Attention to Detail and Euro Nymphing Tactics with Devin Olsen (Ep. 198)

One thing that competition fishing will teach you is that you are far less capable than you think you are most of the time, and there is far more to learn than you think there is, most of the time.

Devin Olsen

In this episode we WadeOutThere with Devin Olsen, from Midvale, Utah.  Devin grew up fly fishing from age nine and has been casting and catching fish ever since.  He has a degree in fish ecology and a master’s degree in fisheries science, has worked as a fisheries biologist, fly fishing guide, and is now the creator and owner of Tactical Fly Fisher where Devin shares gear, videos, and articles designed to help fly fishers follow in his tactical footsteps.  

Devin has participated in competition fly fishing on Team USA for over fourteen years and has been awarded numerous world championships and medals.  He is the author of Tactical Fly Fishing: Lessons Learned from Competition for All Anglers, Modern Nymphing Elevated, and co-created DVDs Modern Nymphing and Adaptive Fly Fishing with friend and teammate Lance Egan.  Devin is also a signature fly tier for Fulling Mill.  

We discuss attention to detail in fly fishing, casting euro rigs, weighted flies and split shot, and managing fly line.

Fly fishing can be anything you want it to be, but for me it has become undeniably and unapologetically associated with tactics. Trying to figure it all out (for better or for worse.) Devin’s approach to angling is refreshing because it gives me permission to “get in the weeds” on everything from bugs, to casting, to presentation. Pretty much every aspect of fly fishing can be dissected, and while I can appreciate the peacefulness and focus that a day on the river brings me, I can’t deny that conversations like this, with people like Devin, get me excited about the ever present problem solving that occurs while wading through a trout stream and in the time after, when my mind is still there.

If you’re here at WadeOutThere, I’m sure you feel a similar pull. The tactics are a part of what brings us back. I know this chat will spur some tactical thinking and maybe even debate. It’s all part of talkin’ tactics… I love it.

You can listen to the show on the podcast player below or anywhere that you enjoy podcasts. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I enjoyed talking with Devin.


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More About Devin

Devin Olsen Signature Tyer at Fulling Mill

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