For all of its art, fly tying can get pretty scientific. In fact, many
creative fly tyers will tell you that there's often nothing more
valuable to the successful creation of a new fly pattern than the
intense study of fish behavior.
Perhaps no fly tyer is more
familiar with this fact than Andrij Horodysky, a PhD student at the
Virginia Institute of Marine Science and a contracted fly designer with
Umpqua Feather Merchants. Most of Horodysky's cutting edge research
centers on how fish perceive their environment with their eyesight, and
it's no surprise that he's been able to use some of what he's learned
at the fly tying vise.
Horodysky's Rip Cord Caddis Black
Caddis, with its highly visible parachute post, wiggly rubber legs, and
flat foam body, is an extremely effective imitation of a black caddis
in the adult life stage. This bug's ultra-realistic profile shines
through in all kinds of fly water, helping you catch more trout!
- A PhD student at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Andrij Horodysky designed this parachute dry fly with flotation and visibility in mind
- Tan Caddis imitation in the adult life stage
- Use as either an impressionistic searching fly or as a realistic imitation when matching the hatch
- Check under rocks and streamside debris for tan caddis pupae and match size and color before offering a fly
- Fish on a dead drift high in the surface film
- Hatches can occur throughout the day across North America
- The most prolific hatches occur in eastern North America during late summer (August) and through the fall (October)
- SIZE 14
Leland on Umpqua
In 1972 a man
named Dennis Black and his fly tying skills found themselves in high
demand. Mr. Black, then a professional production fly tyer, was famous
in the industry for his unsurpassed skill and speed with whipping up
tremendously beautiful and precisely constructed flies. It wasn't long
until this young fly tying superstar realized that he ought to take his
consistent approach to quality to the next level. Shortly after this
realization, a small army of fly tyers had banded together to support
Mr. Black's vision. With the likes of Dave Whitlock, Jack Dennis, and
Andy Puyans, Mr. Black was officially in business.
Dennis Black's new
company Umpqua Feather Merchants quickly extended its reach and fly
production capabilities with expansion into India, Sri Lanka, and
Thailand, where the world's first and full blown "fly tying factories"
were built. Since those early days, only the highest standard of
excellence has marked Umpqua and this commitment to quality and
efficiency continues to spur the company forward. Dennis Black's
innovative vision for "fly production" has truly revolutionized how the
fly industry operates and has ultimately made the majority of
production flies better. From the first "royalty system" for rewarding
the most creative professional fly tyers to streamlining production
systems and offering a range of other products, Umpqua Feather
Merchants just seems to "do it all."
Today, Umpqua Feather Merchants
is without a doubt the world's best and most prolific supplier of hand
tied fly fishing flies as well as fly tying hooks and materials, and
they recently got better! Umpqua's brand new, state of the art
headquarters in Louisville, Colorado marks another paradigm shift in
the way fly tying business is done. From its vast warehouse to its
specially designed inventory management and tracking system, Umpqua is
poised to continue its energetic trajectory and lead the way for the
next generation of flies and fly tyers.