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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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.

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