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WELCOME TO TEAM ENGLAND YOUTH FLY FISHING

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 including those who “rolled over” from the previous youth international representing England the following year in the Home International. The 2020 Youth National is to be held on Sunday 13th September at Draycote Water, Warwickshire, details on how to enter this competition will be made available in 2020. 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.

EYF Coaching Day Blithfield 2019

Contacts:

Craig Barr (England Youth Manager): craig@flashattackflies.com

Andy Taylor (Competitions Support Officer): andy.taylor@anglingtrust.net


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England Youth International Squad for Lough Lene, Ireland 2020

England will battle it out against Scotland, Wales and Ireland to be the 2020 Home International champions in Lough Lene, Ireland this July. Craig Barr will manage the team and hopefully guide them to gold!

EYF Intl 2019 Felix Gould



Felix Gould - Captain

As captain, 2020 will be my fourth and final cap for the England Youth Fly Fishing Team. My proudest achievements have been becoming the National Champion in 2016 and more recently being the second placed rod in the England team in 2019 at Menteith. I started fishing when I was four years old and mostly enjoy loch-style fly fishing on the reservoirs. I have enjoyed competing in England, Scotland and Wales and look forward to the challenge of competing in Ireland.
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EYF Intl 2020 Elliot Guthrie


Elliot Guthrie - Vice-Captain

2020 is my second and final cap for the England Youth Fly Fishing Team. My proudest achievement has to be winning the Rose Bowl at the Lake of Menteith in 2019, closely followed by being selected as Vice-Captain for Ireland this year. I started fishing at four years of age, but I didn’t take up fly fishing until I was nine. I’m from Newcastle and learned to fish on the 'Wembley' of fly fishing, Rutland Water, through the majority of my fishing life. I enjoyed my time in Scotland, but I am ready for the challenge in Ireland. I am currently training to be a Pilot.

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EYF Intl 2020 Albert Coales

Albert Coales

Although this is my first International, I consider myself experienced and fish the midlands reservoirs twice a week and often travel further afield to Wales. I regularly compete for my local club Invicta Fly Fishers in events (AMFC & Club Matches) and I tie all my own flies. Currently my best fish is an 8lb 4oz brown trout from Pitsford caught on a size 12 Hopper which I tied myself.

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EYF Intl 2020 Tom Crawford



Tom Crawford

After two years acting as the team's reserve, I'm really grateful to have made it into the England team. My local water is Grafham and I have been fishing it more and more in the past year. I'm looking forward to spending another great year with the team.

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EYF Intl 2020 Harrison Douds



Harrison Douds

I have been fly fishing for five years and in that time, I have won the Junior Troutmasters and the England National on the two occasions that I have fished it, 2018 and 2019. I love both loch-style and small stillwater fly fishing as they both offer a great challenge and the sky is the limit of how much you can improve. This will be my second cap for England, and I can’t wait for Ireland.

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EYF Intl 2020 Oscar Hill


Oscar Hill

This will be my third cap for England. I am particularly proud of winning the Bank Nationals in 2018. However, having the opportunity to join such a great group of people and fish for my country has been a life-changing experience. I am in my first year of A-levels, but like to fish as a way to break from my studies. Currently my favourite water is Lake Vernwy in Wales, as its brown trout are just fantastic to catch.

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EYF Intl 2020 Alex Jaffrey



Alex Jaffrey

I have been fly fishing since the age of six and enjoy both small water and reservoir fly fishing. This will be my third cap for England. My competitive angling record is third at the Junior Troutmasters Final in 2017, Runner Up in the Greys Bank National in 2018 and Winner of the Manningford Open in 2019. My favourite fishery is Albury Estates near my home in Surrey.

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EYF Intl 2019 Jake Leake



Jake Leake

I have been fishing for seven years and fly fishing six, it is my passion and I try to fish at least once a week. This will be my third England cap. I love to fish on the River Itchen for wild, chalk stream trout and wild brown trout on the River Lyon. My favourite reservoir is Draycote. I also enjoy sea fishing in the Solent - mainly for sea bass on lures.

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EYF Intl 2019 James Mockridge


James Mockridge

This is my third cap for England, and I am really looking forward to the match in Ireland. I came second in the Troutmasters Competition 2017. I held the junior S55G casting record of 134.06ft. I also hold the accuracy record with 21 points. My favourite place to fish is Chew Valley Reservoir. I enjoy going bank clearing on the River Exe, which helps conservation.

