Fly Fishing in
The Netherlands 🇳🇱






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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.

Did you know?

With the offical license that costs just €40 per year, you can fish in 90% of all the water in the Netherlands.

For the creative ones

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.

Where to go fly fishing in The Netherlands

Although the country is primarily flat, the diversity of water to fly fish in will give you a huge range of options. From fresh to salt, from canal to sea, there is a lot to explore.

Oostvoornse Meer

No big trout in the Netherlands? Think again

Brown Trout

European Flounder

Rainbow Trout


Fly fish in the largest harbour of Europe

Sea bass

Sea Trout

Twaid shad

Predators in the Polders

Big predator fish in the iconic Dutch landscape




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Fishing license in The Netherlands


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 Please note: some waters require an additional license from a local association. The Visplanner will indicate if this is the case.

How to use

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.

Just €40 for a full calendar year
Easy to buy online
Access to a lot of water throughout the country
Make sure to double check if the license is valid for the water you want to go fishing using the Visplanner
More information about Vispas Buy a Vispas online

Species to fly fish for in The Netherlands

Almost all species that you can find in the Netherlands you can fly fish for. Some require more creativity than others, but almost all have them have been caught on the fly!

Arctic Char

Atlantic Mackerel



Brown Trout


Common Carp

European Flounder






Rainbow Trout



Sea bass

Sea Trout


Twaid shad

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The official Fly Fishing Association (VNV)

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.

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Weather in The Netherlands

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.

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Guides, workshops and more in The Netherlands

These are the organizations that can help you exlore new waters while learning a thing or two.

Hooked on Fly Fishing



Fly tying

Country trips

Steef Meijers


Meindert Kap


Mike Dijkstra


Country trips

LTS Fly Fishing


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Flyfish webshops in The Netherlands

Webshops where you can find all your fly fishing gear.


E10 Flyfishing

Exclusive Fly Fishing

Exclusive Fly Fishing

Fauna Hengelsport

Fly Fishing Dutchman

Fly Supply

Peeters Hengelsport

Poseidon Fly Fishing



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Fly fishing in other countries

🇦🇹 Austria

🇧🇪 Belgium

🇩🇰 Denmark

🇫🇮 Finland

🇫🇷 France

🇩🇪 Germany

🇮🇸 Iceland

🇮🇹 Italy

🇳🇿 New Zealand

🇳🇴 Norway

🇸🇪 Sweden

🇨🇭 Switzerland

🇬🇧 United Kingdom

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