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[18/01/2019] AGM Venue Change.

AGM Venue change to Shady Oak, Fernilee

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Hi Guys

Please spread the word, we’re trying to contact all members to change the venue from the club house to the Shady Oak Fernilee, for our AGM.
The weather seems to be conspiring against us, Derbyshire county council do a great job of keeping Long Hill open.
Please still attend the AGM, I /we really need your feedback/direction, lots of important stuff to sort out.
Your committee needs you.
I’m making some lovely sandwiches for you all, James the main man at the Shady is looking forward to meeting you all.
James is also a really good guy, please support him, you will be seeing a lot more of him.

David H

[28/10/2018] Fur 'n' Feather.

Errwood Fur 'n'Feather, 28th November, schedule

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Fur 'n'Feather, 28th November
10:00am at the Clubhouse Fishing 11:00am - 2:00pm.
The water levels low but the fishing is great at the moment. A cool day has been given but rain free.

[08/08/2018] Errwood Memorial Trophy.

Errwood Memorial Trophy, 10th August, schedule

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Errwood Memorial Trophy, 10th August
5:00 pm at the Clubhouse for sandwiches, coffee/tea or a beer.
Fishing 6:00pm - 9:00pm.
Dry fly only rules to be explained on the day.
All welcome.

[15/07/2018] Spinning Competition

Fernilee Spinning/Lure Fishing Competition

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The World Cup final played a big hand in the success of this year’s competition. With it looking like England might just get to the final the start time was brought forward to 9:00am. England, unfortunately didn’t make the final, but on yet another hot sunny day, the well-attended event with an earlier start time saw some great fishing. There was a worry that the 3 hour event was going to be hard going, but perch showed from the off and most anglers caught on a variety of methods from the start.
Fish were tightly shoaled and those that found the perch returned high numbers of fish. However, with the odd exception, the perch were small and the biggest fish was always going to be a wild brown trout or an escapee rainbow. Gareth Kitchen took the honours with a 14” brown on a day that saw many young, well behaved anglers on the bank.
Next event is the Errwood Memorial Trophy, on the 10th August.

[19/06/2018] Learn to Fish 2018

Learn to Fish Sunday 5th August @ Press Manor Fishing Lakes

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The PCFWW hold the 2018 Learn to Fish Event on Sunday 5th August at Press Manor Fishing Lakes

Free admission, free car parking, children fish free and equipment supplied! Demonstrations and tuition from experienced anglers, trade stands and much, much more

Click here for more information!

[11/05/2018] Errwood Sailing Club Opening Day

ESC Access limited this Sunday 13th May.

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Access limited this Sunday 13th May.

Just to advise that the sailing club are having their Open Day this Sunday, so expect the clubhouse area to be very busy.

This, coupled with the usual road closure on the West Bank, will mean that easy access to the banks might be limited.


EFFC Committee

[06/05/2018] Season Update & Carsington 2018

Season update and results from the Carsington 2018 match

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Reasons to be cheerful............

With temperatures rising, and rod averages climbing, is there a better location to enjoy this pastime we all love?

The banks have been teeming with anglers these last few weeks, now that the beast from the east (parts 1 and 2) are a dim and distant memory.

"Superb fighting rainbows!" have been recounted by members and day ticket devotees at all points north, west and south. There are even anecdotes of monster brownies being netted, the latest 10 pounder being christened "Big Barbara" (or words to that effect) by our erudite Chairman, "No 1 Dave".

All is well, down at EFFC, why not come and partake?

Tackle up, bring friendly banter and optimism in equal measure (and some sturdy line), and enjoy.

And remember, during any lull in proceedings, all you have to do is soak up some of the most spectacular views in Derbyshire with soundtracks provided by visitors such as Cuckoos, woodpeckers, curlews, et al

Does it get any any better?

Carsington 5th May 2018

Carsington 5th May was hot, very hot. Flat calm with clear skies, it looked great for photography, even better for sun tans. However, fishing was going to be hard.

There were a few blanks, top catch was 11 fish :-) , but the bragging rights fell to Dave Fowler who went home with two of the three prizes; best fish and heaviest bag.

Best combined weight for a boat went to Tim and Claire Gilchrest, as predicted by Don Hough, prior to the event.

Most fish fell to black buzzers, fished 4 – 8ft deep, close in on windward banks, although black lures fished on intermediate lines accounted for a number of fish, especially early season browns.

More photos on the Errwood Facebook page.

[25/04/2018] Side Stream Reflections

Side Stream Reflections, Ron Holloway

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Side Stream Reflections, Ron Holloway

30 years a river keeper on the famous River Itchen.

I promised Ron I would edit and publish the book after his death.

It has been a pleasure to work on his meanderings and it bought back many memories of hearing the tales first hand.

The sole purpose of the book is to raise money for the Wild Trout Trust of which Ron was a founder member. All profits will go to them.

