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Folk Heritage Award Recipient
Ellis Hatch, Jr., Fly Tier, Rochester

Ellis 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.

ellis hatch His original 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.




Last updated: January 15, 2015

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