YTAA Waters

All YTAA fisheries are subject to the following Yorkshire and National rod fishing bylaws.

The close season for non-migratory trout in all waters other than enclosed stillwaters is 1st October to 24th March, inclusive.

The close season for coarse fishing on all rivers, streams and drains is 15th March to 15th June, inclusive.

On waters where the close season for coarse fish applies, the only lures or baits that may be used during the close season are natural or artificial fly, minnow, worm, shrimp, prawn, sand eel and artificial lures.

For further information see:
National rod fishing bylaws.
Yorkshire rod fishing bylaws.

Additional YTAA rules also apply to some fisheries, please read each section carefully for the details.


Cod Beck

The main fishery extends to some four miles of right hand bank fishing at Gristhwaite Farm. A short length of the left bank is also available below the confluence with Willow Beck. The Beck comprises open straights with flats and riffles, deep corners with tree cover, oxbows and slow bends.


Fishery Notes

Barbless or flattened barb hooks.
Please study the detailed maps below for available banks and details of access.
This is a mixed fishery where both the trout and coarse close season rules apply and as such is only closed from 15th March to 25th March. All legal rod and line methods are permitted but note that it is illegal to use maggot during the coarse fishing close season, 15th March to 15th June, inclusive.

From the top limit to the railway the left-hand bank is enjoyed by Sowerby Angling Association (SAA). YTAA rods are reminded to be courteous to SAA rods at all times. Do not enter the water directly above any SAA rod fishing upstream or below any SAA rod fishing downstream, in all cases ask permission and agree where you will fish. The majority of the fishery has no opposition fishing.

Warning: Water levels here can rise very rapidly. Members should take careful note of the river level at the EA Dalton gauge which may be viewed here River Level - Dalton and to also check the EA Thirsk gauge River Level - Thirsk which will give warning of any flood pulse that may be moving downstream. Ideal fishing conditions are a falling river between 1.0m and 0.6m. When at a level of 0.8m most sections (but not all) are fishable. Members are very strongly advised not to wade when the level exceeds 1.0m.

There are deep pools throughout the beat particularly in the lower reaches. Chest waders are required for the best enjoyment of the water and essential for some of the deeper stretches. A wading staff will also be helpful not only for checking wading depth but also for getting in and out on some of the steep banks.

Most YTAA rods will already have suitable tackle to fish Cod Beck but generally six to eight-foot rods with three to five weight lines will cover most situations. Although upstream dry fly will be the main method throughout the majority of the season upstream nymph can be a deadly method, particularly just before the mayfly. For winter grayling fishing nymph and wet fly fishing are both useful particularly Czech nymphing. Traditional flies work well; Greenwell’s, Hares ear, Olives, Gnats, Adams etc all work well together with PT type nymphs and Goldheads. Klinkerhammer parachute type flies are very popular and very successful in recent years.

The Beck is wide enough and sufficiently open to permit overhead casting in some parts but as with all Beck fishing roll casts and flat casts are required to fully enjoy the fishery.

Additional Notes: At the 2019 AGM Richard Pulleyn presented his 'Hints and Tips' on the fishing's on Cod Beck. There is a lot useful information to be gleaned here, all based on his personal experience of tackling Cod Beck. Click here to read the full article.

All members should carefully study the map below before fishing. Zoom in on the map or click the 'square' in the top right corner to show a larger fully annotated map. The YTAA banks are highlighted in Yellow and take great care not to trespass on any other banks.


Directions

Access to Gristhwaite Farm from the A168 has changed after recent major roadworks involving the construction of new roundabouts and a new access road to the farm. Once you are on the farm estate follow the signs to the parking places. The fishings can also be accessed by parking at Willow Bridge and walking down stream to the confluence of Willow Beck and Cod Beck, by crossing Cod Beck you will be on the Gristhwaite estate.



Isle Beck System

Much of the fishing rights on the Isle Beck system in N. Yorkshire, are owned outright by YTAA. The Isle Beck waters offer fine wild trout sport, a mayfly hatch and a good head of naturally recruited wild fish. The fishery extends over five miles comprising of Thirkleby Beck, Isle Beck and Willow Beck.


Fishery Notes

Opens: 25th March.
Closed for trout fishing: 1st October.
Closed for grayling fishing: 1st January.
Not all banks are available for fishing so please study the detailed map below. The banks with no access are highlighted in Red. Zoom in on the map or click the 'square' in the top right corner to show a larger fully annotated map.


