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First published before January 1st 2001 - More than 14 years ago
He was trained as a chemist and currently works as an environmental toxicology researcher at Utrecht University.
His first steps as an angler were set in downtown Leidschendam, at the ripe
old age of 6, where he fished for small roach and rudd with a 3 piece, 10
foot cheap bamboo pole with float (bobber) and pieces of bread. This was
after passing my first swimming test... Holland has enough water that
swimming lessons are an integral part of Dutch upbringing. At the age of
12 he first learned about spinning gear, by reading fishing books, and
quickly adopted spinning tackle and lures for pike and perch over other
fishing techniques. And this while living in 'Limburg', where at the time
almost no spinfishing expertise was to be found. Progress therefore was
slow and tedious, as he had to reinvent many wheels himself. Not that he was
very good at that, too. Reading yet another fishing book first brought him
into contact with flyfishing for trout and other species. When he visited
England on a family holiday and actually saw someone fly fishing for trout
(in a small town called Bourne-on-the-Water) he was sold. Shortly
thereafter in 1977, he acquired his first flyrod -- a lemon if ever there
In 1991 he finally smartened up and joined a local flyfishing club. This was the wisest decision he ever made during his whole fishing career (and probably the most costly as well...). There's nothing like hands on tuition for learning flyfishing and flytying. He currently has more rods and reels, tying vices, fur and feather material and flies than he's willing to acknowledge. Being the inhouse computer 'expert' at a toxicology research institute, he also quickly found out the opportunities the Internet holds for flyfishers, spending countless hours on mailing lists, checking out web sites and chatting away in chatrooms...
He currently lives in Ankeveen, in the central part of the Netherlands (close to Amsterdam and Utrecht), right in the middle of some of the better 'polder' and fen water systems that offer excellent fly fishing for rietvoorn (rudd, Rotfeder, rotengle) and snoek (pike, Hecht, brochet).