It all began at age 4 (1994) during a camping vacation on Lake Lugano. The “old” anglers on the paths fascinated me greatly and that was the beginning of my passion.
Shortly thereafter I got my first rod which came from a hardware store. Unfortunately, nobody in my family was interested in fishing, but my parents supported me despite that. They drove with me on vacation to Italy where I could “freely” fish. Otherwise, I fished “illegally” in the brooks near home.
At age 12 I could finally take the fishing examination and then spent much time fishing on the local waters.
Several years later I completed training as a fisheries officer.
When I was 17, a casting demonstration at the Aqua-Fisch stimulated my passion for fly fishing. Since then, I have fished almost exclusively with a fly rod. I passed the test as an EFFA single-hand casting instructor when I was 23. Since then, I have given casting demonstrations and taught fly-fishing courses.