Video: Hank Patterson and the Art of Fly Tying


Written by: Phil Monahan

You know, I sit just a few yards from Tom Rosenbauer, author of several books on fly tying, so I know what a real master at the vise looks like. And Hank Patterson is clearly right near the top of the fly-tying pantheon, as evidenced by his latest video. As Hank says, “Prepare to unlearn everything you know about the art of tying flies.” Once you’re done watching Hank direct his students, you’ll have an example against which to measure your own creations. Whenever you’re done tying a fly, you’ll ask yourself, “It’s pretty, but is it Jeff Wimer pretty?”

As an added bonus, Hank offers his version of the BBC’s “Downton Abbey,” as performed by feathers and hair on a hook. His Carson is particularly brilliant. Make sure you have some tissues handy.

Hank Tying

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