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12.17.13

Umpqua Welcomes Vince Wilcox to Signature Designer Roster

We're pleased to welcome the very talented Vince Wilcox to our elite Signature Fly Designer roster.

With a father as a guide and tyer, Vince started tying flies at age seven. Now an established designer with several years’ experience, he has over thirty fly patterns that are sold commercially, including the JC Special, the Superman, the Little Green Machine, and Glo-Ants.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Umpqua staff and looking forward to bringing new effective and innovative flies to the already great line up.”
—Vince Wilcox

Vince's flies have been featured in books such as Dave Klausmeyer’s 501 Favorite Fly Tying Tips and The Master’s Fly Box, Todd Hosman’s Colorado Trout Flies, Randall Kauffman’s Fly Patterns and Ben Roman’s Montana’s Best Fly Fishing, as well as in several prominent angling magazines. Vince is also a contributing writer for Fly Tyer Magazine, and his first in a series of books from Lyons Press “Vince Wilcox’s Naturally Artificial Signature Flies” was released in April 2012.

“Having an innovative talent such as Vince Wilcox join our roster of renowned signature tyers is a special moment for Umpqua. Vince is a creative and provocative genius when it comes to fly designs, and we wholeheartedly welcome his experience and passion to our team.”
—Brian Schmidt, Fly Specialist, Umpqua Feather Merchants


Heralded as “the most creative and unorthodox tier of his generation” by Ross Purnell of Fly Fisherman Magazine, Vince now owns and runs Wiley’s Flies, located in the heart of the Adirondacks in Ray Brook, NY in between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, and offers float and wade trips for trout, landlock salmon, bass, northern pike and musky. As a production fly tyer he has tied hundreds of thousands of flies and when he’s not busy writing, running his on-line store and tying flies, he is guiding in Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and mostly on the northern Adirondack streams targeting a variety of species.