|Born 1974 near Hamburg, Germany I got in
contact with angling in the age of three. A little later my first fish
– an eal – was caught.
In the age of five - supported
by my grandfather, I caught the first
sea trout in my life from a sailing boat on the Baltic Sea. This
moment was the beginning of my true passion about sea trout fishing,
what should be proven later on.
Discovering fly fishing aged twelve,
my first catch was an Ide on dry
fly. From now on fly fishing became more and more my favorite kind of
In the beginning of the nineties "fly only" turned out to be my way,
based on my first fly caught sea trout.
I travelled around gaining increasing experience in fly fishing. Mainly
I fished for sea trout and Atlantic
salmon in Denmark, Sweden and
Norway as well as for various fish
species in places like the Bahamas,
Florida Keys, Los Roques, the USA, Slovenia, Austria and other European
Over the years the main focus of my activities consisted of fly fishing
around the Baltic Sea coast and salmon fishing on numerous rivers of
Norway. I specialized in catching
big sea trouts.
Besides all different fields in fly fishing, e.g. building my own rods
and fly tying, the main point of my interest was fly casting,
immediately from the beginning.
Participating at several fly casting
courses by both national and
international renowned fly casting instructors as well as
knowledge with many fly casting experts extended my
Special thanks to Bernd Czerr (D), Thomas Ellerbrock (D), Uwe Rieder
(A), Sepp Fuchs (NL), Mel Krieger (USA), Göran Andersson (S), Carlos
Azpilicueta (E), Alejandro Vinuales (E), Lasse Karlsson (DK), Henrik
Mortensen (USA), Ronald Windl (A), Günter Feuerstein (CH), Roman Moser
(A), Valerio Santagostino (I), Roberto Pragliola (I), Aitor Coteron
(E), Jupp Verstraten (D), Paul Arden (GB), Stefan Siikavara (S), Menno
van Dam (NL), Michael Mauri (D), Erhard Loidl (A), Hans Spinnler (CH),
Stig Hansen (DK), Bruce Richards (USA), Floyd Dean (USA), Steve Rajeff
(USA), Bob Jacklin
|and Trond Syrstad (N),
Christoph Menz (A), Matthias Lilleheim (N), Andy Murray (GB), Ian
Gordon (GB), Bart de Zwan
(NL), Rudy van Duinhoven (NL), Hywel Morgan (GB) Chase Jablonsky
(USA), John van Dalen (USA), Jason Borger (USA), Lee Cummings (GB),
Tony Reilly (GB), Vic Knight (GB) and many more.
Since the end of the nineties, I am teaching both single and
double hand fly casting. This is where I am profiting of the ten
years experience in my original
profession as instructor for chemical technicians. I successfully
passed the FFF and AAPGAI Master Fly
Instructor exam as well as other fly casting instructor exams.
Yet my fly fishing seminars took place in Germany, Spain, Denmark,
Sweden, Finland, Norway and the USA.
Staying in contact with national and international renowned fly
fishermen helps me to keep my knowledge consistently up to date.
Especially fishing together with Ken Sawada (J), Roland Holmberg (S),
Jonas Hammersted (N), Walter Reisinger (A), Erhard Loidl (A), Thomas
Michael (D), Hans Steinfort (D), Mel Krieger (USA), Uwe Rieder (A),
Capt. John Dickinson (USA) and Thomas Dürkop (D) helped me to learn a
lot of different fishing techniques
for many different fish species.
Amongst other publications I wrote articles for over ten
years for the German fly fishing magazine „Der Fliegenfischer“.
Setting up my own fly fishing school First-Cast
was the start to professional full time work in teaching all fields
of fly fishing. The First-Cast program
includes fishing trips,
casting courses, workshops and demos, tying lessons and councelling on
tackle adjustments in general.
In 2008 I became one of the two founders of the German Fly Festival.
Our first fly fishing show turned out to be the biggest fly fishing
event in the northern part of Germany ever.
The biggest part of my life is designated to fly fishing and my special
thanks go to all fishing buddies who shared that beautiful moments with
me; especially to all of my students.