I first met Travis Swartz several years back, when the first “Hank Patterson” videos hit YouTube and became all the range.
The idea of a know-it-all guide misguiding those under his tutelage really struck a cord with the fly fishing community, and Travis’ deadpan portrayal of the “world-famous fly fishing guide and high-school graduate” was a refreshing addition to a sport that can get a little “tweedy” if we’re not careful.
So I interviewed Travis on my old blog, and shortly after that, he developed a relationship with TU’s President and CEO Chris Wood. TU brought Travis aboard for some PSA stuff, and we’ve supported his filmmaking endeavors in the Hank Patterson realm for a few years now.
A year or so ago, Travis did the video above where he explained TU to a couple of new fly fishers. It’s one of my favorites, and the monologue at the end is goose-bump worthy. Seriously. If you haven’t taken time to explore the Hank Patterson video library, you should.
— Chris Hunt