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.)
The 2020 season has begun with some splendid catches to date. Anglers have already reported good sport and many full bags have been registered with returns of fish up to 6.75lbs so far.
Here are photos received of some successes :
Hayward F. starts his season with a 5lb8oz beauty.. (above)
Joe S. catches and returns this fine 4lb2oz rainbow.. (above)
..and this fine 6lb8oz slab was netted by Colin D.
Matt M shows off a beautiful late-Autumn Rainbow of 4 3/4lbs !
This was one of several caught by him on an end-November outing.
“A gentle take …” he commented, “.. but many powerful, vigorous runs before finally coming to the net”. Well done Matt!
Our lady member Vicky B. shows the men how it’s done with this lovely 4.5 lb rainbow…
As if not to be outdone, both Roy G. and Albert P. tip the balance with 4.7 lb ones, and Colin D. landed a 4.25 lb fish.
Several other good fish were landed and returned, while others, reportedly larger, failed to come to the net … !!
Paul P. proudly shows off his 4lb 10oz rainbow – one of several fish he netted during a fine, hot April visit…
Joe S. lands and returns a fine 6lber on Lodge. It fought strongly and energetically – then was gently rested in the water until it had recovered before being released to fight another day !
Our recently joined member Andrew R. is understandably pleased with this 6lb11oz beauty!
A very happy young fisherman – no doubt a future EFFC member …
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 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, 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.