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 North 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.

New Section - Members Only

The YTAA Committee have recently voted to restrict the amount of information that we publish online. The website has been duly amended to provide a ‘Members Only’ area which only current members can access.

To view this area click on the 'Members Section' option in the menu. You will be challenged for a Username and Password which you should have received via email from the Club Secretary.

The AGM Minutes, Newsletters, Articles, Fishing Reports, Stearsby Notes and the fully detailed Waters Page are now only available in the Members Section.

Membership Applications

We do not have any vacancies at present. Due to the high number of recent applicants our waiting list is now closed. If you are already on the waiting list then please be sure to inform the Club Secretary if you change your email address or else you may miss your opportunity.
Club Secretary: Rob Sawdon:

Membership Fees

2021 Membership Fees:

Members: £90.00

Juniors: £20.00

For new members a £50.00 joining fee is also payable.


For further information please contact:

Club Secretary: Rob Sawdon:

Club Treasurer: Ian Hardy:


07 January 2021

The Government have now formally responded to the representations made by the Angling Trust.

Statement from the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport):
“Fishing is allowed as exercise so long as participants adhere to the rules on staying local, gathering limits, social distancing and limiting the time spent outdoors.”

Statement from DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs):
“Cabinet Office have now officially confirmed that angling / fishing (incl. sea fishing off private boats, water sports) can be considered exercise and are hence permitted.”

Please bear in mind these key points:

These websites provide further information and updates:
The Angling Trust
Gov UK Travel Guidance

YTAA Covid Guidelines.

The 2 metre social distancing rule must be followed at all times and you should wear gloves whenever touching gates, styles, fencing, benches etc. Please place your signed membership card on your vehicle dashboard when fishing, this is an easy ID process and gives confidence and reassurance to our members and Landlords.

Very Important - Wear gloves when opening gates.

Unfortunately one of our landlords has observed a YTAA angler opening farm gates without wearing gloves and has since made an official complaint to the club. This could endanger our lease of this water so please follow all the guidelines however awkward or unnatural they may seem.

Other News

Invasive Species

The YTAA has recently been contacted by the North Yorks Moor Organisation requesting that we help to highlight their campaign against invasive species. Their poster can be viewed by clicking here.

The Angling Trust also has a long running campaign regarding invasive species and provides a very detailed explanation of all the various threats to our wildlife and fishing's which you can read by clicking here.

It is strongly recommended that you should learn to recognise the ‘Giant Hogweed’ plant as it is becoming increasingly prevalent on our local river banks and can cause you very painful and long lasting damage. If you should encounter one then avoid any contact with the stem bristles and the sap, this is a very dangerous plant.

Reporting Pollution

After a recent incident on Isle Beck members are reminded to remain vigilant and to report any pollution to the Club Secretary and the EA Emergency Incident Freephone number: 0800 80 70 60.

Stearsby Notes

A monthly report on the fishing at Stearsby lakes. A detailed catch analysis, photo's and fishy musings. Only available to members. Click here to read.

The Kingfisher Diary

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 kindly agreed to reveal his 'secret' methods in the 'Kingfisher Hints & Tips 2016' page and he has now produced an updated version - 'Hints & Tips 2020'. Click here to read.  Lots of useful tips on tackle and methods in here, well worth a read.

Wild Trout Trust Auction

Wild Trout Trust logoEvery year the YTAA donates a day’s guided fishing on our waters to the auction. Our resident Beck specialist 'The Kingfisher' generously organised an outing on Isle Beck for the 2019 winner and was on ghillie duty for the day. You can read a full account of that day out here. Unfortunately the 2020 auction winner was not been able to enjoy his prize that year and an alternative day will be arranged for him this season. To read more about all the invaluable work of the Wild Trout Trust just click on the badge.

Cod Beck - Hints & Tips

At the 2019 AGM Richard Pulleyn presented his 'Hints and Tips' on the YTAA fishings on Cod Beck. There is much valuable information here, all based on his personal experience of tackling Cod Beck. Only available to members. Click here to read the full article.

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.

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.


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. Unfortunately there is little that that we can do to tackle this infestation. Our focus as a club now has to be the prevention of their spread. Members are very strongly 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.

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 proven to be very difficult and he has been refused a licence.