2003 Governors Arts Awards
Folk Heritage Award Recipient
Ellis Hatch, Jr., Fly Tier, Rochester
Hatch, Jr. has dedicated the better part of his life to perpetuating
the art of fly tieing in the State of New Hampshire. Hatch's
large hands belie his skill in doing the intricate work he
does. He hand ties exquisite flies that are among the most
coveted in the northeastern United States. Hatch incorporates
delicate feathers in shimmering hues, fine threads and glue
to craft imitations of many flies, larva and small bait fish.
Each has an uncanny likeness to the real life insect or fish.
At the same time, they are miniature works of art that can
be enjoyed for their sheer beauty.
fly patterns have been featured on video and publications
created by nationally known professional fly tiers. He serves
as a mentor and guide for all those who come in contact with
him. Hatch also devotes endless hours volunteering his time
to youth fishing programs. In addition, he has been designated
a Master Artist for the state's traditional arts apprenticeship
program. His undying spirit and enthusiasm for the history
and lore of fly fishing have made him an icon for those who
seek to improve their skill. To sit with Hatch as he works
his small pieces of art is to travel back in time and to connect
with the this unbroken tradition of craftsmanship.
March 31, 2006