Mike Pease

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Northern California

Mike Pease


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.



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 www.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: 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 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: www.greenhornranch.com


Mike Pease
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
Northern California

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