Spey Clave, Part 4: Brian Silvey & Marty Sheppard

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Brian Silvey

Allow me to introduce myself... I'm Brian Silvey, owner of a year-round Oregon fly fishing guide service operated from my home in Maupin, Oregon. Having grown up on the Deschutes and Sandy Rivers, I know these waters well and can guide you on a trip you won't soon forget.

I have been involved in the fly fishing industry in many facets over the years, including:

  • 30 years as a fly fishing guide along the banks of the Deschutes and Sandy Rivers
  • Holding a degree in Fisheries – Fish Biology & Fisheries Management
    - Experimental Biologist Aid for the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • 35 years as a private and commercial fly tier
    - Signature tier for Umpqua Flies
    - My flies have been in several books and magazines
  • Instructing fly tying and fly casting classes
  • Winning the 1999 Best of the West Fly-casting Competition
    - 5 wt rod won with 102 ft cast
  • Certified Fly fishing casting instructor
    - I use both conventional fly rods and traditional two-handed (Spey) rods

I love my job and when I have "down time" from guiding, you can find me enjoying the river, fishing... or rock hunting... with my son and daughter, or simply enjoying the surrounding beauty of the area.


Marty Sheppard

Born and raised in Oregon, Marty grew up on the banks of the Sandy River. With his dad as tutor and angling mentor, Marty landed his first steelhead at the age of five. During the 70s his dad continued to hone and shape Marty’s future by taking him fishing nearly every day, instilling in him the instincts and techniques for pursuing steelhead. Much of his fly-fishing inspiration came from devouring books, especially those written by such notable and insightful naturalists as Roderick Haig-Brown and Bill McMillan. While still a young strapling in the 1990s, Steve Kruse took Marty underwing and taught him the art of Spey casting. Mark Bachmann inspired his winter steelhead addiction. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that all these elements now manifest themselves as Marty’s unbounded enthusiasm for guiding — backed up by over a decade of professional experience in the field — and an almost missionary zeal for teaching others and sharing in the pure joy of rivers.

Echo Rods, Airflo Fly Lines

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