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Lisa Isles. Carl Malpass. Scott Nellins. Simon Robinson. What do they all have in common? The answer might seem obvious - they're all highly-accomplished, high-profile fly fishers who've represented their country at various levels (Home International, Commonwealth, European and World) as adults, and are often featured in the pages of our game angling magazines. However, there's something else that binds these hotshots together; something that lies at the heart of their journey towards becoming the very best anglers they can be....

They've all been members of the England Youth Fly Fishing Team.

Ambition, teamwork and sportsmanship

Competitive fly fishing is an ideal environment in which young people can extend their involvement in the sport and hone their skills, within an atmosphere of honesty, integrity, responsibility, good sportsmanship and respect for the environment. Gaining an England Youth Team cap, and participating in Home International Championships against Scotland, Wales and Ireland, is the pinnacle of achievement for youngsters between the ages of twelve and seventeen, who are keen to pursue their passion to a much higher level. Qualification for and competing within the team requires the very best; not just in terms of ambition, but also attitude, motivation, teamwork, sportsmanship and respect for angling's core values. Ever since Home International fly fishing became available at youth level in the 1980s, all who have made the grade and gone on to represent England have been excellent ambassadors for themselves, their families, schools, angling clubs, the sport of fly fishing, and of course their country.

Represent your country

Each year we run the England Youth National to select those young anglers to represent England. This is a loch-style competition where anglers fish in pairs from a boat with a boatman. This National is open to young fly anglers between the age of twelve and seventeen with the top fourteen on the day representing England the following year in the Home International. The 2019 Youth National is to be held on Sunday 15th September at Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire, details on how to enter this competition can be found on this page. So, if you fancy representing your country or would like to know more about what’s involved then please contact the England Youth Manager Craig Barr or Competitions Support Officer Andy Taylor on the email addresses below.

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England Youth Fly Fishing National 2019 at Grafham Water.

2019 England Youth Fly Fishing Champion Harrison Douds

Pictured: 2019 England Youth Fly Fishing Champion Harrison Douds.

Grafham Water hosted the 2019 England Youth Fly Fishing National where twenty young anglers were fishing for the title of England Youth National Champion and a place in the 2020 England Youth Team.

The fishing at Grafham leading up to the event had been good with the fish high in the water and keen to take when there was cloud cover. Fish location, as always, was going to be a major part of the winner’s success and as the wind direction changed in the days leading up to the match, so too did the hot spots. As always drifts onto the north shore and in open water were successful along with A Buoy to the Dam.

The young anglers and boatmen for the 2019 England Youth National

Pictured: The young anglers and boatmen for the 2019 England Youth National.

Many of the young anglers practiced the day before and had found the fishing tricky in the bright, almost flat calm conditions. On match day the wind had changed slightly coming from the west and when the boats left the jetty some headed to G Buoy whilst others made their way to A Buoy and the Dam. 

The match was fished to full catch and release with a boatman in each boat with the two anglers. The fish were measured with the lengths recorded on the score cards. There were two sessions with a short lunch break. The angler with the greatest combined length of fish would win the sessions fished and allocated a place point on where they finished in each session e.g. the angler who won was given one place point and so on. The place points for the two sessions were to be added together to determine the overall winner, the objective being to find the most consistent anglers.

2019 England Youth National Runner-Up Isaac Slack

Pictured: 2019 England Youth National Runner-Up Isaac Slack.

Session one started at 9.30am and at the end of this first period at 1.00pm, 43 trout had been caught with several 50cm plus fish. Out in front was Alex Jaffrey who had taken eight fish from A Buoy with Harrison Douds in second with six fish, Isaac Slack in third with four fish and Albert Coales fourth with four fish with just 11 centimetres separating these two anglers.

Session two started at 1.30pm and with the anglers refreshed it was all to fish for before the 5.00pm finish. The sun was now having a negative impact with the temperatures hitting 24C and the young anglers were struggling for takes. However, the late afternoon cloud cover changed things and the fish came on the feed in the last hour and 37 fish were caught. Jamie Potts took first place with five fish in this session, with Harrison Douds second with four fish pipping Isaac Slack who also had four fish by 9cm Albert Coales was fourth.

Third place went to Albert Coales

Pictured: Third place went to Albert Coales.

The place points for each session were added together to determine the final placings. The twenty young anglers had caught 80 fish for a rod average of four. Twelve fish measured over 50cm in length with many resident fish being brought to the boat. This clearly showed the talent these young anglers have.

In first place, retaining the title he won in 2018, was Harrison Douds with four place points - exceptional fishing with two seconds in the sessions fished. Runner-up was Isaac Slack with six place points having been third in both sessions. Third was Albert Coales who had eight place points with two fourth positions displaying good consistent fishing. The longest fish went to Albert Coales with a trout of 55.5cm.

Albert Coales wins a Greys GS net for the longest fish at 55.5cm

Pictured: Albert Coales wins a Greys GS net for the longest fish at 55.5cm.

The weather made for some difficult fishing conditions, but all the anglers fished well in both sessions with all of them having takes and fish on throughout the day.

The Angling Trust would like to thank Greys Fishing for sponsoring the event and providing the prizes for the top four and biggest fish. In addition they would like to thank the following; Invicta Fly Fishers who provided most of the boatman for the day and kindly made a contribution to a gift voucher for each angler to use at Anglian Water, Ifor Jones from Fishery Mgt Ltd for providing the measuring troughs and being a boatman for the day, Trevor Gibson for being boatman, Kirsty Marshall for her work behind the scenes at the Angling Trust and Anglian Water and its team at Grafham for hosting the event and providing a gift voucher and goody bag for each angler and finally Airflo for providing caps for the goody bag.

Harrsion Douds nets a fish in the afternoon session

Pictured: Harrsion Douds nets a fish in the afternoon session.

Craig Barr England Youth Manager said: “What a fantastic day’s fishing at Grafham Water, with twenty young anglers battling it out for the 2020 Youth Team. It was brilliant to see such enthusiasm amongst the young anglers, many of whom displayed incredible ability.”

Harrison Douds 2019 Youth National Fly Fishing Champion said: I’m looking forward to a second year in the England team with some cracking young anglers all of which I would like to congratulate for fishing so well on such a challenging day. I’d like to thank the organisers and coaches, the parents and sponsors, my sponsors Fulling Mill and Chatton Trout Fishery who have helped me massively with my fishing. Roll on Ireland.”

Andy Taylor Competitions Support Officer said: “It is a credit to these young anglers who fished exceptionally well in some tough fishing conditions. A rod average of four fish, with 12 fish over 50cm, displays the talent these anglers have and the superb fishing there is at Grafham. Well done to all those who took part.”


1st: Harrison Douds 10 fish, 4 places points. Prize - Greys GR60 fly rod.

2nd: Isaac Slack 8 fish, 6 place points. Prize - Greys QRS fly reel.

3rd: Albert Coales 7 fish, 8 place points. Prize - Greys Platinum Extreme fly line and fly box.

Longest Fish: Albert Coales 55.5cm. Prize - Greys GS net. 

The England Youth Team for Ireland in 2020 based on the roll over from the International in 2019 and the results at Grafham are: Harrison Douds, Isaac Slack, Albert Coales, Henry Smith, Alex Jaffrey, Jamie Potts, Felix Gould, James Penwright, Oscar Hill, Jake Leake, Corey Russell, Elliot Guthrie, Tom Crawford and James Mockridge. The travelling reserve is George Clarke. William Gardner is second reserve. The squad will now attend the captain’s day later in the year before undertaking training weekends in preparation for the international in Ireland.

35th Youth Fly Fishing International at the Lake Of Menteith

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Team England in their blazers

Wednesday 31st July saw the Lake of Menteith host the 35th Youth Loch Style Fly Fishing International. The four home nations England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales fielded teams of fourteen young anglers who were to battle it out to be the 2019 champions.

