Orvis Fly-Fishing Ambassador
Hank Patterson is not only an avid angler, but he's also an entertaining, all-around fun guy. In fact, he’s so quirky we figured he should write his own bio. So, in his own words, Hank Patterson is...
... a self-proclaimed world-renowned fly-fishing expert and guide. My "Snap It" casting technique is as legendary as it is effective. My love of fly fishing is the direct result of 237 BluRay viewings of A River Runs Through It, a film whose script I’ve committed to memory. I enjoy being tipped generously by my clients, all beer, and homemade strawberry rhubarb pie.
In my spare time, I build custom 3 Bamboo Fly Rods out of fiberglass. I live in Idaho, Montana, and sometimes Wyoming, in a two-person tent on the banks of whatever river I guided the night before.
The outdoors quiets my mind. It is that calm silence, the escape from the hustle and bustle of the modern world that I enjoy the most. There's nothing I love more than packing my 137-foot sixth wheel trailer with a few essentials — rod, reel, espresso machine, kegerator, 62" flat screen television, massage chair, microwave(s) and heading out for a weekend “off the grid.” I stay up late star gazing and wake early to watch the morning fog lift from the cold river. I imagine, while sipping the foam from a freshly steamed hazelnut latte, that this is exactly how Lewis and Clark must have felt during their expedition to discover the Pacific Ocean. Then I grab a hot shower and fall asleep watching satellite TV.”
Homebase: Idaho, Montana (and sometimes Wyoming)
“The outdoors quiets my mind. It is that calm silence, the escape from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, that I enjoy the most.”