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Success for Young Anglers

Esk Youth Fishing ClubEsk Youth Fishing Club

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.

Most improved young angler of 2018 who is pictured being awarded his trophy from Olly Shepherd

“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


Media contact

Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority

01439 772700

About the North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

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