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Young angler inspired by toy plastic fishing rod

When James Penwright was given a plastic magnetic fishing rod as a toddler, it inspired a fascination with water and fishing. He would take the rod to water and try to fish with it and his interest soon progressed as did his ambition. At the age of five, the youngster tried fly fishing for the first time and has now been selected for the England Youth Fly Fishing Team.

Impressive angling achievements

James Penwright is just eleven years old and is self-taught. His list of achievements in the sport is already extremely impressive. In 2018, he achieved the grand slam of catching a blue, brown, rainbow and tiger trout in one afternoon. In the summer, he won runner up in the National Junior Trout Masters final during which he caught the first fish landed in the competition. He was just one catch away from gaining first place.

Better still, James was awarded a Troutmasters Gold Badge for catching a fish of notable size at five different fisheries. He also enjoyed a "fish off" wish TV Personality and celebrity fishing enthusiast Robson Green. The pair then made a video in conjunction with Game Fishing Centre to help encourage other youngsters to take up fly fishing. This exciting opportunity arose after a chance meeting with Mr Green at Newmills Fishery in Cumbria.

Budding celebrity angler

James has also recently taken part in a live radio chat with Nigel Botherway, the Fisherman’s Blues presenter on Talksport radio. It doesn’t look like it will be long before James becomes a celebrity himself! He is certainly moving in the right circles!

The highlight of 2018

The highlight of the past year surely had to be securing his place on the England Youth Fly Fishing Team. To date, he is the youngest person to have qualified. He had resolved to become a member of the team after watching older members practising three years ago and has always believed that

it would happen. Now it has!

James is determined to focus his attention on staying in the junior team until he is old enough to progress to the England Men’s Team. He certainly doesn’t lack ambition, even after all he has achieved so far. He has received amazing support from his local angling clubs and this has been instrumental in him making the England team. James continues to practice, to watch videos and to fish with those who can help him to improve his skills and knowledge further.

Humble angler

Anglers who know James are impressed with his ability but also with his enthusiasm and the manner in which he conducts himself. He remains extremely humble and is a fabulous ambassador for the sport.

James is a member of the Corwen and District Angling Club in Wales and will attend boat reservoir training sessions throughout this year before fishing in the Youth International at Lake Menteith in Scotland during July.


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