'Fish took 100 meters of backing and spooled
it all out' Those stories which I had dismissed
as usual fishermen's talks, suddenly gained
a reality as Sayuri's first fish, a silver
bullet of 56cm, filled the morning mist with
a scream of the drag.
The moment she landed the furious beauty,
something within us 'clicked' for good. Yes,
we love Holland, and Holland is what we love!!
Getting license is a straightforward business.
Simply give your signatures to the three
forms listed below and pay the annual fee
of 26Euro. License is issued on a calendar year basis.
The good thing is, these license are apparently
valid in large part of the country (at least
so in Zeeland and Limburg region) and with
only that, you can fish most of the public
waters with no additional bureaucratic hassle.
License can be had at the tourist information
centre (signposted as 'VVV') or at major
post offices. Most fishing shops also sell
license, and that's the most reliable way
to ensure the purchase of the requested license
for the area you fish, as well as to obtain
some first-hand local information.
Two great rivers, Rhein and Maas, mouth into
the Atlantic in the Netherlands.
In the rivers, the sea and inbetween, there
are numerous angling opportunities.
In the canals that crisscross the polders
are big Pike and Walleye to challenge your
skill and your luck!
The Netherlands - land of tulips and windmills.
A quarter of the Netherlands are made up
of 'Polders', artificial land that lies predominantly
below the sea level. With the country's tallest
peak only at 321meters high, the landscape
is disappointingly flat for those in pursuit
of mountain streams.
No, the Netherlands had not been rated as
a country of interest for us two, and despite
the occasional rumours of a trout lake right
by the Atlantic, all was quiet on the western front - or so
In July '02, a friend who had fished there
a few times before finally convinced me that
we had to give it a try. We drove down the
hardly scenic motorway through Rotterdam,
not having a slightest hint of what was lying