Fly Fishing Videos

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!

“The AK Way” – Amazing Alaska Fly Fishing Video

This is a fly fishing film that consists of the beauty of Alaska mixed with a lot of underwater footage of amazing salmon schools. Our flies pass by them, and often times they are seen peeling away to chase our presentations. It was fun to capture this on film! Alaska is a very special place for fly fishing. There is a broad myth that many of the salmon caught in Alaska are snagged. This has not been my experience during any of my three trips there.

Alaska Salmon Fly Fishing

Alaska Chum Salmon on the Fly

Alaska Rainbow - Tungsten Embryo Fly Pattern

I filmed this in 2014 when a few of my brothers and I took an Alaska fly fishing trip that had many memorable moments. It was a good salmon run that year for the chum and silver salmon. We hooked up with a few aggressive rainbows as well. All of which ate the Tungsten Embryo egg pattern.

Big Chum Salmon

One of my favorite accomplishments of the film was by my brother Brad. He had never been fly fishing before, and after only a few days he was casting like he’d been doing it for year. He is the guy in the film double hauling and throwing the tight loops.

Big Silver Salmon - Rainy's Flies

I teamed up with Rainy’s Flies on this project. They have a great selection of flies for all species of salmon. They produce great quality flies that don’t fall apart. Check them out at http://www.rainysflies.com/

Alaska Fly Fishing with Friends

We visited our good friends the Butlers and caught many amazing fish each day. Alaska fishing has never been so much fun for me.

“Wide Open” – Official Selection, IF4™ 2016!!!

Yellowfin Tuna Fins 3

This year I took a big step as a filmmaker in the fly fishing industry. I teamed up with saltwater anglers Mark Martin and Alex Beck from Angler’s Eye Media and spent a few days in San Diego putting together a project on fly fishing for tuna. I’m sure tuna will surprise many of you, as I was surprised they are crazy amazing fish, not just found in a can 🙂 We initially had hoped to get the film into one of the industries top film festivals, and I’m happy to say that we accomplished that.

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) has officially selected our film “Wide Open” to be shown around to globe in 2016.

The IF4 kicks off in Denver on January 8th, and will be making a stop in Orem Utah on March 3rd, so if you are in the area save the date! Exciting to say the least!

The full version is right around 14 minutes long and will only be shown in the film festival during 2016. Here is the trailer which I think you will find exciting.

Here is a description of the film:
“In search for what is pound for pound the hardest pulling fish in the ocean, anglers Mark Martin and Alex Beck set out on an adventure in Mark’s home waters off the coast of San Diego, California. Muscle, speed, and adrenaline are the genetic strengths of yellowfin tuna, and could they also experience the tug of the elusive bluefin tuna on the fly? Join them in their adventure of reel screaming, rod bending, heart pounding action to see if tuna really can claim the title of the hardest pulling fish in the saltwater world.”
Yellowfin Tuna
I was surprised at the strength and beauty of these fish. As a trout guy I had no idea how hard saltwater fish can pull, especially tuna.
Tuna on the Fly
Tuna know how to mangle a fly! Thanks to Rainy’s Flies and Salty Fly Tying for some exceptional patterns on our trip. Some of our other awesome sponsors include Dead Weight Fly, Hatch, and Rising.
Dorado Double - Dorado Fly Fishing
Tuna were not the only species that make an appearance on the film. I quickly fell in love with Dorado and am hoping to one day spend more time chasing these fish myself.
San Diego Saltwater Fly Fishing
Mark and Alex were a ton of fun to fish and film with. They are great guys, and exceptional guides. Mark owns and runs both San Diego Saltwater Fly Fishing, and Tarponville, Cost Rica. While Alex runs The Flats Fly Fishing for permit and other saltwater species. I highly recommend both.
Yellowfin Tuna Fly Fishing
 Although I was there primarily as the filmmaker, I was fortunate to get into my first saltwater fish. Starting with something as powerful as a tuna was the way to go!
 Gilbert Rowley Yellowfin Tuna
I hope you enjoy!

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