Blacker's Art of Fly Making
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. Primarily a trout fishing association with the emphasis on fly fishing although 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, the River Riccal at Harome and on Cod Beck at Dalton.




We do not have vacancies at present. Unfortunately, due the length of the current waiting list we are unable to accept any more applications this year. If you are already on the waiting list then please be sure to inform the club secretary if you change your email address.
Club Secretary: Rob Sawdon:

Wild Trout Trust Auction Lot Winner 2019

Wild Trout Trust Every year the YTAA donates a day’s guided fishing on our waters to the Wild Trout Trust fundraising auction. Our resident Beck specialist 'The Kingfisher' has generously organised an outing on Isle Beck for this year’s winner and was on ghillie duty for the day. You can read a full account of the day here. To read more about the invaluable work of the Trust, click on the badge.

Safety Warning - Isle Beck Upper A19 Stretch

About halfway between the A19 bridge and Arden bridge it appears that the farmer has excavated a deep hole in the river bottom. It is noticeable by the open area at the edge of the field and evidence of tree clearance work. It is most likely that the farmer has done this to facilitate fully submerging a pipe for water abstraction during irrigation. Please take extreme care when wading in this area, wading here is not recommended if fishing alone.

Thanks to Rick Barwick for his report: "I spent a very pleasant Saturday morning fishing yesterday with some nice fish to boot. That was until I fell in a very deep hole and I mean deep as I went up to my neck with full chest waders. I managed to scramble up the bank with my pride just about intact. I was wading in about 18 inches of water when it dropped off with no warning."

Cod Beck - Hints & Tips

At the 2019 AGM Richard Pulleyn presented his 'Hints and Tips' on the YTAA fishings on Cod Beck. There is much valuable information here, all based on his personal experience of tackling Cod Beck. Click here to read the full article.

Stearsby Notes

A monthly report on the fishing at Stearsby lakes. A detailed catch analysis, photo's and fishy musings: Click here to read.

Stearsby Boats

The boats are now back on the fishery for use on the top lake. The boats are equipped with bailing buckets and new anchors, the oars and life-jackets are kept in the hut. Members are reminded to make sure that the boats are locked on the moorings and that the oars are put back in the hut after use. Be safe when afloat !

The Kingfisher Diary

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.

The Kingfisher kindly agreed to reveal his 'secret' methods in the 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 members on the South Esk in Angus at a very favourable price. This is a top quality Salmon Fishery that has produced fish up to 36lb.  Click here to read more.

Newsletter 2019

The 2019 Newletter is available to read here Newsletter 2019. Previous years can be found in the Archives.

AGM - 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the association took place on Monday 18th February 2019. Many thanks to all the members that attended and contributed both to the discussions and Sam Seago's raffle. The AGM Minutes(Unapproved) are available to read here AGM Minutes 2019. Previous years can be found in the Archives.

The Countryside Code

To maintain our good relationships with the many landowners that surround our fishings the YTAA expects all members to abide by The Countryside Code. To refresh your memory you can read the code here: The Countryside Code.

Reporting Pollution

After the recent incident on Isle Beck members are reminded to remain vigilant and to report any further pollution via the EA Emergency Incident Freephone number: 0800 80 70 60.


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.

Signal Crayfish

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.