Newsletter   Jan 2009

Dear Member

The annual general meeting of the association will take place at the Ainsty Hotel Boroughbridge road York Monday 23 February 2009 at 7.30 PM.

1. Apologies for absence

2. Minutes of last meeting

3. Matters arising

4. Officers' reports

5. Election of Officers

6. AOB

In line with the changes proposed in the 5 year plan and agreed at 2008 AGM the concessionary fee for senior members will be abolished and Subs for Seniors and Ordinary members will be equalised from 2011 onwards.

2009 membership fees as follows:-

Members    £100.00

Seniors    £70.00

Juniors    £5

Please arrange to pay membership fees on the evening of the A G M - fees MUST be paid by 01 March. Please have cheques made out in advance to YTAA. Where cash is to be paid it would be useful if you could tender exact moneys.


Well the 2008 season does not go down as one of the best on record given a very wet first half and a very weedy second half for our still water fans.

Our AGM on 18 February started things off, matters arising and lively debate all smoothly managed by YTAA Chairman Tom Storey. The key point was the ratification of the change to the fee structure. The endorsement of the Ian Hardy five year plan will generate sufficient funds to carry out major improvements to the Stearsby top lake.

Working parties at Isle Beck were organised in March and successfully cleared major storm damage between Arden Bridge and the A19, the committee are grateful to Lee Frampton for his chainsaw work. Further work parties at Stearsby and river Riccal were carried out during the season. The committee are grateful to all members who turned out for the work parties and restocking.

Excellent sport was enjoyed once the season was underway; a good mayfly time was again enjoyed on Isle Beck, and at Stearsby. Peter Conde caught 30 wild trout in 3¾ hours on May 30th all at Thirkleby Mill. David Helliwell and John Green enjoyed big baskets at Stearsby in May; 24 and 26 rainbows. Fine sport continued right through August on Isle Beck. There were no problems reported associated with the abstraction license granted to Isle Beck Grange.

High summer was disappointing for Stearsby anglers despite all our efforts in 2007 weed growth was prolific and all but closed the fishery, extra work parties managed to keep pockets of water free such that limited fishing could continue. Notwithstanding this the committee remain positive and determined to keep the fishery and improve it. This may mean a combination of manual, mechanical and chemical intervention, consultative work is being undertaken presently.

The committee have also discussed development plans for the river Riccal; historically a good wild trout and grayling fishery.

The Isle Beck system remains our premier fishery; we own the rights here and enjoy a fantastic head of wild trout.

Stearsby returns were down on 2007 but given the fact that we could not open the bottom pond until May and the weed problem an average of 3¼ fish per visit is not too bad.

On November 20th we introduced circa 1000 number small grayling into Thirkleby Beck, we hope they will do well and provide autumn/winter sport for the future.

Again we did not manage to generate any enthusiasm for gravel digging; it is a pity this vital activity cannot be better supported.

A further important point is that the beck catch record book returns have been very low, only seven books were sent in. The information in the books is vital, particularly in the event of a pollution or fish-kill event. We have used this information in the past to fight and win considerable compensation. Please ensure your book is sent in to us, it will be returned once the analysis has been carried out.


The following flies have proved their worth in recent seasons; in semi-seasonal order try PTNs, gold heads, any large caddis nymphs, Czech nymphs, GRHE's, mayfly nymphs, greenwells, klinkerhammers, adams, march brown, tups, mayflies, shadow mayflies, sedges.Flies such as Griffith's knat, Hardy's orange, grey duster and greenwells work well all season given dry-fly conditions.For Stearsby early season lures soon become redundant and attractor patterns need to be replaced with imitative flies; nymphs, GRHE, PTNs, buzzers of all descriptions and bloodworms, do not forget that the dry fly can work well and there is often a splendid mayfly hatch.


Total Trout Trout on Fly Trout On Worm Trout Killed Grayling Other  Returned
180 143 37 8 8 17 7 Books


Rainbow Brown Killed Grand Totals Average Catch
Top Lake 348 0 25 348
Bottom Lake 421 3 56 424
Totals 769 3 81 772
Visits   237 3.26

Peter Conde will give a full report at the AGM


Always carry your EA licence and YTAA card

Any sign of pollution or distressed fish or seriously low water contact the EA on free phone 0800 8070 60

Show your YTAA card to any member asking to see it

Fishing with maggot before June 16 is illegal

River Trout size limit is 10 inches. Please note you may take a brace of fish at 10 inches or above. Please do not kill fish you do not need, handle any fish you wish to return carefully with wet hands without removing from the water if possible.


23 February AGM
07/08 February Stearsby working parties, parking 10.00hrs
14/15 March Isle beck/ working parties, A19 10.00hrs
21 March Riccal working parties, Riccal House 10.00hrs
25 March Becks open for trout fishing
03/04 October Isle beck gravel digging, A19 10.00hrs
Stearsby opening day and re-stocking dates to be given at the AGM

Please let me have your email address if you have one. The working parties are ideal opportunities to visit the waters and gain valuable fishing knowledge from other rods and at the same time improve our sport for the season. Please lend a hand if you can. We pay rents to maintain Winter Grayling fishings on the Riccal please make use of these fishings if you have the opportunity, all legal methods are permitted. Try the Derwent stretches if you fancy a go at a winter pike. Fishing for salmon and sea trout is available to all YTAA anglers on the river South Esk in Angus; please contact Ian Hardy for 2009 availability.

Happy New Year to All and Tight lines 2009.

R W Sawdon Hon Sec YTAA