Monday, May 23, 2016
Posted by Marty Sheppard at 11:31 AM
Thursday, May 19, 2016
PGE’s own water quality reports provide evidence of violations of temperature, dissolved oxygen, and pH requirements at the Pelton-Round Butte Hydroelectric Project. The DRA has catalogued over 1,200 specific violations of the 401 Certification that have occurred since operations began at the Selective Water Withdrawal (SWW) Tower at Round Butte Dam on December 31, 2009.
Read more about it here: https://deschutesriveralliance.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/deschutes-river-alliance-notifies-portland-general-electric-of-intent-to-sue/
Read more about it here: https://deschutesriveralliance.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/deschutes-river-alliance-notifies-portland-general-electric-of-intent-to-sue/
Monday, May 2, 2016
About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime; this is a startling statistic. Last year I found a way to help women dealing with breast cancer as a volunteer for the Casting for Recovery (CFR) retreat in my home state of Oregon. CFR is a national non-profit support and educational program for women of all ages and in all stages of breast cancer. It provides retreats at no cost to participants, which allow women whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer to gather in a beautiful, natural setting and learn to fly fish.
At the retreat I witnessed a program that brought hope, gratitude, peace, inspiration, encouragement, and strength to women recovering from breast cancer. I walked away inspired and fired up to once again use my spey casting skills to raise money for Casting for Recovery and team up with past Spey-O-Rama champion,Whitney Gould .
At the SOR finals, a wind advisor was in effect that day. Gust of 20-35 WNW winds made it far from ideal conditions. Swirling, blustery weather would blow a cast 20 feet back and slam the line on the water. With just 6 minutes to complete 12 casts, it was challenging to have the patience and wait for the “right wind.” It was one of the most interesting competitions to watch. Despite gusty conditions, both the men and woman made some big cast. Whitney and my combined distance was 265 feet. Based on that, with your pledges we raised over $7000.00 for the CFR Nor Cal and Northern Oregon Retreats.
Whitney and I would like to thank all you that contributed and made this possible.
Simms, Echo, Gary Anderson Custom Rod, Nautilus Reel, Boggs Trail Butter, Owl Creek Flies , Sage Products Little Creek Outfitters , Royal Treatment Fly Shop, Fanny Krieger, Judith O'keefe, Rebecca Blair, The Drake , Gink and Gasoline , Deneki , Roger Grummel, Cynthia Ervin, Eunice Higgens, Chris Deleone, George Olmsted, Stephanie Gould, Blue Ribbon Sales, Mark Seligman, Dylan Rose, Doug Morgan, Judith Brown, Paul Ridgway, Mary and Jim Bast, Glen Foster, Nanaette Rich, Paul Nicodemus, Karen Gould, Richard Harrington, Jeff Howard, Genevieve Long, Douglas Jett, Mike Williams, Darryl Gould, Linda Slater, Andrea Warner, Swing the Fly, Anne Vitale, Rob Perkins, Nick English, Catherine Slaugh, Phil Renner, Sharon Gould, Mark Huber, Cheryl Bell, Scott Humphrey, Suzanne Gulick, Steve Egge, Rob Sims, Clay Krull, James Reid, Lee Lashway, Ram Reagan, Rob Stuart, Kate Taylor, Hal Leavell, Poppy Cummins, Lindsay Vincent, Kristen Kinsman, Summer Run Guide Service, Carla Lessard, William Swindell, Raging River Sales, Saracione, David Beaudry, Glen McCormick , James Reid, Gene Weber ,Ian Reeves and Robin Wright, Denise Bulwinkel ,Diane Moreel ,Sandi Kushnei ,Joanne Winship
Congrats to Steve Egge who won the fishing trip and Andrea Warner who won the casting lesson.
The raffle items went to:
Simms Backpack - Anne Vitale
Sage Rod - Carla Lessard
Nautilus Reel - Mark Huber
Echo Rod - Mike Williams
Gary Anderson Rod - Glenn Foster
Boggs Trail Butter – Summer Run Guide Service
Owl Creek Flies - Glen
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land." Aldo Leopold
Public lands are my play ground and if you hunt or fish in the west, it’s probably your playground too.
If you have an adventurous spirit; at your fingertips you can walk for miles in solitude and grace, finding rocks unturned and spectacular views.
