Tactical Fly Fishing: Lessons Learned from Competition for All Anglers by Devin Olsen


This book describes the tactics and techniques which I have learned since I started competing for Fly Fishing Team USA in 2006. Each of the copies sold through the Tacticalflyfisher.com store are autographed by me.

Here is a list of the chapters in the book:

  • Making and Adjusting a Plan Based on Observation. In this chapter I explain the variables that I observe when I arrive at the river which help me decide where and how to fish.
  • Gear and Rigging. What you read is what you get in this chapter where I detail the rigs which I use in and out of competition.
  • Euro-Nymphing: A Competitive Break Through. In this chapter I write about my history learning and using European-nymphing techniques and what makes these techniques so effective in so many circumstances. 
  • Entergy and Currents: Where and Why Trout Hold. In this chapter I take a slight detour into the world of my former profession as a fisheries biologist. Simply put, there are reasons why fish occupy certain water types throughout the year. This chapter is meant to help you pinpoint locations where to fish more quickly and confidently. 

Most of the rest of the chapters investigate different water types and how I approach them to maximize my success. At the end of each of these chapters is one or more case studies where my friends and I fish a stretch of a certain water type and I explain the tactics we employed to be successful. The water type chapters include:

  • Pocketwater
  • Riffles
  • Runs
  • Pools
  • Glides
  • Bankside Lies

The last chapter provides photos and recipes for some of my favorite fly patterns. 

  • Published by Stackpole Books.
  • Copyright 2019 by Devin Olsen.
  • Hardcover
  • Total length is 212 pages.
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16 Reviews

TROY MACHAMER Mar 19th 2019

great book!

Just finished Tactical Fly Fishing... Great book! Excellent work Devin!
This is a great companion to the previous videos, which have been a useful learning tool on my Euro learning journey. Thank you for sharing your experiences and knowledge. I look forward to future writings and videos.

Diann Mar 7th 2019

Tactical. Fly Fushing

I am currentlly beginning Chapter Five. I received the book yesterday and eagerly read the first four chapters last night. I can say that I could hardly put the book down. The attention to detail, quality of information, and personal anecdotes to support the “story” is well done. His style is very readable! I have been a Euro fisher for about 3 years and I am appreciative of his fine tuning of the current nuances of the sport. I especially like his take on the relationship between contact and suspension when making choices of nymphing settings. I’m eager to finish the rest of the book!!

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