Fly fishing saved Mario's life. At least that's what he'll be quick to tell you when you first meet him. Mario truly believes that it's his calling. He grew up in San Jose, CA. Mostly fishing for largemouth bass on conventional gear in the local reservoirs. As he grew older and the city grew larger, he felt it was the mountains that were his salvation from the city's hustle and bustle. Intrigued by fly fishing since he was a child, he decided to go on a fly fishing trip for steelhead in the winter of 2013. Ten minutes into fishing, and not having any idea what he was doing, his line pulled tight and at the end of it was a fiery California Steelhead. It was as if the river knew it needed to show him how powerful fly fishing was. His life changed from that day forward, for the better. He truly believes that fly fishing can save lives and is very excited to share his love for the water, the fish, the outdoors, and fly fishing with others.