Jon donates his time to the Cliff Frazier Memorial event, a very important 3 day fly fishing trout camp for young fly anglers in conjunction with its sponsor, the Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers. Another collaborative sponsor is the San Francisco Fly Casting Club who allows TTFF the use of their private fishing facility on the Truckee River. Jon loves to share fly fishing and the great outdoors with today’s youth in hope they can appreciate it, and be a voice for fisheries conservation in the future.
As a river monitor, Jon works a few days a year for the most successful conservation group in the Tahoe / Truckee area. He helps collect data at various monitoring stations, and records it all on his Gopro camera for future media releases by TRWC. There are takers and givers in fly fishing, and Jon is doing his part to give back.
Not only is Jon a member, but for 2017 and beyond he is now on the Board of Directors for Truckee Trout Unlimited #103. Jon is a second generation fisheries conservationist after his dad, and brings the passion for preserving our watersheds, protection for wild trout, macroinvertebrates, and all things flora and fauna. Jon is looking forward to working with the chapter’s members and officials, along with TU’s California Field Coordinator David Lass, and TU’s Sierra-Cascades Field Coordinator Sam Sedillo in the near future.
Giving back to the Lower Yuba River is high on Jon’s list. From 2008 to 2010 Jon volunteered in numerous projects including aquatic insect samplings from the headwaters of the south Yuba River, Bear creek, Spring creek, and main stretch of the river. For 2016, Jon has again volunteered his time to the Hammon Bar riparian improvement project measuring growth rates of willows and cottonwoods that SYRCL planted in 2011. He also volunteered for the ” 2016 Yuba River Cleanup” where over 800 volunteers removed close to 12,000 pounds of trash. As time allows, he will be active with SYRCL on future projects when needed.
California Fisheries and Water Unlimited
CFWU was the last organization Jon’s dad, Bob Baiocchi, founded before he passed away in 2013. Jon serves as a consultant on various issues concerning fisheries, macroinvertebrates, and river ecology. The group is heavily focused on the Napa River and its tributaries.
Going Green and Beyond
Recycling all materials associated with guide trips is just the start for Jon, he collects used monofilament out in the field which can be lethal to wildlife, and trash left behind by others. Most importantly, he teaches his guests the importance of being a good steward of the land, and educating the public when the opportunity arises.