This is a port of one of the many visual-star plugins for Vim to work with evil-mode.
evil-visualstar from MELPA.
(global-evil-visualstar-mode) to your configuration.
Make a visual selection with
V, and then hit
* to search that selection forward, or
# to search that selection backward.
evil-visualstar/persistent option is not nil, visual-state will
remain in effect, allowing for repeated
Note that you than have to exit visualstar-mode before hitting a direction key to avoid extending the selection.