AS I was packing to leave the salts of Texas last month I had the thought — the UPG fly boxes, with hand-picked salty flies from Umpqua might be better off left in the salt water vicinity with my new friend Austin to be put to some good a-kickin’ use. Here is a review in his own words.
~Austin Orr - http://salt396.com/~
Umpqua has really raised the bar with their Professional Guide fly box series. Recently I had the good fortune to try out a pair of the Streamer model boxes. I prefer to fish saltwater – the big, toothy fish that reside there often need a large fly to entice them, and finding a fly box that can hold a good assortment can be challenging. Enter the Streamer box from UPG – thick pre-slotted foam to hold flys securely, and plenty of headroom for tall baitfish patterns. I tested these boxes in fine fishing tradition – I dropped them from shoulder height a couple times, kicked them around, and then tossed them in the back of the fishing vehicle. Inspecting the boxes carefully revealed that none of the flys had moved from their places in the foam and the well-crafted plastic shell had suffered very minimal concrete rash from the impacts. The see-through design allows an angler to quickly scan and find exactly the pattern needed for the situation. The rugged clasp mechanism is not intuitive at first look, but is obvious once you figure it out. A strong hinge and a handy lanyard hole fill out the mechanical highlights, making me think that these boxes could stay with an angler for years… or at least until they leave it on top of the car or it drops into the river. I force-immersed the box for 30 seconds in water to check the gaskets. Water entered the box, but it was very minimal and in a real fishing situation the box should almost always float instead. For you saltwater fisher junkies, take heart, integrated Zerust® technology makes this box one that you don’t have to worry about opening your box up to find a rusted nasty mess. Trust me, that’s no fun. All in all I’m very impressed with this fine piece of equipment. Thank you Jen (and Umpqua!) for the opportunity.