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 and the River Riccal at Harome.



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.

29/10/17 - Update: The pollution has been traced to a blockage in pipework feeding into a cess pit. The EA have reminded the owner of the need to be more vigilant to avoid any further pollution. As the incident was very small with no serious impact the EA now consider it closed and think this reminder may help. For the future they suggest that members should continue to monitor the situation when fishing in that area and report any further incidents via the EA Emergency Incident Freephone number: 0800 80 70 60.

The YTAA are grateful to Pete Conde for liaising with the EA on our behalf.


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

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.

Newsletter 2017

The 2017 Newletter is available to read here Newsletter 2017. Previous years can be found in the Archives.

Stearsby Notes

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.

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.