Pioneering The Way Outfitters Do Business

Fish Habit Outfitters, LLC. was founded by guides Phil White and Joe Vasquez with the understanding that the relationships built between our guests and fishing guides are what makes your fishing trip a more memorable experience. Our company is not built around its staff, but around the idea of team, our family. In fact, some of our team members’ relationships cover almost a lifetime, and they all share the belief that a team succeeds when they work together. These values have quickly established Fish Habit Outfitters, and they have made us leaders in California’s fly fishing industry.

Conveniently located along The American River Parkway, Fish Habit Outfitters specializes in California guided fishing and fly fishing, fly fishing lessons, California travel, international fly fishing vacations, and hosted travel. Consisting of a highly trained and professional team of fishing guides, educators, and specialty team members who able to share a vast range of knowledge and experiences, our team can help take your next adventure to the next level. If you spend time with us, you may hear the phrase,“not your typical guides.” There’s a reason for this. We don’t settle for being average fishing guides or arranging mediocre fishing trips. Call us today to learn more and to book your guided fishing trip!  


Phil White, Managing Member

NuCast Pro-Team, Solitude Fly Company Signature Designer, Guide, Educator, Speaker

Phil White is a California native and an outdoor aficionado. His youth was spent in the outdoors fishing, hunting, hiking and panning gold.

During his twenties, he quickly made his way up the ranks and into a career of fly fishing. Phil’s start began with American Fly Fishing Co., with years of dedication to AFFC; he eventually formed his own independent guide service. In 2014 Phil partnered with Joe Vasquez to form Fish Habit Outfitters, LLC.

Phil comes highly recommended; his schedule is often booked out several months to a year in advance. He has guided several of Alaska’s Pacific Salmon rivers and is an American River and Lower Sacramento River expert. Phil is a featured International Sportsmen’s Expo Speaker and Presenter, has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and is not only a frequent guest on KFBK’s Outdoor Sports Show with Bob Sims but has also hosted the show. He will keep you entertained for sure.


Joe Vasquez Sr., General Manager

NuCast Pro-Team, FFF Certified Casting Instructor, Guide, Educator

Joe began his career as a guide in 1984, using conventional gear to guide California waters. He is a managing member of Fish Habit Outfitters, LLC.

In 1995, he left the gear behind for a fly rod and a career in the fly fishing world. Joe specializes on the American, Yuba, Feather, Upper and Lower Sacramento and Trinity Rivers. If you were to ask Joe, he’d say “His loves lie around Redding, California and the best trout waters in the west.”

Joe, a family man, is an FFF Certified Casting Instructor and has a knack for finding fish on dries on any given day. He is amazingly patient, great with beginners and can further educate the most advanced casters. Availability for this easy going professional fills quickly as sharing a day on the water with Joe is about as good as it gets.


Tommy Steele

NuCast Pro-Team, Team Leader, Biologist, Guide, Educator

Tommy Steele was born and raised in Chico, CA and grew up hunting and fishing the local waters of the North State. After studying Natural Resources Management at Chico State and completing his degree in 2012, he began a career in fisheries management. In 2013, Tommy combined his knowledge of the local waters and love for fly fishing with his ability to teach even the most novice fisherman to cast a rod and started guiding clients on the Klamath, Lower Sac, and Feather Rivers.

In the years prior to teaming up with Fish Habit Outfitters, Tommy spent time guiding alongside Craig Nielsen and the crew at Shasta Trout. When Tommy isn’t assisting with various fisheries management projects or guiding guests on one of our local rivers, you can find him on the water with his Labrador retriever by his side fishing for Steelhead, Rainbows, Shad, or Stripers.


Wes Cook

Professional Bass Guide, Educator

90 mph bass boat. Fish Whisperer. Former U.S. Coast Guard. Master of many Waters.

Stay Tuned for more to come!


Nick Stetser

NuCast Pro-Team, Guide, Educator

Raised in Northern California, Fly fishing Guide Nick Stetser grew up fishing all the local streams and rivers in California and has honed his skills over many years. Nick concentrates most of his time fly fishing the Lower Sacramento and Klamath rivers but also does trips on the Feather River as well as walk and wade trips for Steelhead. Nick welcomes all skill levels from expert anglers to first time on the water he will make sure everyone has a outstanding day on the water!


Derek Hendrickson

NuCast Pro-Team, White Water Expert, Guide, Educator

Derek Hendrickson grew up in the foothills of Foresthill, California and has been an avid fly fisherman for most of his life. He began fishing at a young age and a trip to Montana changed his life, and the way he fishes, forever. Derek found fly fishing to be the most exciting, therapeutic, and rewarding aspect of angling; one thing he found more pleasing than landing a fish was putting others on fish. Derek is a Yuba River expert and has logged countless hours chasing wild trout and steelhead found within its waters. Derek also specializes in both the upper and lower sections of the American River. He spends much of his time hunting steelhead, shad and striped bass seasonally on the lower river; however, guiding the scenic canyons and white water of the Middle Fork is where his true passion lies. Derek considers the Middle Fork and its tributaries his home waters.

Derek is now proudly passing a lifetime full of lessons and passion from his experiences on to his three sons.


Mike Stroud

Educator, Event Coordinator, I.T. Technician

Mike is a Sacramento, California native and has spent almost 40 years fly fishing the Lower American River and surrounding areas. As a college student, he spent his first summer in Alaska, working at Kokhanok Falls Lodge on Lake Iliamna. The experience ignited a lifetime passion for the remote wilderness of Alaska, returning many times throughout  his life. Mike also spent time pursing his passion, fishing the blue waters off the coast of Mexico; often spending several days and countless hours out to sea chasing Yellow Tail, Dorado, Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna.

Mike is a Chico State graduate and software product manager for a Swiss company. He enjoys working from his home office. Outside of his daily routine you’ll find him coordinating team events and seeing to our guests needs. A highly skilled educator, Mike’s patience and professionalism on and off the water have quickly established him as a valued asset within our team.


Lester “Bill” Grigsby

Right Hand, Head Event Coordinator, Chef