This week Denver Colorado welcomes the IFTD show which means manufacturers will be releasing their new products for the 2020 season. As fishermen, we are all gear junkies at heart so we will do our best to keep you informed on innovative new products to add to your personal fishing collection. First up, some new leader and tippet material from Umpqua.
“Many would argue that presentation is the most important aspect of catching tough fish. So, for 2020, Umpqua has assembled a completely new and technically advanced offering of leader and tippet to help you match the right leader/tippet to the right fly and situation. Our quest for the ultimate and all-inclusive offering of leader and tippet has resulted in five new materials, each with unique properties designed to solve specific fishing challenges.
How are these new materials different? We start with a foundational core and move outward from there with special coatings to achieve desired characteristics (i.e. like sunglasses have coatings for decreased glare and increased scratch resistance). As an example, our new Phantom X Ultra Fluorocarbon starts with a low-stretch, sensitive fluorocarbon core (for strike detection) with coatings applied to maximize invisibility/ low reflection, abrasion resistance, low memory, and improved knot strength. This “layering” technology has allowed us to fine-tune all of our materials to maximize desired performance.
Featured on all of the spools of tippet are a unique to Umpqua version of the guide created and tested Pro Bands made out of silicone. These bands cover the material from edge to edge offering the best in UV protection and tippet tender performance.
PERFORM X NYLON
HOLY GRAIL COMBINATION OF STRENGTH & SUPPLENESS
Perform X delivers the Holy Grail in tippet performance – brute strength and suppleness. The right suppleness allows a perfectly dead-drifted fly to entice the wariest trout, while a secret blend of nylon results in the strength to bring the fish to net. Exceptional knot strength and abrasion resistance round out this perfectly balanced material.
DECIEVER X FLUOROCARBON
LEGENDARY DECEIVER STRENGTH AND INVISIBILITY
With Best-In-Class knot-strength, abrasion resistance and ultra-low visibility, Deceiver X is the premium standard in fluorocarbon material. Deceiver X pays tribute to the original & first fluorocarbon tippet brought to fly-fishing 20 years ago, Umpqua Deceiver. Now on a 50-yard spool, Deceiver X also offers the best value in premium FC material.
PHANTOM X ULTRA FLUOROCARBON
NEVER SEEN BEFORE, STRENGTH, SENSITIVITY, & INVISIBILITY
Simply put, Umpqua’s Phantom X is the strongest and most invisible fluorocarbon tippet on the market. And with very little stretch, Phantom X allows you to detect the most subtle takes. A unique chemical process of combining FC monomers into polymer chains results in abrasion resistance, sensitivity, density, invisibility and strength never seen before in FC tippet.
PERFORM X HD SALTWATER
PERFORM X HD WARMWATER
PERFORM X HD SALMON/STEELHEAD
HEAVY DUTY (HD) PERFORMANCE
Umpqua’s Perform X HD Tippet is a clear, medium hard, moderately stiff “tippet” made from the strongest and most abrasion-resistant nylon. Whether stripping small bonefish flies over coral bottoms or casting large 4/0 deceivers, this is the perfect leader material for the rigors of saltwater conditions.
DECEIVER HD BIG GAME FLUOROCARBON
BIG FISH REQUIRE HEAVY DUTY (HD) DECEPTION
Big, wary fish require a special type of line and Umpqua’s Deceiver HD is it! Deceiver HD provides the best abrasion resistance & knot strength any fluorocarbon has to offer and yet remains nearly invisible to fish. Stiffer than Deceiver X, Deceiver HD provides greater mass for turning over larger flies and is your best choice when big fish, big flies, coral heads or boulder-strewn torrents are the challenges of the day.
About Umpqua: The idea started back in 1972, to provide the highest quality flies from the country’s best tyers and bring them to your local fly shop to file these unique patterns into your box. Our early soulful beginnings on the N Umpqua River were built with signature patterns from anglers like Dave Whitlock, Lefty Kreh, Randall Kauffman, Larry Dahlberg, Mike Lawson and others. Now we have grown our Family to include 240 of the most influential tyers of yesterday and today, whose flies push the envelope of creativity and success. We continue to drive innovation and carry that same inspiration from our flies – into hook design, pack innovation, fly storage and the tools we use riverside or at our desks.”
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