In the spring of 1983, John Hatch, founder of Gavilan Tours, was contacted by Dr. Robert Smith for information on the trout of the mountains of Chihuahua. Dr. Smith was working on completing his book about the Native Trout of North America and looking for someone with a knowledge of the fish and streams located in the mountains of Northern Chihuahua, Mexico.
As an avid fisherman and a native of the area, as well as being the son and grandson of men who knew and loved the area, John was the ideal guide. He continues working with a team of fish biologists who are in the process of classifying native species of fish of the Sierra Madre.
Following the success of that first tour, John Hatch has grown his business based solely on the word of mouth and recommendations of his clients. Today, 30 years and thousands of clients later, John continues to provide his clients with unique and personalized tours of the areas of Northern Mexico.
This is my story
I was born on October 22, 1950 in the small Mormon community of Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, the fifth child of seven children of Ernest LeRoy Hatch and Marza Lunt. My father was a country doctor and served the medical needs of a large rural area. He often traveled into very remote locations and worked under extreme conditions. He had a great love for the outdoors and from a very early age, I was able to accompany him on many of his expeditions. He was called on an assignment for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that caused us to live in Mexico City when I was 11 through 14 years of age. It was a difficult adjustment to city life, but becoming active in the Boy Scout program helped until we returned to Colonia Juarez. When I graduated from high school, I attended Brigham Young University then served a two year mission for the Church in central Mexico. I returned and finished my degree at BYU and married my childhood sweetheart, Sandra Call. We have raised five sons and one daughter. We returned to live in Colonia Juarez where I taught school at my alma mater and grew apples and peaches. I recently retired from teaching school to spend more time in my orchard and as a guide. Many members of the Church in the western part of the United States have roots here and are interested in returning to see where their ancestors lived. I also have developed a clientele of scientists and ecologists who are interested in this region of the Sierra Madre.