Verified Buyer Reviewed by AT Hiker in training from Virginia on Thursday, April 2, 2015
Umpqua products are first class. By combining the appropriate leaders and tippet material any stream or river can be fished. The Umpqua tippet is an easy to tie material for those who have difficulty with their hands and poor vision. Umpqua leaders and tippet material do not retain the coils that less expensive or lower quality lines tend to do. This is very noticeable when trying to tie a fly onto your line in poor weather or when the fish are biting and you are in a hurry. Tippet material disappear into the water and make presentation to the most spooky trout possible. Umpqua leaders and lines do not stretch thereby allowing you to set the hook and keep a fish on the line when making a run for it. The leader lengths of 7 1/2', 9', and beyond allow the flexibility to fish different size streams and where presentation is critical. Good quality tippet is critical. Umpqua appears to be knot friendly for novice fisherman. It appears to be more forgiving when a loop becomes a whip or when a rock is slapped.