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Umpqua Feather Merchants was founded by a very skillful professional fly tier named Dennis Black in 1972. Although he was fast, Dennis knew he could not keep up with the demand for his well-made, effective flies.
Together with fly tying experts Dave Whitlock, Jack Dennis, Andy Puyans and others, Black set the standards for Umpqua fly patterns. After establishing Umpqua’s first fly tying factories in India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, Dennis came with a system for loyalty payments to reward talented fly tiers like Whitlock, Lefty Kreh, Randall Kaufman, Larry Dahlberg, and Bob Popovics for unique effective patterns. Today the Umpqua factories implement the ever-increasing skill, imagination and creativity of the Umpqua production fly tiers to produce the most skillfully tied fly patterns constructed of the very best materials available.