Newsletter   Jan 2010

Dear Member

The annual general meeting of the association will take place at the Ainsty Hotel Boroughbridge road York Monday 22 February 2010 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.

2010 membership fees as follows:-

Members    £100.00

Seniors    £90.00

Juniors    £20

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.


Pre-season work parties at Isle Beck, River Riccal and Stearsby went well particularly the upper reaches of Isle Beck where major clearance and log-jam work was undertaken.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, Norman West was the Stearsby champion with 33 at one session and Pete Conde and Lee Frampton reported heavy baskets of wild trout on Isle beck.

The decision to open Stearsby early (1st March) was well received; pre-stocking sport was enjoyed with good quality over-wintered fish.

Our wildlife (although not well accepted by all anglers) caused considerable interest. The black swan at Stearsby was very popular while he was there; the resident pair successfully raised eight young and certainly let geese, ducks and anglers know about it if they got too close. Several reports were received of otters on Isle beck, one said to be very large.

High summer was disappointing for beck anglers despite a good mayfly hatch, June and July saw Isle Beck at its lowest in 30 years. Whether this was owing to the abstraction licenses or not cannot be proved; it certainly cannot have helped the situation.

The on-going summer weed problem at Stearsby occasioned a further work party. We manually removed as much weed as we could and repaired the sluice; again we are very grateful to the spirited members who turned out to help.

In late summer a further 3500 grayling fry were introduced to Isle Beck, we hope that they will provide winter sport for future seasons


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
133 133 0 3 2 7 9 Books


Rainbow Brown Killed Grand Totals Average Catch
Top Lake 599 3 48 602
Bottom Lake 377 0 42 377
Totals 976 3 90 976
Visits   309 3.17

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.

Please note Bulmer Beck and Howthorpe Pond at Terrington are no longer YTAA waters.


22 February AGM
27/28 February Stearsby working parties, parking 10.00hrs
01 March Stearsby opening day
06/07 March Isle beck/ working parties, A19 10.00hrs
13/14 March Isle beck/ working parties, A19 10.00hrs
25 March Becks open for trout fishing
02/03 October Isle beck gravel digging, A19 10.00hrs
Restocking dates to be notified

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 2010 availability.

Happy New Year to All and Tight lines 2010.

R W Sawdon Hon Sec YTAA