About Mia Sheppard

Mia Sheppard is the Oregon Field Representative for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and owns Little Creek Outfitters with her husband Marty, they are both Simms Ambassadors. She lives and breathes being on the water and chukar hunting the breaks of desert rivers. When she isn’t working for the TRCP she can be found standing in a river with her husband or daughter chasing steelhead or planning the next adventure.

Walking the Tracks for Steel

In the heart of Oregon lies a powerful desert river where anglers can walk miles upon miles in pursuit of hard-pulling “redsides” and summer steelhead.

In the early 1900’s, two railroads began the laborious work of building parallel tracks up opposite sides of the Deschutes River Canyon. This construction project sparked the Railroad Wars. Dynamiting, sabotage, and brawls disrupted the long summers and brutal winters. It was no easy task. Thick basalt to blast through, extreme heat in the summer and bitter cold winters required meticulous engineering and tough souls. A surveyor of the Pacific Coast railroad once said “Nature seems to have guaranteed the canyon forever to the wandering savage and the lonely seeker after the wild and sublime.”

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A Win for Headwaters and Clean Water

Mia Sheppard

The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Announce a Long-Awaited rule.

As an angler I depend on clean water — to drink when I’m thirsty and to stand in when I’m fishing. Clean rivers and watershed health is directly related to healthy populations of migratory salmon, trout and other native species. Also, headwaters are the heart of clean water, flowing down to fill our rivers, wetlands and streams. This is why the Clean Water Act is so important to anglers. Without cold, clean water, fish and wildlife lose habitat and anglers lose opportunity.

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Public Lands, a Birthright

Maintaining public access to the places we love to fish

Public land is a birthright and rightfully belongs to all Americans who depend on them for access, angling opportunity and economic security. In an increasingly crowded West where open space is rapidly becoming one of the rarest and most valuable assets of the Western lifestyle, ensuring that these lands stay in the public trust is more important now than ever before.

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