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Jon Baiocchi has been fly fishing and tying flies since 1972, and is a California licensed fly fishing guide (#2847), and a published author featured in California Fly Fisher, Northwest Fly Fishing, and Sierra Fisherman. Jon is also an educator, innovative tier, and an award winning public speaker with well over a 150 presentations to his credit for fly fishing clubs, expos, and trade shows across the state of California, and Nevada. 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 forests of Northern California. Jon’s Dad, Bob Baiocchi, was inducted into the Federation of Fly Fishers Hall of Fame in 1999, and was a major influence in helping Jon hone his fly fishing skills at a very young age. Like his father, Jon is active as a fisheries conservationist serving on the Truckee Trout Unlimited Board of Directors, and volunteering his time with Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers Youth Programs, Yuba Fest, and the South Yuba River Citizens League. 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 learning even more of the intricate details of his home waters and skill set.
Jon owns and operates Baiocchi’s Troutfitters guide service In Northern California where he has been guiding for the last 24 years. In addition, he also conducts highly informative group clinics, tours, and workshops. Jon takes pride in being on the Pro Staff for WildStream Fly Rods, GuideBox, RIO, Simms, Redington, Shwood Eyewear, Fishpond, Dr. Slick, Buff, Loon Products, and Sage. He has a reputation as a very hard working guide that’s been trained by some of fly fishing’s best known anglers, both past and present. His enthusiasm for the sport is contagious, and combined with his simple approach to teaching gives students the skills needed to be successful on all types of water. Moved by all things flora and fauna, his passion for such is never ending. Sharing the knowledge with others is of the greatest importance to him now, and to see others progress and reach the next level in fly fishing fulfills his life. It’s the legacy his father left him, and a cherished tradition that Jon will continue in his honor. His locations for guiding include Lake Davis, the Wild & Scenic Middle Fork Feather River, Frenchman’s Reservoir, North Fork Yuba River, Big & Little Truckee Rivers, The Lower Yuba River, and many secluded creeks in the Lost Sierra. Jon’s philosophy on fly fishing is to keep it simple, be confident in your presentation, and have fun. His favorite game is stalking and sight fishing to large trout in shallow water whether it is a river, or a stillwater.