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New type of fish passage: the Fish elevator (Vislift)

06 December, 2018 •  General   Reports   Tactics  

Fish that migrate upstream and thereby encounter barriers will receive help from the Vislift - a new type of fish passage that has been tested in al polder boat near Almkerk in the county Brabant since last week. The invention is a more fish-friendly alternative to the current fish passage, which still gives fishl stress.

NEW VIDEO: Pikefishing small waters in Holland

24 November, 2018 •  Reports   Tactics  

A new video released at in cooperation with Sportvisserij Nederland.

6000 dead sturgeons: China put construction bridge stop

23 November, 2018 •  General   Reports  

China has stopped building a bridge over the Yangtze River. This happened because the work would have led to the deaths of about 6000 endangered Chinese sturgeons.

Big carp caught in Spanish reservoir

15 November, 2018 •  Reports  

Last Sunday I flew back from my Dutch fishing mate who lives in Portugal and fishes some Spanish reservoirs for several years now. Our fishing trip was successfull: 7 common carps from 12-21 kg and lots of small catfish. The picture added is the biggest common of 21 kg.

Europol rolls up illegal bluefin tuna trade, arrested 79 people

23 October, 2018 •  Reports  

Bluefin tuna are threatened with extinction due to overfishing.

Big carp fishing for two weeks in Spain with old fishing mate

06 October, 2018 •  Fishing gear   Tactics  

At the end of the month I am invited by an old fishing mate who lives in Portugal to fish the reservoirs in Spain for 20+ kg. carp. He uses his 12 feet Century rods of 3,5 lbs and I can borrow his Leon Hoogendijks, 13 ft, 3,5 lbs rods. Leon is a famous Dutch Carp fisherman who lives and fishes the south of France. He builts specialized Carp rods for fishing the big lakes and rivers in France.

NEW VIDEO: Giant Dutch perch

14 September, 2018 •  General   Reports  

Kanalgratis launched two cool video’s about fishing for big perch in Holland. Swedish angler Tobias Ekvall heard rumours about record perch being caught and travelled to Holland.

Guided by Dutch perch specialists he caught his personal best. These two English spoken perch videos are recommended for all predatory anglers. Daniel Weijers, Pieter Bas-Broeckx, Sander Groenenboom en Sijmen van den Berg take Tobias to their big perch hotspots. Here they explain how to effectively fish the Carolina rig. There is even a live take filmed by a drone. The video also includes information about the VISpas and

The second video:

Trout dropped by plane in high mountains of Utah

31 August, 2018 •  General   Reports  

In Utah, trout is plotted in the high mountains by plane. The fish are grown in farms and transported to remote areas. Those transports were earlier on horseback but this way would be less stressful for the animals:



Special catch: peacock cichlid

25 August, 2018 •  General   Reports  

On the platform we saw Rob Krijns with a very special catch. In Maastricht he caught a peacock cichlid on the 2nd of August.

Rob has switched from whitefish to predatory fish. He likes that because he has caught more special fish since then. This time he managed to catch a peacock cichlid during a very hot day. This fish has not been caught on the fishing pole in the Netherlands before. Sportvisserij Nederland sends Rob a present as thanks for reporting this special catch on

Winter behavior breams examined

03 August, 2018 •  General   Reports  

It is well known that the water temperature is an important factor in the activity of fish. At low water temperature the activity decreases and for many species there is a "winter rest", where the fish form winter concentrations. With new researchs techniques, however, it has increasingly shown that there does not seem to be absolute peace.

Sport fishing is healthy

21 July, 2018 •  Reports  

"Go fishing, the doctor advises". Regularly media reports that the Dutch do not exercise enough and that this poses health risks. Especially an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depressive symptoms score high. Sport fishing appears to be a good remedy.

Check the Dutch freshwaterfish records!

11 July, 2018 •  General   Reports  

Just by looking at the records you can see why the Netherlands is a superb country for anglers. Thanks to our ‘catch & release-culture’ fish can reach specimen size. In spring 2017 Sportvisserij Nederland and angling magazine Beet joined forces to register all freshwater angling records in the BNRZ list.

