I am an advocate for our precious water, first food's, and treaty rights. I advocate as a concerned tribal member and as a small business owner of a fly fishing outfit.
I became a self taught fly fisherman over 20 years ago. Our people have been fly fishing for thousands of years, tribes like the Seminole, Cree, Blackfeet, Sioux, Ute, etc.
Since 2013, my husband Elke Littleleaf and I have co-owned and operates Littleleaf Guides outfitters. We are the only married indigenous fly fishing outfit in the U.S.
As a fly fishing outfit, we target trout, bull trout, steelhead, for now, salmon and sturgeon in the near future. Guiding year round, on 39+ river miles of private property.
Steelhead is the B run that run's in the fall. Showing up in September fishing until late December. Guiding the Deschutes River on the west bank and tribal side of the river.
There is an invisible line that borders our Warm Springs Reservation. Our sovereign rights allow us to guide along 39 miles of tribal lands and other waters as well. Under our treaty of 1855, Warm Springs tribal members are able to hunt, and harvest our first food's practice our ceremonies our way of life.
Littleleaf Guides has educated many of our fishing family (clientele) on our culture and heritage, history who we are, where we originate from. We teach them to connect with mother nature's bounty. Not all about the largest catch nor how many fish you caught. To dial into river therapy, let all go that is interferes with therapy.
Not to forget to mention all the advocacy we did as an outfit. Littleleaf Guides, donated to multiple conservation organizations - meaning that we donated our guide services. A guided tour to help raise funding to help with restoration on our tributaries and lands that we all enjoy spending our time with, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, camping etc.
We also do lot of volunteering whether it be teaching fly fishing 101 or trash pick up's, doing documentaries to raise awareness. Conservation goes hand in hand with fishing. In these times if you want to keep enjoying these outdoor recreation you got to give back.
- Alysia Littleleaf
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