Sometimes new patterns from Umpqua raise questions. What? Why? Where?
Umpqua Signature Fly Designer Matt Ramsey’s Cyclops enters fly bins this year and will raise some questions. We immediately saw some applications for Alaska (Pike, Silvers & the sleeper…topwater smolt pattern for out west). With this in mind we thought we would reach out to Matt and get the background straight from the designer.Two Dudes Fly Fishing I developed the Cyclops several seasons ago while guiding for taimen in Mongolia. I was looking for a surface pattern that would be more “in the wheelhouse” of taimen prey than our standard rodent patterns. Even though taimen have a special weakness for rodents, day-in and day-out, they feed primarily on fish. It was during a beer-fueled tying session late one night in the ger, when I first had the inspiration to put that single eye (the “Buy Now” button for any big predator fish) on the bottom of the fly. Over the last several seasons, the Cyclops has been a consistent producer for us in Mongolia. It combines great castability, major surface presence, and a realistic baitfish profile in one versatile pattern. Heading for the Bahamas next week with a handful of Cyclops in the box!
Matt is one half of Two Dudes Fly Fishing, a guide business in Oregon. His
website is www.twodudesflyfishing.com.
Check out the Two Dudes Blog, some pretty awesome pictures on some amazing fishing destinations.
Ramsey’s Cyclops is available at your local Umpqua Feather Merchants Specialty Fly Shops. Find a Dealer near you HERE.
In Alaska? Visit a local Alaska Fly Shop!