My name is John Bocchino, and I go by John or Bo. I am a fly fishing guide and the owner of Riffle and Rise Outfitters. I live on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies, in Gunnison. I have been in the Gunnison Valley since 2006, when I came to work for one of the top resorts in the valley. I managed the fly shop and guide service there for five seasons and guided for eight seasons, prior to starting up my own fly fishing outfitting business. In addition to working for myself, I also work for Irwin Guides, a global outfitter based in Crested Butte.
Prior to pursuing a career in the fly fishing industry, I spent 25 years in telecommunications, information technology, engineering and consulting. My business experience is extensive and has varied over the years. I worked for multi-national corporations with operations around the globe. I was fortunate enough to be able to travel around the US, Canada, Europe, and even Hong Kong and China.
I am a member and past president of our local Trout Unlimited (TU) chapter in Gunnison – the Gunnison Angling Society. I developed the chapter website and continue to manage it. Prior to moving to Colorado, I was very active with TU in Virginia. I developed and managed websites for local chapters, as well as the Virginia State Council of TU. I am a life member of TU, and Riffle and Rise Outfitters is a Trout Unlimited Endorsed Business. I fully support the TU mission to conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.
Fly fishing is my passion, and I spend as much time on the water as possible. This part of the Rocky Mountains is home to some of the best trout rivers in the country, and there are countless opportunities to fly fish on a variety of water in the area.