MORE than 80 young people learned about the art of fly fishing at a special event at Rutland Water.
The Rutland Youth Fly Fishing Day, organised by Rutland Water Fly Fishers, was held on the banks of the reservoir at Normanton on Sunday.
A total of 86 young people aged between 10 and 17 took part. They were given a variety of tips and tuition as an introduction to the sport.
Malcolm Birch, who was on the organising committee for the event, said: “It was really good and the weather really made it.
“We’ve put nine months of work into organising it and we are really pleased with how it went.”
The youngsters also got the chance to go out in a boat in the afternoon.
Forty five members of Rutland Water Fly Fishers gave up their time to take the children out on the water and 30 others also volunteered to help out.
Malcolm thanked all the volunteers and event sponsors including Anglian Water, which operates the reservoir, and donated the boats to use; the Environment Agency, which gave a £3,000 grant for tackle; and the Co-op for providing funds for food and drink on the day.
The fly fishers held a similar, smaller scale event last year and are planning another next year.
Malcolm said: “We had a clear aim to introduce young people to fly fishing and get them interested in it.”