Directions

Head out of York on the A19 toward Thirsk. Proceed through Easingwold and after approx 4 miles you will cross Thirkleby Bridge over Isle Beck. Park here to fish Isle Beck and the lower reaches of Cod Beck or take the next right and on to Arden Bridge or Thirkleby village to fish the Thirkleby Beck/Mill stretch.



Stearsby Ponds

The two lakes at Stearsby are situated at the foot of the beautiful Hambleton Hills. They provide top quality fishing for the fly angler with rainbow and blue trout present. Both wet and dry fly will bring success here. In 2013 extensive work was undertaken to de-silt and deepen the top lake resulting in a much improved fishery. More details and pictures of this work are available here.


Fishery Notes

The Estate Keeper patrols these lakes and you may be challenged to show your membership card.
Opens: 1st March.
Closed: 1st November.
Strictly fly only.
Flatten barbs or use barbless hooks.
Only two fish may be retained in any 14 day period.
All brown trout and large rainbow trout to be returned.
Returns book to be filled in on every visit.
Limited number of guest tickets available only after 1st June.
A club shelter and two boats are available.


Directions & Parking

Head north out of York on the B1363 through Sutton-on-the-Forest and Stillington. At Bransby village turn right at the Post Office into Town Street and continue for approx two miles, the ponds will be found on the left-hand side. Turn into the field entrance and park neatly on the right under the trees. Do not park on the track or drive down to the lakes, doing so contravenes the terms of our lease.



River Dove

In 2011 YTAA secured a lovely new wild trout fishery on the River Dove at Kirkbymoorside. The fishings are situated at South Ings Farm. This beautiful fishery comprises three different interlinking waters, the River Dove, Hodge Beck and Howkeld Beck.


Fishery Notes

Opens: 25th March.
Closed for trout fishing: 1st October.
Closed for grayling fishing: 15th March.
The current river level at the EA Dove gauge may be viewed here River Level - Dove. A gauge level below 0.30m should provide reasonable wading conditions if the level is steady or falling. This river can rise quickly with rain on the moors so if the river starts to rise or becomes coloured be prepared to make an orderly exit.
There are a few deep holes, but most of the beat is wadeable with reasonable care.
Fishings are from the South Ings Farm banks only, so please study the detailed map below. Zoom in on the map or click the 'square' in the top right corner to show a larger fully annotated map.


Directions & Parking

From the A170 roundabout in Kirkbymoorside turn south down Ings Lane to South Ings Farm. Park at South Ings Farm, opposite the farm house. Park off the road (as 2 vehicles in photo), or drive through the yard with the farm house on your right, straight ahead through the field gate to the left of the large tree. Travel across the field to the far right (SE) corner (only for suitable 4x4 vehicles and when dry), park near the old barn at the top boundary of river Dove fishing.





River Riccal

The Riccal offers fine wild trout fishing and during the autumn months good sport may be had with grayling.


Fishery Notes

Opens: 25th March.
Closed for trout fishing: 1st October.
Closed for grayling fishing: 15th March.
This fishery is split into two separate lengths, note that the Summerfield Stretch (highlighted orange) is only available during winter - 1st October to 1st January.
The current river level at the EA Riccal gauge may be viewed here River Level - Riccal. Conveniently this monitoring station is located almost at the midpoint of the fishery. A gauge level of 0.22m should provide reasonable wading conditions if the level is steady or falling.
Please study the detailed maps below and be careful to only fish the highlighted banks. Zoom in on the map or click the 'square' in the top right corner to show a larger fully annotated map.


Directions

Head north out of York passing through Strensall, Sheriff Hutton, Hovingham and Nunnington. Cross the river Rye and after one mile turn left onto Riccal Moor Lane, sign posted to Harome. Summerfield Farm is on the left a half mile down the road.



River Derwent

YTAA has three short lengths near Malton. This is a mixed fishery where both the trout and coarse close season rules apply and as such is closed from 15 March to 25 March. Members are expected to fish in accordance with their licence and local bye-laws and to employ methods suited to their intended quarry and the time of year.  Click on the maps below to zoom in.





Other Waters

Please fish as indicated on your membership card and the maps contained in your 'Welcome Pack'.

Note for members with an old Welcome Pack: YTAA have now relinquished rights at Fourth Milestone Pond, Terrington Pond and the Crook House stretch on the River Riccal.