Newsletter Jan 2011

Dear Member

The annual general meeting of the association will take place at the Ainsty Hotel Boroughbridge Road York Monday 21 February 2011 at 7.30 PM.

The agenda will be as follows:

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.

2011 membership fees as follows:-

Members    £100.00

Seniors    £100.00

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 and Stearsby went well, thanks to Lee Frampton and Andy Stronach for extra work on the Isle Beck log jam. 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. Many over-wintered fish were caught at Stearsby, although some were carrying leeches they were in pretty good fettle.

Grayling and lamprey were both present in Isle Beck, these being good indicator species are a welcome sight and indicative of good water quality.

In May a further 3000 grayling fry were introduced to Isle Beck (These were negotiated FOC from EA), we hope that they will provide winter sport for future seasons

The on-going summer weed problem at Stearsby occasioned further work parties. 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 August Rob Bolton reported that the bottom pond leak had increased. Thanks to Sam Seago we were able to affect a repair and keep the levels fishable throughout the season, (the sluice is requiring further more permanent attention now).

Ian Hardy reported an excellent evening's sport on the Riccal one fine Grayling and 20 lovely wild Trout.


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
217 217 0 5 8 7 10 Books


Rainbow Brown Killed Grand Totals Average Catch
Top Lake 307 1 23 308
Bottom Lake 585 0 58 585
Totals 892 1 81 893
Visits   211 4.2

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.


21 February AGM
26/27 February Stearsby working parties, parking 10.00hrs
01 March Stearsby opening day
05/06 March Isle beck/ working parties, A19 10.00hrs
12/13 March Isle beck/ working parties, A19 10.00hrs
25 March Becks open for trout fishing
01/02 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 2011 availability.

Happy New Year to All and Tight lines 2011.

R W Sawdon Hon Sec YTAA