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.
If you are interested in joining us we currently have vacancies for 2014. For more details please contact the club secretary: Rob Sawdon at
The New Season Starts
Compared to last year the weather forecast for the start of this season is very favourable. Stearsby is now open so make the most of this early season opportunity.
Tight Lines to all for 2014.
Catch Returns - 2013
At this years AGM 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.
AGM - 2014
This years 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.
The latest 2014 Newletter is available in the News Section. Click here to read.
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.
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.