Fishing enthusiasts and anglers know that the right gear can make your fishing trip more enjoyable. One important piece of gear is a hat that keeps the sun from destroying you while you fish.
But you might have seen that many fishermen and women are setting their hats apart by adding fishing hooks to their hats. This is even true for those who don’t fish and have started wearing hooks on hats.
There are many different reasons why people put a fish hook on their hats. There is some surprising symbolism in practice and several reasons why people would choose to put hooks on their hats. Join Reel Passion for seeing why hooks belong on hats, where to put them, and how to attach them to your hat.
Why Attach Hooks on Your Hat
It has become a bit of a trend to put fish hooks on a hat but why? There are many reasons why fishermen attach their hooks to their hats. Everything from being a fashion accessory to making it unique to them to showcase their fishing personality.
Look below for a few more reasons why fishermen add hooks to their hats:
- To keep the hook close when needed
- To accessorize the hat
- To bring them good luck
- To show that they are serious fishermen
- To showcase their dedication to the “Hooked on Fishing” campaign
Let’s look at these reasons in more detail.
To Keep the Hook Close
One of the most obvious reasons people would want to put a hook on their hat is to keep it close. Instead of putting your favorite hooks into a box and taking them out when you need them, you can just hook them into your hat.
Then when you need them, you can just pull them out of the hat and use them. It is much quicker and more convenient than storing them in a box.
To Accessorize the Hat
Another reason people put their favorite hooks onto their hats is that they want to make them unique and use them as an accessory. There are so many hooks and lures that you can use to make your appearance and fishing apparel special.
However, these hats aren’t just used to go fishing, either. When people started to wear them to racing events, it put the spotlight on them and made them more popular in the mainstream too. Around the same time, people made artificial hooks just as a fashion statement.
To Bring Them Luck
While many like hooks on a hat as a fashion statement, others feel they have a more powerful meaning. Many anglers believe wearing a hat with a hook will bring them good luck.
That comes from the Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures, where they believe that a special fish hook will bring your luck when fishing and abundance when you wear them. They call these special hooks a Makau.
To Show How Serious They Are
Avid fishermen can wear special hooks to show they are serious about the sport. Very successful or devoted anglers can use gold and silver hooks to show that they have been in the sport for a long time, and many do.
The “Hooked on Fishing” Campaign
There was a campaign that directly impacted how many people wanted to wear hats with hooks and fishing lures on them. This campaign taught at-risk youth all about survival skills, like how they could fish or survive while camping.
They called the campaign “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs.” The race car driver Davy Allison was connected to the campaign. While promoting it, he would pass out hats with fake fishing lures on them.
They also gave out special golden fishing hooks at events to select children so that they could wear them on their hats. It made these accessories very popular with younger children. Those that supported the cause wore these hats, and others that just liked the look followed.
Whatever the reason for wearing these hats, they have become a popular accessory for those that love to fish.
Where To Attach Them
While many agree that attaching hooks to hats is cool, there are plenty of different theories about how to do it. Some believe that it depends on the type of hat you are wearing. For example, if you are wearing a cap with a bill going forward, you should wear the hook on the left.
But in the end, where you will place the hook will depend on a few things. First, it will depend if you will use a real fish hook. These are really sharp, and you will need to ensure the position is safe.
That is why real hooks generally go on the brim of a hat or on the bill where they can’t injure you. And then it also depends if you are going to use it. If you are, then you need to place it in a way that is easy to reach and remove it when you want to fish with it.
Ways To Attach Fish Hooks to Hats
The most important thing to remember when attaching a hook is to ensure it doesn’t go through in a way that injures you. You can attach it to the fabric, which can cause injury, making it difficult to get out again. Or there are some other options to consider.
For example, a hat clip with a fishing lure allows you to get the look you are going for without needing to puncture your favorite hat or even your head. They just slip onto your hat. The only drawback is that they aren’t normally real hooks you can use for fishing.
Or there are special hats with built-in hook holders that allow you to easily attach your favorite hooks and lures to your hat.
In this option, you will still need to ensure the hook is not positioned to poke you. But you can use real hooks, and they are normally easier to get off of the hat again too.
Combining Two Passions
Hats and hooks have gone together for a long time. For most avid fishermen, it symbolizes the sport they hold dear. Yet these hats are a great choice for anyone who wants to add something unique to their wardrobe.
There is a multitude of reasons people wear a fish hook on their hat, and learning the different kinds can bring a better understanding of the sport itself, as well as an understanding of fellow fishermen. This list may have inspired you to also wear a fish hook on your hat! Happy fishing!