York Tradesmen's Angling Association


Welcome to the York Tradesmen's Angling Association


The York Tradesmen's Angling Association (YTAA) is a long established angling club with records dating back some hundred years or so. The club operates over five becks and two still waters in North Yorkshire. Although primarily a trout fishing association, coarse fishing and bait fishing are also available. The association offers year round sport with grayling and pike fishing in the winter months. The two main fisheries are; the Isle Beck system in N. Yorkshire, where much of the fishing rights are owned by YTAA and still waters at Stearsby at the foot of the beautiful Hambleton Hills. Isle Beck offers fine wild trout sport, a mayfly hatch and a good head of naturally recruited wild fish. Stearsby is a lovely little secluded fishery offering quality still water fly fishing for rainbow trout. Wild trout fishing is also available on the River Dove at Kirkbymoorside.


Latest News and Reports


We do not have vacancies at present but please contact the secretary if you wish to be added to our waiting list. Rob Sawdon at secretary@ytaa.co.uk

Newsletter 2015

The latest 2015 Newletter is available in the News Section. Click here to read.

Salmon and Seatrout Fishing.

A reminder that fishing for salmon and sea trout is available to YTAA anglers on the river South Esk in Angus. Click here to read more.

Signal Crayfish

Unfortunately there has been an increase in the number of sightings of Signal Crayfish in the Isle Beck system. Members are reminded to report any further sightings to the secretary as this will allow us to better monitor the signal crayfish population in the fishery. If you are unsure what a signal crayfish looks like or want any more information then please visit the Signal Crayfish page.

Rule change reminder

National byelaws restricting the killing of Grayling were introduced in 2010 which state that:

"Anglers are prevented from taking any Grayling less than 30 cm fork length (to protect immature fish) and greater than 38 cm (trophy fish).i.e. 12-15".

The club rules have now been amended in line with the legislation and this supersedes the text in current membership cards.

The Kingfisher Diaries 2015 - Tales from the Riverbank


Back by popular demand, here is the latest entry of the new season diary. Will the 'Kingfisher' hit his target of 200 wild trout in a season?

For previous rod-snapping and wader-filling adventures read the 2014 Diary here: Kingfisher Diary 2014


  23rd April 2015  Isle Beck

A nice afternoon so I pack the rods in the van and head off for a short session on Isle Beck. Parking the van near the bridge and note another member has parked near the field. As I tackle up a van pulls into the field and two of our new members tackle up…. Looks like my efforts to get more people fishing Isle Beck are paying off. I head down stream passing one member just below the bridge so go down a couple of fields. I want to start at a big deep pool that didn’t produce yesterday. Nothing doing with dry flies so I switch to a Goldhead fished New Zealand style and I am straight into a superb wild brown. After carefully returning him I switch back to my Adams Parachute and move upstream taking my time and enjoying the sunshine, but not catching a thing! I arrive back at the bridge and decide to fish on upstream for a couple of pools and soon get another beautiful wild trout about 8 inches but fat and with a real butter yellow belly. I fish on loose one fish but that’s it so I head back to the van. An interesting day with just two fish both in excellent condition, but lots of Kingfisher activity including three flying down stream right past my head.






Read all of the 2015 Diary here: Kingfisher Diary 2015