Newsletter Jan 2016

Dear Member

The annual general meeting of the association will take place at the Ainsty Hotel Boroughbridge Road York Monday 22 February 2016 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

2016 membership fees as follows:-

Members    £80.00

Juniors    £20

For new members a £50.00 joining fee is also payable.

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 2016 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.


Good sport was enjoyed across our waters throughout the 2015 season. The grayling recovery on Isle Beck continues to be noted and is believed to be down to our river management policy and EA supported stocking programme. Predation remains a problem; cormorants, goosanders, otters and signal crayfish all enjoy YTAA waters as much as our rods. .. several members have reported the mixed emotions of joy at seeing an otter with kits on Isle Beck and the disappointment of discovering brown trout carcasses and headless rainbows on the bank.

Current laws preclude any meaningful intervention but we will continue to monitor the situation. The Stearsby weed problem continues to be one of our main issues and with thanks to Ian Dodd we hope to have a solution that will improve the Stearsby sport throughout the season. Ian has suggested we hope to have them on-site in February. In 2015 we set up the Garry Taylor Stearsby Big Fish award. Garry very kindly sponsored the introduction of four large rainbows. Prizes will be awarded to the captors of these fish at the AGM. Claimants should respond with size/weight, date, fly and witness testimony.


The following flies have proved their worth in past 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.


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.


22 February AGM - Ainsty Hotel 19:30
01 March Stearsby opening day
05/06 March Isle beck/ working parties, A19 10.00hrs
12/13 March Isle Beck/River Dove working parties.
25 March Becks open for trout fishing
01 October Becks closed for trout trout (grayling fishing permitted)
01 November Stearsby closed
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 2016 availability.

Happy New Year to All and Tight lines 2016.

R W Sawdon Hon Sec YTAA