Better with, than without, the hat.

I was recently inspired by a movie trailer featuring John Gierach from the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) a couple years back, which I missed.  I may be a little late to the party, but when this film made its debut isn’t important—it’s the timeless message that I’m more interested in.

At 2:40 of the trailer (below) Gierach declares, “I like this hat because I look so damn good in it.”


I do not declare to look anywhere near as good as Gierach, however I do have a damn fine-looking fishing hat; a hat which, when I’m under it I look much better than when I’m not; a hat so deserving that I’ve written about it before HERE.

Now I want you to shout about your hat…


Take a photo of yourself wearing your favorite fishing hat. If so inclined, write a brief declaration as to why it’s such a damn fine hat and why it makes you look so damn good when you’re wearing it. Admittedly a description may not be necessary because a picture paints a thousand words, but words ensure that nothing gets left unsaid.

I’ll post the entries on the UA blog for all to enjoy. After a week of being displayed a winner will be chosen to win the prizes below.

From the entries I’ll determine which is either my favorite hat, or a hat so pathetic that you’re obviously in need of a new one. Here are the prizes you’ll be vying for:

“No Shortage of Good Days” by John Gierach

A hardcover edition of Gierach’s book, No Shortage of Good Days (signed by the author and cover artist Bob White). Includes an original pencil sketch on the title page by Bob. A $44 value.

“Close to home” by Bob White

A Limited Edition 19″ x 15″ Giclee Print, “Close to Home” by Bob White (signed by Bob and Gierach). This painting is featured on the cover of  No Shortage of Good Days and also commemorated their 100th column together in Fly Rod & Reel. Retail price $300.00.

Simms DownUnder Hat

The winner will also receive a DownUnder hat by Simms.

“Simms’ DownUnder Hat pays homage to the southern hemisphere, with deluge-proof 100-percent oiled cotton-canvas construction. It features an elastic sweatband, snug-fitting so it won’t blow skyward, and is detailed with a leather Simms logo.” A $44.95 value.

Needs no description

But wait—there’s more! 

Just to make sure we spread the love around, the second place winner runner-up will receive this fine Pabst Blue Ribbon Trucker Hat and a UA sticker. Priceless.

Email your entry to me: unaccomplishedangler (at) gmail (dot) com

Do so by March 13th. Winners will be announced on March 20.

It’s madness, I say—March Madness, here at the Unaccomplished Angler.