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About Your Guide


Joseph A. Garza first fell in love with fishing at the young age of four, fishing creeks with his grandparents. Moving to Northern California, just before his teen years, Joe would spend as much time as he could on creeks, rivers, and lakes. He would often ride his bike fifteen miles or more to fish and explore lakes, rivers, and creeks. The year 2001, marked his baptism into fly fishing. On a fishing trip with some friends, a fly rod was put in his hand, and he hasn’t put it down since. In true Joe fashion, he jumped in full tilt and did everything he could to gain as much knowledge as possible about this sport. In 2005, he became youth coordinator for a local fly fishing club. There he spent five and a half years teaching youth about presentation, casting, fly tying, aquatic entomology, and freshwater ecosystems. In a short amount of time, the youth program became nationally recognized.

In 2011, Joe left the youth program to spend more time with his family. He spent the next 4 years focusing primarily on teaching his children all he could about fly fishing.  In 2015, a good friend and fellow guide talked Joe into getting his California Guide License. So, with 43 years of fishing experience Joe decided to embark on a new adventure of becoming a guide. And in 2015, J.A.G. Fly Fishing became a reality.

Joe has never lost the desire to teach or the patience it takes to do it effectively. He has the uncanny ability to create great lasting memories for his guests. He takes the time necessary to teach proper technique, to ensure customers the best chance for success, during their trip and in the future. Joe loves watching his clients succeed and enjoys hearing about his clients success stories when they venture out on their own. Joe is a man of character and a real pleasure to fish with.

J.A.G. Fly Fishing is bonded, licensed, and insured to provide guided fly fishing trips in the state of California.