Newsletter Jan 2013

Dear Member

The annual general meeting of the association will take place at the Ainsty Hotel Boroughbridge Road York on Monday 25 February 2013 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

2013 membership fees as follows:-

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

Please bring membership cards for 2013 authorisation.

An overview of the Association's accounts will be presented at the AGM.

Please remember to forward your catch return book for the Becks to Pete Conde, it will be returned to you at the AGM. An analysis of the 2015 catch returns will be presented at the AGM.

We will run a raffle at the AGM if you are able to bring a prize it will be most welcome.


Pre-season work parties were undertaken at Isle Beck, River Dove and Stearsby although not too well supported clearance work and repairs were carried out including the installation of a new foot bridge at the Stearsby top sluice.

Early season sport was enjoyed on the Isle Beck system. Richard Pulleyn reported many grayling showing in May. Norman Elliot recorded good sport on the upper reaches of Thirkleby Beck; one visit produced 14 wild trout to nymph and May fly. Mayfly hatches were good in June despite heavy rain. July again was productive on the Isle system with Steve Foster and Bob Sawdon enjoying a good basket of some 20 wild trout, stockies and grayling mostly to mayfly. Peter Conde reported a record visit to the Isle system in July when he caught 39 wild trout in Three hours.

The leak at the Stearsby bottom sluice was problematic throughout the season; several temporary repairs had varying degrees of success.

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

The leak at the Stearsby bottom sluice was problematic throughout the season; several temporary repairs had varying degrees of success.

2013 will see major works undertaken at Stearsby. Top lake draining, excavation, deepening and tree clearance will be carried out together with permanent sluice repairs. Please attend the early season Stearsby work party if you can. A plan will be presented at the AGM.


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.


23/24 February Stearsby working parties, parking 10.00hrs
25 February AGM - Ainsty Hotel 19:30
01 March Stearsby opening day
02/03 March Isle beck/ working parties, A19 10.00hrs
09/10 March Isle Beck/River Dove working parties.
25 March Becks open for trout fishing
TBC June Work begins Stearsby top lake
TBC September Top Lake work complete and open for fishing
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. Fishing for salmon and sea trout is available to all YTAA anglers on the river South Esk in Angus; please contact Ian Hardy for 2013 availability.

Happy New Year to All and Tight lines 2013.

R W Sawdon Hon Sec YTAA