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Hack's 'tackles the monster'

Phil McGrath purchases Hack's Tackle and looks to keep quality of service alive at 'monster' guide service with help of former owners


Joshua Wood

Former owner of Hack's Tackle and current collaborator Mike "Hack" Patterson, left, poses with new owner Phil McGrath.

After 25 years of ownership, Michael "Hack" Patterson is taking a step back from the business that bears his name. For a quarter of a century, Hack's Tackle and Outfitters (Hack's Tackle) has been the place to go for residents and visitors alike to get just about anything they need for fishing. This past summer, Hack celebrated 25 years in business, but the experienced guide will admit that it's become a little more than he can handle.

"I've created a vicious monster and it's just a hell of a handful," said Hack.

Enter Phil McGrath.

"We talked about it casually for a while and then I appro...

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