Sensei

Sensei

Sensei, an IF4 Original Films Production, with April Vokey and Hank Patterson. Runtime 13 minutes, see flyfilmfest.com for screening schedule.

It's never funny to see someone get picked on or verbally bullied, so the best kind of humor is often the self-deprecating variety. Internet sensation and Fly Fisherman's 2013 Guide of the Year Hank Patterson is the king of making fun of himself, but it might come as some surprise to find out that his queen of parody in the new film Sensei is B.C. steelhead guide April Vokey.

Vokey plays the "straight" role of the comedic duo, but the opening scene pokes fun at Vokey's previous IF4 submission Landed with Patterson revisiting the opening scenes of that film, and casting himself in the role of the attractive fishing guide who yearns to be taken seriously.

"I'm more than just a pretty face," Patterson laments as he squeezes into a Patagonia sports bra. "I'm a fly fisherman, and I've worked hard at it."


In Sensei, Vokey tries to get Patterson into a steelhead, and she explains with a straight face the different lines and tackle they will both use to cover the water. Immediately Patterson reverses the roles of student and teacher by evaluating her choices: "We'll see. If you're catching more fishbut you've put me on something differentthat will be suspect, because I've never caught a steelhead."


Patterson is an inept student, and quickly realizes he prefers the role of "expert" even though he seemingly confuses the difference between "the mouse" in Spey fishing and what he calls "the rabbit ears."

Soon he is giving casting instruction to random fly fishers—"it's okay, I'm a guide"staggering across the slippery rocks of the Bulkley River, and even taking credit for Vokey's steelhead. By the end, she is the young grasshopper and Patterson plays the role of Mr. Miyagi, despite the fact that he hasn't a clue what he's doing with a two-handed rod: "Even when I'm full of crap, I'm right on the money," he quips.

In a world where many guides take themselves far too seriously, it's refreshing to see a steelhead guide like Vokey join forces with Patterson and produce a film that celebrates the fact that fly fishing is still all about people you share the water with and the things you learn every dayeven if you're slapping yourself silly with the fly line, or lose the trophy fish right before you're about to snap a photo.

This film may not get the most "ooohhhs" and "ahhhhhhs" at this year's IF4 screenings but it will certainly get the most chuckles. You can see it at any of The Fly Fishing Show consumer events nationwide, or check for other screenings at flyfilmfest.com.


Ross Purnell

http://vimeo.com/114357336

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Black Beauty

Black Beauty

Master fly tier Charlie Craven discuss the tools and materials needed to tie the Black Beauty.

Casting Backhand in Tight Quarters

Casting Backhand in Tight Quarters

A backhand cast is when you use your backcast to deliver the fly.

 Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Getting Started In Fly Fishing

Bahamas - Bonefish

Bahamas - Bonefish

Conway casts for his personal best bonefish while fishing the Grand Bahama islands.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Golden riches in Wyoming's high-country heaven of the Wind River Range. United States

Wind River Range Wyoming

Greg Thomas - July 27, 2015

Golden riches in Wyoming's high-country heaven of the Wind River Range.

The fly fishing communities in the U.S. and Belize are mourning after twin slayings that occurred on what appeared to be a routine guide trip on Sunday, June 23, 2019 in a shallow lagoon near San Pedro, Brazil. Industry

Fly Fishing Community Stunned by Twin Slayings on Belize Saltwater Flat

Fly Fisherman Online Staff - June 27, 2019

The fly fishing communities in the U.S. and Belize are mourning after twin slayings that...

As you explore your home water, keep in mind what they are eating to select the best carp flies! Flies

The 15 Best Carp Flies

Jay Zimmerman - September 27, 2016

As you explore your home water, keep in mind what they are eating to select the best carp...

You don't always catch large trout in these alpine lakes and streams, but even the small ones are brightly colored treasures. Trout

Alpine Lakes for Remote Monsters

Landon Mayer - April 18, 2018

You don't always catch large trout in these alpine lakes and streams, but even the small ones...

See More Trending Articles

More Editor's Notebook

A Big Fish Story: 120 Days: A Big Fish Story by Felt Soul Media, presented by Yeti. Editor's Notebook

120 Days: A Big Fish Story

Ross Purnell, Editor - April 18, 2017

A Big Fish Story: 120 Days: A Big Fish Story by Felt Soul Media, presented by Yeti.

Sea Run Brown Trout Editor's Notebook

Rio Grande Sea Run Brown Trout

Ross Purnell, Editor - September 30, 2016

Sea Run Brown Trout

Farquhar Atoll Ravaged by Cyclone Fantala Editor's Notebook

Cyclone Fantala Lays Waste to Fly-Fishing Paradise

Ross Purnell, Editor - May 18, 2016

Farquhar Atoll Ravaged by Cyclone Fantala

Road to Redemption Editor's Notebook

Road to Redemption

Ross Purnell, Editor - June 12, 2018

Road to Redemption

See More Editor's Notebook

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.