While many of us are still nervous about airline travel, what better time to consider a drive to our neighbors in the North. Fall season caters to all tastes from saltwater to fresh, and few people know the area better than our October presenter, Maury Hatch.
Maurice Richard Hatch was born in Marin County, CA and moved to Sacramento with his family when he was 4 years old. As the third child of four, he was always interested in animals of all kinds. His first love was birds, and then reptiles, before finally focusing on fish at the age of 15. He was fortunate enough to have a grandfather that had a private bass pond in the foothills of Northern California. He was influenced by his grandfather and uncles who were avid fishermen of bass and trout. As a senior in high school, he was introduced to fly fishing by some close friends. After that, he was hooked and decided to forget conventional fishing and only pursue fish on the fly. He also had careers as a ski instructor/coach and restaurant manager as well as racing road bikes before focusing his full-time attention on guiding. Maury has been fly fishing the western United States and Mexico for 35+ 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 Bass and shad. All trips include top-of-the-line equipment as well as custom-tied flies. Maury is also an ambassador level, pro-staffer for the following products: Costa sunglasses, Simms clothing, Sage rods, RIO lines and Galvan reels. He is the Co-event Manager for the Costa Bass-N-Fly Tournament and annually hosts trips to Baja with Gary Bulla, Tarpon Cay Lodge in the Yucatan and Christmas Island.