York Tradesmen's Angling Association


Welcome to the York Tradesmen's Angling Association


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. Although primarily a trout fishing association, 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.


Latest News and Reports


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 secretary@ytaa.co.uk

AGM - 2015

The annual general meeting of the association will take place at the Ainsty Hotel Boroughbridge Road York Monday 23 February 2015 at 7.30 PM.

Newsletter 2015

The latest 2015 Newletter is available in the News Section. Click here to read.

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.

AGM - 2014

The AGM was well attended and many thanks to all the memebers who turned out. The 2014 AGM Minutes (unapproved) are available in the News Section. Click here to read. Pete Conde provided a very detailed presentation of the 2013 catch statistics. This is available in the News Section as a PDF document. Click here to read.

Signal Crayfish

Unfortunately there has been an 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.

Rule change reminder

National byelaws restricting the killing of Grayling were introduced in 2010 which state that:

"Anglers are prevented from taking any Grayling less than 30 cm fork length (to protect immature fish) and greater than 38 cm (trophy fish).i.e. 12-15".

The club rules have now been amended in line with the legislation and this supersedes the text in current membership cards.

Kingfisher Diary


Here is the last entry of 2014 - an unfortunate end to the season. To see the whole diary click here: Kingfisher Diary 2014


  30th September 2014  The Last Day

I have a day off work to fish on the last day of the season and after careful consideration I head for Isle Beck to fish below the A19 Bridge. A quick glance over the bridge shows there is a distinct "tinge" to the water after overnight rain, but I'm not particularly worried as I walk down through four fields to the copse near Isle Beck Grange. Here the Beck is running fast its up about a foot above normal levels and is now quite muddy, which I think is odd compared to what it was at the bridge. After failing to rise a fish in the first few pools I switch to a NZ rig with a gold head on the bottom and a grey wulf on top. It's not the easiest to cast especially as I am using the 5 footer again, but at least I should be getting the nymph down to where I think the fish will be, they are certainly not rising. At 10:55 I start catching fish - at least I get off the mark with a 5 inch trout, but then loose several. It is 2 hours before I hook and land a another trout, slightly better at about 7 inches. Another hour goes by before I get a grayling, like many of the grayling from the beck this year it's about 8 inches long and in lovely condition. Another half hour and another grayling. It is now 2:45 and time for lunch, I am almost back to the A19 Bridge and it's been hard work. What was interesting is that as I was kneeling down at the end of one pool to change a tippet I heard a splash behind me and what appeared to be a sea trout of about 2.5 pounds wriggles over the shallow runoff and into the pool a couple of feet from where I'm kneeling. A few seconds later another similar size fish did the same. Now I've never seen a sea trout in the beck in over 25 years of fishing it, but equally I have never seen wild brown trout in the 2.5 to 3lb category either so while I wouldn't bet on it in my mind they were sea trout and I would be interested to know if anyone else has seen a sea trout in our waters. After lunch I jump in the MX5 and head for Thirkleby Mill with the top down leave the 5 foot made up in the passenger seat. At the mill I go to get the rod out and catch it on the head rest and take 5 inches off the tip! Of course it's the one fly rod that I don't have a spare top section for! Somewhat disheartened I get my 6' Riccal out and set it up. It feels like I am using a telegraph pole after the 5 foot rod but I am determined to fish on. The amazing thing is that while the Beck below the A19 was high fast and muddy, at Thirkleby it is low slow and crystal clear, really weird. Anyway I switch to my favourite Adams Parachute and land three more trout including the best of the day before I reach the Weir at the top of our beat. I'm hoping for a couple of decent trout to end the season, but first cast produces an 8 inch chub - a bonus really as it's the only one I've caught all season. I don't get any takes for a while and I was just wondering if there is time to switch to a NX rig and a goldhead when I get a take and a four and half inch trout is landed. It's nearly ten to seven and starting to get dark so I take his photo and return him carefully he can be my last brownie this year and he'll grow for next season. So that's it my season on the Beck is over with 6 trout, two grayling, the first chub of the year and a broken rod, just hoping I can get a replacement tip.