On The Fly
JOSH GRAFFAM JOINS UMPQUA AS KEY ACCOUNT & INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER...
We're thrilled to announce that one of the nation's top anglers, Josh Graffam, is joining Umpqua on April 15, 2015. Josh brings his extensive angling experience to Umpqua where he will take the role of Key Account and International Account Manager. Josh, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, began his professional angling career as a Guide at Jack Dennis Sports for six years. He then became Head Guide at The Ranch at Rock Creek, and has spent the past 3 ½ years as the Activities Director of Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming.
NEW LEADER AND TIPPET (AND PACKAGING)!
Umpqua announced today that all of its leaders and tippet materials shipping in the recently redesigned packaging system are new and vastly improved products. Over the past year and a half, Umpqua has been integrating the new and improved product into the previous generation of packaging. Umpqua’s leader and tippet manufacturing partner has consistently invested in the most modern, cutting-edge equipment that allows for more accurate tolerances during the extrusion process, providing even greater consistency and reliability in the materials and designs.
UMPQUA RECEIVES "BLUE RIBBON TACKLE" AWARD FROM THE FLY SHOP
We just received our new 2014 Catalog from The Fly Shop and were thrilled to see that our packs, bags and vests received their first ever "Blue Ribbon Tackle" Summit Award.
The Fly Shop writes: "Our staff has selected what we believe are the top new tackle in the world of fly fishing and worthy of special recognition. These awards are the result of our unbiased appraisal of every new product we've seen and had a chance to field-test and evaluate…"
TOP HOOKER CONTESTANT, DZIFA GLYMIN, JOINS THE CAST OF UMPQUA’S SIGNATURE DESIGNERS
While he may be known to the public from his seven episodes as a contestant on Animal Planet’s fishing reality TV show “Top Hooker”, Dzifa Glymin is an avid fly fisherman, a fierce competitor, and talented fly tyer. Glymin, who has lived in Colorado since 1980, has now become an Umpqua Signature Fly Designer as well.
UMPQUA'S SWIFTWATER TECH VEST — AMERICAN ANGLER MAGAZINES' 2014 GEAR OF THE YEAR!
Umpqua continues to impress with its reentry into the packs, bags and vests market. In the January/February 2014 issue of American Angler magazine, Umpqua’s newly released Swiftwater Tech Vest has been awarded “Gear of the Year 2014” recognition in the Fly Lines and Accessories category.
“Umpqua Feather Merchants is well known for its commercial fly patterns. Now you can carry all those boxes of Umpqua flies in their new Swiftwater Vest.”
— Steve Walburn, Editor of American Angler and General Manager of the Morris Sporting Group
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.
DEADLINE 3500 WET/DRY DUFFEL WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
First, the Ledges 500 won Field & Stream's Best of the Best for 2013. Now, Gray's Sporting Journal has recognized our Deadline 3500 Wet/Dry Duffel, naming it a Gray's Best for 2014!
Miles Nolte of Gray's Sporting Journal writes:
ANDREW GRILLOS JOINS SIGNATURE FLY DESIGNER TEAM
We're both excited and proud to announce the addition of another highly regarded, extremely talented and experienced fly designer, tyer and guide to our Signature Fly Designer Royalty Team — Andrew Grillos. An avid fly fisherman for 20+ years, a fly tyer for over 15, and full-time guide since 2001, Andrew is known for numerous innovative patterns including the El Camino, the Bob Gnarly Mouse, the Fat Caddis and the Heavy Metal Worm.
EXPERT FLY TYER/DESIGNER LARRY KINGREY NOW AN UMPQUA’S ROYALTY TYER
We're thrilled to welcome Larry Kingrey — another renowned and celebrated guide and tyer — to our Royalty Tyer/Designer roster. Larry brings decades of angling and tying experience to an already vast and impressive list of Umpqua designers. Among Larry's signature fly patterns are his Cap’n Hook, Kingrey’s Better Foam Caddis, Kingrey’s Bead Head Pupa and Kingrey’s Dry Ice Drake.
RENOWNED FLY TYER/DESIGNER KEN MORRISH, JOINS UMPQUA’S DISTINGUISHED ROSTER OF ROYALTY TYERS
Umpqua Feather Merchants is please to announce that renowned fly tyer/designer Ken Morrish has joined Umpqua’s team of Royalty Tyers. Ken is a fourth generation fly fisher who has guided throughout Alaska, Oregon, and California, he has taught hundreds of students the fundamentals of the sport, managed fly shops, consulted with leading fly rod manufacturers and designed an extensive line of popular fly patterns, including Morrish’s Mouse, Morrish’s Hopper, the Anato-may, the Iron Sally, and the Pom Skater.