By Brian Kozminski
Flat-Brim~ Does it actually improve your ‘sixth’ Fishy sense?
While fishing last fall with John Schmidt of Au Sable Angler, he implored me to open my eyes and give the ‘flat-brim’ a try. Over the winter, I won a great Rep Your Water cap from WindKnots and Tangled Lines, so I kept the brim in its preferred lay flat style. I’m giving it a go to see if all the hype is true. It is rumored you can see into the water better with a flat brim, and of course a quality pair of Polarized Sunglasses (see Native Eyewear, Smith Optics, and Costa). I had to take this investigation a step further. I was going to make myself a deliberate test subject for the next several months. I am alternating my hat choice and keeping a fish log to catalog how many fish were caught with what headwear.
There are relatively few scientific studies I could base my hypothesis on, just my pure gut feelings.
I do believe that there is some commonality with a particular fly working best for each angler on the exact same river and evening. The fly that is your favorite is your Go-To fly, because in past experiences, it has always provided beneficial results, and you often fish it more because of these experiences, hence it is your favorite fly. Much like my favorite hat, it’s fit, it’s style and many memories of great nights catching multiple fish are why it is and shall be a favorite. I have had to retire many favorite fishing hats, they have just been played out and didn’t provide the protection and catch rates they once promised.
A few weeks back, I had the chance to sit around the campfire and exchange deep thoughts with fellow angler, writer and buddy Dave Karczynski. After a dinner of fresh Lake Charlevoix walleye with sautéed morel burr blanc, we took our dessert course fireside. The best S’mores near the 45th Parallel, cinnamon graham crackers with Godiva milk chocolate. There is really isn’t a better resource than bouncing literary debates off a U of M English adjunct professor around the glowing embers of melted sugary confections. We were heavy in conversation about fishing and conservation when I brought up the topic of head gear.
“Why can’t we pull off that swagger look like all the cool cats like Schultzy, Haselhuhn and Barber?”
“Our faces are too long and narrow. It seems those guys have a square jaw line and it allows for the perpendicular cut of the hat.”
My cousin of Polish descent was clearly on to something. I could never pull it off. It doesn’t keep me awake at night. I have accepted that certain styles, especially the tight jean fad, are definitely not for me.
So does the hat make the man? Or does the man make the hat?
If it really mattered, I would stick with my felt fedora from Eddie Bauer, my most fishy of all hats, it just gets too warm in the humid days of summer.
Don’t hold back, let us know where your brim stands!
Brian Kozminski Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com firstname.lastname@example.org Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!