Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Northern California

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Mike Pease

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide

Phone icon916-426-2082 Phone icon916-812-7340 Email iconmikepeaseadventures@gmail.com Link iconmikepeaseadventures.com
Northern California

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The Story

Mike Pease is a fly-fishing guide, the owner of Mike Pease Adventures and founder of the Feather River Fly Fishing School in Plumas County near Graeagle, California. Mike grew up trout and steelhead fishing with his father and grandfather on many of the well-known streams of Northern California. He took his skill and art to a new level when he learned to fly fish 28 years ago in the Greater Redding area with many of the masters of the Northstate. Mike is a patient and skilled fly-fishing instructor and guide. He combines a career as a Stanford-trained educator with a lifetime of fishing and adventure to provide a unique approach to the pedagogy of teaching others to fly fish. Mike strives to make you a client for life while helping you hone your angling skills and serving all of your fly-fishing needs. Mike is a permitted guide in the Plumas National Forest and will take you to hidden river gems like the Middle and North Forks of the Feather River along with Central Valley rivers including the Calaveras, Lower Yuba, Lower Sacramento, and the Lower American.

In addition to walk and wade guided trips, Mike also leads fly-fishing classes and clinics at an exclusive Sierra dude ranch and personalized classes in the Central Valley. The summer program is a 1-, 2-, and/or 3-day course offered at the serene Greenhorn Ranch near Graeagle, CA, which is approximately 2.5 hours from Sacramento. Information can be found at www.mikepeaseadventures.com and/or at https://www.greenhornranch.com/.


Sacramento Valley: All year.
Sierra Nevada Mountains: Last Saturday in April until November 15. (Season is subject to change due to new regulations coming out soon in California.)


Trout & Steelhead.

Typical Itinerary

Full day, typically meet at 8 a.m. near the fishing destination. Fishing until around 12 p.m. with approximate 30-min. lunch. Fish until 4:00-4:30 p.m. Beginning and ending times are flexible to meet client needs and/or to take advantage of hatches.

Half day can be either 8 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-5 p.m. Beginning and ending times are flexible to meet client needs and/or to take advantage of hatches.


One, two, and three-day clinics and classes offered at the serene Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch near Graeagle, CA, which is approximately 2.5 hours from Sacramento. Information can be found at http://mikepeaseadventures.com.


Northern California/Walk & Wade Fly Fishing Guide: Primary streams include Feather River (North Fork, Middle Fork, Lower), American (Lower, Middle Fork), Lower Yuba, Lower Sacramento, and Calaveras.

Typical Weather:

Sacramento Valley:
Fall, 60s-70s F.
Winter, 40s-60s.
Spring, 60s-70s.
Summer, 80s-100s.
Sierra Nevada Mountains:
Fall, 50s-60s F.
Winter, 20s-40s.
Spring, 50s-60s.
Summer, 70s-90s.


Rates start from: $150 for two hours of personal instruction; $350 for a 1/2-day guided trip; $450 for a full-day guided trip for 1-2 anglers.

You can find all pricing information at: http://www.mikepeaseadventures.com/

What is Provided:

All trips include full equipment use (rod, reel, and terminal tackle including flies), transportation, and guide service. Lunch and beverages are provided for full-day trips and snacks are provided for ½ day trips.

Gear Recommendations:

Orvis recommended gear list by stream:

Middle Fork Feather River, Calaveras: 3 or 4 wt./7.5'- 8.5' Helios 2, Recon, Clearwater or Superfine rods and packages that include reels/line/etc.

North Fork Feather, Middle Fork American: 5 or 6 wt./8.5' Helios 3, Recon, or Clearwater rods and packages that include reels/line/etc.

Lower Yuba, Lower Feather, and Lower Sacramento: 6 wt. Helios 3, Recon, or Clearwater rods and packages that include reels/line/etc.

Safe Passage Sling Pack or Hydros Strap Fishing Vest.

What to Bring (Additional):

Mandatory Items:

  • California Fishing License. We cannot fish without it.
  • Breathable chest-high waders and wading boots. Mandatory in spring, fall, or winter – optional in summer.
  • Be prepared to wade: Wading shorts and wading shoes (summer only). OR chest-high waders and wading boots (see below).
  • If wading shorts and wading shoes, then change of clothes each day.
  • Sunglasses (polarized much preferred)
  • Magnifying glasses and leash (for those of us that need them this is a must!). I use 3.0
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Clothes for hot, cold and rain: GORE-TEX rain slicker. I like SmartWool and/or fleece, bring layers.
  • Extra clothes for after, in case you get wet.

