A Clitheroe teenager is flying high after netting a place in the England Youth Fly Fishing squad.
Luca Sutton (13), who attends Ribblesdale High School Technology College, first learnt fishing from his grandfather, Barry, on local rivers aged just seven.
He attended the Talent Pathway course for Fly Fishing Loch Style with the Angling Trust and was mentored by Stuart Wardle and Mick Tinnion. Ben Dobson (owner) and Paul Bebb (guide) from Stocks Fly Fishery, in Slaidburn. They provided Luca with some vital training, which contributed to him getting to this stage of his fishing journey.
Years of practise and competing paid off when he attended Grafham Water, in Cambridge, and fought fierce competition with 22 other youngsters to qualify for a place in the England Youth Fly Fishing squad for 2017.
His proud dad, Paul said: “This is a fantastic achievement as he was competing against youths that have previously qualified up to the age of 17 and it is unusual for children as young as Luca to get in on his first attempt.
“Luca is extremely passionate about fishing. It’s a very complex sport and we are delighted that Luca will represent England.”
He added: “A special thanks to Ben Dobson for helping Luca over the years.”
Looking ahead, Luca, who lives with his mum and dad Janet and Paul and his three siblings in Brockhall Village, is preparing himself to attend the Youth International, which will take place in Wales in August 2017 where he will be representing his country with the rest of the team.