Dutch restaurants serve massively unsustainable fish

14 June, 2018 •  General  

Restaurants that claim to have a responsible menu are wrong with fish. Research at 500 restaurants that say sustainability is important, shows that at least 81% of the restaurants a species on the menu that scores red on the VISwijzer.

The Good Fish Foundation (publisher of the VISwijzer) examined the menu of 500 restaurants that had indicated in 2016 on the Dinnersite restaurant site to work with the VISwijzer. On 81% of these menu cards there was at least one species that scored red on the VISwijzer. Of this 81%, 32% of the total menu has one red fish on the menu, 30% has 2 red fish species and the remaining 19% even has 3 or more red fish on the menu.

Fishing enthusiastics must abandon lead

22 May, 2018 •  General   Fishing gear  

The use of fishing lead, which anglers use to weigh up their fishing line, is unhealthy and bad for the environment and must eventually be completely eliminated. Minister Schouten agreed with Sportvisserij Nederland, Natuurmonumenten, the Unie van Waterschappen and branch organization Divebo.

To ensure that less lead is used in 2021, the retail trade will in the coming period advise more on fully-fledged sustainable alternatives such as stone, glass and iron. There will also be a campaign about the disadvantages of lead reinforcement. In addition, areas must be designated where fishing is no longer permitted. In order to ensure that less lead is used in 2021, the retail trade will in the coming period advise more on fully-fledged sustainable alternatives such as stone, glass and iron. There will also be a campaign about the disadvantages of lead reinforcement. Furthermore, areas have to be designated where fishing is no longer allowed.


Unique project in the world: the fish migration river in the Afsluitdijk

20 April, 2018 •  General   Reports  

The Fishmigration River is an opening in the Afsluitdijk where migratory fish can swim through to reach the IJsselmeer lake from the Wadden Sea and vice versa. Migratory fish need freshwater and saltwater for their life cycle. Due to dykes and dams such as the Afsluitdijk, that is hardly possible. It is an important reason why it is so bad with migratory fish.

Fly Fair in the Berenkuil 21-22th of April 2018 in Putten, Holland

24 March, 2018 •  General   Fishing gear  

This annual fly fishing event is held in springtime in The Netherlands. There are workshops, (second-hand) fly fishing equipment, casting programs and so on.

Video: Fishing in Holland

16 March, 2018 •  Reports  

This promotional film gives a good example of the many fisheries you can do in The Netherlands.

Fishing competition catch pike for Hoekse fish spawning places

15 February, 2018 •  General   Reports  

The fish spawning areas are a kind of nursery for fish. It provides the fish with pleasant conditions to breed and grow. At first we have to help the pike to find the way to a new spawning place. Pike plants - like salmon - propagate on the spot where they were born. After a number of years they thus find their way to the fish spawning place.

Underwater nature film “The many faces of the Zevenhuizerplas” soon to be seen again in cinema

02 February, 2018 •  General  

This movie was shot in a lake between the cities of Rotterdam and Gouda in the southwest of The Netherlands.

VISMA fair will soon open its doors in Ahoy, Rotterdam

01 February, 2018 • 

On the weekend of 23, 24 and 25 March, the 50th birthday will be celebrated!

Fly fisherman catches sea trout in the Peizerdiep

19 January, 2018 •  General   Reports  

A fly fisherman from Roden caught a rare sea trout in the Peizerdiep. The fish was released in Drenthe, but also swam in the Wadden Sea for some time. The fish comes from Germany and was plotted years ago in the Groote Diep. He probably lived in the stream for a year and left for the sea. "He grew up there and then returned to the head of Drenthe", says director Henk Mensinga of the Fishing Federation Groningen Drenthe.

Next Monday 8th of January I am asked for an interview at a local radiostation in The Hague

07 January, 2018 •  General  

There will be an interview about volunteering and the drive for doing it.

Sportfish ban sea bass off the track

15 December, 2017 •  General   Reports  


Report from the Angling and Fishingboat Event 2017 in Utrecht, Holland

02 December, 2017 •  Fishing gear   Reports  

From 1st - 3rd December this event is held in Jaarbeurs, Utrecht in central Holland.

About (sea)bass fishing in the EU

26 November, 2017 •  General   Reports  

The (sea) bass is on the verge of extinction due to commercial fishing, unless we do something about it like Ireland and the US....

