book review

“Tactical Fly Fishing”, by Devin Olsen

“Tactical Fly Fishing”, by Devin Olsen, is the latest book by a member of the Fly Fishing Team USA. Like previous team members’ books, it details the various methods of Euro Nymphing, or tight-line nymphing. However, this is still a valuable addition to the current fly fishing literature.

The real strength of Olsen’s work lies in the chapters about fishing different features commonly encountered on streams. He  covers pocketwater, riffles, runs, pools, glides and bankside lies. In each chapter, he explains why he would choose to tight-line or suspension nymph. He then details the pros and cons of each, and how he would fish them. Why, he even acknowledges a role for dry flies!

“Tactical Fly Fishing” is well written and beautifully illustrated. It’s a good read, which I would recommend to any fly fisher wanting to advance their game.

Written by Al Simpson, April, 2019.