"There are fishing tournaments, contests and pools, to be sure, but...by far the most rewarding form of competition in angling are those that take place between the fish and the angler, and within the angler himself" ddddddd ---James Westman


When most anglers think of flyfishing, they usually think it is hard to do, expensive and only done by a small group of strange lads. Some of these things are true, a good fishing set will set you back 50 or 100% more than the equivalent spinning rod, and depending on where you fish you're more likely of loosing a lure, but more and more people have picked up a flyfishing rod and are catching fish in a totaly different, and in my opinion, a far more beautiful way then other more conventional ways of fishing. Believe me, you're in love after your first cast, and you are hooked for life after landing your first fish, be it a small rudd in the polders here in Holland, a trout or salmon in one of the faster flowing waters of central Europe or Scotland, or a Tarpon in the Caribean.

A nice brook trout, a worthy oponent.

A big pike who couldn't resist a streamer.

Fishing with artificial lures is very old, it dates way back to the times of the roman empire. Modern flyfishing however has its roots in Great Brittain, where it is a recognized form fishing for a few hunderd years. Here in Holland it is a relatively new form of fishing. Most people thought that flyfishing was only suited for the rivers and streams up in the mountains. That is only partly true. Flyfishing in Holland requires different techniques, but can be very succesfull. The fish you can catch here are abundant, and you can view them below at 'Fish I.D.'. Using nymphs and flies, you'll catch mostly rudd, and with streamers your most likely to encouter pikes.
Flyfishing in Holland

When flyfishing in Holland with nymphs and dry flies, you will mostly catch roach and rudd. They are very tenecious fighters, especialy when they are larger then thirty centimeters. They can show what they are worth on light material. My prefered rod is a 240 centimers AFTMA 3 rod with a double tapered line, and a knotted leader of 270 centimeters, with a tip of 00/12. It is harder to cast, especialy in windy conditions. But I find the AFTMA 6 and 7 rods that are advised in the magazines to be to heavy for the fish you catch. And the light rod allows you to cast lighter lines. I do take an AFTMA five with me in case the winds are to stiff or if I want to cast a bucktail streamer.

In the polder, the prime flyfishing waters of Holland, I prefer to fish with a goldbead nymph on a hook size 16. And the spots where to waterways meet are the best. Or in the summer when the water vegetation is high I like to fish the small open spots clear of vegetation with a dry fly. This does require accurate casting. But when you present your fly right, a strike will follow.

One of those typical polder landscapes. Places like that bridge up there are great.


Fish you are likely to encounter here.

Pictures of fish and where they live. Info on where to find them.

Fish I.D. Gallery


Of all pursuits mankind has devised to make you
look stupid and uncoordinated, fly fishing is definitely number one.
                    -- Jack Ohman