The boats have been fully restored and are now back on the fishery for use on the top lake. Once again we are hugely in debt to Sam Seago who with specialist fibre glass help from Graham Elphee has renewed them to as new condition. They have done a first class job here and all members will be very grateful when employing these boats to seek those "Just out of reach fish". More details in the Stearsby Notes section.
Isle Beck Lamprey
19/04/18 - Wayne Laverack:
"Spent a couple of hours at the beck on Thursday and had my first ever sighting of Lamprey, I even managed 30 seconds of filming them with my phone. The male was clearly creating a redd, selecting just the right stones before picking them up and placing them. They were about halfway between Arden Bridge and the A19 Bridge, I watched them for several minutes before moving on."
The video is now on our YouTube channel. Watch here. This is good news for the beck as the presence of Lamprey is an indicator of high quality water.
25/04/18 - Rike Barwick:
"I also saw a pair on the Riccal last Saturday, fascinating creatures."
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
A monthly report on the fishing at Stearsby lakes. A detailed catch analysis, photo's and fishy musings. The notes for March are now available: Click here to read.
The Kingfisher Diary
A new season and a new Kingfisher Diary is already started. 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 has kindly agreed to reveal his 'secret' methods in the new Kingfisher Hints & Tips section. Click here to read. Excellent information and well worth a look.
AGM - 2018
The Annual General Meeting of the association took place on Monday 19 February 2018. 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 2018. Previous years can be found in the Archives.
Wild Trout Trust Auction Lot Winner 2017
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' accompanied the winner for an outing on Isle Beck and you can read a full account of the day here. To read more about the invaluable work of the Trust, click on the badge.
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.
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.
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.