The Wild Trout Trust do a fantastic job, a conservation charity that stimulates hands on, in the water projects, helping others to help themselves with habitat improvements in and around our rivers and lakes. By ensuring a river is good for wild trout it follows it will be good for other wild life as well. As a charity they always need help raising funds.

Please help me fulfil my promise to a friend and help Ron raise some money for a charity very close to his heart.

Copies of the book can be currently purchased from Ebay: Side Stream Reflections, Ron Holloway

Thank you
Regards David Hamnett

[05/03/2018] Opening Day

2018 Season News Update

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Opening day at Errwood, and not even the "Beast from the East" (part 2) could dampen EFFC members enthusiasm this morning, as season 2018 kicked off in fine style.

Steve Page, Gary Lord and the aptly named Rob Cooley were some of the first to try their luck, with first fish of the season honour going to Rob with his third cast.

Bacon butties were supplied on this occasion by Dave Hamnett and Don Hough, and rumour has it, there may be some left over for tomorrow’s attendees of the working party. 10.30am, weather permitting!

Tight lines for the season to one and all.

[01/12/2017] Orvis - Flies, Pies and Pints

Flies, Pies and Pints, Orvis, in aid of Fishing For Heroes, 08/12/17

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For the fourth year running, Orvis Bakewell are hosting a Flies, Pies and Pints evening in aid of Fishing For Heroes.

We would like to invite you and your members to take part in a special evening of superb guest fly-tyers, whilst you enjoy a glass of bubbly and a selection of treats. Get prepared for Christmas whist mingling with like-minded fishing enthusiast as you sample delicious pies provided by the Cumbrian Pie Company, and local beers.

This year, for the first time we will be holding an auction to raise money for the fantastic charity ‘Fishing For Heroes’ – so come, grab yourself a bargain – whether it be a treat for yourself or Christmas presents for someone else, you can be assured you’re helping our Heroes.

The details of the event are as follows:

FRIDAY 8TH DECEMBER – 18:00-21:00

DE45 1DZ

If you could please give us an indication of how many of your members are attending, we would be most grateful.

Kind Regards,

The Orvis Bakewell Store

The Orvis Company, Inc.
The Old Town Hall, King Street
Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1DZ
direct – 01629 810226
email –

[10/11/2017] EA Survey

EA Survey of Errwood Reservoir

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Hi Guys.

We [your committee] jumped at the chance when asked by our friends at the EA, if they could trial their Rib with fish finder and water quality tester on board.

An opportunity that we couldn't refuse, 3 k worth of fish finder and 5 k worth of water quality tester.

Firstly we had to clear this with our lease holders, United Utilities, who were only to happy to let us proceed, a measure of their confidence in the quality of their water, which most of us drink.

With everything in place I had the pleasure of accompanying them on the survey, a comprehensive sweep of the reservoir was undertaken, incorporating the margins, casting distance and the central areas of our reservoir.

We took water samples at the three main inlets and also at a few points around the main basin.

The results were perhaps as one would expect.

I will try to explain them as I see them, bearing in mind I was a property developer not a scientist.

I tried to take pictures of the fish finder screen which incorporates the depth the fish were at, anticipating them to be at depth, you can imagine my surprise to see a lot of fish around 2 metres, with some of the larger fish clearly leading the pack.

When viewing the pictures bear in mind that the view is a narrow view immediately under the rear of the rib, which was moving at around two knots [half walking speed].

So the view is a cake slice under and to the rear of the boat, when seeing a lot of fish together it is therefore reasonable to assume that either side of these fish are more fish in the same shoal.

The finder pictures spikes which are not an indication of varying heights, more like slight spits of varying levels, bear in mind when viewing its a moving boat.

The levels seen on the right hand side however are a true reflection of the position of the fish in the water, remarkably a lot of the larger fish are predominantly at shallower depths.

There will be a big fish caught before the season ends, mark my words.

I will attempt to give a brief explanation of the water quality readings.

Probably the most important level on the scale is the PH reading, on a scale of 0 through to 14.

0 would be a reading gained from testing battery acid.

14 from testing LYE a caustic substance used in making soap.

Notably fish will die in a reading from obviously 0 through to 4.

Again acid rain can fall into this zone, normal ranges for rain is 5 to 6.5.

the higher end of the scale would see baking soda, milk of magnesia and ammonia.

Milk would fall into the PH neutral zone as would normal stream water.

And more importantly, as does Errwood Reservoir water.

We took samples from 6/7 points around the reservoir and all the readings were around the 7 mark or very close, PERFECT.

The top reading is the water temp, which at 9.6 degrees C is why the fish remain at relatively high levels.

DO is the dissolved oxygen levels. This is the amount of gaseous oxygen dissolved in the water, either by direct absorbtion from the atmosphere, rapid movement, or as a waste product of plant photosynthesis.

Oxygen dissolves easier in cooler water than warm water.

Again the readings are well within what we would expect to see on our water.

The SPC readings are an indication of the ability of the water to pass an electrical current, which increases with the amount of dissolved ionic solids [ie salts].

