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 any 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

Stearsby Reports

Opening day at Stearsby provided good if somewhat chilly sport. Here are a few hardy souls that made the effort and reaped the rewards. More Stearsby updates here Stearsby Notes.

In April Mick Dowson captured this beautiful Brownie.

Newsletter 2016

The latest 2016 Newletter is available in the News Section. Click here to read.

AGM - 2016

This years AGM was well attended and many thanks to all the memebers who turned out. The 2016 AGM Minutes (unapproved) are available in the News Section. Click here to read.

The Kingfisher Diary 2016

The Kingfisher has started a new diary again as he resumes his never ending quest to catch two hundred trout in a season from the clubs becks and rivers. These diaries will be of interest to any angler with a love of the smaller waters so to follow this year's 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.

Stearsby Notes

A monthly report on the fishing at Stearsby. A detailed catch analysis, photo's and fishy musings. 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.

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.

Please note: It is illegal to remove Signal Crayfish without a licence from the Environment Agency. The purpose of this legislation is partly to prevent the cross contamination of waters. Once established Signal Crayfish are proving impossible to remove so the focus is currently on 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.

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 been amended in line with the legislation and this supersedes the text in current membership cards.

 The Kingfisher Diaries 2016  -  Tales from the Riverbank

  21st April 2016  Below the A19

A sunny day and I head off to fish a bit of Isle Beck that probably hasn’t been fished for more than 10 years. The beat I am referring to is below the A19 Bridge, but it is a long way below and it takes 45 minutes to walk from the bridge to the start point which is a little way up from Isle Beck Grange Farm. Now I believe you can park near Isle Beck Grange, but I’m not sure quite where and as I try to fish my way back towards my transport so I don’t have a long walk at the end of the day. I am happy to park at the A19 and walk down. I have fished this beat before but not for a long time and as I have a full record of where I’ve fished since the 2000 season and I have no record of fishing it since then. Also as it is an equally long time since we did any working parties on this beat, I’m fairly sure nobody else will have bothered to walk down six fields to get to it! I enjoy the walk down, its warm and sunny and there are Roe deer running off through the fields and buzzards overhead. I arrive at the start point which is just above a ditch with a wader attracting barbed wire fence and slide into the deep cold water.

The beck here is still about a foot above “normal” levels and running fast but it is more or less clear so I am hopeful of some action. There isn’t much doing at first and I make good use of my folding secateurs to trim brambles and overhanging twigs on the basis that it will help with casting next time if I am down again this season. With no interest in a size 14 Adams I decide to try a size 18 and while I am changing flies a fish rises right across the stream from where I’m standing, not even three yards away. He rises again seconds later and a third time a minute later, but third rise was to my Adams and a good trout is duly hooked, played, landed, photographed and returned in under two minutes.

I wish it was always that easy !  I make my way upstream searching for fish and pruning away as I pass each pool and run. This is harder than it sounds as there are some very deep pools (chin waders would be better than chest waders) and there are log jams necessitating scrambling out, walking round and sliding back in. I eventually get a perfect little 4 inch trout which is safely returned with a promise to come back in a year or two. I am impressed with this bit of beck, in places it looks very nice and I think its only the high water and fast flow that is stopping me getting more fish. Although a working party or two where trees are down and branches need trimming would improve things no end. After a couple of hours of pruning and fishing it’s clear that my dry fly (Adams parachute of course) isn’t really working so I switch to a New Zealand rig with a size 12 Royal Wulf on top and an olive goldhead 3 feet below to search the deep pools. I flick the line out and instantly a silly trout hammers the Royal Wulf and virtually hooked itself. It’s a good fish about 11 inches and gives a right battle before it’s safely landed, photographed and released. Next cast produces a take on the goldhead and a 4.5 inch fish comes to hand and is released. A couple of casts later, still in the same pool the Royal Wulf slides under the surface and after a good fight a 10 inch grayling is landed and released.

Its’ been a funny sort of day, I am normally fairly competitive trying to catch as many trout as I can but today I have been really chilled out. I’ve enjoyed the fishing (and pruning!) and rediscovering this bit of neglected beck, so even though I have only landed five fish I am very happy with the outing.

To read all of this years diary Click here.