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Fishing with Thelma and Louise

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, February 27, 2019
A Trout trip to the Deschutes in the snow is a great way to get to know our new women fly shop ambassadors, Callie Freeman, and Shandy Hart Danford and chase away the "cabin fever blues." The Royal Treatment crew and Jeremy the Merman headed over on Sunday to exercise the Trout and see what these gals were made of. Well, Campers, Callie and Shandy proved they are up for adventure and more than capable of any challenge. Kind of like our own Royal Treatment Thelma and Louise...without the crime spree. 





Callie, a native of Lexington, KY became an avid angler and bird hunter at a young age thanks to her father’s influence. Their shared fascination with fly-fishing began while watching Flip Pallot and Jose Wejebe poll the flats on Walker’s Cay Chronicles and The Spanish Fly. Soon they began fly-fishing for smallmouth bass and panfish around local streams. Fishing took a backseat however to graduate school and subsequently the birth of her two children. After moving to coastal North Carolina in 2012 she was able to pick up a fly rod again with the long-awaited opportunity to target saltwater species.

Callie also has a passion for conservation and served in leadership roles for the East Kentucky Ladies Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. She also served several years on the CCA NC Board of Directors serving as Crystal Coast Chapter Banquet Chair, Fishing for the Future youth tournament Co-chair, and Communications Committee member.

Currently, she is serving as co-organizer of PDX Women on the Fly and hopes to introduce more women to fly fishing and increase their participation in the stewardship of our fisheries.

In June of 2018 Callie, her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Heath Freeman, USMC, their two children, and Labrador Benelli Rose moved to the Portland area. During her time in Oregon, she is determined to fish as many rivers as possible and learn all things related to trout and steelhead! She also plans to tackle the Fly Fishers International Casting Skills Challenge and has a long-term goal of becoming a Certified Casting Instructor.







Meet   Shandy Hart Danford

"I was born and raised in Hawaii, have lived in a handful of beautiful destinations such as Southern California, Colorado, Oregon and most recently Australia for 16 years. I’ve always been a water baby, traveler, a student of experiences rather than in a classroom. All of my travels have revolved around the surf and the cultures that support the waves and the oceans. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever imagined dreaming of destinations around a creek, stream, river, brackish estuary or mangrove to chase fresh or saltwater fish with a fly!

I now call Salem the place where I rest my head. My "ride or die" is Rob and I am mom to Fred the Bengal cat and to Lark the...scruffy butt woolie bugger terrier thing...also known as the best little river dog a girl could ask for!

I liken myself to the 3rd grader in the K-12 School of Fly Fishing and I’ve never been so pumped!!! The learning curve is a harsh one but so worth the homework and “research” time on the water.

I am always down for a road trip, an adventure and any excuse to get out of doing chores! I dream to one day incorporate a fly rod and my dirtbike and to find water sources off the beaten track via single track and trails!

Life is here to live it!"













Jeremy the Merman



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