Dayle Mazzarella– The Fly Fishing Coach
For over 40 years, Dayle Mazzarella has been a highly successful coach and teacher and has numerous coach and teacher of the year awards for his leadership success in the classroom and on the athletic field. Dayle has a B.A. and an M.A in Education, from San Diego State University and National University, San Diego, respectively.
Dayle was born in Wyoming and has spent much of every summer exploring this magnificent state. Beginning in 1987, Dayle has worked as a fly fishing guide in Western Wyoming. For the past five years, Dayle has specialized in fly fishing and guiding the Salt, Hams Fork, and Smiths Fork drainages.
Dayle and his wife, Barbara, spend the winters in Florida and much of the spring and fall in San Diego.
In addition to his Wyoming experiences, Dayle has fished in South America, Alaska, Mexico, New Zealand and the Caribbean. Fly fishing for Snook, Bonefish, Redfish, Rooster Fish, Tarpon, Dorado, Sharks and other large gamefish has expanded his knowledge base and, more importantly, allowed him to better communicate fly fishing instruction to his clients. Dayle has enjoyed fishing the U.S.’s West Coast, East Coast and states in between, and continues to be impressed by the wealth of knowledge and friendliness of the people in every region.
Dayle is one of the world’s approximately 210 International Federation of Fly Fishers’ Master Casting Instructors. He enjoys teaching beginners, young people, and groups as well as seasoned casters and fly fishing enthusiasts. Dayle also mentors candidates who are preparing for the International Federation of Fly Fishers’ certification exams. While in Florida and San Diego, Dayle focuses on teaching fly casting to individuals as well as large and small groups.
Dayle’s wife, Barbara, is the real backbone of the operation. She keeps track of communications, managing the calendar, lunches, reservations and shuttles, and a myriad of other details that allow Dayle to give his casting students and fishing clients an incredibly organized and well thought out experience.
Dayle believes his priorities to be 1) the safety of his clients, 2) the pursuit of a fun and exhilarating experience, 3) the development of self-sufficiency so that those under his guidance can continue to enjoy the sport of fly fishing long after they have spent time with him and Barbara.
1987 - Present
Wyoming Fly Fishing Guide
Conducted numerous fly casting workshops and clinics including multiple presentations at IFFF International Fairs in West Yellowstone, MT; Spokane, WA; Livingston, MT; Bend, OR.
International Federation of Fly Fishers Master Casting Instructor
International Federation of Fly Fishers Casting Instructor
Subject of Chapter 10 in Tearing Down the Gates authored by Peter Sacks
Subject of article in Worth Magazine. August/September, 2007. Author Peter Sacks
Subject of article by Jay Matthews of Washington Post May 15, 2007
Retired from classroom teaching
1973 – 2005
32 years of full time teaching and coaching
32 years X 200 days/year = 6,400 teaching days
6,400 days X 7 hours/day = 44,800 teaching hours
44,800 teaching hours X 35 students/hour = 1,568,000 student hours
Add additional coaching, teaching, teacher training, and so on from 1969 to 2015 and the total teaching hours exceeds 50,000.
Named by Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Oceanside’s Certificated person of the Year. (2,000 eligible teachers)
Taught Curriculum Development class at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego for Master of Education candidates.
Developed curriculum coordination between Special Education, ELD and core curricular areas of Science, Math, English, Social Studies. OHS has more than doubled the percentage of Special Education and ELD students passing standardized tests.