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Our Fly Fishing Hat Review

Who doesn’t need THE perfect fly fishing hat?! A hat that not only looks cool but does all of the essential things a good fly fishing cap should do. Things like Keep the sun out of your eyes, your noggin’ covered, and most importantly – help hook and reel those monsters in!

The Jumping Rise staff put our heads together and came up with some great recommendations on the best fly fishing lids for 2022, and we are happy to share them with you! These are our favorites from a few different categories with our opinion and some of the top customer reviews. We hope this helps you to make a good purchase decision. Please let us know in the comments at the end if you have a favorite fly fishing hat that wasn’t included on the list.

What to Consider In a Fly Fishing Hat

Chances are, a fly fishing hat is going to be a life-long friend (I know mine are). As with any relationship, it is good to do a little vetting by asking questions. Here are some things to consider with a fly fishing lid:

  • Where will you use it, what are the weather conditions?
  • Do I need a wide brim, or will a trucker-style hat work best?
  • Do I need to keep the sun off my neck?
  • What about bugs? Do I need a netting face cover?
  • Should it be waterproof?
  • Should I consider style or only function?
  • Durability.

Columbia Bora Bora Booney


Columbia Bora Bora Booney. Although not the most stylish fly fishing hat, it does do a few things really well. It is lightweight, collapses to a small size for packing, offers excellent sun protection/breathability, and has an adjustable fit. If you are looking for pure performance in a fly fishing lid, this is our pick for the best choice.


  • 100% Nylon
  • Imported
  • Drawstring closure
  • Hand Wash Only
  • SPF 50 Protection

Recent Fly Fishing Hat Reviews

This is the second sun hat I have purchased. I bought his full price, not as a reviewer. It is a lightweight hat with a floppy brim. I read some of the review of this product before buying it, and a few commented on being unhappy with the brim due to it being without structure. So I am noting here it is a floppy brim hat–like a fishing hat.

April 2, 2016

I bought this hat to help protect my face while out on the water for a recent trip to French Polynesia. The hat is lightweight, collapses down to a small size for packing, is very breathable and provided the sun protection I was looking for. My head is slightly narrow but long and so I often have a difficult time get a hat to fit right. With the elastic draw string I got just the right fit. I was so pleased with my hat that I bought my father in-law one and he wears his anytime he is out in the yard.

June 7, 2021

FishPond Eddy River Hat


The FishPond Eddy River Hat. A sweeping round curved brim and the pinched crown of a cowboy hat was possibly the most defining symbol of the American West.

Capturing that spirit is one of the reasons the Jumping Rise crew chose this one. Any of the alternatives below could have easily taken the cake. Finding the delicate balance between shade, comfort, and keeping out of the way is a tall order for any fly fishing hat. The eddy river fly fishing lid hits the sweet spot.


This fly fishing cap was developed to provide maximum protection from the sun and stand up to daily abuse on the river. It also comes with a cool Fishpond signature Brown Trout jacquard webbing hat band.

  • Fishpond brown trout webbing accent.
  • 5″ Brim
  • Guatemalan Palm

Recent Fly Fishing Hat Reviews

Wide brim, but doesn’t interfere with casting. Perfect for the river, beach, etc.

June 30, 2019

Patagonia: Fitz Roy Trout / Take A Stand Trucker Hats


Simply put, Patagonia trucker hats are cool. The Fitz Roy Trout & Take A Stand fly fishing caps are excellent lids.

The brim is made with 100% recycled fishing nets, something you will love if you are eco-conscious. The mid-crown front is organic cotton, and the back is polyester mesh.

No fly fishing hat would be complete without an adjustable snap closure, and Patagonia delivers on that. We have owned a variety of trucker hats from Patagonia and love them. They look fantastic when new and age over time to look and wear even better.


Crown and bill: 7.5-oz 100% organic cotton canvas. Back crown: 2.5-oz 100% polyester mesh. Brim: NetPlus® 100% recycled fishing nets. Fair Trade Certified™ sewn

Price: $35.00

About Patagonia

For more insight into Patagonia’s responsible business philosophy, a great read is: The Responsible Company: What We’ve Learned From Patagonia’s First 40 Years.

Recent Fly Fishing Hat Reviews

This hat is awesome! Love how it fits and I’m glad I finally was able to buy it. The trout hat is usually out of stock and it’s obvious why. I love it!

December 18, 2021

Tried and true, the Patagonia trucker hat never lets me down. Of all the hats I own and wear, this is always my go to lid!

August 20, 2021

Great hat and really like that it partly comes from recycled fishing nets.

May 15, 2021

Simms Foam Patch Trucker Hat


This snapback fishing hat is an excellent fishing cap with a with a cool retro design (fashion is still important on the river). It is comfortable, lightweight, and breathable, perfect for hot summer days on the river. The cap is designed to provide you with excellent protection from the sun and heat, even when you have a full day of outdoor plans ahead.


100% multi-spandex polyester, while its back consists of 100% polyester mesh

Recent Customer Reviews

Wearing this hat now. I like the shape and colors. I’ll likely get a couple more. This is my favorite hat right now.

November 18, 2021

Not only does my wife love the way I look in this hat, Ive caught 37% more trout while wearing it as opposed to my inferior Columbia hat. 10/10 would recommend.

May 15, 2021

WUE Trucker Hat

WUE Trucker Hat is a top-quality snapback fly fishing lid with a great design, handcrafted logo, all made in the USA. This fishing cap is geared toward a taller forehead with a mid-profile. With a little more headroom than a low-profile fly fishing hat, it offers a little more airflow while still keeping the sun off your forehead and face. Like the Patagonia hat, the WUE fishing cap can hang around town with you after the fishing adventures are over.


Trucker hats for men made of 65/35 polyester/cotton twill.

Recent Customer Reviews

We love this hat, my husband has a large head, and finding him trendy snapbacks has been a challenge. I read the reviews and found this was a great option for someone with a larger head. Definitely a great buy!

 July 26, 2018

The hat is of very nice quality, build, & is a great fit for nearly any head size.

May 15, 2021

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