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 ***

Following our very enjoyable “fly-swap” social evening in June, we are meeting once again at The Compasses, Littley Green (CM3 1BU) on Tuesday 12th September at 7:30 p.m. The theme of the evening on this occasion will be “What’s my line …. a discussion on fly lines“. For new members, or those who haven’t been before, the evenings are very, very informal and friendly and are a great way of meeting fellow fly-fishers and learning from the vast wealth of knowledge and experience of other club members. Do come along and enjoy a pint and a chat, I’m sure you’ll have a great time.
Peter M.

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.

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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