Fly Fishing For Spring’s Gray Ghosts

Fly Fishing For Spring’s Gray Ghosts

The desperate urge strikes every year, sometimes as early as January, and it grows stronger with every warm day. Grayling come from the arctic, but ironically, we have to wait for winter’s grip to ebb before they re-emerge from the ethereal depths of imagination. So the memory of billowing iridescent sails takes hold, and I wait.

We need snow to fill our lakes and reservoirs so we can keep the forests lush and green through summer and to fill streams with cold, clear water for trout, char, and whitefish, and for something else too: Arctic Grayling. Continue reading “Fly Fishing For Spring’s Gray Ghosts”

Stay Dry With Redington Wading Gear

Stay Dry With Redington Wading Gear

This month for Stay Dry month and going along with our Giveaway, we want to highlight the gear we are giving away and point out why we like it and what makes it great. For part one of our giveaway Redington is providing a Sonic-Pro HD Wader and the Prowler wading boots. Make sure you enter our giveaway here for your chance to win!

Redington Prowler Wading Boot
This boot has been a great addition to our line up. We like the wide toe box, comfort, durability, and overall light weight. We also like how Redington incorporated the walnut in the rubber for extra traction (felt soles available as well).  You can also add some extra traction in these with some boot spikes or studs. If you are looking for a guide level wading boot that doesn’t break the bank, definitely check these out! Continue reading “Stay Dry With Redington Wading Gear”

What it takes to be an Umpqua Fly

What it takes to be an Umpqua Fly

Umpqua has been producing the highest quality flies—in fact, the company is only interested in bringing the best to market. So, how do we insure that our quality is actually the highest?

First and foremost—our fly selection is extremely extensive and extremely picky. Many of Umpqua’s flies are created by our Signature Royalty Tyers. We select the best flies that come from extremely talented and innovative tyers. The submissions are put through their paces—on and off the water. Read more about the process in our next article. Once a fly is selected by our Fly Selection Committee, we work closely with the tyer to make sure the design specs are exact. That way, our factories can (practically) perfectly produce their bug. Continue reading “What it takes to be an Umpqua Fly”

5 Aspects For Understanding Fly Tying Hooks

5 Aspects For Understanding Fly Tying Hooks

Wide Gape, Curved Shank, down eye, sproat bend, 2X long, 1x heavy…what does it all mean? If you are new to fly tying or even someone with more experience it can be a little intimidating to find the correct hook for the pattern you want to tie. Don’t fear! Although there are many manufacturers of fly tying hooks and many more variations of hooks from each, once you understand some of the basic principles you will be well suited to pick the right hook for the desired fly pattern. Continue reading “5 Aspects For Understanding Fly Tying Hooks”