The most up to date and innovative pack for the avid and novice fisherman and fly fisherman alike.
Our product the SimpliFLY is a sleek, compact octagon-shaped box that holds EVERYTHING needed to enjoy a day (or multiple days) fishing on the river or lake. Since it attaches to our adjustable shoulder harness, it can be optimally placed near the torso of the angler allowing easy access to all the tools & gear needed. It’s the smallest and lightest product on the market, yet boasting the most functionality!
All fly fishermen and tenkara fishermen we know have the same complaint: “It’s not quick & easy to get ready for fishing.” The current option of a vest/pack for holding gear is bulky & disorganized; it limits choices to dress for the weather and inhibits their ability to move & cast freely. In other words, it cramps their style! Our product’s compartments are fully customizable & though initially designed for fly-fishing, will be a handy & essential tool for all fishermen including tenkara. Get the SimpliFLY and simplify your fishing trips! We hope to build a brand as we have several other innovative ideas to ease the lives of fisherman everywhere.
We have currently chosen our factories to build and develop our product, we just need your help to pay for the molds and get our first order placed and shipped. We welcome any ideas you may have to help us improve our service to you.
SimpliFLY patent pending.
Stalking the SEAM: It sounds like photography is your passion and your profession, can you give us some background on how that evolved. Where does fishing fit in? How did you make the leap from wedding and portrait photography to shooting fishing?
Rob Yaskovic: I worked at a camera shop when I was 19 going to community college part time. The camera shop had a great owner who allowed us a free roll of processing a week. Back then I shot quite a few rolls of 36 exposures every week. I had set up a darkroom in the basement of the store and Garry, the owner would let me stay late and work in the darkroom. I went to work as a staff photographer for the New Jersey Herald to replace a lady on maternity leave and ended up staying for 5 years.
I never wanted to be a wedding photographer. Every wedding photographer I saw or met was angry, sweating profusely, wearing a tux that was too small and had TONS of equipment. But that changed when I learned I could do it my way. Relaxed, having fun, one camera a few lenses and brides and grooms that were just as laid back.
There was no leap to fishing photography. I love making photos. I always have a camera with me. At first it was my iPhone 3Gs then I started to receive some recognition for what I was doing with that cell phone. The Nikon came along right behind it. With almost anything I am into, my camera finds its way. Early on Cameron Mortenson from The Fiberglass Manifesto, Dave Imbach from Lo Fi Fly, and my buddy Eric Hornung from Anti Hero Electric Tattoo helped with tons of support. Then came a little write up on Le Mouching, then a feature in This is Fly, then I get an email from Copi Vojta at The Fly Fish Journal and its just exploded.
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Umpqua has announced that Josh Graffam will be joining the company beginning on April 15, 2014. Graffam brings his extensive angling experience to Umpqua where he will take the role of Key Account and International Account Manager. Graffam, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, began his professional angling career as a Guide at Jack Dennis Sports for six years. He then became Head Guide at The Ranch at Rock Creek, and has spent the past 3 years as the Activities Director of Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming.
“We’re thrilled to have such a talented and knowledgeable individual joining the Umpqua team. We are confident that Josh will apply his talents, experience and competitive spirit to his new position and will undoubtedly help us grow and excel in some key areas.”
— Jeff Fryhover, President and CEO, Umpqua Feather Merchants
Graffam is a current member of Fly Fishing Team USA and is the 2013 National Champion—ranking him number one in the nation among competitive fly anglers. Additionally, Graffam finished 13th in the World Fly Fishing Championship this past year and will be representing the U.S. again in Czech Republic at the end of May.
“I am excited to be joining a company with such a distinguished history and innovative approach within the world of fly fishing. I honestly believe that Umpqua has some of the most talented people in the industry, and I am eager to be a part of their team.”
— Josh Graffam