16th Big Angling event in Jaarbeurs Utrecht, The Netherlands

03 November, 2017 •  General   Fishing gear  

Opening times: December 1-3th from 10.00 - 17.00 hrs.

Address: Van Zijstweg 21, 3521 AB  UTRECHT

New! Paybuttons made for electronic banking with all creditcards by PayPal

28 July, 2017 •  General  

From now on it is easy paying fishingtrip(s) at FGP.

New at Fishing guide Paul: paying afterwards of one day fishingtrips by mobile paymentmethod

27 June, 2017 •  General  

All bank and creditcards accepted!

Fishing trip to Czech Republic was a success!

25 June, 2017 •  Reports  

For more information and photos check my Facebookpage.

Client catches big pike on softbait at canal in Holland

05 June, 2017 •  General   Reports  

Big pike fishing!

Pike spawning area created by men

04 June, 2017 •  General   Reports  

Yesterday volunteers of two nearby fishingclubs and the waterboard of Delfland were monitoring and registrating the number of young pike who were born there the last months. After that they were released in the nearby canal for further growing!

New lines and equipment for the new fishing season

21 May, 2017 •  General   Fishing gear  

All lines are replaced for the new fishing challenges of 2017.

Sport fishing event “Visma 2017 - New Style”  3-4-5th March in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

10 February, 2017 •  General   Fishing gear  

For three days Rotterdam is scene of everything about sportsfishing, -equipment like rods, reels, lures and even fishingboats an travelagencies for fishing abroad.

International Fly Fishing Event at Rosalies, Belgium

13 January, 2017 •  General   Fishing gear  

It is a nice and busy event in the French speaking area of Belgium.

New slider installed for my website

09 January, 2017 •  General  


New! Walleye fishing with a float and dead baitfish

24 December, 2016 •  General  

From the bank at a canal.

My visit to Fly Happening 2016, Putte - Belgium

26 November, 2016 •  General   Reports  

Today I was at the Fly Happening event in Flanders, Belgium.

CUSTOMERREVIEW: Carpfishing at the canal: Delftse Schie in South-Holland

10 November, 2016 •  Reviews  

Read this customerreview from my german client.

22 quotes about (fly)fishing

27 October, 2016 •  General  

Here are some quotes from people who do matter.

My flyfishingtrip to the Czech Republic

06 October, 2016 •  Reports  

It was a nice and successfull trip in many ways: good weatherconditions, nice company and many fish!

CUSTOMERREVIEW: Norwegian fishing trip

26 September, 2016 •  General   Reviews  

Mid August went with Paul to Norway for fishing the best lake in Telemark.

International Flyfishing event “Fly Happening 2016” in Putte, Belgium

04 September, 2016 •  General  

It's going to be a great event for flyfishermen across Europe and the UK!

Soon six Flyfishing Club members are going to flyfish in the Czech Republic

30 August, 2016 •  General  

The airlinetickets are bought and from the International Airport of Prague we have to drive 150 km. to the Polish border.

Two new travel rods purchased for predator fishing

29 July, 2016 •  Fishing gear  

These rods were especially purchased for travelling by plane.

CUSTOMERREVIEW: Day beach fishing at the shores of Monster, South Holland

19 July, 2016 •  General   Reports   Reviews  

Dear Paul,

We had a wonderful and succesfull beach fishing day with you saturday the 9th July. We caught a lot (seabass and dab/plaice), actually two bass could take home....which admittedly you had caught...ours were too small...

Day beach fishing with clients near Monster, South Holland

14 July, 2016 •  General   Reports  

Recently I was fishing at the shore of South Holland. Some clients asked for that.

A week of flyfishing in Norway

24 June, 2016 •  General   Reports  

In the surroundings of Trysil we went for a week of fly and pikefishing.

Some of my rods I use for carp fishing

20 May, 2016 •  Fishing gear  

Starting with carp fishing in late seventies I mainly used glassfiber rods, because graphite was not on the market these days.

Lake Oostvoorne

15 May, 2016 •  Tactics  

At the moment there is still no hatch of the Bibio flies in the bushes near the lake, but we are expecting when the frenzied eatparty of the trout takes place...!

