Tomaž Modic (Slovenia)

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Tomaž Modic (Slovenia)

My name is Tomaž Modic (Pr. Tomasch Moditz!), I was born in 1966 in Ljubljana-SLOVENIA and I am fishing as long as I can remember. I was introduced to flyfishing and tying in 1986. From 2005 on, I work at the Fisheries research institute of Slovenia as a fisheries biologist.

My father was born on the banks of lake Cerkniško jezero and I spent many days and whole summers there chasing fish and running from river keepers.

I was ‘swallowing’ book after book from my friends, bought some of them myself and got deeply involved in from what I see now – Northern American approach to flyfishing. It took me almost 10 years to get in touch with a bit of British heritage too. Later during my student years I earned extra money by tying flies, building rods and guiding on Slovenian rivers. I graduated biology (taxonomy & ecology) at the University of Ljubljana, where I live all my life. Being tired of commercial tying, I accepted the challenge of rod building. I was earning just enough to cover my tackle needs (which are a bit on the HIGH side I must admit) and fishing licenses that are not cheap at all here as well.

I tied flies several times in European fly – fairs (Holland (NL) and Kolding (DK)) and once in US (Denver). At the flyfairs I am trying to keep and present the characteristic flies of Slovenian origin and Slovenian flyfishing school, as well as my own patterns. I was lucky to know late Mr. Marjan Fratnik and late Mr. Ivo Kajžnik and spend some time with them. For more than fifteen years I was also a member of the jury at the Slovenian open flytying championship. During that time, I was also teaching young and adult Slovenian flyfishermen aquatic entomology at flyfishing camps. I also contribute to our monthly fishing magazine Ribic in Slovenia, where I cover the column for flyfishing. Lately I just want to have more time to fish my favorite local rivers Unica, Idrijca, Krka, Radovna and Sava. If you ask me which fly I will use if I’d have to choose only one for the rest of my fishing – it would be my working nymph #14.

So far I have a privilege to flyfish regularly in my country (up to 100 times/year) and also in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Denmark, Wales, Ireland, England, Canada, USA, Belize and Bahamas.

Sport is also deeply present in my life as well as music. I’m certified tennis and windsurfing instructor, but my sport #1 is and will always be basketball. In my teens I was also playing guitar in a bluegrass band.

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I was born 1958 in Wuppertal and growing up in Düsseldorf. Since 1998 I live in Hilden (next to Düsseldorf).
I´m a fisherman since my childhood, but I started flyfishing and tying at the age of 38.
Around two years later I was tying on my first big flyfishing show, the Dutch Fly Fair.
Since this time, I´m tying my flies on shows in Europe and USA.
My favorite patterns are squidflies and shrimps.

Thé Ørgänizátiøn has been very busy for quite a while with the organization of the next Fly Fair which is planned for Saturday May 9 and Sunday May 10, 2020. Many of you, both visitors and participants, will still have fond memories of the Fly Fair 2018 and together with you we want to make the Fly Fair 2020 a great or even greater success again.

Never change a winning team.The general set up of the Fly Fair event will be mostly unchanged. For the venue we have opted for "Forelvisvijvers de Berenkuil",  Berencamperweg 11, in Putten the Netherlands. This beautiful venue can be reached easily by car (A28 motorway exit 9).

At the Fly Fair every flyfisher will find whatever his life style requires. Fly casting and fly dressing material, for every kind of fish be it alver or salmon, and all the hooks and clothes one may dream of from size 36 upwards. There will be plenty of opportunities to be informed about the available industrial and technological fly fishing gadgets and to admire the amazing craftsmanship of the semi-professional fly tiers specially invited to show their handiwork.

And if you are bored with your current holiday destinations, you will be able to explore new possibilities ranging from Putten to Patagonia. Hence our motto: The World of Flyfishing.

A lot of attention is paid to the Fly Fair 2020 in our magazine "de Nederlandse Vliegvisser". This magazine is sent to more than 4,000 members and is recognized as one of the most outstanding flyfishing magazines in Europe. And as a special offer, participating firms will be offered free advertising space in the spring edition. In addition, booth keepers will be put in the spotlight in various digital means of communication such De Digitale Vliegvisser, newsletters, websites and Facebook pages.

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Fly Fair 2020 en we hope to realize a big event for and by flyfishers. The fair will consist of a complete village of pagodas (25 m2 each) and a large light canvas hall for the fly tiers. Even if the terrain is extensive, we have to warn you in advance that the number of pagodas will be limited. In case you wish to participate, please contact Jan Huisman: huisman.jan@ziggo.nl He will send you an information package, including a reservation form.


The Dutch Fly Fair of 2018 was a big success. We're already preparing the next edition. Of course this event can’t be held without fly tiers! Like last year we hope to meet a lot of them.

On behalf of the organization I’ll be coordinating the fly tying part. Main goal is to organize an amazing event that will be interesting for fly tiers and visitors. If you have any suggestions or questions don’t hesitate to contact me by phone or e-mail: jos@homus.nl.

 

Kind Regards,

Jos Herrebrugh
+31 (0)6-41828373

I was born 1958 in Wuppertal and growing up in Düsseldorf. Since 1998 I live in Hilden (next to Düsseldorf).
I´m a fisherman since my childhood, but I started flyfishing and tying at the age of 38.
Around two years later I was tying on my first big flyfishing show, the Dutch Fly Fair.
Since this time, I´m tying my flies on shows in Europe and USA.
My favorite patterns are squidflies and shrimps.