Fly Fishing Tips

Predicting Spring – Bad Weather Fly Fishing Video

Here is some footage from the past shot on a day that was so wet the GoPro was about the only camera safe to use. The wind and the rain were so bad that Kohler and I thought about calling it quits many times throughout the day. However, persistance paid off and we ended up getting into some nice fish. More importantly, our confidence increased by catching fish in those tough conditions!

Fly Fishing Tough Conditions

I start to get very excited when spring approaches. I picture the perfect days when the weather is warm and the fish are hungry. Truth be told, there are many amazing days in the spring that are this way, and they often times result in some of the best days on the water. However, even more memorable are the days when an unexpected late season snow hits, or a torrential rain soaks us to the bone. Catching fish in these conditions can sharpen our skills and give us the opportunity to prove to ourselves that we are able to overcome the elements when needed.

Fish Flop Friday

As my brother John shows here things may get a little slippery, but we are better anglers for sticking it out on days like these!

Pliva Perdigon Nymph – Guest Tyer Devin Olsen

Devin Olsen of Fly Fishing Team USA shares with us one of his most deadly flies, a perdigon nymph he discovered while competing in Europe.

Recipe:

Hook: Hanak 230 sizes 16-12 or other nymph hook
Bead: Copper, silver, or gold slotted tungsten 2.3 to 3.3 mm
Additional Weight: 0.015” lead wire
Tail: Coq de leon
Body and thread: Olive Veevus body quill
Rib: Chartreuse Veevus 140D power thread
Hot spot: Veevus Fl. Orange 16/0
Wingcase: Black Nail Polish
UV Resin: Loon UV fly finish thin
Varnish: Hard as Hull

All materials required for this fly are available HERE for an additional 10% off when all bundled together.

A Little About Devin Olsen

Devin Olsen Steelhead

March 20, 2009 was the first time I ever fished with Devin. Looking back on the occasion it’s almost comical how much I didn’t understand about fly fishing. I knew that I loved it, but as to the many details that help you catch fish, I was more than lacking. I kept a fishing journal back then, and fortunately I made an entry from our first outing together. Here are a few excerpts:

“Today I fished with Devin Olsen. He is my friend from college that is on Fly Fishing Team USA. I have never seen anyone catch fish like he did! He was very efficient and systematic. I listened to his advice today and caught more fish than I ever have in a single day. Devin was very nice and patient, and I learned more today than I would have in an entire year by myself.”

I quit keeping that fishing journal shortly after that first trip out, but if I had an entry for every time Devin and I have fished together it would show how greatly he has influenced my fly fishing path.

Devin Olsen Brown Trout

Devin Olsen Cutthroat Trout

Euro Nymphing

As a member of Team USA Devin has the need to constantly learn new techniques and fine tune others in order to stay ahead of the competition. Regarding Euro Nymphing, which is one of the deadly techniques he uses on rivers and streams, he is a master. I was surprised at how openly he shares the details of this technique, and others, on his blog Tactical Fly Fisher. I’m confident his fellow competitors are reading and studying the info he provides to become better fly fishers as well. Once you get to know Devin it’s apparent that he is in favor of everyone becoming a better angler. I highly recommend all our readers check out his blog for detailed information that will help us all catch more fish.

Tactical Fly Fisher

Tactical Fly Fisher Online Fly Shop

As previously mentioned Devin is currently sharing extremely valuable information on the sport of fly fishing through his blog. If you ever get the chance to see Devin in action you will know that the name Tactical Fly Fisher applies to his approach more than possibly anyone else on the water. He has taken the same direction with his blog and online fly shop. For example, you can buy all the materials needed to tie the flies he demonstrates (including the Pliva Perdigon Nymph) on his blog through his online fly shop. They are often hard to find materials, and Devin has put forth a lot of time and energy to track them all down and offer them to those desiring to tie the deadly patterns he is so kind to share with the online world. He also sells other tools and materials specific to Euro Nymphing that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Check out the Tactical Fly Fisher you will be happy you did.

Devin Olsen Fly Fishing Team USA

Thanks again Devin for sharing this awesome nymph pattern with us!

Vladi Condom Worm – Fly Tying Video

If you ask a kid what fish like to eat, more than likely you will get the response “worms!” Everyone knows that right? Fortunately it’s not tough to wrap a few material on a hook to mimic one of trout’s favorite snacks. However, there are a few tips in this fly tying video that will make tying a latex (condom) worm much easier.
The Vladi Worm is a favorite amongst competition anglers and recreational fly fishers alike. The ease of tying, and the effectiveness on the water make this fly a true winner. One of my favorite applications for the Vladi Worm is on tailwaters where trout are very picky and used to selecting extremely small midges, BWO’s, and scuds. When a healthy morsel the size of a worm passes by many of those picky fish do not hesitate. Thus, rivers such as the Green River below Flaming Gorge, the Provo River, and the San Juan all fish well with worm imitations. In fact, another worm variation, possibly the most popular worm pattern out there was developed on the San Juan and was properly named the “San Juan Worm”. In my opinion the Vladi Worm is a bit more versatile and is typically my first choice of worm imitations.

Vladi Worm Provo River RainbowThere are a few key elements that make the Vladi Worm more appealing to me than the San Juan Worm. First, I primarily fish weighted flies instead of using split shot. I can easily add additional weight to the Vladi and cover it with latex to really help the fly get down. As much as I try to add weight to the San Juan Worm it never seams to function the way I hoped. If you primarily fish indicator rigs with split shot then the San Juan Worm can be deadly. However, the condom worm fishes well in both situations which makes it more appealing to me.

Vladi Worm Provo River Brown

This pattern is often tied on curved or bent hooks that imitate the shape of a worm. The pattern demonstrated here is very similar to how Team USA member Lance Egan ties the Vladi Worm. It utilizes a standard scud hook and very few additional materials. I don’t think the bent hooks hurt any, but I also am not convinced they are necessary. Either way, the techniques and materials used in the above video will work great regardless of the choice of hook.

Vladi Worm Fly Tying InstructionsThe Vladi Worm tied in a variety of weights (each on is discussed on the video above) has a permanent spot in my nymph box. For both Czech Nymphing and Euro Nymphing this fly is often found tied on my rig.

Heavy Nymph Box - Vladi Worm

Recipe

Hook: Dai-Riki 135 Size 6

Thread (Body): UTC 140 Denier Rusty Brown

Thread (Head): UTC 70 Denier Fl. Pink

Weight: 0.020 Lead, or anodized pink tungsten bead for a super heavy version

Rib: 4X Monofilament

Body: Crown Condom (Pink) cut in a 3/8″ (10mm) strip Buy Here

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