Unicoi Outfitters is north Georgia's premier guide service and fly fishing outfitter, located on the Chattahoochee River near alpine Helen. Look for fishing reports, gear and book reviews, and general musings here from our staff and guides.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Safer Fun in the Summer Sun

Our rains are finally abating and the summer sun is shining once again - hard. It’s a good time for a reminder- protect your skin from the sun!

This spring we started stocking Shelta hats. They’ve been a big hit with the UO staff and our fishing buddies.  There are several styles, colors, and brim widths to choose from. Two awesome features are the no-flop front brim and the hat’s ability to be cinched tight and not blow off in the wind. That’s important during a boat ride or that annual cutthroat trout trip to the windy Rocky Mountains.


I bought one a couple months ago and have been very impressed. I got the Condor model, which has the widest brim at 3 inches. I’ve tested it on bass river wades, headwater trout hikes, and even on a 30mph Lanier tour with Jimmy as we searched for topwater stripers and spots.  I’m glad I bought it and, in fact, sent another as a birthday present to my brother, who’s almost as fair-skinned as me.

Athens Jay (pictured), one of our regulars for Friday report fodder, provided his own testimonial: “I really do like it. And you know I had a melanoma removed from my ear. That’s when I stopped wearing regular caps that offer no ear protection. Shelta is just what I needed! Plus their customer service is outstanding.  Ball caps are cool, but the sun is not always our friend! “

The seventy-dollar tab for a Shelta might seem a bit high, but compare that to your cost of a dermatologist visit.  Try on one of these Shelta hats the next time you’re in one of our two stores. You might like it as much as we do and invest in one, whether for style, comfort, or personal health. Good luck and have fun, protected from the summer sun!

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