In the days leading up to the match day the teams spent their time on the water practising to find the best areas and most consistent tactics. It soon became clear that the majority of the trout were in the deep water around the cages at Gateside Bay and the Rookery, and off Inchmahome Island. The young anglers fine-tuned their tactics in the final practice days with Di7 and Di8 lines being the main line of attack, teamed with nymphs or buzzers with either a booby or FAB on the point, fished slowly.

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Di lines with a mixture of nymphs & boobies were the main line of attack

Bright, flat calm conditions greeted the anglers on match day. The traditional bag piper led march to the Lake set the scene as the competitors met their boatman before setting out for the seven-hour match. The match was fished to a two fish kill with catch and release thereafter with the boatmen marking the angler’s cards.

At the start all the boats headed for the deep water with Gateside Bay being the main destination for many of the teams. Fish were caught from the off as the boats jostled for position in the flat calm conditions. As the threat of thunder storms loomed the young anglers made their way back to the lodge for the 5.00pm finish and weigh in.

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Despite the changing weather, practice went well for the team

Ireland were first to weigh in and rumours were that the Irish lads had done well. They weighed in several 4lb fish and had caught 77 trout for 177lb 2.6oz. Scotland weighed in second with 64 fish for 152lb 7.2oz. Wales were next with 52 trout for 123lb 15.5oz and England were last to the scales with 54 fish for 121lb 13.3oz. In total 247 trout were caught for a rod average of just over four fish per angler.

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The anglers & boatmen prepare for match day

Ireland were the 2019 winners with Chris Fehilly top rod with an amazing 15 fish to complete an outstanding Irish double. Team England fished with one angler less an hour into the event as one of the team was taken ill. With the reserve not being able to replace the young angler the team fished on with a man down. England were pipped to the bronze medal position having caught two more fish than Wales, however their overall bag weight was 2lb 2oz behind the Welsh Team.

All the England team caught fish and had caught well on practice. England’s top rod was Elliot Guthrie with seven fish for 14lb 10.2oz.

Craig Barr England Youth Manager said: “What a fantastic time we all had in Scotland. Despite the overall result the boys worked very well as a team and showed superb unity. It is an exciting prospect for Team England with the talent we have throughout the team.”

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England Youth on match day morning

Elliot Fawdington England Youth Captain said: “We all fished hard and well and gelled as a team over the practice days thank to the guidance and support of our manager Craig Barr and coaches Graham Hayward and Chad Russell. Our sponsors made the whole experience more enjoyable and definitely led to us catching more fish.”

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Final briefing from manager Craig Barr

Andy Taylor Competition Support Officer said: The lads did extremely well in some very tough fishing conditions. Being an angler down was always going go to against the team, but they carried on and did the team proud. Thankfully the young angler was soon fit and well and will hopefully be back fishing again soon. I would like to thank the main sponsor of the youth team Grey’s Fishing for their continued support, along with Ellerdine Lakes, Hunt’s Original, Magnet_ique and Wychwood Game for the product they sent for the team. A big thank you must go to Craig Barr, Graham Hayward and their team of coaches along with the parents and grandparents who made the long journey to support the lads.”


1st Ireland 77 fish for 177lbs 2.6oz

2nd Scotland 64 fish for 152lbs 7.2oz

3rd Wales 52 fish for 123lb 15.5oz

4th England 54 fish for 121lb 13.3oz

Next up for the young team is the England Youth National at Grafham Water on Sunday 15th September 2019. Any young angler who fancies being part of the England Youth Team for the 2020 International in Ireland can enter this competition at

England Youth Squad Training Weekend at Pitsford and Rutland Water

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 The third and final training weekend took place on Anglian Waters Pitsford Reservoir and Rutland Water on the 6/7th July. In bright sunshine and flat calm conditions, the weekend was a big test for those who ventured out. The purpose of these training sessions is to give members of the youth team the opportunity to try out a range of methods at different fisheries in variety of fishing conditions, and Pitsford and Rutland certainly did!