  • Optional Items:
  • Breathable chest-high waders and wading boots –mandatory in spring, fall, or winter.
  • Rod, 8.5' to 9', 5 or 6 weight is best.
  • Reel, floating line, 7.5-10' leader ending in 4x. Bring 4x and 5x tippet.
  • Varying size split shot, Thing-a-Ma-Bobber as indicator.
  • Fly fishing vest
  • Wading staff (old ski pole with a rope leash works well)
  • Flies, (I will provide, but if you want for after our trip) nymphs (bead-head prince and bird's nest size 14). Dries (caddis size 14, parachute Adams size 16-12, and orange stimulator size 8-12)
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Bathing suit for days we go swimming
  • Camera
  • Knapsack for extra clothes and items
  • Don't bring valuables that you have to leave in your car, just in case.
  • Don't bring lunch, I will provide it :)


For Sierra guide dates, Greenhorn Ranch is suggested for lodging since we are able to use their stocked pond for instruction. Lodging can be arranged at: https://www.greenhornranch.com/

Additional Activities:

Guide dates in the Sierras typically originate at Greenhorn Ranch which is an exclusive dude ranch offering horseback riding and other activities. More information can be found at: https://www.greenhornranch.com/

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great teacher! I booked Mike for a 1/2 day trip on the Lower Yuba. What a great day we had. Mike is a great teacher. He spent really quality time with both my son and me teaching us basics and also some of the finer points of fly fishing. We will definitely be back. Thank you Mike. We are looking forward to fishing with you again.
Date published: 2021-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great teacher My son and I spent a half day fishing with Mike and had a great time. He was very thoughtful and spent considerable time with us both teaching us some basics and finer points of fly fishing. We will definitely fish with Mime again.
Date published: 2021-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Experience Our experience with Mike was top notch. He scouted the area he was going to take us prior to our trip, he showed up completely prepared for any scenario (my rental waders did not come with a wading belt and he had one for me to use), remained patient while being hammered with questions and overall took the time to make sure our experience was the best it could possibly be.
Date published: 2021-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mike has me hooked! My first experience fly fishing and now I am hooked. Mike was our guide and walked me through the entire process from first getting into the stream to landing my first catch. Mike is very personable and very knowledgeable about the sport and nature. The entire experience was relaxing and enlightening. I would definitely recommend Mike whether its your first time or you are getting real serious and want to learn from a pro how its done.
Date published: 2020-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous time with Mike Pease I booked a trip with Mike for myself and my friend who had never fished before. Mike went out of his way to make the whole day a very positive experience for us both and was the perfect first time instructor for my buddy. As a result, he's hooked on fly fishing and ready to go again. Mike is also very professional and thorough in the pre trip communication and information he provides so the whole day runs as smoothly as one can hope for. Book a trip with Mike, you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2020-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mike is the best! I was tasked with finding a trip for my 70 year plus old father that hadn't fly fished fished in 40 years. It had been like 15 years since I had fished as well. Not an easy one but the great team at the Roseville store highly recommended Mike Pease and his classes/on river program at the ranch near Quincy. I wasn't sure what to expect for both of us but Mike had the entire program lined up and clearly communicated with both of us on the phone beforehand. We ended up booking the 3 day program and it literally could not have gone better for both of us. My dad was so excited he wants to line up another trip soon with Mike. Mike is a math teacher and you can quickly tell his passion for both teaching and fishing. We all learned so much. The combination of a beautiful place and excellent, professional teaching/guiding made for a fantastic trip. I highly recommend booking Mike for either his program or on a standalone trip!
Date published: 2020-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great intro to the sport! Had a fantastic introduction to fly fishing with Mike on a half day clinic for myself and my two boys, ages 11 and 13. We started off learning casting basics at a pond, then went down to great spot on the Middle Fork of the Feather to put all the pieces together. Mike clearly has a deep well of experience, yet can still make the sport approachable, accessible and fun for beginners. He’s great at connecting with kids too, and conveying his passion for the sport with them. My older son caught his fist fish, and the smile on his face is a good indication for how much we enjoyed the excursion with Mike. Very highly recommended!
Date published: 2020-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Didn't realize learning could be so fun! Had a great few days on the feather river with a group of fellow anglers all under Mike's watch. All of us anxious to improve our skills. Mike did an excellent job. We all had a great time and made some new friends!
Date published: 2020-07-01
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