January 1, 2006


the roughfisher
Jean-Paul Lipton resides in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, where he performs fisheries management work for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. When he is not busy working on stream habitat restoration projects for the DNR, he enjoys spending time on the Otter Tail River where he pursues carp and other roughfish species on the fly.

Lipton applies his knowledge of stream biology, ecology, and geomorphology in his development and application of unconventional fly fishing techniques to pursue carp and other underutilized fish species. Lipton has spent countless hours studying and monitoring their feeding habits and diets, painstakingly developing fly patterns and the techniques necessary to convince a sub terminally mouthed fish to take an artificial fly.

Lipton is a member of the Pro Staff teams for Ross Reels, Scientific Anglers, Smith Fly, and CarpPro, and an ambassador for Loon Outdoors and Mountain Khakis. Lipton is also a signature fly tyer/designer for Umpqua Fly Merchants. His Umpqua flies include Carp Assassin, Carp Crack, and Dragon Slayer.

“JP is an important addition to our line up of Royalty Fly Designers. With his extensive knowledge of fisheries management, he is an authority on carp and other sub terminally mouthed species. His innovative designs strengthen Umpqua’s impressive selection of warm water fly patterns.”
—Brian Schmidt, Fly Manager, Umpqua Feather Merchants

Lipton and his flies have been featured in national print media including The Drake magazine, Fly Tyer magazine, and published in The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing for Carp - Kirk Deeter, The Orvis Beginner's Guide to Carp Flies: 101 Patterns & How and When to Use Them - Dan Frasier, and Best Carp Flies, The: How to Tie and Fish Them - Jay Zimmerman.

Umpqua Fly MerchantsScientific AnglersRoss ReelsMountain KhakisCarpProSmithFly