Newsletter Jan 2014

Dear Member

The annual general meeting of the association will take place at the Ainsty Hotel Boroughbridge Road York on Monday 24 February 2014 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

2014 membership fees as follows:-

Members    £80.00

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 2014 authorisation.

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

There will also be a presentation of the Stearsby development.


Pre-season work parties concentrated on the major tree removal at Stearsby, this was in preparation for the top lake development. Work was also undertaken at Isle Beck, River Dove.

Early season sport was difficult with snow and freezing conditions in March. April saw the launch of the Kingfisher Diaries; this on-line diary is provided by Pete Conde and enjoyed by many of our rods, reports show that this was well received being both informative and entertaining. Good sport was reported across all the fisheries during April, May and June. Several reports of Otters with kits were noted on the Isle Beck system, signal crayfish also have colonised this fishery upstream as far as Arden Bridge. In July the Stearsby work commenced, early work was plagued with difficulty as the bed was too wet; roads had to be constructed into the lake to facilitate the excavations. July also saw the introduction of a further 1000 grayling fry into Isle Beck. EA were notified of many dead bullheads present in Isle Beck.

The Stearsby work was completed in August, This work would not have been possible without the help of Sam Seago, Alan Bull, Richard Pulleyn and above all Ian Hardy who worked tirelessly to oversee and complete the work. Stearsby top lake was re-stocked on September 6 some blue trout were also introduced.

In October we received notification that two farms have been granted permission to develop biogas gas plants near to Isle Beck, we will monitor this closely

Please remember to forward your catch return book to Pete Conde, it will be returned to you 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.


24 February AGM - Ainsty Hotel 19:30
01 March Stearsby opening day
08/09 March Isle beck/ working parties, A19 10.00hrs
15/16 March Isle Beck/River Dove working parties.
25 March Becks open for trout 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 2014 availability.

Happy New Year to All and Tight lines 2014.

R W Sawdon Hon Sec YTAA