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.




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

AGM - 2018

The Annual General Meeting of the association will take place at the Ainsty Hotel, Boroughbridge Road, York on Monday 19 February 2018 at 7.30 PM. All members are encouraged to attend and participate.

Newsletter 2018

The 2018 Newletter is available to read here Newsletter 2018. Previous years can be found in the Archives.

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.

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 the winner for an outing on Isle Beck and you can read a full account of the day here.

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.


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.