’ll regularly see them adorning the heads of fishing professionals and YouTubers alike. Probably because they look cool.
Attractive and versatile, they’re great at keeping the sun out of your eyes. However, they’re the weakest hat on all fronts when it comes to weather protection – especially for the back of your head and neck.
Bucket hats are commonly referred to as fishing hats, covering the whole head, with a mid-length brim that offers a good degree of protection from the sun without restricting vision.
The brim slopes downwards giving the hat the look of a bucket – as you might expect. They’re practical, but certainly not the best looking – unless you’re in a UK rock band stuck in the 1990s.
Boonie hats have a stiffer, wider brim that either tends to be flat or slopes down ever so slightly. Commonly used by the military, they provide excellent protection from the elements and in all conditions.
The broad brims are ideal for shading the face and neck, and they nearly always come with a chin strap to keep them in place when the wind gets up. Interesting fact – Australians call them “giggle hats.”
Sun skirt hats are sometimes referred to as legionnaire hats, for their distinctive ear and neck flap section designed to keep you shaded when you’re marching for days across sand dunes in the baking sun…
While offering the best UV protection, they’re the least stylish, although you can get detachable flaps that will help you look less of a dork in the bar later.
Stetson/Cowboy hats are perfectly suitable for fishing, and can look very attractive, giving the wearer a classic look.
They’re nearly always the most expensive option, however, especially if you opt for one that’s fully waterproof and made with premium materials.
Fleece/beanie hats are known by different names around the world, but whatever you call them where you’re from, they’re designed for use in colder weather – such as when you’re ice fishing, for example.
And speaking of, if you are going out on the frozen stuff, it’s a good idea to wear some ice fishing cleats, so you don’t take a tumble and can spend more energy on actually fishing.
Obviously, it’s important that you choose a fishing hat that’s going to fit right, and this is where you will probably have a couple of choices.
Some hats are designed as one-size-fits-all (or one-size-fits-most – if you’re anything like me and have a giant head). They often have draw-string adjusters, so you can achieve a snug fit.
Other hats might offer a selection of sizes, and may or may not include a sizing chart to help you out. Always follow a manufacturer’s sizing chart if one is provided, as it might be different from what you’re used to.
Remember, returning online items has never been easier, so don’t freak out and write vicious reviews if you don’t get it quite right the first time.
The best fishing hats for sun protection will come in a variety of materials, usually a combination of fabrics in order to produce a quality, comfortable, and practical garment.
Nylon, polyester, wool, fleece, cotton, and combinations thereof are readily available. Some will be better at keeping the elements at bay than others.
For example, wool isn’t going to be the best if it rains – unless it’s been treated to be water-resistant.
Likewise, some hats might be a little light when it comes to UV protection, so choose wisely.
Check out the video below for more advice on achieving protection against the weather when you’re out fishing.
Nobody likes getting sweaty – unless you’re in the sauna or having some sexy time with your partner.
And it’s certainly not pleasant when you’re trying to enjoy a day of fishing.
That’s why ventilation and breathability is important when it comes to the best hats for fishing, so look for designs that incorporate mesh linings, sweatbands, and/or moisture-wicking technology.
Failing that, take along one of these chilly fishing coolers and cool down with some cold beers while you’re out there.
Straps and Adjustability
Nobody likes a hat that doesn’t fit properly.
Not only should you be checking to get the right size, but it’s a good idea to look for hats that offer drawstring adjustability to improve fit – if this is a concern for you.
Most boonie hats will come with a chin strap, as they tend to be very lightweight for warm weather use, but you don’t want them blowing away suddenly.
Some hats come with extra features that might tempt you depending on your needs.
As well as having neck protection, they might offer face masks as well – which can be useful for a variety of things – not least dust and airborne particles in drier conditions.
Hats are available with mosquito nets attached – which are perfect for fishing when biting insects are likely to pose a problem.
Obviously, budget always comes into making a decision when purchasing anything, and it’s up to you to figure out what you’re willing to spend.
That said, bargains can be had if you’re not buying named brands, but there’s just no substitute for quality, so be prepared to pay a little more for a hat that is going to last.
I certainly don’t mind dropping close to $100 on a beautiful, waxed, fishing Stetson…
The very best fishing hats in 2021 come in all shapes and sizes, and I hope this review has helped you narrow down your search for the perfect option.
Let me know in the comments which one you’ve gone for and why – or if there’s any top fishing hat-wearing tips you’d like to share with the rest of the world.