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Success For Young Anglers
A group of budding young anglers have had a successful and exciting summer of fishing thanks to an initiative in the North York Moors’ Esk Valley.

Supported by a grant from local business Whitby Seafoods, the group have learnt the art of fly fishing; including tying knots, casting techniques and how to ‘play’ a fish.

The youngsters, who are all aged between 10 and 16, also received two expert coaching sessions from professional fly fisherman, Olly Shepherd from Yorkshire Fly Fishing.

Keith Bristow from the Esk Fishery Association said: “It’s been fantastic to see how the group’s skills and confidence have developed over the last three months. “We’re incredibly grateful to our dedicated volunteers who have donated their time and shared their skills with the next generation; and to Whitby Seafoods for sponsoring the 2018 season. “Congratulations also to our most improved young angler of 2018” who is pictured being awarded his trophy from Olly Shepherd.

The Esk Youth Fishing Club has been running for four years and is led by the Esk Fisheries Association and the Esk and Coastal Streams Catchment Partnership. It enables young people to learn and improve on their angling skills in an enjoyable social environment - a unique opportunity for many young people from isolated rural communities.

If you know of a budding young angler who would like to take part in 2019, please contact Robert Parnaby (Fishing Club Coordinator) on r.parnaby@northyorkmoors.org.uk

Success For Young Anglers, 30th October 2018, 9:57 AM