Places wild and free, without judgment.
It's up to us to give this land the highest standard deserved for fish and wildlife.
It's up to us to protect these special places so our kids can experience wild places like we do.
|Cedar on high ground|
|Find the chukar!|
Get involved to protect your Public Lands!
Monday, November 16, 2015
|Winter Steelhead Secrets by Marty Sheppard|
Is the choose to be jack of all rivers and master of none or to truly master a river.
I choose to have complete confidence in each day, based on thorough knowledge of my surroundings. Conditions are everything, on the west slope of the Cascades Mountains they change each day. So many rivers within a day drive and I have no desire to explore new haunts. The goal, for me, is to know every water level, each rock, and the subtle changes to the greatest extent. For the entire winter I am faithful to one river. This bleeds confidence and this assurance hemorrhages success.
These are my secrets to success.
When the river is high and has good clarity you should be there, as the fish will be holding in prime lies. Often in 2-5 of water right in the middle of your swing! Low, cold, and clear river and the fish like 10-20 feet of water. This is when you need to focus on the deep seams and get down.
Early in the morning, late in the day, and especially in periods of high flows the tactic or temptation of fishing heavy sink tips and weighted flies is completely detrimental to success on my chosen waterway. Fishing a tight line through soft flows in 4 to 5 feet of water with un-weighted fly and light sink-tips compensates for most of the steelhead landed throughout a season. Put on ten feet of t-14 and a weighted fly results in being hung so bad right out in the sweet spot that you almost pull the earth off axis trying to free it up, usually breaking it off, with the whole ordeal spooking any fish in the area.
Take the opportunity during those low flows to learn the river. Often the best fishing is at higher flows and the chance to learn rocks, depressions or drop offs, and subtle channels are right under or behind you as you fish these lows flows. Take note. It’s important for next week when the river doubles in size and you can recall what features exist in that soft run. Low and clear is also the queue to fish deep. Time to get down.
|Joe Saracione lands a winter hen.|
Some simple points for winter steelhead success:
· Start short and high in the run. Especially in water you cannot see into. Too many people walk out into the top of a run and strip out the head plus 10 feet of running line and completely miss those chrome creatures tucked into the head of the run and laying 5 feet in front of you.
· Be consistent and turn over your casts. A predictable fly on the swing gets crushed. I believe the cast that gets the fish to eat is not the cast that created this chance. I believe your last 5 casts are the reason that fish ate! The steelhead saw the pattern of your swings and this primed this critters attitude. When you get that hard grab it is because this fish anticipated the swing. It knew where it would land, how fast the swing would be, and the predictability of it all contributed to the fish knowing it was going to be able to crush your fly! Fish through a run erratically and it is tough to convince the fish to grab let alone hang around. It is much more important to fish at a shorter distance unswervingly than huck out bomber casts that result in Helter Skelter crazy swings.
· Sharp hooks stick fish. Keep them sticky. Touch a rock? Check your hook. Dull hook? Change or sharpen. It’s a sin to fish so hard all day and finally after all that dedication get grabbed only to come up empty because of a super dull hook that has been ticking bottom on each hang down.
· Fish hard and fish long. One fish in a day will make it a great day. It only takes one cast to get it done. It could be your first or last cast. Keep positive knowing each one could be the one. If you think your not going to catch a winter steelhead, you likely wont. If you think you are going to catch one you likely will!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Simms is excited to announce a new wader and support an organization helping veterans heal through fly-fishing.Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation (WQW) helps reintegrate traumatically combat-wounded veterans from recent wars into society through fly fishing.
The employee and ambassadors at Simms are proud about this release and greatly appreciate you helping us reach our goal of raising $100,000 for WQW, these soldiers are well worth it.
Find out more here: http://www.simmsfishing.com/featured-stories/wqw.
Monday, October 26, 2015
|Marty lands one. photo by Mia|
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
With the bird season in full swing, it's not to late to have your gun tuned and dream about chukar flying over head and harvesting a couple. Chukars are fast flyer's. The straighter you shoot the more success you will have. A gun that mounts properly and fits your swing will increase your success in the field.
