Welcome !

We are a members-only trout fly-fishing club in the heart of rural Essex. Established in 1966, the club offers some of the best dry and wet fly fishing in East Anglia. Our two lakes, each of approximately 16 acres, are situated in a tranquil, picturesque setting within easy reach of Chelmsford, Braintree and Great Dunmow. Though club numbers are kept low, we currently have membership vacancies to offer and can now accept applications from interested persons. (Membership details here.)

***Social Pub Meetings ***

The first meeting of 2017 was held at the Compasses, Littley Green on Tuesday April 11th from 7:30pm onwards.  Intriguingly entitled “Take me to your leader…”, the main topics under discussion were leaders, tippets, knots etc.. – subjects of great interest to both new and experienced fly-fishers alike.  Colin Chandler entertained a handful of EFF members to many of his tactical fishing tips, hilarious competitive fishing tales, and his extensive angling advice and know-how.  An enjoyable meeting, and our thanks to our ‘social’ secretary, Peter Milner, for organising it.

Dates for a second and third meeting have been set for 13th June and 12th September – to be held at the same venue, same time (topics details to be found here.)  If you have any suggestions, questions about these evenings, Peter will be pleased to hear from you by emailing him here.

Peter M. has been on Lodge Lake again:

– here’s a photo of the best of his seven fish, each of which was carefully returned…..
Taking a photo of a lively fish in the boat, is not easy, but you can see Peter’s weigh-net which scaled the rainbow at 4lb10oz.

Peter M.’s first visit of 2017 includes a handsome 4lb+ fish.

Our Club’s social secretary’s 2017 season started with this fine, hard-fighting rainbow amongst the several which came to his net… each of which was carefully returned by Peter to Lodge lake to fight again another day.

Geoff K.’s patience pays off with a fine afternoon session!


The fierce easterly which had whipped up the waves on Lodge seemed to have put the fish off  for most of Tuesday morning (2016), but by mid-afternoon, however, this had mellowed to a gentle breeze, and trout soon reappeared on the surface.
This fine rainbow of 4.5+lbs  was tempted by Geoff’s size 12 gold-head with a black body and splash of red, fished on a floating line. Having reluctantly had its photo taken, the fish was gently returned to the lake and swam strongly away.
This was but one of eight fish caught-and-released by Geoff that afternoon.

New member Gareth R. shows off a beauty nudging 4.5lb !gareth-robertson-2016

Having joined our club in May of 2016, Gareth had a successful first season with us, breaking his personal best yet again with this beautiful trout. His returns to date include several 3lb+ fish.

This fish fell to Green Montana on a 12 hook, fished high on a floating line and short leader.

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