Beyond my comprehension but assured the levels are within range.

The NH figures are something to do with the suspended sediment concentration, which again are with perimeters.

That`s about as technical as I get, if you know any better I would be more than happy to sit and have the conversation with you.

So where are the fish, It will come as no surprise to find out all three inlets have an alarming number of fish at varying levels.

We saw some very big fish amongst the shoals and as previously stated they tend to be at higher levels.

When viewing the photo`s fish over 3 lb show as a small fish symbol, the slightly bigger symbol is around the 4 lb to 6 lb mark and the very big symbol is around 8 lb to 10 lb mark fish over this size actually have a weight allocated to them, we didn't cover any fish over 10 lb however we all know they are there.

Fish under 3 lb show as a dot, but so do minnows and brown trout fry, as would anything suspended in the water.

In the centre of the reservoir were what could only be described as clouds of fish shoals.

The results on the whole were very satisfying, the stocking policy was discussed and agreed to be suitable for the environment, a testament to David Fowler and his team.

A conversation had in regard to cormorants, whilst the numbers vary it is our considered opinion that the mere presence will drive fish down to take whatever cover they can find.

This is an area we need to concentrate on, whatever your views in regard to these birds, I fear we have come to a decisive moment and I think a licence needs to be applied for!!

Fishing in November.

Long leaders and a sink tip, a bit of weight in the fly.

Intermediate lines fished slow [ if you must ].

Weighted Caddis or something like on the point.

Feeling energetic get up either gulley fish around 10 to 15 feet deep slowly.

But then, better still ask Growler he will tell you I talk B******ks and put you on fish.

Tight Lines Guys

Roses are red, Violets are blue,

Watch out Errwood's big fish, I am coming for you.

David Hamnett

Need to do more fishing, and less of this S**t.

[05/11/2017] Chasing Crocodiles

Errwood Sailing Club, Aviva Community Funded Project

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Please have a look, and cast a vote for our friends at Errwood Sailing Club's Project to purchase dinghies specifically for juniors, using the generous grant funding offered by Aviva Community Fund.

Visit Aviva Community Fund Website and find out more about this project.

[28/10/2017] Fur & Feather 2017

Errwood Fur & Feather & Grand Auction

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Hi Guys

Well where should I start.

What a day the Fur and Feather competition turned out to be, the weather was probably as near perfect as one could wish for.

Between 40 and 50 Fly Fishermen came armed with a vast array of flies, and at 10am the banks at Errwood looked like we had put a fence around the waters edge.

However all the merriment, anticipation and thoughts of a six fish limit were soon dashed.

The comp had all the elements of being a great days fishing with only one key factor missing!..... FISH.

Thank god for Chris and Duncan and the 60 or so Bacon Butties we consumed before we went out, with rods flashing back and forth, it looked to the onlooker like we were practising a Mexican wave for four hours. sustained by the calorie intake.

THREE FISH................Dear God.

There`s not many comps where I can remember all the catch weights.

But well done to Mike Bexley for his winning fish 2lb 2ozs not only winning the comp but also the Biggest fish trophy.

All back in the club house for 2 o'clock and some warming broth, thanks to Chris Wilson.

The support for the raffle by you guys was exceptional, poor old Gordon spent the whole comp folding raffle tickets, again thanks to everyone for the donations.

The main event "The Charity Auction" had over 50 lots, again generously donated by the membership.

Saturday afternoon found Don Hough and Gordon numbering lots and listing in preparation for the event.

With every single lot being sold, we had a sneaky suspicion we had done OK.

The latest update from our own auctioneer Henry reveals a massive £1962............... YES...............£1962.

What an absolutely fabulous total for the season, a massive thank you to each and everyone of you for your generosity, a massive thank you to your committee for their time and effort.

A fantastic end to a fantastic season.

David Hamnett

Even prouder to be your Chairman.

[28/09/2017] Events Round Up.

Pegs, Pies & Pints & the Carsington Boat Competition.

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A quick round up of the last two EFFC events.

Last week EFFC took over Carsington Reservoir with every boat, including both Wheelie boats, being used by the Club. Weather conditions were perfect with a very light breeze and a slightly over cast day, but low water levels and south easterly wind made the fish hard to locate.

Dave Lockett and Ray Billings found the fish and quickly found the method to catch them and between them dominated the competition taking heaviest combined bag of 21lb 8oz, best fish of 3lb 7oz (Dave Lockett) and best bag of 4 fish, 10lb 13oz (Ray Billings). Over 70 fish were caught on the day.

If the weather was perfect for the Carsington competition the Pegs, Pies & Pints held on Errwood on the 9th September was anything but! Torrential rain, hail, strong winds and even thunder and lightning made the conditions challenging to say the least, however the pies were hot and tasty and the club house gave sanctuary from the inclimate weather.

Steve Redfern won the event, just pipping Bob Bilsland by an ounce on a day when keeping dry was deemed a success.

Thanks to everyone who supported the raffle, over £200 was raised towards our Club charities.