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EYF Intl 2020 James Penwright James Penwright

I am a self-taught fly angler who simply lives for fishing. I have been a Troutmasters Junior finalist four times, coming runner up in the final in 2018. I finished as runner up in the Greys Bank Junior National 2016, aged nine, and competed twice in the final. This season I was awarded the trophy for best Junior salmon on the River Tyne. I enjoy sharing my passion on social media, have made a couple of videos and a short blog with Sportfish encouraging other youngsters to take up the sport. My favourite waters are Graiglwyd Springs, Tan-y-Mynydd Fishery, Landegla, Ellerdine and Llyn Brenig. I also love to fly fish for pike. This year I topped my PB by catching a 25lb monster on the fly! This will be my second cap for the England Youth Fly Fishing Team, and I am looking forward to competing in Ireland.


EYF Intl 2020 Jamie Potts



Jamie Potts

I am a passionate fly angler who enjoys fly fishing on rivers, stillwaters and reservoirs. I fish every week and tie my own flies. I am looking forward to representing my country in Ireland in 2020.

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Corey Russell

This year is my second cap for the England Youth Fly Fishing Team, my proudest moment was when I was representing England in Scotland. I've been fishing since the age of six and started fly fishing at the age of nine and can't wait to compete in Ireland.

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EYF Intl 2020 Isaac Slack

Isaac Slack

Isaac is 16 years old and lives in the village of Calver (next to the river Derwent) in the Peak District close to Sheffield where he attends Notre Dame High School. He developed a keen interest in fly fishing at the age of seven and has been fishing both still waters and rivers since. His local water is Ladybower in Derbyshire and 2020 Ireland will be his third cap.

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EYF Intl 2020 Henry Smith

Henry Smith

I am currently studying Land and Wildlife (fish) at Sparsholt College in Hampshire. I started fly fishing when I was 10 years old and competed in many Troutmaster competitions. I successfully qualified to join the England Youth Fly Fishing Team in autumn 2019. In my spare time I work in a Sourdough Pizza Restaurant, enjoy catching up with my friends, cycling and football. I am looking forward to representing my country in the International in Ireland this summer.

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EYF Intl 2020 George Clarke

George Clarke - Travelling Reserve

This is my first year on the England Youth Fly Fishing team. I am 12 years old and started fly fishing with my dad when I was six. We live in Cheshire and travel all over the country to fish lakes, reservoirs and rivers for trout, grayling and pike. As well as fly fishing, I am also a keen competition fly caster and hold several fly casting records. I'm really looking forward to learning from the coaches and my team mates.

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EYF Intl 2020 William Gardner


William Gardner - Reserve

I started fly fishing with my father and grandfather when I was about five years old. I mainly enjoy river fishing, particularly in Scotland, and was very pleased to catch my first salmon last year. I am really looking forward to being part of the England Youth Fly Fishing squad and learning a lot from the coaches and my team mates.

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2020 Angling Trust Game Angling Talent Pathway

The Angling Trust are pleased to announce the relaunch of the Angling Talent Pathway for young game anglers. The Junior Game Angling Talent Pathway is aimed at junior fly anglers aged 12 to 16 who wish to develop their fly fishing skills to hopefully go on to represent England Youth in the future. The pathway offers three sessions at small stillwaters across England starting at Chigboro Trout Fishery in the south in April, moving to Ellerdine Lakes in the midlands in May and finally Bessy Beck Trout Fishery in the north in June. These sessions will be led by current Bank National and International Champion and qualified instructor Andy Taylor assisted by other top international anglers with the aim to develop the skills of young anglers who participate.

2019 National Champion Harrison Douds nets a rainbow trout on Meadow Pool Ellerdine Lakes

Pictured: 2019 National Champion Harrison Douds nets a rainbow trout on Meadow Pool Ellerdine Lakes.

In July and August, the Talent Pathway heads to the big waters with loch style fishing sessions at Grafham in July with a second opportunity to go afloat in August at Draycote Water. The Grafham session will give young anglers the chance to fish from a boat with the Draycote day providing a great opportunity to fish at the venue for this year’s youth national in September.

The Talent Pathway will be sponsored by Wychwood Game who will be providing items of tackle for those participating at all the events. In addition, those attending will have the opportunity to use and try some of their latest products.

