Newsletter Jan 2012

Dear Member

The annual general meeting of the association will take place at the Ainsty Hotel Boroughbridge Road York on Monday 20 February 2012 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

2012 membership fees as follows:-

Members    £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. Members not attending the meeting may pay by post, forward to: - Ian Hardy Hon Treas YTAA.

Please bring membership cards for 2012 authorisation.


Pre-season work parties at Isle Beck, Stearsby and the new water on the Dove all went well. 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.

May/June again saw good sport on the becks with quality trout and grayling sport

The bottom pond at Stearsby remained fishable all year with several good bags recorded.

The leak at the sluice is continuing to give us problems; this will be remedied in the new season. The top pond suffered badly with weed in the 2011 season, this will be much improved when the deepening work is completed.

Some fine wild trout were reported from the Dove, we still have some work to do here, this is a naturally recruited sustainable wild fishery. The fishery remains open for grayling fishing.


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.

An analysis of the catch returns will be presented 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.


20 February AGM
25/26 February Stearsby working parties, parking 10.00hrs
01 March Stearsby opening day
03/04 March Isle beck/ working parties, A19 10.00hrs
10/11 March River Dove working parties, Farm 10.00hrs
25 March Becks open for trout fishing
06/07 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 2012 availability.

Happy New Year to All and Tight lines 2012.

R W Sawdon Hon Sec YTAA