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, the River Riccal at Harome and on Cod Beck at Dalton.




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:

Jeff Hardy  RIP

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Jeff Hardy. Jeff was a long time member of the YTAA and served for several years as the association’s Treasurer. Jeff was a master angler, covering game, coarse and sea fishing but what he loved most of all and totally excelled at was North Country Beck Fishing. Together with being a master trout angler Jeff was also a brilliant fly tyer, tying many innovative beck patterns. He was a very generous teacher and always happy to share his skills and experience with the many budding anglers he met and taught throughout his life time. Jeff was a great lover of the natural world and in his later years he took much pleasure in the fact that this had been passed on to his children, grand children and great grandchildren. Jeff will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Wild Trout Trust Auction Lot Winner 2018

Wild Trout Trust Every year the YTAA donates a day’s guided fishing on our waters to the Wild Trout Trust fundraising auction. The 2017 winner enjoyed his day so much that he successfully bid again in the 2018 auction. Our resident Beck specialist 'The Kingfisher' accompanied him for another 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.

Stearsby Boats

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."

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.

Stearsby Notes

A monthly report on the fishing at Stearsby lakes. A detailed catch analysis, photo's and fishy musings. The notes for July 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 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.

Newsletter 2018

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

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.

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.


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.