Our donation to the Seatroutproject in Lauwersmeer

09 March, 2016 •  General  

Fishing guide Paul has also contributed to the Seatroutproject for reintroduction of sea trout in Lauwersmeer and streams in the provinces of Groningen and Drenthe in the northern part of Holland.

Fly Fair 2016 the World of Fly Fishing

29 February, 2016 •  General   Fishing gear  

On the Saturday and Sunday of May 28 and 29 2016, the flyfishing world will be surprised by the next Fly Fair, a festivity known to all for its hospitality and outragoreous fun.

Also click the PDF-file

VISMA: the biggest and most complete angling fair of europe on 4-5-6 march 2016!

16 February, 2016 •  General   Fishing gear  

Visma is the most largest and complete angling fair in The Netherlands. The 46th edition attracted 19.671 visitors in three days!

Photoreport of the International Fly Fishing Event at Rosalies, Belgium

03 February, 2016 •  Reports  

It was a nice, busy event in the French speaking area of Belgium.

Fish and Angling exhibition in Dortmund, Germany

20 January, 2016 •  General   Fishing gear  

The exhibition is held from 9th - 14th February in the Messehallen Dortmund, each day from 10.00 - 18.00 hrs. The "Highlights" from this event are for example fly-tying (also for kids), rodbuilding- and seafishingclinics. There is also a event-App to guide you through the halls and providing you with information about the stands.

German Fishing exhibition 2016 in Duisburg

05 January, 2016 •  Fishing gear  

This Fishing exhibition takes place for the 11th time in history.

New for 2016! My own well equipped fishingboat for all kinds of fisheries.

25 December, 2015 •  Fishing gear  

Includes GPS, Fishfinder, Chartplotter, Minn Kota Powerdrive V2 and rodrests for trolling lures behind the boat.

International Fly Fishing Event in Belgium 30th and 31th of January 2016

24 December, 2015 •  General  

For the 21th time in history this Fly Fishing event takes place at Rue JF Kennedy 150 in Rosalie in the French speaking part of Belgium.

Next weekend I will visit the Hengel Expo at Kortrijk, Belgium

22 November, 2015 •  Fishing gear  

There's a lot to be seen and done at this two-yearly fisherman's event in Belgium.

New website for Peter den Hollander from Classic Creation

11 November, 2015 •  Fishing gear  

Former member of the Casting Club The Hague Peter den Hollander lives in the Drenthe province and builds fine splitcane rods.

My visit to the HS-Outdoor Fair 2015 at the Isle of Maurik, Holland

06 September, 2015 •  Reports  

This weekend The HS-Outdoor 2015 event was held in Maurik in the centre of riverland Holland.

New! Line Thru Pike from Savage Gear

07 August, 2015 •  Fishing gear  

The perfect Jack Pike imitation is based on a 3D scan of a real Jack Pike.

New! Pike and walleye fishing in the Biesbosch

16 July, 2015 •  General  


Bargain: bite indicator for only € 11,99 at Lidl supermarket!

14 July, 2015 •  Fishing gear  


Cheap hard and jerkbaits bought at Action (store)

14 May, 2015 •  Fishing gear  


New businesscard for my company arrived!

02 April, 2015 •  General  

For all my old and new customers/contacts.

Dutch “Visma 2015” was held this weekend in Rotterdam

08 March, 2015 •  Reports  

For three days Rotterdam Ahoy was scene of everything about sportfishing, -equipment like rods, reels, lures and even fishingboats and travelagencies for fishing abroad.

Facebook and Twitter icons now present on this website!

12 February, 2015 •  General  

For also visiting my Facebook and Twitteraccount.

Websitetranslation in German language soon available

26 January, 2015 •  General  

At the moment we are busy with the translation of my website in the German language.

19 January, 2015 • 

Dutch Facebookpage "Fishing guide Paul" has now been made! Take a look and Like us/Vind ik leuk!!

International Fly Fishing Event in Belgium 31th of January/1st of February 2015

12 January, 2015 •  General  

For the 20th time in history this Fly Fishing Event takes place at Rue JF Kennedy 150 in Roselies in the French speaking part of Belgium. Youtube

The English “Fishing Guide Paul” leaflet was pressed and is now released

20 December, 2014 •  General  


Richard Walker Mk-IV Avon splitcane carprod

19 December, 2014 • 

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