Wrangling Anglers



Plumas County is home to some of the most coveted flyfishing in California. Just steps away from the middle fork of the Feather River and driving distance to several of the headwaters of California’s major waterways, the region is known as Lakes Basin because of its spattering of high-altitude lakes. For a small fee, our expert guides are available for hire to show you the secrets of the streams and rivers in the Lost Sierra and Lakes Basin.




Greenhorn Ranch is contracted with one of the few Orvis-certified guides. Mike Pease is more than just a guide. A patient mentor and teacher by profession, he is passionate about showing every student ways they can grow and improve their skill. Each experience is different as he personalizes lessons, tours and strategies for each fisherman or woman he works with.


This itinerary is based on a two or three-day program Mike offers at the ranch.



9:30 am class begins

Just after breakfast, class begins where Mike can learn about his new student group. He introduces a history of fly fishing, reviews the basics and ensures each student understands the plan for the course. He reviews fly casting, and begins to teach students how to case using the overhead cast.

After lunch, we break into the classroom to review our gear and get suited up with the basics of the fish we will be fishing for and explore some entomology as we get to know what’s in our fly box.

By the afternoon, we’ll get into the Greenhorn Ranch ponds and begin to cast.



Class is over at 4:30 p.m. - in time for a beer before dinner at the Greenhorn Saloon but students can practice as long as they want.




After breakfast, we will review our new skills and knowledge and begin putting it all to use. Mike will take his students to one of the nearby rivers where they will learn safe wading techniques, how to stalk fish and read their changing environment. Mike will explain reading the water, mending the line, and a U-case using the river to show students with live demonstrations and through trial and error.



One of the most important lessons of day two is fishing etiquette. Fish aren’t the only ones who can be a bit territorial of the streams and rivers. It’s best not to spoil the experience for anyone else.



With some more review in the morning and plenty of time to gather feedback, Mike prepares his students for an afternoon of real fly fishing. Giving students the chance to experience the solitude and magnificence of the river’s rhythm on a personal level is imperative. This is when the art of fly fishing comes alive for most students and they begin to understand why fly fishers around the world are totally hooked on the sport.

Care to keep your big catch? We will cook it up for you back at the ranch.

Alli Phillips