Pupils try fly fishing

A pupil from Sandgate School is taught to fish Photo: ITV Border

Pupils with learning disabilities braved the wet and miserable weather today to try their hand at fly fishing. Fifteen students from Sandgate School near Kendal were each given their own fisherman mentor as they tried to catch trout.

It was made possible by the Masonic Fishing Charity who are hoping to give more youngsters the opportunity to try the sport.

Chairman David Kellet said he hoped to invite more schools to the tarn near Kirkby Lonsdale and give more pupils to try the sport.

Mr Kellet said: "The kids are absolutely really ecstatic when there is a fish coming in. It's absolutely wonderful. This is just our first event and I would possibly think we might have another one this year and we might have another one or two next year and that is what we are going to do. As this is the first one we are on a learning curve like anyone else."

The students enjoyed their time fishing and teacher Kay Brown said it was important for them to try new experiences. She explained: "A lot of this students find it really difficult to access new activities, just getting through the door, it is a confidence thing.

"So to be able to come with the school for the first time is really, really good. It boosts their confidence, boosts their self esteem.

"They've already been shouting at me 'I've caught a fish' and they are really, really enjoying it, despite."