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Mia Sheppard
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Mia Sheppard

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Mia Sheppard is an accomplished fly-fishing guide, champion spey caster, mother, and a lover of wild places.

She grew up in Tennessee, where she hiked and chased trout in the Great Smoky Mountains. But eventually, she discovered snowboarding, after which she spent years chasing powder from Truckee, California to Girdwood, Alaska. Then in 1996, she acquired a serious interest in fly fishing. Later, in 2001, her husband Marty Sheppard introduced her to two-handed spey casting—a pursuit that forged Mia's connection and admiration to Oregon's wild steelhead. Finally, in 2003, the couple purchased Little Creek Outfitters, an established guide service since 1984, where they continue the tradition of guiding anglers to the region's steelhead, trout, and smallmouth bass. With a strong passion to get more women and kids involved in the sport of fly-fishing, she conducts women specific fly fishing and Stand Up Paddle board trips, as well as a Kids River Camp on the John Day River.

Always committed to conservation, Little Creek Outfitters practices Leave No Trace and minimizing plastic. Mia is also a river steward for the Native Fish Society, Conservation Chairman of the International Women's Fly Fishers, as well as a supporter of the Deschutes River Alliance, Trout Unlimited, and Casting for Recovery. Mia is an ambassador for Simms Fishing, Winston Rods, Airflo Lines, Keep Em Wet Fishing and Boggs Trail Butter

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