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Olsen's Blowtorch

A simple and effective nymph with a Czech Pedigree

Olsen's Blowtorch

The Blowtorch is adapted from a Czech pattern called the Tag Nymph, and is tied on a 60-degree jig hook. Charlie Craven photo

Devin Olsen is a self-described “obsessed” fly fisher. His official indoctrination into the sport came on the banks of Slough Creek at age 9 when he caught a cutthroat on an ant pattern, and completely ruined his life. In the days since, Olsen has established a stellar reputation as a competitive fly fisher. He made it onto Fly fishing Team USA in 2006, and humbly credits these competitions with his rapid advance through the sport.

I recently spoke with him in a casual phone conversation and was immediately put at ease by his easygoing demeanor and obvious mastery of the fly-fishing game. Like many of his teammates, Olsen has every right to be one of those cocky young...

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