Umpqua looking for Assistant Product Developer


Job Description

Assistant Product Developer – Full Time

Umpqua Feather Merchants is seeking an Assistant Product Developer. We are looking for someone who is passionate and knowledgeable about fly-fishing products, and in particular, fishing flies. This is a rare opportunity to join the most historic fishing fly manufacturer in the world and work closely with the best fly tyers anywhere. The job requires excellent organizational skills and attention to detail and works closely with and reports to the Director of Product.  Together, we will continue to take the most innovative patterns, put them into production and make them available to the world.


Assist with new product development:

  • Assist with royalty fly submission process (logging submissions and communicating results)
  • Submit new products for system setup (raw and finished)
  • Collaborate with new and existing royalty tiers to develop new flies to exacting specifications
  • Create and maintain physical and electronic specifications
  • Send specifications and samples to factories and coordinate counter-samples for approval
  • Tie some sales/photo samples

Maintain required quality levels for all products:

  • Perform quality inspection upon receipt of product
  • Resolve quality issues by working with royalty fly tyers, raw materials, factory communications & travel
  • Work with raw materials to assure highest quality and availability of appropriate materials (substitutes, etc.,)


  • Maintain current travel documents
  • Passport and any necessary Visas for Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Laos
  • Attend trade, consumer and tyer shows when necessary


  • Working knowledge of Microsoft office (word, excel & outlook)
  • Broad and strong fly-tying skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Desire to continually improve systems and processes
  • Ability and willingness to learn about company products, programs, and mission
  • Team oriented yet able to work autonomously
  • Ability to absorb and apply constructive criticism from peers

Job Type: Full-time

All interested parties should apply with a current resume and detailed cover letter to; Brent Bauer, Director of Product, Umpqua, 303-588-4677, [email protected]


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. Our early soulful beginnings on the North 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.


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