Grafham Water host of the first loch style date in July

Pictured: Grafham Water host of the first loch style date in July

The sessions will focus on fly fishing techniques in the morning where those taking part will have the chance to see and have a go at the latest fish catching techniques. The afternoon session will focus on competition fishing with a short format competition where the young anglers can practise the techniques they learnt in the morning.

Young fly anglers who are interested can attend one or all of the five events along with the Youth National on Sunday 13th September at Draycote Water. To enter visit the Angling Trust Competitions page at https://www.anglingtrustevents.net/game

The young anglers and boatmen for the 2019 England Youth National

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

Further information can be found at www.anglingtrust.net/talentpathwaygame

Game Talent Pathway Dates for 2020:

Smallwaters/Bank

South

Saturday 4th April, Chigboro’ Trout Fishery

Address: Chigborough Road, Maldon, England. CM9 4RE

Midlands

Saturday 2nd May, Ellerdine Lakes

Address: Ellerdine, Telford, Shropshire. TF6 6QR

North

Saturday 6th June, Bessy Beck Trout Fishery

Address: Newbiggin-on-Lune, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria. CA17 4LY

Loch-style/Boats

Saturday 4th July, Grafham Water

Address: Grafham Water Fishing Lodge, West Perry Huntington. PE28 0BX

Saturday 1st August, Draycote Water

Address: The Fishing Lodge, Draycote Water, Nr. Dunchurch, Rugby, Warwickshire. CV23 8AB

England Youth Loch Style National will be Sunday 13th September 2020 at Draycote Water.

Pat MacInnes, Marketing Manager for Leeda said “Wychwood is proud to support both ends of the game fishing spectrum; to be involved with a grass-roots project like the Junior Game Angling Talent Pathway is a huge privilege, knowing that it represents a vital part of growing game angling in the UK.”

Andy Taylor Angling Trust Competitions Support Officer said “The Talent Pathway is a great opportunity for young anglers to learn from some of the top fly anglers in England. Our aim is to give young fly anglers the skills and techniques to enable them to catch more fish and hopefully progress them on to fish at a higher level. I hear so many anglers saying that there aren’t the young anglers coming through and that the opportunities for them to develop are non-existent. Hopefully the Talent Pathway will be the start of something which we can push out across the whole of England to address some of the concerns regarding youth participation in fly angling.”

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England Youth Captains Day At Ellerdine Lakes

Saturday 3rd November brought the first England Youth get together since the Youth National at Grafham Water. Members of the 2019 team and the new 2020 team met at Shropshire’s Ellerdine Lakes for Captains Day. The squad had the chance to meet new team members, say farewell to those who now move on to compete at senior level and had the opportunity to catch a few of the quality trout in the lakes at Ellerdine.

EYF 2020 Captains Day Craig Barr

England team manager Craig Barr briefs the parents & team.

The morning was spent fishing and it wasn’t long before the team were into fish with Albert Coales and Jamie Potts catching quickly on Meadow Lake. Throughout the morning the team caught steadily with fish to 8lb coming to the net. Lunch was kindly provided by the fishery before the team completed the necessary paperwork!

Albert Coales EYF 2020 Captains Day

Albert Coales plays a good rainbow trout

Elliot Fawdington, the 2019 team captain, said a few words about his time as captain. Elliot has been part of the youth team for four years and wished the new team every success on Lough Lene in 2020. England Youth Manager Craig Barr announced the captain and vice-captain for 2020. 2017 National Champion Felix Gould, who has already represented England on three occasions, will be the captain for Lough Lene and the top English rod at Menteith in the 2019 Home International, Elliot Guthrie will be his vice-captain.

William Crawford EYF 2020 Captains Day

William Crawford takes another Ellerdine trout

The afternoon saw a ‘roving pairs match’ with pairings based on the positions at the 2019 National. The pairs had to catch as many fish as they could in a two-hour session, with only one fish being allowed off a peg before they had to move. In first place with three fish were current National Champion Harrison Douds and newbie William Gardner, the pair won luggage items courtesy of Wychwood Game.

Captains Day EYF 2020 Ellerdine Lakes

The attendees - captains day

The Angling Trust would like to thank Ellerdine Lakes for hosting the day and Wychwood Game for the prizes. The team will now train together for Lough Lene with practice sessions at Chew Valley Lake, Blithfield Reservoir and Grafham Water.

If you are aged 12-17 and fancy finding out what is involved with fishing for England Youth then please feel free to email Competitions Support Officer, Andy Taylor at andy.taylor@anglingtrust.net

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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.”

Results:

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.


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