Headwear among anglers seems not only to be a matter of very personal choice, but also incredibly varied. I see assorted ball caps, usually “gimme” versions displaying assorted advertising, and I see bucket styles, Irish tweeds, occasional Filson Packers, and more. I also think the worst possible fishing hat is a flossy new Stetson or other cowboy-style hat. A well-worn, beat-up western style hat brings a lot of class to the fishing game, but not a new one. No way.

I am thus reminded of a short joke, too often painfully true:

Why are cowboy hats like hemorrhoids? Because sooner or later, every a**hole gets one.

So what’s on your head?