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