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.)

Brian Howe

It is with great sorrow we learn of the death of our dear friend and colleague Brian.  A long-term, enthusiastic member of EFFC, Brian was passionate about the sport and ever keen to help and encourage new fly-fishers at the lakes.  He will be greatly missed by our club, and our sincere condolences go to his wife and family at their sad loss.
The funeral will take place at 14:30 on 22nd October at Chelmsford crematorium.

A splendid 4lb 6oz BLUE trout from Lodge Lake

As this magnificent blue trout specimen, with its equally-sized companions, cruised the shallows  of Lodge Lake, little did it realise that the diminutive size 14 hare’s ear it took was one of Colin C’s flies.  The tussle which followed become even more frantic when a partner blue snapped up another fly on the cast, but shortly afterwards shook off the hook.  Another five minutes of vigorous activity and it was brought to the net.

Well done Colin ! … but let’s not forget that the one which got away, and many others like it, await other members of our club !

Cygnets and a four-pounder – photos from Geoff K. 

After a relatively tough but enjoyable day’s fishing, Geoff is rewarded not only with a close encounter with a new brood being escorted around the lake by their attentive parents , but also a handsome 4lb 2oz rainbow.


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.

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