For many of us, dry fly fishing is the pinnacle of the sport. Who can resist the slow seductive rise of a hungry brown trout or the explosive surface action of feeding rainbows? However, in the heat of the moment when the hatch is on, wild casting and poor technique can send those feeding fish back to the depths of the stream. The dry fly game has its own rules – careful observation, accuracy and fly selection all play their part. It’s a tantalizing blend of frustration and elation. Luckily expert help is close at hand. Welcome back our November presenter, John Baiocchi, owner and head guide of Baiocchi’s Guide Service and an expert in the fine art of the dry fly.
Master fly angler Jon Baiocchi has been fly fishing and tying flies since 1972, and is a California licensed fly fishing guide (#2847), published author, educator, innovative tier, and an award winning public speaker giving fly fishing presentations to clubs and expos across the state of California, and the west coast. Born in San Jose, Ca in 1965, his Dad moved the entire family to Paradise, Ca in 1967 to be closer to prime fly fishing venues, and to raise his family in the spectacular conifer forests of Northern California. After finishing high school, Jon opted out of college to pursue a career as a professional snowboarder, competing at a national level, starring in feature movies, and working with manufacturers in their research and development programs. After his career ended in 1993, Jon focused entirely on fly fishing, and honing the intricate details of his home waters.