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#1 Ken L

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 02:37 PM

What do you use?

 

I've had Akubra's in the past but they're rubbish at holding their shape and not exactly cool in the heat.

For the last three years, I've had an Amazonas tarp hat which has been pretty good but which has just about given up the ghost after I was forced to put it through the washing machine.

 

There are lots to chose from but I'm struggling to find a nice one that is robust and has a wide brim.


Species caught in 2017: Siamese carp. Striped catfish. Rohu. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima.  Black Minnow Shark. Perch. Chub. Brown Trout. Pike. Bream. Roach. Rudd. Bleak. Common Carp.

Species caught in 2016: Siamese carp. Jullen's golden carp. Striped catfish. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Alligator gar. Rohu. Black Minnow Shark. Roach, Bream, Perch, Ballan Wrasse. Rudd. Common Carp. Pike. Zander. Chub. Bleak.
Species caught in 2015: Brown Trout. Roach. Bream. Terrapin. Eel. Barbel. Pike. Chub. 
Species caught in 2014: Striped catfish. Pacu. Giant gourami. Clown knife fish. Rohu. Siamese carp. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Roach. Bream. Perch. Rainbow trout. Chub. Common Carp, Ide. Brown Trout. Barbel. Mekong catfish. Jullen's golden carp. Alligator gar. Java barb.
Species caught in 2013: Mangrove Jack. Barramundi. Blubberlip snapper. Baracouda. Malabar grouper. Yellowfin Trevally. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Roach. Pike. European Eel. Bleak.
Species caught in 2012: Northern whiting. Moray eel. Barramundi. Snakehead murrel. Silver razorbelly minnow. Deccan Mahseer. Malabar mystus. Deccan rita. Spotted Malabar Grouper. Mangrove Jack. Indian sea catfish. Brown Trout. Chub. Perch. Roach. Rudd.
Species caught in 2011: Indian sea catfish. Sardine. Barramundi. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpbacked Mahseer. Yellow Fin Trevelly. Giant Trevelly. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Pike. Atlantic salmon. Dace. Minnow. Roach. Gudgeon. 
Species caught in 2010: Barramundi. Giant Trevelly. Moray eel. Indian sea catfish. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpback Mahseer. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Bass. Pike. 
Species caught in 2009: Chub. Perch. Pike. Pacu. Thai Striped Catfish. 
Species caught in 2008: Barramundi. p-i-k-e-y sea bream. Indian sea catfish. Guitarfish. Mangrove Jack. Mahseer. Squid (Not strictly a fish but it took a lure !). Emperor Sweetlip. Black Spot Snapper. Moray eel. Spangled Emperor. Bluecheek silver grunt. Yellow striped emperor. Vanikoro sweeper. Pike. Perch. Brown trout. Chub. Atlantic salmon.


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Posted 14 March 2017 - 04:13 PM

Ken

 

You looking for a tilly or a boonie or a cap with neck scarf?  Hard shaped or soft?

 

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#3 Ken L

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 07:14 PM

I can get boonies from China or the surplus shop (if I can find one to fit my 62cm head) but I don't like a floppy brim.

Some of the Tilley's are nice but at £60 and up, they ain't cheap.

What I'm really after is something pretty close to my Tarp Hat with a stiffening wire in the rim but I was wondering what else might be out there.

Maybe something with a bit more ventilation.

I seem to recall seeing dozens of hats of that sort in Australia but I'm not seeing much here.

 

I'm only really interested in a hat for Summer fishing and travelling because on my last trip to Sri-Lanka, I was able to pick up a couple of nice waxed cotton hats for winter use - one "Stetson" branded and the other a "Mossy Oak".

 

Edit: I think I may have found the problem. I just went to the website that I used almost 20 years ago to order Aussie stuff and found a fairly typical Australian summer hat. I then found the same hat on sale in the UK at twice the price....


Edited by Ken L, 14 March 2017 - 07:34 PM.

Species caught in 2017: Siamese carp. Striped catfish. Rohu. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima.  Black Minnow Shark. Perch. Chub. Brown Trout. Pike. Bream. Roach. Rudd. Bleak. Common Carp.

Species caught in 2016: Siamese carp. Jullen's golden carp. Striped catfish. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Alligator gar. Rohu. Black Minnow Shark. Roach, Bream, Perch, Ballan Wrasse. Rudd. Common Carp. Pike. Zander. Chub. Bleak.
Species caught in 2015: Brown Trout. Roach. Bream. Terrapin. Eel. Barbel. Pike. Chub. 
Species caught in 2014: Striped catfish. Pacu. Giant gourami. Clown knife fish. Rohu. Siamese carp. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Roach. Bream. Perch. Rainbow trout. Chub. Common Carp, Ide. Brown Trout. Barbel. Mekong catfish. Jullen's golden carp. Alligator gar. Java barb.
Species caught in 2013: Mangrove Jack. Barramundi. Blubberlip snapper. Baracouda. Malabar grouper. Yellowfin Trevally. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Roach. Pike. European Eel. Bleak.
Species caught in 2012: Northern whiting. Moray eel. Barramundi. Snakehead murrel. Silver razorbelly minnow. Deccan Mahseer. Malabar mystus. Deccan rita. Spotted Malabar Grouper. Mangrove Jack. Indian sea catfish. Brown Trout. Chub. Perch. Roach. Rudd.
Species caught in 2011: Indian sea catfish. Sardine. Barramundi. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpbacked Mahseer. Yellow Fin Trevelly. Giant Trevelly. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Pike. Atlantic salmon. Dace. Minnow. Roach. Gudgeon. 
Species caught in 2010: Barramundi. Giant Trevelly. Moray eel. Indian sea catfish. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpback Mahseer. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Bass. Pike. 
Species caught in 2009: Chub. Perch. Pike. Pacu. Thai Striped Catfish. 
Species caught in 2008: Barramundi. p-i-k-e-y sea bream. Indian sea catfish. Guitarfish. Mangrove Jack. Mahseer. Squid (Not strictly a fish but it took a lure !). Emperor Sweetlip. Black Spot Snapper. Moray eel. Spangled Emperor. Bluecheek silver grunt. Yellow striped emperor. Vanikoro sweeper. Pike. Perch. Brown trout. Chub. Atlantic salmon.


