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
The Simms crew hit DePuy Spring Creek again for its annual spring day out on the water. And once again, the good times ensued.
40 Simms staff members took to the stream and river this past weekend to share fishing tips, a bunch of laughs, test the best gear around and face Mother Nature head on. The brainchild of the Simms Core Angling Team (a group of the hard core anglers at the company), the annual trip to DePuy Spring Creek in Livingston, Montana was it’s usual good time. And while the weather in March is always a little iffy (and it was on this day!), it doesn’t really matter as the main point is to celebrate our common bond of fishing. And celebrate we did. Continue reading
Simms Sales Representative John Sherman and Ryan Peterson head to the far reaches of Russia in search of Silver Tiger Taimen.
Look for the story coming up in the Spring issue of The Drake, but for now check out the action from their trip last fall.
Silver Tiger Taimen from Ryan Peterson on Vimeo.