Bas got infected by the fly-fishing virus after a holiday in Sweden in 1995. His first attempt for flyfishing was two years later in Norway after he got his first casting lesson in a parking lot in the Northern Norway. The instructor was a buypassing truckdriver. But Bas caught his first, small Grayling. And he went home totally hooked!
By intense training he managed to become an avid flycaster and he even won the national flycasting Championship in Holland. In a short time he also became a good flyfisher- and tier. He worked close with the Dutch VNV to train instructors and set the goals for the VNV casting certification program.
Bas is now an EFFA Master Instructor and a member of the EFFA Casting Advisory Board, Chairman of the recently founded Fly-fishing Club Voorne-Putten (VV-VP), Chairman of the Dutch EFFA department, member the Dutch Association of Advanced Fly Tiers (D.A.A.FT), Chairman of the fish management commission of the Oostvoornse Lake and a member of the Vision World Team.
Bas gives presentations about entomology, workshops on flycasting techniques and tactics, gives fly-casting- and fly-tying demo’s and lessons at clubs and fly fishing events such as the Fly Fair, Fly-happening, Visma, Fair for Lure and Fly, Nordic Hunting and Fishing Show and so on). He is also an engaging teacher on flyfishing courses in Norway and Denmark (sea trout) and at fly-fishing clubs in the Netherlands.