EP025: Captain Maury Hatch – The California Delta and Striped Bass on the fly

“The variety and diversity of fly fishing in the California Delta is like no other place in the country.”

-Captain Maury Hatch, Fly Fishing Guide, First Hatch Guide Service

One of the common threads you will hear in our posts and many other anglers that live in our area is how lucky we are to have the amount of water to fly fish that we do.  In the Reno/Tahoe area with the Big Truckee, tributaries, Pyramid Lake and the eastern Sierra we have more than our share of water to fly fish.


If we are willing to do a short drive we then have the chance to fly fish the Western Sierra, coastal rivers and the California Delta.


Because of the Delta’s sheer enormity it often doesn’t get the attention and recognition it deserves as a fly fishing destination.  Steelhead, Salmon, Shad and Striped Bass must pass through the Delta to get to their ancestral spawning grounds.

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In today’s episode we chat with Captain Maury Hatch. Maury is one of the few dedicated fly fishing guides in the Delta for Striped and Smallmouth Bass. I have had the opportunity to fish on Maury’s boat and let me tell you there isn’t a harder working guide out there.


Maury has been fly fishing the western United States and Mexico for 30+ years.  After honing his skills with trout, he hooked his first striped bass in 1995, and has been chasing, catching, and releasing stripers ever since.  As a Captain, he guides both out of the San Joaquin Delta in a center console bay boat in the fall and spring, and then on a jet sled on the Feather and the American Rivers in the summer for Stripers, Small Mouth and Shad.  All trips include top of the line equipment as well as custom tied flies. He is an ambassador level pro staffer for the following products: Costa sunglasses, Simms clothing, Sage rods, RIO lines and Galvan reels.

Contact Info for Captain Maury Hatch

First Hatch Guide Service

Phone:  (916) 716-3474

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