Category Archives: People

Umpqua Names Luke Wennik Marketing Manager

Umpqua Feather Merchants has announced the promotion of Luke Wennik to marketing manager. Wennik has been an instrumental member of the Umpqua team through the recent implementation of their new logo, packaging, and packs and bags line launch. “We’re fortunate … more

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Scott Hed Named FR&R’s Angler of the Year

Scott Hed, director of The Sportman’s Alliance and one of the key leaders in the fight against the Pebble Mine, has been named Angler of the Year by Fly Rod & Reel magazine.  He was selected “For his dedication and perseverance in the … more

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Jean-Paul Lipton Joins Umpqua’s Team of Distinguished Signature Tyers

Umpqua Feather Merchants has announced that fly designer Jean-Paul Lipton has joined their team of signature tyers. “He is an authority on carp and other sub terminally mouthed species,” says Brian Schmidt, Fly Manager for Umpqua. “His innovative designs strengthen … more

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Interview with Lefty

From reading lists to current projects, and beginnings as a commercial fisherman to creating fly casting DVDs, Lefty Kreh talks about it all in a quick interview with Chris Wright on Gear Patrol. However, “Everything I know is subject to change,” … more

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Gordon Wickstrom Passes

Gordon Wickstrom, a fly fishing legend on Colorado’s Front Range, passed away this week at the age of 88. The last piece he wrote, “The Fisherman,” can be read on his blog, The Bouldercreek Angler. And in a recent post … more

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Profile: Lori-Ann Murphy

Lori-Ann Murphy left her job as a registered nurse to “follow her bliss” in fly fishing. She co-founded Reel Women Fly-Fishing Adventures, guides privately, and also works at El Pescador Lodge as a guide. “It’s not a profession I ever … more

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Returning to Roots: Tom McGuane

Called the “voice of an outdoor generation,” Tom McGuane is still fishing hard and writing well after many books and decades. In a recent profile on the legendary author and angler, Chris Dorsey talks to McGuane about his return to … more

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Flyfishing Hall of Fame Inductees

At an upcoming ceremony at the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum, Bob Popovics, Paul Schullery, Joseph Bates, Jr. and R.B. Marston will be inducted into the Flyfishing Hall of Fame, and the Lee Wulff Conservation Award will be given to John … more

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Nick Adinolfe Named Director of Operations at Umpqua Feather Merchants

Nick Adinolfe will join the Umpqua Feather Merchants team as Director of Operations. From large companies to small, and foreign to domestic manufacturing experience, “Nick brings a vast amount of operations experience to Umpqua,” says Umpqua President and CEO Jeff … more

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Interview with Jim Harrison

Michigan based writer Jerry Dennis talks with the state’s native son and legendary author, Jim Harrison, about northern winters, trout fishing, the state of publishing today and value of getting lost in the woods. Read the interview in its entirety … more

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