I'm Alois, married, a proud dad of two girls and based in Hamburg, Germany.
When I was 9 years old, my grandfather introduced me to fishing in a very classic way with a pole rod at the village pond. This has slowly developed into a fisherman with a license and lots of fun winning club competitions. At some point, mopeds, girls and parties were more important.
When I went to Hamburg in 2003 to pursue my job as an engine mechanic, fishing opened up for me in a completely new way in Hamburg! After a short time I had my own canoe on the Alster, from which one could perfectly track the predators of the urban canals. Several years of spin fishing for pikeperch, pike & perch in the Elbe, Alster and the surrounding northern german waters followed. During that time I met a lot of nice fishing heads and had a good time. Sometime in September 2012 an Irish work colleague came over for fishing with me and always borrowed one of my rods, whereupon I asked him to bring his own tackle from Ireland. He did that too! And that was a 9 weight pike fly fishing rod. He pressed it into my hand for a day and then it was over to me. Literally! Since that day I have completely focused on fly fishing. In addition, the fly tying, which both of me was self-taught for years, because I had no one in my local circle of friends who did it like me.
My focus is on pike, pikeperch and perch with hot, well-engineered streamers that are perfect for them. Salmonids are becoming more and more important to me. Tying occupies and fascinates me almost more than fishing itself, and that's why I've been giving live demos at trade fairs in Germany, Denmark, Holland or even Ireland for about 3 years now. In addition, I have a small online shop www.raptorz-shop.com since 2018 where I sell my handmade streamers and the matching favorite material plus a few other things at fair prices, because everyone should be able to enjoy fly fishing / fly tying!
I am very proud to be in the fly tiers row the second time here at the Irish Fly Fair. It’s a great honor to me and I love to support such kind and dedicated people who love this sport as much as I do!
The fishing and tying lets me dive into a world in which I am absolutely exuberant and can forget everything around me. Flyfishing is simply balm for the soul. If then there is also wonderful nature and a beautiful fish, these are experiences that I will never forget and where I can recharge my batteries for a long, long time!
I hope to see you soon, take care everybody!!
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