Pollution - Isle Beck
20/08/17 - Unfortunately there has been a sewage pollution incident on the upper reaches of the beck above Thirkleby. The EA have been informed and will investigate. So far, no fish deaths have been noted but members are asked to report any that they may see.
25/08/17 - Update: The EA have visited the site to test the water quality and are now in discussions with the offending party to remedy the situation. Fortunately, while the water quality measurements are far from ideal, this incident should not result in a major fish kill as we have previously suffered.
Otters are now in residence on several of our waters. Reports and complaints have been received from several members so the committee is fully aware but legally there is little that we can do to resolve this.
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 email@example.com.
Wild Trout Trust Auction Lot Winner 2017
Every year the YTAA donates a day’s guided fishing on our waters to the WTT fundraising auction. Our resident Beck specialist 'The Kingfisher' accompanied this year’s winner for an outing on Isle Beck and you can read a full account of the day here.
AGM - 2017
The AGM was very well attended and many thanks to the 37 members who turned out and contributed to the discussions and the raffle. The 2017 AGM Minutes (Unapproved) are available here 2017 AGM. The minutes from previous years can be found in the Archives.
A monthly report on the fishing at Stearsby lakes. A detailed catch analysis, photo's and fishy musings. Click here to read.
The Kingfisher Diary 2017
The Kingfisher has sufficiently recovered from his extreme winter sports injuries to start a new diary for this season. Always entertaining, these diaries will be of interest to any angler with a love of the smaller waters. To follow his trials and tribulations Click here.
There has been quite some interest in the Kingfishers techniques so he has kindly agreed to reveal his methods in the new Kingfisher Hints & Tips section. Click here to read. Excellent information and well worth a look.
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.
There has been a big 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.
Please note: It is illegal to remove Signal Crayfish without a licence from the Environment Agency. One of our members has tried to obtain such a licence but unfortunately it has proved to be very difficult and he has been refused. Our focus now has to be the prevention of their spread. Members are reminded that they should each be responsible for their own basic 'Bio Security' measures. After fishing, always thoroughly dry out all of your clothing and fishing tackle, especially your nets, before fishing again.
20th August 2017 – A quicker trip to Thirkleby Beck
Since I last fished Thirkleby Beck on 14th August I have been in Wales and caught the odd trout… but that’s another story. A reasonable afternoon weather wise but a bit later than planned I managed to get away for a couple of hours at Thirkleby intending to fish from the footbridge to the weir pool.
Unlike my last Thirkleby jaunt there were no holdups and I am tackled up and fishing the pool below the footbridge by 5.25pm. Within a minute my second cast produces a splashy rise and a lovely trout about 9 inches goes into the record book.
I move carefully forward keeping tight in against the Balsam hoping to get another trout from the run off below the footbridge and sure enough a small rise and I am into fish number two. But what a fish! Barely 2 inches of wild trout, my smallest trout from the beck and a new record for the Seriously Small Salmonid Club!
To read the rest of this Kingfisher Diary entry click here.