Joe Contaldi - Performance Anglers head guide and manager Joe Contaldi began his life-long angling addiction at the ripe age of four.
Fishing the streams of the New Jersey countryside as a young lad, Joe
lived "tight lines" and "bent rods" even before entering into kindergarten.
When asked in his
first math class what the sum of ten plus twelve is, he
offered the response, "About the number of fish that I caught yesterday!
Relocating to Southern California during his
high school years, Joe
began to explore all of the So Cal waters, and all that they have to offer.
Joe's history of angling in Southern California is exceptionally respectable.
"Matuka Joe" has twenty years to-date of fishing and guiding experience in the Eastern Sierra.
understands all of the fish species, and the vast majority of fishable waters in Mono and Inyo Counties.
has a history of hanging out with salty dawgs, bringing to the decks of countless ocean charter boats plenty of Bluefin, Yellowfin, Albacore, Dorado, and almost every other saltwater species one can find off of the coast of Southern California.
Ask him about it next time you are in the shop.
The fifteen years that Joe
committed to running saltwater spinning and fly fishing charters is evident, in his
love of being out on the boat on Convict Lake or Crowley Lake.
is not fishing or guiding on the bountiful creeks, streams, and rivers in the Eastern Sierra, "Matuka Joe" likely has the boat anchored on a very productive corner of Crowley Lake.
The P.A. Midge and P.A. Perch patterns envisioned and developed by Joe
do land lots of very big trout throughout the region, each and every summer.
"Matuka Joe" has spearheaded the world of video fly fishing and video spin & bait reports for the Eastern Sierra.
They are really cool, extremely informative, and on this website.
really enjoys spending quality time fishing with his
lovely wife Julia and two sons Quinn and Logan
Youth development goes further than Joe's family, as he
is deeply and selflessly committed towards bringing young (and younger) anglers into the world of fishing.
heads up the Kids Fishing Festival in Mammoth Lakes
every View Joe's guide photos
Rick came across "Matuka Joe" years ago, working with Joe as a teacher of fly angling, and as a very accomplished guide.