Pitsford proved tricky with an algal bloom and bright sun to contend with and only a handful of fish were caught including a pike for captain Elliot Fawdington! Nymphs and boobies fished deep were the tactics the lads employed

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England captain Elliot Fawdington with Pitsford pike

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England manager Craig Barr with a Pitsford rainbow

Sunday saw the team take on the mighty Rutland Water which was kinder than its neighbouring sister, Pitsford. Again, a flat calm and bright conditions made for tricky fishing, however there were fish to be caught high in the water. The team caught over 30 fish including a huge double-figure bream again to Elliot Fawdington.

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Bright sun and flat calm conditions made for tricky fishing at Rutland Water

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Elliot Fawdington with a huge Rutland bream estimated at 13lb!

The team now prepare to head to the Lake of Menteith for the International at the end of July.


England Youth Squad Weekend at Blithfield Reservoir June 22nd & 23rd

EYF Team Blithfield 2019

The England youth team recently held their second training weekend at Staffordshire’s Blithfield Reservoir. Known for its top-of-the-water sport the lads spent two days under the guidance of manager Craig Barr, competition support officer Andy Taylor and former youth team members Dan Tranter and Graham Hayward developing a range of techniques in preparation for the forthcoming Home International at the Lake of Menteith in July.

These training days start with a short classroom session to talk about the tactics and flies to use in different situations, followed by time out on the water under the guidance of the coaches to put the classroom theory into practice. A short lunch break to regroup and refresh was followed by a group discussion to share the experiences from the morning session before returning to the water to develop and refine their skills. The blend of theory and practical application paid off with a rod average of over seven fish per angler on both days.

A BIG thank you for Blithfield for hosting the training weekend, the coaches that guided the youth team members and the parents for travelling from all corners of England to support the development of the next generation of fly anglers.

Finally, a BIG thank you to Greys Fly Fishing for sponsoring the youth team again this year. It was great to see the team proudly wearing their new embroided clothing before going afloat for the day.

The third and final training weekend is at Pitsford Reservoir on the 6th/7th July.

EYF Blithfield Classroom Session 2019


Greys Sponsor England Youth


The Angling Trust and England Youth Fly Fishing are pleased to have the support of Greys Fly Fishing who kindly sponsor the youth team. Greys have supported England youth for many years now and this continued sponsorship is hugely appreciated. This year Greys have kitted all the team out in their latest clothing, so they are prepared for every weather condition out on the water. This gives the team a sense of ownership and pride. In addition to the support for the youth national team, Greys also support the national qualifier where each participant receives a Greys goody bag with a range of product for finishing in the top three or catching the biggest fish. It is good to see a well-known brand such as Greys supporting the future of fly fishing.


England Youth Team for the Home International at the Lake of Menteith Wednesday 31st July 2019.

The Lake of Menteith in Scotland is the venue for the 2019 Home International where England will battle it out against Scotland, Wales and Ireland to be the 2019 home international champions. Under the guidance of top competition angler Craig Barr and former youth international Graham Hayward our 15 young anglers will spend four days practicing before the big day on the 31st July. Below are the anglers who aim to win gold in July.

EYF Intl 2019 Captain Elliot Fawdington

Captain: Elliot Fawdington

Age 17

Elliot is from Loughborough, Leicestershire and has been fly fishing since the age of 12. This is his fourth and final cap for the England youth team and he is honoured to be captain in his final year. Elliot’s favourite reservoir is the mighty Rutland Water. Elliot will become part of the youth coaching team next year.

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Elliot Guthrie

Age 16

This is Elliot’s first England cap! Elliot has been the runner-up twice in the UK Troutmasters competition and holds Kenneth Hooper Cup for 2018. Elliot has fished from an early age, but took to fly fishing when he was 12 years old and never looked back. Elliot aspires to be a pilot and is studying aviation. He is a keen football fan, supporting Sunderland FC.

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Corey Russell

Age 15

Corey is from Co. Durham and this is his first-time fishing for England. Corey’s hobbies include fishing, shooting and other outdoor activities. Corey’s favourite stillwater is Tunstall Reservoir and he goes fishing here every Tuesday night.

