A GROUP of budding young anglers have had a successful summer of fishing thanks to an initiative in the North York Moors’ Esk Valley.

Supported by a grant from Whitby Seafoods, the group has 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 expert coaching sessions from professional fly fisherman, Olly Shepherd, from Yorkshire Fly Fishing.

Keith Bristow, from the Esk Fishery Association, said: “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.”

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.

If you know of a budding young angler who would like to take part in 2019 scheme, email Robert Parnaby at r.parnaby@northyorkmoors.org.uk