I had a bad parachute jump while in the military. Long story short – I hurt my knees. Fast forward to September of last year – I’m playing in the yard with my son and BAM! The doctor said I had complete tears in both quadricep tendons and would require surgery to walk again. Turns out it was the recovery process was the worst part! They sent me to a nursing home with my legs immobilized and restricted me to a bed, 24 hours a day for 6 weeks. Continue reading “Discovery & Recovery: My Fly Tying Story”
A clean fly tying area is super important when you’re trying to crank out bugs. For me, it can be tough to just tie one type of fly when I sit down at the vise for a couple of hours. Things get wild and crazy and it looks like I murdered the whole animal kingdom on my desk. I flick the light off and leave it for later… When I sit down at my bench the next time I feel unmotivated and out of sorts. Keeping a clean tying area means better tying.
Here 5 quick things you can do to keep a cleaner bench.
Welcome to our 3rd annual Fly Tying Month!
We upped the ante this year for our Fly Tying Month. We have bigger giveaways, more sponsors, fly tying sales, and more content! 10 brands consisting of 168 products totaling $4500 of giveaways to be exact! We have had so much fun throughout the last couple of years we have been doing our Fly Tying Month that we wanted to continue to build on it. Not to mention the awareness of fly tying it brings is an extra bonus. We hope this month of March you continue to build upon your skills as a fly tier, learn something new and perhaps introduce someone new to the amazing pastime of fly tying. Continue reading “Fly Tying Month 2019 Bench Guide”
5 out of 5 Stars! “Very Handy For Travel!”
Congratulations to John M. from Arizona! He was our winner of $25 in AvidMax rewards during the week of Jan. 28 – Feb. 3rd 2019. Thank you very much for reviewing your new C&F Design CFT-60/T 3-in-1 Bobbin Kit!
New to tying? Take my adVISE…
When I first got interested in tying my own flies, I remember feeling overwhelmed by the countless vise options available at various price points. Did I really need a fly tying vise that cost several hundred dollars? Was a rotary option actually worth it or would stationary do? Should I get one with a c-clamp or base plate? Why were there so many knobs and what in the world was that skinny metal arm sticking off the side for?
Ultimately, after asking a lot of dumb questions at the shop, and hours and hours of researching on my own, I decided to purchase a Griffin Odyssey Spider Vise. This vise is geared towards beginners, which at the time described me, but after tying thousands of patterns on this thing, I’m pretty convinced it’s the only vise I’ll ever need. Continue reading “5 Reasons A Simple Fly Tying Vise Is Best”
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”
Umpqua Feather Merchants has roots in fly tying and has the largest community of Signature Royalty Tyers today. Over 200 … Continue reading How to Submit a Fly Pattern To Umpqua Feather Merchants