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.

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Tight Lines,

Ethan Emery

Fly Fishing Accessories: William Joseph Hemostats

Hemostats, nippers, hemos, pinchers, whatever you want to call them tend to fall into the river. William-Joseph-Fishing-Hemocuts-1This paii of William Joseph Hemocuts has been with me for about 3 years and they are by far the best pair of “hemos” I have ever owned. The scissors are sharp and have stayed sharp after years of using them. The rubber handle gives you a good grip when your hands are wet or slimy from sunscreen. The most valuable part of these “stats” is the locking closure. I cannot tell you how many of pairs of hemostats i have lost because the closure let go when pinched to my shirt or vest. The closure on the WJ Hemocuts is rugged and stays closed. I generally pinch them to my hip pack or tee shirt and they don’t move. If you see me staring at you like an eagle it generally means that you are using my favorite “hemos” and if you drop them I will tackle you. These are definitely worth checking out if you lost your “pinchers” to the river.


Fly Fishing Sling Packs

As fly fishermen we are constantly looking for ways to simplify our days on the river. Fewer fly boxes, an organized vest and less to get tangled on is a start. After cleaning up my fly fishing pack it stays organized on the car ride to the river. As soon as I take out my first fly box my organized program goes to hell. For me I started like many of you with a fly fishing vest. I then graduated to a chest pack and now have a hip pack. Although all of these fly fishing items serve the same purpose I have yet to find on that has really nailed it for me. I have been looking into the sling packs and I think they might be the answer. A friend of mine used to wear one when Orvis first came out with them years ago. He loved it. Now with all the improvements of the sling pack and all the options I am now in the market to once again try to simplify my fly fishing “vest.” Here is what I am looking at.

Simms Headwaters Sling Pack

Vedavoo TL Beast Sling Pack

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Patagonia Stealth Atom Sling

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Although all these packs are very similar I am looking for something that can hold bigger fly boxes. My current set up I am limited to only a couple small fly boxes. I am also looking for a sling pack that will hold a tippet ring internally so my tippet doesn’t get caught on the exterior elements. If you are a sling pack owner please chime in and let me know what you like best/ least about the sling pack.

Simms Dry Creek Roll Top Pack Review

Cody DeGuelle turned me on to this backpack a couple years ago in Belize. drycreekrolltop_backpack_item1He had stuffed all kinds of junk in there and of course some of mine as well. I liked the functionality of the bag and was in the market for a dry bag/ backpack. I had my heart set on the Patagonia Dry Pack but had a little sticker shock when I saw the price. Thank god they were out of stock or I wouldn’t have ended up with the deal I got. A fellow angler told me he had the SImms Dry Creek for sale. Used it once and was sitting in his garage. Bingo. He sold it to me for $50.00. Honestly this was the best fifty bucks I have ever spent on fly fishing gear. This backpack travels with me everywhere. And last year I put it through the ultimate waterproofing test. Aaron O’leary and I floated the Calawah River in Forks,WA during an absolute Pacific Northwest downpour. I was sure my camera and otter contents we going to be soaked.simms dry creek rool top We got to the take out and I check to see the damage. Everything was dry as a bone. I was shocked. The bag is a perfect size for day trips. You can pack a camera and an extra lens as well as additional layering and still have room. The roll top is ideal for compressing all the air out for optimal storage. Check these backpacks out if you are in the market for a rock solid, super dry piece of equipment.

Patagonia Waders: Rio Gallegos

Well I bit the bullet and and got a new pair of waders. Screen shot 2014-02-28 at 9.29.29 AMI was up in the air on what brand I was going to try and ended up with the new Patagonia Rio Gallegos. Truthfully I was leaning towards another pair of Simms but a friend of mine gave me a great deal on the Patagonia’s. They were fresh out of the plastic when I packed them for out Steelhead Trip to Washington. The long days and constant weather change of Steelhead fishing is the perfect time to test a new product and see how it holds up. I am impressed with the New Rio Gallegos so far and believe they will get more comfortable as I continue to break them in. There are a few things I noticed that differ from the Simms waders and take some getting use to.

The adjustable straps are great for sliding the upper part of the waders down to your waist. This is great for riding in the truck or cooling off when the temps rise. The straps do not unbuckle so getting in and out of the waders takes a bit to get used to. I found that the straps have to be lowered to get in and out of the wader easily.

82225_984_FOOTThe merino wool lined booties are nice but did not keep my feet any warmer than regular neoprene, They also run a bit big in the foot making it difficult to get into wading boots quickly. Once your wading boots are on you have to adjust your foot multiple times to get comfortable. That was one strike against the waders. The booties are bulky.

The built in gravel guards are shorter than other waders I am used to. The lace grab only comes half way down your boot and tends to ride up as through out the day. Not a big deal but definitely noticeable.

The built in inner pocket is great for your cell phone. Screen shot 2014-02-28 at 9.26.25 AMIt is built with water proof membrane and allows you to operate your touch screen phone through the pocket. So you can check your emails and texts without removing your device from the pocket.

Overall I found that these waders are relatively comfortable and have been durable thus far. I am interested to see how they hold up over the next year.

Waders: Fly Fishing Necessity

So many brands to choose from. Orvis, Simms, L.L Bean, Patagonia, Redington and so on. With all Screen shot 2014-02-07 at 4.40.04 PMthese choices what are you going to buy? And the price ranges are insane, you can spend $150.00 – $800.00 on waders. EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLARS. Wow. This is what $800.00 waders look like. ———>

Currently I am in the market for a new pair of waders and am torn between all the choices out there. I have always been a Simms guy and have put their products through the ringer. But, like all my waders these have worn out and it’s time to bite the bullet.

Here is what I like about the new wader products currently on the market-

Simms– 5 layer Gore-tex, Durable Reinforced Knees.

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LL Bean– No Questions Warranty

Redington – Price, Zipper Front

Orvis – New Welded Seams

When you really boil it down. All of the above mentioned provide the same service. They keep the water out…most of the time. So it comes down to preference and sizing. My choices have been narrowed down to either the Simms G4 or the Patagonia Rio Gallegos. They are a little on the pricey side but I figure when you spend a lot of time in them you better be comfortable. I haven’t pulled the trigger yet so if you have any suggestions please chime in and let me know.