Umpqua Tippet Review

About three months ago, Angling University began a new partnership with Umpqua, thus providing terminal tackle for students. Now, when you fish with Angling University, you will have the opportunity to try out some awesome tackle, including Umpqua Tippet.

As President of the school and professional guide of almost 20 years, I have tried my fair share of tippet materials. Nylon, hard mono, fluorocarbon, non-stretch, stretch, you name it. I’ve also tried all of the popular brands: Rio, Scientific Angler, Trout Hunter, Seaguar, Cortland, Frog Hair, Orvis, you get the idea. And though these brands all have their strengths, Umpqua Superfluoro tippet has really grown on me.

The major reasons we choose to work with our sponsor companies is because of the quality products they make. Umpqua’s tippet (both nylon and fluorocarbon) is no exception. I first started fishing with their Nylon (monofilament) for my dry fly fishing years ago, but for some reason I was stuck in my ways when it came to fluorocarbon. I have since completely converted to Umpqua’s Superfluoro and couldn’t be happier.

Umpqua Tippet Review:

Strength, abrasion resistance (durability), flexibility, good packaging (spools and labeling), and a small diameter are what I look for in a fluorocarbon tippet. Umpqua’s Superfluoro provides all of these qualities.

The tippet is noticeably smaller than what I was accustomed to. At first, I thought I had mixed up my spools because the 3x felt more like 4x. As crazy as it sounds, I think this smaller diameter helps flies get down to depth at a faster rate. Additionally, the tippet is surprisingly durable. I’ve guided multiple trophy hunting trips lately and haven’t had to replace tippet nearly as often. Perhaps the biggest surprise to me was the flexibility of the Superfluoro tippet. This translates to a more lifelike movement and presentation, both for streamers and nymphs alike.

All in all, Umpqua’s lineup of tippet is a strong contender for top product in it’s class. If you haven’t tried the Superfluoro, I strongly recommend it. You will find Umpqua’s Superfluoro to be a well rounded product that provides all you might want in a fluorocarbon tippet material.

Read more about Umpqua’s terminal tackle visit their website:  Learn about fly fishing or to book a class or lesson, visit our website


Tight Lines,

Ethan Emery

Layering For Colorado Weather: Nano Puff

The Patagonia nano puff or should I say a mini sleeping bag that fits in my wallet,nanopuff is one of my favorite articles of outdoor clothing. The super lightweight highly compressible material is perfect for insulating during winter fly fishing or a cool summer evening. The Nano Puff is not bulky at all and fits under your outer layer with style. Another bonus is that they come in some bright colors that will lighten up your drab fly fishing outfits. Bright green, orange and blue are a couple of my favorites.


I fell into the Alagnak River in AK a few years ago with my nano puff on. Not just a little damp, I fell into the river off a boat and had to swim to shore. I was amazed how quickly my Nano Puff dried out and kept me warm until we reached camp later that day. I would recommend this article of clothing to anyone looking to beef up their layering system.

Nano Puff In The Alaskan Bush.
Nano Puff In The Alaskan Bush.

Sitka Hunting Gear: Colorado Elk

Since it is the opening weekend of Archery Season in Colorado I thought I would take the opportunity to briefly discuss Sitka Hunting Gear. This gear is relatively new to the hunting scene and is certainly much different then your grand dads cramo. I sat through a rep meeting about Sitka a couple weeks ago and the products they are designing and coming out with are tough to beat. They have come up with different hunting systems for different types of hunts, which allows you to choose the right gear for the type of climate you will be hunting in. Last year I bought a couple Sitka items (Mountain Pant & Kelvin Vest) and have enjoyed hunting in them. The only complaint that I have regarding the Mountain Pant is that the Belt is built into the pant. I would prefer a thicker belt and/or have the option to remove the supplied belt and replace with one of my choice. Not really a big deal but it was something that stuck out especially when I have my side arm attached. This year the next to skin products caught my eye and although your skiing base layer will work fine it is nice to have matching garments so you can look ultra cool in the woods. The wicking fabric allows you to stay dry when making a hike and still keeps you warm once you reach your destination. I find that this is key especially during archery season when hiking plays a huge role during the hunt. Be sure to give Sitka a look next time you are in the market for new light weight hunting gear. Also I think that Sitka has done an excellent job marketing their product and building brand awareness in the short time they have been in business. Here is a glimpse at one of there many incredible hunting videos.

Connected Teaser from Sitka Films on Vimeo.