Johannes first held a fly rod in his hands in 1981. Ever since he has difficulties letting go of one, once it is in his hand.
Emigrating to NZ fuelled the desire to fly fish even further with the opportunities abound..Pleasure fishing the New Zealand rivers and lakes became his passion for more than 3 decades.
About 15 years ago he expanded his fly fishing activities into the salt water. Since then he has fly fished many rivers, lakes and flats in New Zealand, Australia, North, South and Central America, Europe and Russia.
His interest in competition fishing was first spawned as a controller in the 2008 World Championship held in NZ. Since then he has competed in many competitions at home in NZ and overseas. Today most of his fishing activities are competition fishing related.