Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Catonsville, Maryland

Tom Hughes Guide Service (Capt. Tom Hughes), MD


Capt. Tom Hughes has been fishing for over 30 years. In 2000 he started guiding on the Maryland Sector of the Chesapeake Bay. He specializes in teaching everything needed to catch striped bass, bluefish, white perch, and other saltwater species on fly or light tackle fishing equipment. Trips are convenient to Baltimore, Annapolis, D.C., and Virginia. Please click on the Reviews tab above.

Date Range

Full or Half Day Trips are available from April 1 through December 15.

What is Provided to Customer

Fly Fishing or Light Tackle Equipment, Flies, Lures, Licenses, Sealed Waters, and Lunch (full day trips). Everything needed to have an enjoyable fishing outing on the Chesapeake Bay.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Right now - Throughout the Middle Section of the Chesapeake Bay. Striped Bass in the mid range are blitzing at the mouth of the rivers. Topwater and sinking flies can be very productive this time of the year.

Coming up - In Mid November through December large striped bass come into the Lower Sections of the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River. You'll be fishing on some of the largest stripers that enter the Bay. Topwater and sinking flies can be very productive this time of the year.

Mid April and early May at the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, the Susquehanna Flats, where anglers have the opportunity to catch that once-in-a-lifetime striped bass on topwater.

In May through November, trips on the Upper or Middle Chesapeake Bay in the state of Maryland become available.

Capt. Tom has the flexibility to fit your needs in any of the above trip locations.

Typical Weather by Season

Right now - Air Temperatures range between 40 and 60 degrees. Layer up with warm cloths and bring a rain suite. Trip Time: 7:00am to 3:00pm.

Coming up - In Mid November through December air temperatures range from 35 and 55. Layer up with warm cloths and bring a rain suite. Trip Time: 7:00am to 3:00pm.

Susquehanna Flats season (April to Early May) - Average air temperature is 60 degrees. Rainfall: moderate (please bring a rain suit). Trip time: 6am to 2pm. Water temperature is from 45 to 65 degrees.

Upper and Middle Chesapeake Bay season (May 6 to Dec) - Average air temperature is 86 degrees (May to October). Rainfall: moderate (please bring a rain suit). Trip time: 7am to 3pm. Water temperature is from 85 (July) to 47 (December) degrees.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Full-day trips: you can be on the water for a maximum of 8 hours. Half-day trips: you can be on the water for a maximum of 4 hours.

Everything is provided: fly-fishing and light tackle equipment, flies, lures, licenses, cold waters, and lunch on full-day trips.

Susquehanna Flats season: full-day trips only, for 1 to 3 anglers. We will meet in Havre de Grace, Maryland at Tydings Marina. My boat will be at slip 358. A map with directions will be provided.

Upper and Middle Chesapeake Bay season: half-day (4 hours) and full-day (8 hours) trips for 1 to 3 anglers will be available. Meeting location is flexible and between the Inner Harbor of Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland.


Species You Fish for by Season

Susquehanna Flats season: striped bass.

Upper and Middle Chesapeake Bay season: striped bass, bluefish, spanish mackerel, croakers, and white perch.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel: striped bass


What Should Customers Bring?

• Sunscreen
• Sun glasses
• Camera
• Rain gear
• Waterproof footwear
• Dress for the weather


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 47 reviews


47 of 47 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Excellent trip for fly or spin fishermen. - 10/15/2014
    By: from Southeastern mountains

    A friend and I took a full day trip with Tom, catching over 30 strippers on fly and spin rods, mostly on top water flies or plugs. Great service and a fun guy to fish all day with.

  • 5/5

    Day of Rememberance - 10/12/2014

    The day before our trip, we layed to rest a women know to my kids as "Nan", and to my brother-in-law and as "Mom". We ventured out for a day of fishing, but more importantly a day to decompress and enjoy the wonders of the Chesapeake. Even thought the fish weren't cooperating, Capt Tom, the professional that he is, made it a most memorable day none the less. As we sat in the shadows of the Thomas Point Lighthouse for lunch, we reminisced about lady who was loved by all. Thank you so much Capt Tom!

  • 5/5

    Great day on the bay! - 10/7/2014
    By: from Washington, DC, USA

    Great day on the bay. First time fishing for Stripers and Blues and Capt Tom put me on to a lot of fish! 30 plus fish to the boat across a fun day. Tom is personable and knows the area - where the fish are and how to catch them. If you enjoy catching good numbers of Stripers from 16-20 inches I recommend this trip.

  • 5/5

    Great Day on the Bay - 10/6/2014

    Capt. Tom did a great job getting us on top of a bunch of rockfish and bluefish. He was very instructional too and I learned a lot from him. I would definitely fish with him again.

  • 4/5

    chesapeake bay - 9/25/2014
    By: from Baltimore, MD, USA

    Tom was on time, courteous, knowledgable, hard working. We had a fun day on the bay and caught lots of small stripers. It was fun

  • 5/5

    Great Father-Son Trip - 9/25/2014
    By: from Maryland, USA

    Captain Tom Hughes did a great job handling a beginner's fishing trip for my 8-year-old son and me. He made sure we both had a great time, and he was very patient with my over-excited and inquisitive son. I hope to plan another trip with Capt. Tom, and would highly recommend him.

  • 5/5

    Capt Tom Hughes - 9/15/2014
    By: from Maryland

    My two sons and I went on a day trip with Capt Tom and had a great trip. The day went by very fast. Capt Tom gave us an action packed experience with no shortcuts as we covered over 65 miles of the bay fishing various structures. We caught stripers, blue fish and white perch. Capt Tom was very good at explaining the areas we were fishing and what we could expect to catch. Will do it again next year.

  • 5/5

    May-Chesapeake/Stripers - 7/9/2014
    By: from Maryland

    -Outstanding knowledge base -Excellent skill set -Top-shelf gear -Superb planning /execution -Superior fly-guide on the Bay -Personable, hard-working -Highly recommend and will return

  • 5/5

    First Rockfish Charter - 6/19/2014
    By: from Alexandria, VA, USA

    Did lots of web research and decided on Capt Tom Hughes based on other ratings, Orvis affiliation and the type of fishing he did. For our first Rockfish charter it was a fantastic expeience and that included enough fish to keep the day exciting. Capt Tom was knowledgeable, personable and worked very hard to ensure we found fish. He was also a patient teacher on the right techniques. The lunches made by his wife were hearty and tasty. Gear and tackly were of good quality and the boat was very comfortable with lots of free deck space for fishing. We can't wait to book the next trip.

  • 5/5

    Great Day - 5/28/2014

    It was my first time fly fishing for stripers and Capt. Tom did a great job showing me how it's done!

Tom Hughes Guide Service
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
Capt. Tom Hughes
2110 Oak Lodge Rd.
Catonsville, MD 21228

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