US finishes mid pack this year
By Kathleen Ellyn
Wallowa County Chieftain
Wallowa County fly fisher Devin Olsen competed in his ninth world championship event this month when he accompanied Team USA to the 2017 World Fly-Fishing Championship in Slovakia earlier this month. Olsen won an individual bronze in 2015 and the team won silver in 2016.
Team USA didn’t place in the medals this year finishing mid-pack, 14th out of 20 teams.
France, Czeck Republic and Spain took the top three awards.
The US team had several high points throughout the week of competition, and Olsen’s personal best came in Session 3 (of five) when he led the US team with a seventh individual placing. He ended the event in 40th place out of 154 entries.
The US team again consisted of Norm Maktima of New Mexico who ended with an individual 25th place, Devin Olsen of Oregon (40th), Josh Graffam of Wyoming (64th), Lance Egan of Utah (92nd) and Pat Weiss of Pennysylvania (109th).
Maktima caught 72 fish; Olsen 84; Graffam 46; Egan 44 fish; and Weiss 43.
Size does matter in the competition as each eligible (catch size) fish is worth 100 points and another 20 points per centimeter is added. Olsen’s biggest fish earned him 410 points.