To all my Fly Fishing Fanatics/Friends/Newbies,
I wanted to take a minute to express my fond appreciation to an individual, Joe Contaldi. I’ve fished with a few guides in the Eastern Sierras until meeting Joe and all my trips had been a good experience, just not over the top. My first trip with Performance Anglers and Joe, changed that forever, he’s a beast! He’s a Teacher, takes the time to explain the game plan, takes the time in OFF water to show you the proper presentation, what to expect for a strike/hit and when to reload and replace a cast. My success rate increased immensely with his guidance and his knowledge of the water.
I was invited back to too enjoy his still water skills at Lake Crowley and all I can say is WOW, this guy is the MAN! I had a 46 fish day this year and I’ve had multiple trips with First Time Fly Fishing Anglers that have left with experiences of a lifetime, he’s the best hands on Guide for the Beginner and Pro.
I’ve been fishing with Joe for over 7 years now and average 5-6 trips a year and I’ve never had a client come away with any complaints, it’s always can I get his number!
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Joe is the type of guide that is always trying to improve your day on the water. Changing flies, techniques or locations, whatever it takes to catch more fish. His knowledge and work ethic are the perfect combination for a great experience. #14
I can’t say enough about Joe as a guide and as a person. I’ve fished with Joe many times. He’s fun to fish with and always a pro. When it comes to Lake Pyramid his expertise is unmatched. He puts you “on the bite”. And the reason to that is he works at it. If Joe’s not with a client he fishing to find the fish and stay “on the bite” for you. You can’t fish with a better guide service.
Capt. Tom Berg
I first fished with Joe Contaldi over ten years ago, and it was the best decision that I ever been. Joe guided my Father and I on our maiden fly fishing trip on the Upper Owens, and after a brief introduction, my very first cast above the riffles was a hook up. Since this trip, Joe has taught me so much about fly fishing The Sierras, from getting towed under in The East Walker, to making them rise on hoppers in The Upper Owens, and my favorite, chasing the pigs in Crowley.
Joe’s knowledge and wisdom is only overshadowed by his patients and teaching skills. As far as I’m concerned, fishing with Joe will change your fly fishing life, allowing you to experience all that you have ever dreamed about fly fishing.
Jeanann and I have fished with Joe many times and have had awesome trips. Joe is considerate and gets us on the fish. The past trip to Crawley we had 103 fish in the net in 2 days. Walt
I first fished with Joe about 4 years ago for my sons 12th birthday, and his FIRST fish was a 24" cutthroat. Since that day we've fished with Joe multiple times every year, and we make it a point to fish at least once per trip with him every time we fish the Eastern Sierra. He totally changed my mind about fishing with a guide and I’m so glad we did! He's constantly working to get you on fish, and the biggest fish, and it's very common to have takes all day while those around you watch in frustration. I’m thankful for all the great times we've had fishing with Joe, and i look forward to many, many more 30+ fish days in the future!
"Joe's enthusiasm for the sport and willingness to share his knowledge is evident when spending a day on the water with him. It's not only about catching fish but also learning about the environment around you. From learning about the insects, the trout are feeding on to the names of the tallest peaks that surround you, you will leave the water a better and smarter angler as a result of his enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge and passion with you. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned angler, a day on the water with will Joe provide you with memories that will last a lifetime.