Fisherman Caps

Fisherman caps retain their place in casual headwear by the relaxed crown. It is their historical connection to popular trends and icons that makes them must-haves for those seeking a unique, comfortable cap.

Fishermen adopted the hats originally as a practial, working cap. The bill shielded out sunrays, the band kept the cap securely on, and the relaxed crown let breezes through for cooling relief on hot days. It was a cheap cap that delivered the same advantages to factory workers, too.

The fisherman cap have the arts to thank for its fiddler and biker cap name due to it’s appearance in “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Wild One”. It gained unisex popularity as it became a preferred hat of the ’60s counterculture. It holds it place as a nostalgic hat for the ’70s fashion.


Fisherman caps, with relaxed crowns, are a historically trendy, must-have for comfortable, casual headwear.


Colors: Black | Blue | Brown | Gray | Green | Orange | Pink | Purple | Red | White | Yellow 

Available Fisherman Caps

Check out the available fisherman caps below. If you don’t see what you are looking for, please press here to contact Rawls-Riley Creations for assistance.

Fisherman Cap Popularity and Names

The fisherman cap became popular for factory workers and sailors early in the 19th century because it was cheap. The fishermen in Greece, along the Aegean sea, used the fisherman cap and since 1866.

The fisherman cap took on the fiddler cap name when it was worn by the milkman character, Tevye, in “Fiddler on the Roof”, a 1964 musical. The musical enjoyed a popular and sustained Broadway run. It was the daily cap for Jewish boys in the times of the story and Tevye was Jewish.

During the early days of motorcycling the fisherman caps found their way into the biker culture as a result of its being used by Harley-Davidson in some of their headgear. That also lead to their being adopted as part of the greaser culture. It became known as a biker cap.

On February 6, 1964, the Beatle’s broke records for largest television audience in the United States with their Ed Sullivan Show performance. It was on that trip that John Lennon was seen wearing a fisherman hat. It was such a favorite of his that it became know as the John Lennon hat.

Baker Boy Hat Name

The latest trending name for fisherman cap is baker boy hat. In 2017, designers included baker boy hats in their Fall lines and the lines tended to blur as to which traditional, hat styles actually fit and could ride the growing popularity wave. The newsboy hats with their relaxed, six-panel crowns have been referenced by the bakerboy name since their early days. Press here for the newsboy hats. With their similarly soft crowns that are rounded and not sectioned, fisherman caps, glide into the same baker boy hat style.

Fisherman Cap Gets Created

The fisherman cap had been on my list of hats I really wanted to make for some time. It was early in 2018 that its time had come. I had to take a picture of the first fisherman cap. It is like the one Tony got.

Becky R-R.

Olathe KS

Biker Looking Cap

Tony had a similar cap back in the 70’s that he was very fond of, so he was glad to get one of the first fisherman caps. It has a classic look that is very similar to those biker caps that were worn back in the early days by motorcyclists. Nice to get his picture in his cap on his motorcycle. 

Tony R-R.

Olathe KS

Fisherman Hats for Us

It was unusual to get snow in April, but that did not stop us from getting the picture. I have a red fisherman cap. I made a darling one for my daughter with small flower bouquets on black. My granddaughter picked the turquoise and black material for her’s because that is a favorite color. Tony went for the warm, wool, gray fisherman cap.

Becky R-R.

Olathe KS

Gotta Go Blue

He saw the headwear at the John C. Fremont Days and stopped. He took the time to check out several and the fisherman caps had the style he liked. It was the blue one that he kept coming back to and finally settled on.

Pleased to find the cap in blue, he gladly let me take a picture.

The next year, he stopped by in his hat. He wears it daily and the people who work with him say they really like it, too. It is his Mom who says that the most. 

Fremont NE

Mom Hat

His Mom liked his fisherman cap so much, he had to get one for her the next year.

Love the Hat in Boulder

She came to the Boulder Creek Festival with her family and had to take a look at the cool hats and caps. It was the rust-colored, plaid one that really looked good with her reddish locks. Her comment back on the messaged picture of her in the fisherman cap was, “Thanks!! Love the hat!”

Boulder CO

With the approaching winter, Tony really wanted a warmer hat. It was the first opportunity to make the biker hat in wool and that was perfect to fit his needs. At the family holiday dinner in Iowa his sister, Sandra, really admired his hat. So, guess who got to wear it home. Really glad to receive the pictures of her in the wool, fisherman cap. The light gray compliments her natural, gray curls and the cap looks so cute on her with her short haircut.

Sandra R-M

Owensboro KY

Sisters’ Headwear

It was a fun time for the gals at the Apple Butter Festival in Mt. Vernon. They were drawn to the fisherman caps and had to try several of them on. The mustard colored one had a second try by the redhead gal.

They kept looking. The brunette preferred to stay with the basic, black and white, structured plaid once she found it amoung the slouchy beanies.

When the redhead gal saw how pleased the brunette was with her find, she began to seriously consider what she was finding. The third lady, who was their mother, was quick to encourage her to look those beanies over more closely. Oh, no, the brunette assured her, those wouldn’t do. With that, she directed her back to the golden biker cap.

Perfect. They gladly posed for a quick picture and the brunette shared, they were sisters as she threw her arm around her sister’s shoulder. They looked great together!

Press here for the available slouchy beanies that are one of the styles made from the slouchy drawstring headwear.

Mt. Vernon MO

Fisherman Cap Details


Fisherman Cap Style

The banded hat has a bill to shield against bright sun and a soft, round crown. Its pleated, front band has accent buttons. The hat is fully lined.


Relaxed Crown

Relaxed front on the crown transitions to a shorter, soft back which offers a comfortable feel and casual look.

Absorbant Band

The hat band has terry enclosed for absorbancy and padded comfort. 


Fits Three Sizes

Comfortable, wide sweatband contains a concealed and easy-to-use, Velcro adjuster for sizing. The fisherman cap adjusts down to fit a smaller-sized head with a circumference of 21″/Adult S/Hat Size 6-5/8 and up to fit a larger-sized head with a circumference of 23″/Adult L/Hat Size 7-3/8. Get a perfect fit and snug it down when the wind picks up.

How to Set Desired Bill Curve

The pressed, foam bill is sturdy and may be set into a personalized curve.

  1. Get the bill completely wet with water.
  2. Bend into the desired curve.
  3. Secure curve with a rubber band.
  4. Air dry.
  5. Remove rubber band to reveal the custom curve.

Made in the U.S.A.

All of Our Fisherman Caps—Made in the USA

All of our fisherman caps are original designs by Rawls-Riley Creations. They are 100% made in the United States of America.


How Do I Measure My Head Size?

Press here to learn how to measure your head. It will help in selecting the best size for you or to give as a gift.


Sold Archive

Press here to see the archive of sold fisherman caps. 

Custom Requests

Reach out and let us know what you are thinking about and we’ll be happy to create something special just for you. Please call 913-397-8071 or email [email protected].

Press here to see about the custom headwear made for other customers.