How does the Simms Team spend their Wednesday evenings in the depths of a Montana Winter when all they want to do is get out and fish? They tie flies.
Several members from Simms’ Core Angling Group (more on that later) volunteered to teach a tying class one day a week for six weeks. The volunteers rotated to keep the class fresh and fun – each volunteer demonstrated how to tie one of their favorite (and hopefully most productive) fly patterns. Continue reading
As the fishing heats up this spring, time to take stock in what really matters.
You know it is spring by the increase in drift boats in the parking lot here at Simms and the constant chatter of fishing, fly tying and longer days on the water. But, perhaps more important, you also know it’s spring when Warriors & Quiet Water Foundation brings its first group of warriors to Simms. Each year we have the honor to host veterans as they learn about fly fishing and the beauty of Montana. And that they are clad in Simms gear makes it even more special. Continue reading
Asher Koles and Brandon Tillotson are exploring the migratory path of our beloved steelhead–and the obsession of those who chase them.
Asher and Brandon of Bloodknots Fly Fishing grabbed their spey rods and film gear, met up with their buddy Brian Roller of Twig Media Lab and headed to a few of the pinnacle steelhead rivers in Oregon. They met up with notable steelhead guides and Simms Ambassadors, Mia (profiled here) and Marty Sheppard, Bryan Silvey and Tom Larimer. Continue reading
Chasing steelhead, shredding pow and cranking Dolly Parton. An interview with Simms Guide Ambassador Mia Sheppard.
It has been reported that you were attracted to your husband Marty Sheppard after seeing him cast a spey rod. Is it possible casting a fly rod won your heart? Yes, casting a spey rod did win my heart. Well and Marty’s charm!
Would he say the same thing? No, I won his heart in the Ratskeller Bar, kicking ass at pool. We were in our 20’s, living the snowboarding dream in Government Camp, Oregon.
One day, one river…what would you fish and why? I would fish the John Day River. I’m so in love with the that river. It’s a desert river in the middle of nowhere. Very few people fish it. The smell of sage brush fills my lungs and the steelhead are wild and beautiful. It’s a very special place. The third longest free flowing river in the Lower 48, without a hatchery. Continue reading