About Us

We are a family run Guide Service based high in the Eastern Sierra of California, by the famous Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. We are easily reached by air via the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport or car. We Guide year-round from Bishop to Bridgeport.  Joe Contaldi is the Owner and Lead Guide. Julia Contaldi is the Guide Service Manager. Our Motto is "We Create Memories!"  We welcome Anglers of all ages and abilities. We do both river and lake trips.  We practice "Catch and Release" to keep our fish population sustainable.

Joe Contaldi - Fly Fishing Guide Biography

Joe Contaldi is a veteran licensed Guide since 1996 on the waters of the Eastern Sierra. He is Lead Guide and Owner of Performance Anglers Guide Service and Pyramid Lake Anglers Guide Service based in Mammoth Lakes, California.

He started fishing in New Jersey as a child and came to southern California during his high school years. Soon he was fishing all that California and Nevada had to offer. He started working for a local outdoors retailer and started running saltwater fishing charter trips, He pioneered some of the first salt-water fly-fishing charters in California, giving fly casting demos, lecturing at fishing clubs and outdoor expos. He is a dedicated fly-fishing enthusiast who fishes both salt and fresh water. He is patient, courteous and a true professional who pays attention to his clients needs.
Joe enjoys working with all levels of anglers from the beginner to the advanced. Joe takes the time to make sure that his clients walk away a better angler and create memories of a lifetime. This man truly loves what he does, and his enthusiasm is catching! This passion for fishing has driven him to turn what most people consider a hobby into a life style. He is a Celebrity Speaker at The Fly-Fishing Show in Pleasanton, CA. He has been quoted in many articles, books, and has been a featured Guest Host on many radio shows. Joe is committed to giving back to the community with many donated trips to programs such as Project Healing Waters, Wounded Warriors and fly-fishing clubs youth activities.

During October – May; Joe spends his guiding time at Pyramid Lake, Nevada. In June he is at Eagle Lake in Susanville, California. From May – September he is based in Mammoth for the stellar eastern sierra season: Crowley lake, East Walker River and the Upper Owens river.

Joe is currently an ambassador for Aquaz Fishing Gear and resides in Mammoth Lakes, Ca with his wife Julia, & sons Quinn and Logan. In his off-time Joe enjoys fishing and spending time with his family.
Address: P.O. Box 1688, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Phone: 760-965-6527
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Monday: 06:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 06:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 06:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 06:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 06:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 06:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 06:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Showroom Hours

Monday - Saturday: By Appointment Only
Sunday: Closed