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Posted 14 March 2017 - 07:38 PM

Barbour Bushman, a very wide brim (I wear specs) and warm in the winter. It does need regular waxing to stay waterproof and even then heavy rain will soak through eventually.
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Posted 14 March 2017 - 07:44 PM

Barbour Bushman, a very wide brim (I wear specs) and warm in the winter. It does need regular waxing to stay waterproof and even then heavy rain will soak through eventually.
It's never a 'six', let's put it back

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:06 AM

Barbour Bushman, a very wide brim (I wear specs) and warm in the winter. It does need regular waxing to stay waterproof and even then heavy rain will soak through eventually.

This one looks the part Ken & under a tenner.

 

Unless you really want to splash out 40 odd quid for a Barbour??

 

https://www.googlead...gQvhcIKw&adurl=

 

The Tight Arsed Yorkshireman's choice all day long for me  :)

 

P.S. I see you're not able to accept PM's  - maybe you want to look at your settings?? or Maybe you've chosen not to??


Edited by Martin56, 15 March 2017 - 02:04 AM.

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#7 Ken L

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 11:17 AM

Thanks for the link Martin but the Boonie type hats tend o have a soft brim that sags with a bit of sweat or rain, making the wearer look like a rather dejected mushroom.

Not sure what's going on with the PM's so thanks for the headsup. I changed one of the settings but there was no obvious "enable" tab so we'll have to see if anything changes.

I've located a couple of possibles at around 30 - 35 quid but I'm still looking.

I may just wait for the various shops and suppliers to bring in their summer stock 'cause there isn't really much of a rush.

 

Edit: Scratch that last line. I just ordered the 'Dorfman Pacific Mesh Safari Hat' from Amazon. Postage is a bit steep but I assume the reasonable price is because it's being posted from abroad.

It may not be the perfect fishing hat but it ticks all the boxes for taking travelling so it'll do for now.


Edited by Ken L, 15 March 2017 - 11:44 AM.

Species caught in 2017: Siamese carp. Striped catfish. Rohu. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima.  Black Minnow Shark. Perch. Chub. Brown Trout. Pike. Bream. Roach. Rudd. Bleak. Common Carp.

Species caught in 2016: Siamese carp. Jullen's golden carp. Striped catfish. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Alligator gar. Rohu. Black Minnow Shark. Roach, Bream, Perch, Ballan Wrasse. Rudd. Common Carp. Pike. Zander. Chub. Bleak.
Species caught in 2015: Brown Trout. Roach. Bream. Terrapin. Eel. Barbel. Pike. Chub. 
Species caught in 2014: Striped catfish. Pacu. Giant gourami. Clown knife fish. Rohu. Siamese carp. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Roach. Bream. Perch. Rainbow trout. Chub. Common Carp, Ide. Brown Trout. Barbel. Mekong catfish. Jullen's golden carp. Alligator gar. Java barb.
Species caught in 2013: Mangrove Jack. Barramundi. Blubberlip snapper. Baracouda. Malabar grouper. Yellowfin Trevally. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Roach. Pike. European Eel. Bleak.
Species caught in 2012: Northern whiting. Moray eel. Barramundi. Snakehead murrel. Silver razorbelly minnow. Deccan Mahseer. Malabar mystus. Deccan rita. Spotted Malabar Grouper. Mangrove Jack. Indian sea catfish. Brown Trout. Chub. Perch. Roach. Rudd.
Species caught in 2011: Indian sea catfish. Sardine. Barramundi. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpbacked Mahseer. Yellow Fin Trevelly. Giant Trevelly. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Pike. Atlantic salmon. Dace. Minnow. Roach. Gudgeon. 
Species caught in 2010: Barramundi. Giant Trevelly. Moray eel. Indian sea catfish. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpback Mahseer. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Bass. Pike. 
Species caught in 2009: Chub. Perch. Pike. Pacu. Thai Striped Catfish. 
Species caught in 2008: Barramundi. p-i-k-e-y sea bream. Indian sea catfish. Guitarfish. Mangrove Jack. Mahseer. Squid (Not strictly a fish but it took a lure !). Emperor Sweetlip. Black Spot Snapper. Moray eel. Spangled Emperor. Bluecheek silver grunt. Yellow striped emperor. Vanikoro sweeper. Pike. Perch. Brown trout. Chub. Atlantic salmon.


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 11:48 AM

I saw an angler down the pond last year in the rain with a great hat ,at first i thought it was a tilley but the rear brim was twice as wide as the front ,the rain merely ran off the back well behind his chair and no doubt in the summer it would keep the sun off your neck or turned round out of your eyes.
Wired brim like the hardy rivermasters but probably cheaper?
Tilleys are expensive but garaunteed for life ,i think even losing one gets a replacement but an angler mentioned that so salt in pinches needs adding?

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 12:27 PM

These are quite highly thought of......

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...il hat&_sacat=0



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Posted 15 March 2017 - 04:54 PM

Aussie type leather hat most of the time for me.