Mia Sheppard on the Cover of The Drake’s Fall 2011 Issue

Check out the new Fall 2011 issue of the Drake, featuring a cover photo of Mia Sheppard, taken by photographer Shauna Stephenson.

Mia’s passion for the outdoors led her to employment with both the US Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. She changed up in the late 90’s and moved to Alaska to work on commercial fishing boats. In her down time, Mia fished for trout and salmon. Mia met her husband Marty on the water and became hooked on spey casting while watching him work a two-handed rod. Mia’s a self-professed spey addict, and she holds the title to prove it. In 2010, she won first place in the Spey-O-Rama World Championship in San Francisco. She and her husband own and manage a guide service in Oregon called Little Creek Outfitters and she spends a lot of her spare time teaching others to spey cast.

Shauna’s a freelance writer and photographer based in Wyoming. She loves being outdoors fishing, hunting, hiking, etc and often snaps fantastic shots with the camera she totes around with her. Although she appears to be incredibly modest, her photos are taking the fly fishing world by storm. Keep an eye out for an insert in Catch Magazine featuring more of her phenomenal photos.

This issue includes: The Spawn is On: Thomas McGuane catches the last steelhead, plus: Rock Creek, MT; Michigan carp; Maine brookies; Wyoming cutties; Wisconsin pike; New York Albies; peacocks in the canals; anchovies in the bay; stripers in the surf; Trey Combs; Baja roosters; midge over mayfly; Bighorn over everything; Charles Bukowski goes steelheading; and David DiBenedetto goes crazy

Can’t wait to get it in the mail…

If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch Mia handle a two-handed rod in this video of her fishing small flies for big steelhead.

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