Clatworthy Open Day

Clatworthy Reservoir

Clatworthy Open Day –  Saturday 11th August

View of Clatworthy Reservoir

Come along to the Clatworthy Open Day and see just what this stunning reservoir has to offer.  We’ve planned a series of activities taking place throughout the day ranging from a leisurely walk across the dam and up to the ancient hill fort to tying flies and catching a trout.

If you’re stuck for something to do with you (grand) children during the summer holidays then this just might be the ideal opportunity to keep them entertained!

For those who love a good walk with amazing scenery why not bring a picnic and take a stroll around the reservoir or take a shorter guided natural history walk. The circular walk is mostly on level ground (but with some steep areas) along well defined paths and will take you approximately 2.5 – 3 hours to complete. There’s plenty of birds, butterfly’s, flora and fauna to see so bring your bins and camera!

Guided History walk. 12am and 2pm
Route: Approx. 1.7 km/1 mile. Should be 45 mins but allow one hour for each walk.

Difficulty rating: Medium. No steps, but some steep areas. The route is mainly on natural surfaces and bark, and is only wide enough for one adult at a time at some points. Sections of both the ascent and descent are steep ( > 12%) and uneven in places.

Summary: What has bracken got to do with fishing? Is there anybody home in our bird boxes? Join us to explore the hidden treasures of Clatworthy! A gentle stroll (but with some steep sections) along our Woodland Trail, discovering what’s special about the wildlife, geology, history and archaeology around the reservoir and how Wessex Water manages the land to look after these riches whilst protecting our water supply.

Activities on the day from 11am to 4pm.

We’ve a range of activities that will appeal to all the family and the good news is that you can join in at no charge. Have a go fun competitions, food stalls and fish cookery demonstrations with delicious free samples  to try.

Charles Jardine – Casting Demonstration – 1pm
For the Fly Fisherman we’re delighted to have the excellent company of Charles Jardine for a couple of hours. He will be demonstrating casting techniques, helping to iron out any casting problems you may have, and sharing with you his take on the ‘must do’ way to cast a line. Not to be missed!

Clatworthy Open Day Activities include:

  • Learn to cast a fly. Try and catch a trout!
    11.30am & 2.30pm – booking essential see here for the form
  • Bird Box Building
  • Clatworthy Quiz Trail
  • Natural History Walks
  • Have a go at Tying a Fly
  • Sow your own Wild Flowers
  • Food Smoking Demonstrations
  • Fly Fishing Tackle & Flies for Sale
  • Wildlife Puzzles, Games & Competitions

Clatworthy Open Day is hosted by Clatworthy Fly Fishing Club and Wessex Water.

Please note; no dogs (apart from assistance dogs) are permitted at any Wessex Water sites. Thank you for your cooperation.

Any questions? contact us online through this link.

Getting there: The reservoir is nestled among the Brendon Hills on the edge of Exmoor National Park. Accessed via quiet country lanes that meander through swathes of farmland the scenery alone makes the trip worthwhile.

Clatworthy Reservoir post code is TA4 2EJ this will guide you to the entrance of the visitors car park.  See here for directions:

Clatworthy Fishing Boats

Clatworthy Open Day





Clatworthy Cook Off

Clatworthy Cook Off, Saturday 7th October 2017

Clatworthy Cook Off - Thai Trout curry & zingy soy glaze ingredients
Thai Trout curry & zingy soy glaze ingredients

Clatworthy Fishing Lodge was the venue for CFFC’s Social meeting themed ‘Clatworthy Cook Off’. Over the course of a few hours we had almost all of the club members attending, some new members joining on the day, and others who don’t fly fish but wanted to come along to see how to smoke food and of course taste the delicious fish and other meats we had prepared.

Hot briquettes from the fire Chimney being poured into the smoker
Hot briquettes from the fire Chimney being poured into the smoker

With a focus on trout and the different ways the fish can be cooked the menu contained a mix of both hot and cold smoked products including:

  • A quick and easy Thai trout curry
  • Cold smoked trout using Beech
  • Cold smoked trout using Oak
  • Oak smoked trout pate
  • Hot smoked trout with a soy based sweet & zingy glaze
  • Whole trout hot smoked
  • Smoked Chicken
  • Smoked Duck
  • Venison Sausages
  • BBQ Bangers & Burgers

We’ll soon be adding a recipe page that will list the ingredients and methods for some of the above dishes, watch this space!

Clatworthy Cook Off
Hot Smoked Recipe book & smoking sawdust

The event was sponsored by Wellington based company Hot Smoked who kindly provided some ‘goodies’ for the attendees including a great recipe booklet which hopefully will provide even more inspiration to try food smoking.

(CFFC club members can take advantage of a special discount code to use when purchasing from the vast range of BBQ & food smoking products Hot Smoked sell).




Many of the attendees took the opportunity to fish whilst they were there. In the morning some braved the wet & windy conditions and took a welcome break for lunch in the fishing lodge.  In the afternoon the weather changed  with warm sun and a lessening breeze making the fly fishing a very pleasant autumn day on the water…

Clatworthy Cook Off
CFFC members at the Clatworthy Cook Off & 3 ProQ food smokers!


As part of the club’s social events calendar we will be running the “Clatworthy Cook Off’ once again in 2018.

CFFC Fly Fishing Competition

What a great day!

Saturday 26th August 2017 was a special day in the Clatworthy Fly Fishing Club calendar. It was the 1st ever social event & fly fishing competition hosted for the club’s members, and what a fabulous day it turned out to be.

On a warm and sunny August morning the members met at Clatworthy fishing lodge. A very light breeze rippled the water and the stunning backdrop of the trees around the reservoir set the scene for the day. What better place could a fly fisher wish to be?

CFFC 1st Social event & Fishing day
CFFC 1st Social event & Fishing day at Clatworthy

The previous day’s fishing at Clatworthy was one of those legendary days…..

A short meeting to finalise the club structure was held outside on the fishing lodge deck and with the items of club business dealt with, it was soon time to go fishing. Fish could be seen rising in the almost flat calm waters, a little more ripple would later top the water so the prospects were looking good. The mantra for the day was to have a good time and so the competition was held in the spirit of fun (later in the day I heard discussions of what the CFFC fishing team might be called, what did you come up with guys?). