Diary 2020

Availability and bookings



Not usually available on Mondays due to First Responder duties and Home Safety Volunteer Duties with Essex Fire & Rescue however these are currently suspended due to Covid 19



     With certain restrictions all lakes and reservoirs have now opened and I am able to offer my coaching services once more again with certain restrictions and guidelines from the Government and Angling Trust as the ruling body.

      For anyone interested in taking up the gentle art of fly-fishing there are many U tube sites on the internet though sadly as a dinosaur I have no idea how to make such new fangled things but there are some very good ones on casting by Hywel Morgan and Simon Kidd from Snowbee Tackle being two of the best in my humble opinion.

      By all means contact me via e-mail for future dates or telephone for a chat about my passion for angling and why fly fishing is such a wonderful way to relax. 

      I wish everyone well, keep safe and follow the advice from the the government and I hope to be able to teach many of you now that fishing is once more available to us.


  Iain Fraser.


All my International, National and Regional competitions have been cancelled for the whole of 2020. 




                        SEPTEMBER 2020


1st September - booked for teaching afloat at Hanningfield Reservoir


3rd September - booked for EPSA


8th September - booked for Hanningfield


12th September - booked for teaching at Chigboro


15th September - teaching casting at Chigboro


17th September - EPFFA friendly Regional @ Rutland Water


19th September - Teaching at Chigboro


20th September - Teaching at Chigboro


22nd September - teaching at Hanningfield


26th September 2020 - Teaching at Chigboro




           OCTOBER 2020


3rd October - booked for morning only


7th October - teaching at Hanningfield


8th October - EPFFA friendly Regional @ Eyebrook


10th until 17th October inclusive - fishing in North Yorkshire


20th October - teaching at Chigboro


23rd October - Fishing for Heroes - Thornwood Springs, Epping


29th October - EPFFA friendly Pairs Match @ Grafham



          NOVEMBER 2020


7th November - booked


          DECEMBER 2020


5th December - booked


11th December - Fishing for Heroes @ Thornwood Springs, Epping




        JANUARY 2020


7th January   -Improvers Day booked


11th January - Joint Patrol with EA Enforcement Officer


12th January - booked


13th & 14th January booked


15th January - evening fly tying for beginners


18th January - Fly Tying Lesson booked


19th January - Personal fishing day


19th January - Club AGM


22nd January - Beginners Fly FTying - evening


24th January - Personal fishing day


29th January - Evening Fly tying for beginners 



           FEBRUARY 2020


1st February - booked


4th February - Teaching at Chigboro


5th February - Fly Tying for Beginners evening


6th February - booked


9th/10th February - booked


12th February - Evening Fly Tying


18th February - Teaching at Chigboro


19th February - Evening Fly Tying


25th February - Meeting with EA Re Rivers


26th February - Not available (vehicle service)

                        Fly tying for beginners evening


29th February - Joint Patrol with EA and VBS


 MARCH 2020

The Corona Virus may prevent all events below.



1st March -am Volunteering duties until 11.30am


3rd March - teaching at Chigboro


4th March - Fly tying for beginners evening


5th March - Volunteering duties


7th March - booked


8th March - 1/2 Day booking at Chigboro


11th March - Fly Tying for beginners evening


7th March - booked


8th March - Teaching at Chigboro ( 9am - 1pm)


11th March - Evening fly tying for beginners


15th March - booked


17th March - teaching at Chigboro Fly Fisheries


18th March - evening booked First Responder Training


19th March - Booked 


20th March - Chigboro Teaching


21st March - Voluntary Bailiff Service duties with EA


22nd March -Volunteering duties 1030 - 1130am free after 1230 pm


24th March Volunteering duties - free after 12.30pm


26th March Regional EPFFA Match @ Grafham Water


29th March - Teaching at Chigboro Fly Fisheries


31st March - Teaching at Chigboro Fly Fisheries


  APRIL 2020


The Corona Virus may prevent all events below.


2nd April - Chigboro Fly Fisheries - Teaching


4th April - booked


8th April - booked


9th April Regional EPFFA Match @ Rutland Water


11th April - Joint Patrol with Environment Agency & Police


22nd - 23rd April - EPFFA Open Boat Championships @ Rutland Water


24th April - EPFFA v EFFA (England Fly Fishing Assoc.) Match @ Rutland



 MAY 2020



19th May - Fishing at Chigboro


14th May - EPFFA Regional Match @ Hanningfield


16th,17th,18th May - booked


19thth May - Masonic Fishing Charity for disabled/Disadvantaged     children


24th May - booked all day




 JUNE 2020


5th June - Teaching at Chigboro


8th June - Casting Lessons at Woodham


9th June - teaching at Chigboro


15th June - Casting Lessons at Woodham


19th June - Teaching at Chigboro


23rd June - teaching at Chigboro


26th June - Teaching at Chigboro



    JULY 2020

7th July - Teaching at Chigboro 


13th July - Teaching casting at Chigboro


14th July- booked for Teaching at Chigboro


15th July - Coaching at Grafham


17th July - Booked for Teaching at Chigboro


21st July - Teaching at Chigboro


22nd July - Teaching at Chigboro


24th July -Instructing at Hanningfield Reservoir - excellent day with myself stopping after 8 fish and boat partner went on to catch his limit plus 3 catch & release. small red holgraphic diawl bachs most effective.


