Meet The Guides
Our guides at Fly Fishing Specialties are comprised of patient, hard-working professionals, dedicated to showing customers an enjoyable day on the water. Guided trips are typically scheduled in either half-day or full-day blocks and consist of 1 to 2 anglers. Group trips and other custom outings are available upon request but ultimately depend on guide availability. If you are new to the sport or just looking to improve you fishing skills, there are on-stream clinics and spey casting classes available through the shop also.
Guided rivers include: American River, Delta – San Joaquin/Sacramento/San Francisco Bay, Fall River, Feather River, Hat Creek, Klamath River, McCloud River, Pit River, Putah Creek, Upper and Lower Sacramento River, Trinity River, Little Truckee and Truckee River, Yuba River and Coastal Steelhead. Stillwater/Lakes: Davis Lake, Frenchman Lake, Milton Reservoir, Pyramid Lake and other “un-named” Sierra lakes.
Jim Zech, California native, has been attempting to make a living in the fly fishing industry for the last 20+ years. Really that's mostly been an excuse to go fishing and act like it's work, and to provide a romantic excuse for being chronically poor. Throughout his "career" Jim has had the opportunity to fish a whole lot of cool places, including the American River, and has done it with a whole lot of cool people, and some not quite so. Jim digs steelhead fishing and thinks that most people should get the hell off whatever river he is fishing.
Jordan grew up just minutes from Putah Creek, in the town of Winters. He eventually moved to North Lake Tahoe to challenge himself on the beautiful streams and lakes the Sierra’s had to offer. In 2009 he decided to turn his passion into a career and attended the premier Clearwater Lodge guide school. Jordan now guides many different waters in Northern California including Putah, the Yuba, Feather, forks of the American River, and is the lead casting instructor for Matt Heron's fly fishing school in North Lake Tahoe.
Mike Folden was born and raised in Northern California and introduced to fly fishing at a very young age by his grandfather, whom himself was a guide. Mike continues to proudly carry on his grandfather’s legacy as he guides, instructs and shares his knowledge. Mike is an outgoing, energetic and talkative individual who relishes the opportunity to guide our local fisheries. So, whether it's Steelhead, Shad, Stripers or Trout, whether you are new to the sport or an avid fly angler, Mike believes it's all about the journey. He likes to approach the sport from the angle of keep it simple and fun. Whatever river or species you would like to fish and experience, Mike looks forward to working with you to create a memorable outdoor adventure.
Matt started his fly fishing career two decades ago and has never looked back. Matt grew up catching trout and bass in the historic Adirondack Mountains, and not long after was chasing the huge trophy steelhead, browns and salmon in the Great Lakes tributaries every fall and spring. Along with offering a variety of clinics and guided trips in the Reno/Tahoe are, he also operates a fly fishing school located at the beautiful Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley, California, just a few minutes north of Lake Tahoe.
capt. maury hatch
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. All trips include top of the line equipment as well as custom tied flies. He is pro staff for Costa, Galvan, Sage, RIO and Simms.
Toby grew up in Northern California and has spent most of his life chasing Trout, Steelhead and Salmon on many of our treasured waters. He has owned a fly shop at the early age of twenty eight and furthered his passion over the years of becoming an industry rep to many reputable fly fishing companies out there. He has spent many years fishing Montana, Idaho, and the Baja waters in pursuit of that trophy fish on the fly. Toby guides the Trinity River, Sacramento River, Feather River, Yuba River, American River and our California Delta for Stripers and Largemouth Bass. He enjoys sharing his passion and experience of the sport with friends and clients of all ages and levels of experience.
Capt. Bryce Tedford
Bryce was raised on Bainbridge Is. WA where he grew up Fly Fishing for Silvers, Cutthroat & King Salmon off the beaches of Puget Sound. He began guiding back in 1997 out of High School, his guiding travels have included various rivers & lakes in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Argentina & Chile. In addition, he's fished extensively in Montana, California, Fiji, Cuba & the Bahamas to name a few. Bryce has been learning, enjoying & teaching the art of Fly Fishing for over 20yrs. He truly enjoys sharing his knowledge, expertise & enthusiasm for chasing fish on a fly rod! Since moving to CA in 2010, Bryce turned his attention to Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass & Smallmouth Bass on the CA Delta. All species of Bass are unique freshwater game fish, these fish are predatory hunters & will explode on a fly! Captain Bryce Tedford is fully Licensed, Bonded & Insured; he holds a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential, CA Guide License & First Aid/CPR/AED certification.
Capt. Chuck Ragan
Capt. Chuck Ragan focuses on Sacramento Valley Rivers, foothill lakes of the Sierra Nevada Range and The California Delta. He’s always in pursuit of Striper, Smallmouth, Largemouth, Spotted Bass and Shad on the fly as well as the Wild Trout and Central Valley Steelhead of the Yuba and Feather Rivers. He’s always eager to get away from crowds and into wild places to hunt fish. Ragan also works and supports the growth of http://www.casthope.org to help give a new perspective to kids yet to find passion and reason to protect natural resources. Always positive and fired up, he lives to see people light up when their rod bends and believes in giving others the knowledge that’s been passed down to him to carry and pass on themselves.
Jason provides guided and instructional fly fishing trips for steelhead in Northern California using two handed, spey rods. He fishes for steelhead in the traditional down and across method, targeting the most aggressive fish in the river. Whether you are a beginner or an avid steelheader, Jason will show you a great day of steelheading.