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Podcast Interview: Hatch Reel Founder John Torok

September 21, 2012 By: timromano

Hatch Reels founder John Torok, kissing up on a permit

Hatch Outdoors front-man John Torok talks to MidCurrent about developing a totally new type of fly-line backing for the industry, a smaller-sized addition to their Finatic fly reel line for 2012, and what golf putters have to do with making fly reels.

Direct download: MidCurrent Interviews John Torok

“My previous life was spent in commercial printing, design and photography and so forth, and way back in 2003 the company that I was running merged with another company in our market and I decided to do something different with my life.  And I had some ideas for fly fishing reels and I reached out to a friend of mind who was a [golf] putter maker, Scott Cameron, and asked him who machined his putters, which led me to Danny’s door.  It turned out Danny was a fly fisherman and had some ideas of his own.  We sat down and hashed things over and literally days after that we started Hatch.”