Alexander JaffreyEYF Intl 2019 Alexander Jaffrey

Age 14

Alexander lives in Richmond upon Thames and this will be his second cap for England. Alexander’s competitive angling results include third place at the Troutmasters final and second place in the Greys Bank National. His favourite fishery is Albury Estates in Surrey.

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Isaac Slack

Age 15

Isaac lives in the village of Calver, on the banks of the River Derwent in the Peak District. Isaac started fly fishing at the age of 7 and likes to fish both stillwaters and rivers. His local (and favourite) water is Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire. This will be Isaac’s second cap.

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Felix Gould

Age 16

Felix Gould lives in the southeast of England and his favourite fishery is Draycote Water. This is Felix’s third England cap. His best achievement is gaining two caps and becoming National Champion in 2017.

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William Crawford

Age 16

Menteith will be William’s second cap for England. William’s best angling achievement was winning the Rose Bowl last year on Draycote. William’s favourite fishery is Grafham Water, which is very close to where he lives.

EYF Intl 2019 James Mockridge

James Mockridge

Age 14

This is James’ second cap for England. James lives in the south west of England and is looking forward to competing in Scotland. James enjoys attending his local fly tying society. His favourite water is Wimbleball Reservoir.

EYF Intl 2019 Jake Leake

Jake Leake

Age 13

This will be Jake’s second England cap. Jake loves to fish on the River Itchen for wild, chalk stream brownies. His favourite reservoir is Draycote Water.

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Age 16

This is Dan’s first cap for England. Dan loves to fish in the chalk streams in Hampshire near where he lives. He also enjoys fishing on the River Lyon in Glen Lyon.

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James Penwright

Age 12

James is a self-taught fly angler who lives in St Asaph. He was runner up in the Junior Troutmasters final 2018 and runner up in the Greys Bank Junior National 2017. James recently made a video with Sportfish encouraging youngsters to take up the sport, and his favourite water is Graiglwyd Springs Trout Fishery. This is James’ first cap for England.

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Harrison Douds

Age 15

Harrison has been fishing for four years and fly fishing three. Fly fishing is Harrison’s passion and he tries to go every week. Harrison enters as many competitions as he can and won the junior Troutmasters 2018. His favourite water is Chatton Trout Fishery.

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Age 17

Luke lives in Sussex and this will be his fourth and final year with the youth team. Luke has a keen interest in football and cricket as well as fishing and is looking forward to making Menteith a memorable time. His favourite water is Draycote.

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Luca Sutton

Age 16

Luca has been fishing since he was 7 with his grandad and dad. Luca caught his first salmon aged 9 and enjoys fishing for trout on lakes and salmon in rivers. His favourite waters are Grafham and Stocks. This is his third England cap.

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Oscar Hill

Age 16

Oscar absolutely loves to fish and have the opportunity of fishing at a wide variety of locations, as he likes new challenges. He has just finished his GCSEs so he now has much more time to enjoy the sport. His favourite water is Lake Vyrnwy in Wales.

EYF Intl 2019 Manager Craig BarrManager: Craig Barr

Craig Barr is a hugely experienced competition fly angler who has been fly fishing now for 35 years. Craig has six caps for England, won the Lexus six-man team event, the Anglian/Airflo international final, the National Small Water Final, and more recently was the top individual rod in the Airflo Spring Invitational Match. Craig contributes to Trout Fisherman magazine and has been sponsored by Wychwood for the past five years. His hobby is his work too, as he runs a fly business called Flash Attack Flies.

EYF Intl 2019 Coach Graham Hayward
Coach: Graham Hayward

Graham Hayward is a former England Youth international angler who is part of Team Costa. Graham has four youth caps and now works for Anglian Water as retail assistant at Rutland. Graham enjoys targeting big brown trout at Rutland Water.

EYF Intl 2019 Coach Daniel Tranter

Coach: Daniel Tranter

Dan Tranter is a former England youth international angler who is part of Team Costa. Dan has two youth caps and is now competing at senior level. He enjoys loch-style fishing at Draycote and his favourite method is pulling on a Di3 Sweep!

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