My first gun was a classic semi-auto Remington 1100, 12 gauge in the late 90's. Purchased for $200.00, it was indestructible and a great first gun but eventually the weight and length became cumbersome. I needed a smaller gun. My next purchase was a kids, Benelli, Nova, 20 gauge. When I purchased the Nova, I was told to place the butt of the gun on the crook of my elbow and see if the first knuckle of my trigger finger wrapped around the trigger. Then the gun fit. That was it; I didn’t realize there were other factors involved in helping me shoot straighter.
A few years ago, I picked up a Hugo CZ, 20 gauge for $400.00. This gun could take a beating on rim rock, basalt hills but I was missing more chukar then I wanted to. I started looking into a professional gun fitting. I wanted to be a better shooter. I could hit clay pigeons but chukar were giving me a fit.
Close to home, I found, Dennis Earl Smith, the Stock Doctor a custom stock builder for 30 years. A true craftsmen and gunsmith, he also has years of experience fitting guns.
If you’re buying a gun from a store, shooters usually don’t have an opportunity to choose stock configuration. Because there is no standardization for action size with gun manufactures. “Every gun manufacture has a unique size, shape and weight of action. You can’t be fit for one type of gun and think that will be the fit for all guns. Once you have been fitted by a competent fitter you have a starting point to be fitted for different types of action guns.” explains Dennis.
|Dennis in the office|
Dennis used two methods to determine the fit of my gun. He wanted to see if where I was shooting was where I was looking. “Shooting is an extension of the hand and eye coordination. Not something you force and make happen.” speaks Dennis. Having a gun fit, will help with accuracy and critical for becoming a better wingshooter.
Method 1: Verify that the gun is unloaded. With the gun held in a ready position, pick out a target on a wall, focus on it; close your eyes, mount the shotgun as if you where shooting and reopen your eyes. You should be centered on the target. Your gun should come to the cheek first and then contact to the shoulder. Your dominant eye should be looking down the barrel and you should be squarely on the target every time. Do this several times. If the gun fits you, it will come almost effortlessly to the same position every time as you repeat the process. If the gun is off line or hangs up as you repeat the mount, the stock needs work.
Method 2: Testing eye position tells the fitter if you need cast on or cast off and drop of the comb. “The terms 'cast-off' and 'cast-on' are used to describe stock configuration. They refer to the deviation of the butt away from the center line of the gun. A gun with no cast is straight. A line down the center of the barrel will continue straight down the center of the butt stock. With cast-off, the center of the butt is moved in the direction of the shoulder of the shooter. The opposite is true of cast-on, the butt deviating toward the center of the shooter's chest. Either cast-off or cast-on are commonly built into guns. The purpose of both is simply to make it easier to align the eye with the sights.” Bob Spencer, the Fit of a Gun
|My trusted CZ|
Have someone stand in front of you to look down the muzzle as you aim at their nose. They should see that your dominant eye should be at rib level and not off to one side or the other. If they cannot see the pupil of your eye because your eye is to the left of center, this is cast on. If your pupil is to the right of center, it is cast off. If you eye is below the rib, the comb of the stock is too low. If they see the pupil well above the rib, it is very likely that the stock needs more drop at the comb.”
That day, I discovered, my gun didn’t fit and I hadn't shot straight for 14 years but compensated for it. The butt needed to be cut almost three inches and the stock was way “cast-off” and needed to be bent to the left.
Most guns on the shelf have a standard size that fit the average person but everyone has a different physical shape and will benefit from getting your gun fit. A professional gun fitting by an experienced fitter is like a shooting lesson. You will learn a lot about your style and how you shoot. Fitting a gun by a traditional fitter can cost from $300 to $1000 and modifications of the stock are generally additional charges. Because I went to a professional stock builder, Dennis didn’t charge for the fitting. To have the stock modified was about $250.00.
· For those that wish to have a tell all about gun fitting check out Mike Yardley – Gunfitting: The Quest for Perfection for Shotguns and Rifles
· The best place to find a gun fitter near you is to talk to serious shooters or go to your local gun club and ask for recommendations.
Always best to bring the gun you want to be fitted in, no two guns are alike. "A BMW and Fiat both get you to the same point but they are different animals." chuckles Dennis
I’m not a professional shooter but a bird hunter that wants to hit more birds. If you want to step up your game, shoot straighter and become a better wingshooter; it’s a great idea to have your gun fitted.