29th July - Instructing at Hanningfield Reservoir boat partner took 6 fish all on floating line and very small diawl bach flies on 16 and size 14.


31st July - Hanningfield Reservoir -a pleasure day for myself - limit bag of 8 with 3 fish + 4lb - mainly on diawl bachs with red or green ribs.



  AUGUST 2020 

 Due to the heat and excessive weed growth on the shallower lakes I will only take bookings for Hanningfield or Grafham Reservoirs this month 

I am still able to teach casting and theory subjects at Chigboro Trout Fisheries or on suitable grass locations.

Please be aware that Boat Fishing on the Reservoirs can significantly raise the cost of a day's tuition.


3rd August - Instructing at Hanningfield Reservoir - boat partner - 3 fish

                    I had 8 for a total of 22lbs with one at 5lbs 10oz.


4th August - Teaching at Hanningfield Reservoir - wind was 180 degrees different to yesterday - client lost 1 fish which snapped line - wind knot perhaps but saw no-one else with a fish. I did not fish.


8th - 15th August - River Swale/Ure/Wharfe in North Yorkshire -Guiding with Dries/wets and Czeck nymphs - a different discipline each day.

Things did not quite go to plan due to heat and low water which made Czeck nymphing impossible and a general lack of fly life except for very short lived bursts when dries could be successful so most activity was with small wets and North Country Spiders. They did account for a reasonable number of browns and grayling but nothing of remarkable size.


18th August - Booked for Boat Instruction at Hanningfield Reservoir - again the heat was not our friend and not a single fish was seen to move although one guy took a trout on a spinner in mid water.





       Diary 2019


10th December - Lesson at Chigboro  cancelled


4th December - Theory & Casting Tuition


27th November - Theory & Casting Lesson at Takeley


22nd November - Fishing for Heroes @ Thornwood Springs


21st November - Teaching at Chigboro


20th November - Teaching at Hanningfield - boat


19th November - Teaching at Chigboro


15th November - Teaching at Chigboro


12th November - Teaching at Chigboro


31st October- Operation & out of action until 11th November


27th October - Chigboro - England Heats


26th October - Bank Tuition @ Chigboro


20th October - Chigboro Open Day


17th October - EPFFA Regional pairs match at Grafham 


10th October - EPFFA Regional at Grafham or Hanningfield 


3rd October - EPSA Open at Chigboro


24th September - Masonic Fishing Charity day at Chigboro for disabled and disadvantaged children 


21st September - Hanningfield begginers day


19th September - EPFFA Regional at Hanningfield 


18th September - Chigboro, teaching 


2nd - 5th September - PSUK International at Rutland 


19th - 23rd August - River Dee, North Wales, EPFFA Open 


3nd August - Chigboro, teaching 


2nd August - Chigboro, teaching 


21st July - Chigboro, teaching


20th July - Chigboro, teaching


19th July - Fishing for Heroes at Thornwood Springs followed by 4hrs at Chigboro teaching


14th July - EPFFA Regional at Grafham 


13th July - Hanningfield begginers day


10th July - Personal fishing day, Hanningfield, loads


24th - 27th  June - River Tees, Co Durham, EPFFA International 


14th June - Hanningfield, teaching 


13th June - Eyebrook Reservoir EPFFA Regional match


4th June - Chigboro, teaching 


2nd June - Chigboro, teaching


27th - 31st May - River Swale North Yorkshire 


21st May - Masonic Fishing Charity for disable and disadvantaged children at Chigboro 


19th May - Chigboro, teaching 


17th May - Fishing For Heroes at Thornwood Springs


16th May - Regional EPFFA Match Hanningfield, Essex won


11th May - Chigboro, Teaching


7th May - Hanningfield, teaching 


30th April - Hanningfield, teaching 


27th April - Beginners day at Hanningfield 


26th April - England EPFFA vs England Fly Fishing Club at Rutland


25th April - EPFFA open championships, qualified for the England team


24th April - EPFFA practice at Rutland 


18th April - Chigboro, teaching 


16th April - Chigboro, teaching


11th April - Rutland Regional EPFFA match, bagged up 8 fish in 2 hours


10th April - Chigboro, teaching 


9th April - Chigboro, teaching 


2nd April - Chigboro, teaching


29th March - EPFFA vs Combined Services at Rutland 

26th March - Teaching at Chigboro


19th March - Teaching at Chigboro


14th March - Regional Competition at Grafham


12th March - Teaching at Chigboro


8th March - Fishing for Heroes at Thornewood Springs


16th Feb - Fishing at Chigboro with my wife, I had 15 catch and release and Ann had 11. plus we each took a further fish home. 


12th Feb - Fishing at Chigboro I had 1 kept and 11 released 


22nd Jan - Teaching at Chigboro


17th Jan - Teaching at Chigboro


15th Jan - Teaching at Chigboro


8th Jan - Teaching at Chigboro


2nd Jan - Teaching at Chigboro 



English Police River Champion 2015 

2017 Winner of Essex EPSA Championship

2018 Winner Essex EPSA Championship

2018 Winner of EPFFA Eastern Region Pairs

2019 Winner of Eastern Region EPFFA Pairs.

 2019 Winner Eastern Region EPFFA Memorial Trophy




Iain Fraser 
Area Co-ordinator for Essex Voluntary Bailiff Service - Angling Trust and Environment Agency. 


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