The Netherlands might not be the first country that comes to mind when thinking about fly fishing destinations. Yet the fishing here is incredibly diverse. From pike and carp in the beautiful polder landscape to bass in the big rivers to seabass in the Rotterdam harbour.
Another huge advantage of fly fishing in the Netherlands is that a license is easy to get online, affordable and it will give you access to a vast amount of water.
With the offical license that costs just €40 per year, you can fish in 90% of all the water in the Netherlands.
Fly fishing in the Netherlands requires some creativity, because it's not the more well known 'go to the river and catch brownies' type of thing. But ones you've figured things out the possibilities are endless: one fifth of the country's surface area is water.
Curated locations, both guided and non-guided:
Big trout in the Netherlands
Fly fish in the largest harbour of Europe
Big predator fish in the iconic Dutch landscape
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For fishing in saltwater in the Netherlands you do not need a license.
The official license is called the VISpas ('vis' means 'fish' and 'pas' means 'card' in Dutch). With just this one license that costs €40 per calendar year you're all set!
The only thing that you need to do is to check if the water where you want to go fishing is covered by the VISpas. To do that, go to visplanner.nl. Please note: some waters require an additional license from a local association. The Visplanner will indicate if this is the case.
How to use visplanner.nl
Zoom in on the map, or use 'Plaats of postcode' (city or zipcode) to fill in where you want to go fishing, then click on 'Ververs gegevens' (refresh data). All the water that shows up dark blue is water where you can fish, the possibilities are endless!
Make sure to download the Visplanner app. If your license is being checked by an official, you need to show proof that you've checked the water. For this having the Visplanner app is sufficient.
The VNV (Vereniging Nederlandse Vliegvissers, which means Association of Dutch Fly Fishers) is the national fly fishing association.
They actively help protect the fish stock in the Netherlands, promote fly fishing and publish a magazine 4 times a year.Visit vnv.nu (Dutch)
The Netherlands enjoys a moderate maritime (or oceanic) climate. This type of climate generally features mild winters and cool summers. Precipitation, such as rain, is common throughout the year.
These are the guides in The Netherlands that can help you exlore new waters and learn new skills.
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