On The Fly
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.
Dennis Black Passes — A Sad Day for Umpqua Feather Merchants and the entire Fly Fishing World…
It is with heavy hearts that we announce that the founder of Umpqua Feather Merchants, Dennis Black, passed away this morning. An avid angler and gifted fly designer and tyer, Dennis had a profound impact on many of us here at Umpqua, as well as on the entire fly-fishing industry as a whole.