I agree with you that Hugh is a great tyier and guide. I personally know Hugh, in that he has guided Barbara & I in the Park and on the SoHo a number of times. Always seem to run into him with a client on the SoHo. This is not a "diss" on Walter Babb, as I haven't met him, and only heard about his work from LRO. Hugh told me that he had a lot of time to further perfect his tying after his medical problem several years ago.
I love going to Hugh's website, reading his fishing reports, and viewing his flies. When I want to tie a new pattern, his site is one of the first that I look at to get an idea of how to tie the fly.
I'm sure that Walter is just as dedicated to his craft. Thank the Lord that we have both of the gentlemen for their work.