Monday, October 5, 2015
My grandmother had breast cancer, a good friend lost her life to cancer 5 years ago after numerous treatments and my mother at the age of 60, pasted away from pancreatic cancer 10 years. Its heartbreaking to see women I love, loss their life's at such as early age.
Cancer is a disease that can't be ignored. Casting for Recovery is a non profit that provides hope, at no cost retreat to participants, which allow women whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer to gather in a beautiful, natural setting and learn to fly fish. The retreats incorporate counseling, educational services and the sport of fly fishing to promote mental and physical healing. CFR currently has 45 retreats in 35 states scheduled for 2011.
Each Casting for Recovery retreat accommodates 14 women, who apply and are selected through a random lottery, and immerses them in the world of fly fishing for two-and-a-half days.
Volunteers share their love of the sport by teaching participants casting, tie the basic knots and all about the bugs . . . “What Fish Eat”. They attend a medical session to learn about and share the latest medical treatments available. Participants also attend an evening gathering to share their emotions and feelings about breast cancer with an experienced Psychosocial Facilitator. On the last day of the retreat, the women are in the water practicing catch and release fishing assisted by CFR staff and men and women “riverhelpers” from local fly fishing clubs. Many of the participants have never picked up a rod in their life but go on to become active in the sport or become volunteers for the Casting for Recovery program.
Ways you can support CFR. Support your local retreat
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Volunteer at CFR
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
|Boy, how they grow up fast! 2009 Clearwater Clave|
Don't Miss it!
RED SHED FLY SHOP ANNOUNCES
11TH ANNUAL SPEY GATHERING-BARBEQUE
DATE: SEPT.26, 2015
JEDI'S START @ 9:00AM
LOCATION: THE LENORE REST STOP/PICNIC AREA
JUST WEST (DOWNSTREAM) OF THE LENORE BRIDGE
AT MILE MARKER 27.75 ON HIGHWAY 12
World traveling Atlantic salmon guide, Loop two hand casting jedi, spey casting tackle
designer, principle in the Clearwater Steelhead Syndicate.
Women's distance champion 2014 Spey-O-Rama, two handed casting instructor, Pacific
coast steelhead/salmon guide, and Anderson Custom Rods prostaff.
"The Single Spey"
Columbia River spey guide, tackle innovator, member of Gaelforce distance casting team.
Long time PNW steelhead chaser, rod and line design advisor for Sage and SA, head jedi
for the FFF THCI program, heavy participation in developing the spey line standards for
"Getting a grip on Your Anchor"
Owner of Sagebrush Fly Fishing, CCI, THCI, member of Nextcast distance team, chief
expediter at Nextcast.
"He didn't tell me, but it will be good"
THCI, world class distance caster, spey line designer, owner of Ballistic spey lines.
"Mastering the Snake Roll"
Mrs. RedShed and crew. Burgers, hot dogs, beans, macaroni salad, and cookies
Owner PNW Spey Guides, founder/editor of Swing the Fly e-mag, two hand casting
instructor, spey tackle designer.
"Leave No Stone Unturned"
National sales manager @ Fish G. Loomis, product developement and design @ Airflo
USA, ambassador @ Simms Fishing Products.
"Understanding the Anchor"
BRIAN STYSKAL & BRITTA FORDICE
Brian is a world class distance caster, steelhead spey fishing guide, CF Burkheimer
prostaff. Britta manages Avid Angler Fly Shop. She guides on Washington rivers and the
beaches of Washington's coast.
" Tools to improve your fishing and casting with short heads and long lines"
FFF CI and THCI, long tine Alaska spey caster, IFFF casting certification board of
governors, Winston Rods & Ballistic Spey Lines prostaff.
"The Rhythm and Rhyme of Spey Casting"
MIA & TEGAN SHEPPARD
Mia is a Spey-O-Rama champion, PNW steelhead guide, casting instructor, Simms Guide
Ambassador, owner of Little Creek Outfitters with husband Marty and Tegan's Mom.
Tegan is a sweet little gal that's spent a good part of her life around some of the best
steelhead rivers and steelhead fishermen in the PNW. She loves the outdoors and always
seems to keep thing interesting where ever she is.