Game Talent Pathway

The Angling Trust’s Game Talent Pathway provides young developing anglers an opportunity to sample and participate in elite level introduction coaching. Developing their fundamental skills as a Fly Fisher. Originated and delivered by discipline experienced Licensed L2 Coaches, with additional opportunities to learn from some of the best very best competitive fly anglers and Team England members.

The Pathway consists of regional coaching sessions at intermate bank specific still-boat water venues and renowned boat holding reservoirs, for both bank specific and introductory sessions covering loch-style fly fishing. The program is specifically developed to give anglers the skills to compete in both the England Youth National, held annually in September and as a recorded pathway into the England Youth Fly Fishing (EYFF) squad and subsequent team.

More information can be found here: Angling Trust England Youth Fly Fishers .

The inaugural program will include modules on:

  • Improving your casting with a specific focus on competition needs.
  • Improve knowledge of fly selection to suit conditions and improve watercraft.
  • Develop your repertoire of tactics and techniques.
  • Cultivate the ability to self-evaluate performance, ability to focus on new skills.
  • Understand leader construction and nuance of fly selection behaviour.
  • Introduction to fly-tying, new to intermediate tiers, emphasis on comp friendly patterns.
  • Angler centred development log with coaching points and development record.

Anglers must be aged 12-16 inclusive on the date of the first session they fish, with some experience of fly fishing. The sessions are designed to develop existing young fly anglers. As the National Governing Body for the sport of Angling, leading in and overseeing Coaching inline with Sport England and 1st 4Sport. We recognise that some young people develop mentally and physical faster than their chronologic age, in such a case, please contact Daniel Williams (Competition Development Manager)

Anglers must be individual members of the Angling Trust to take part. Membership for under 18s is free and you can sign up online at

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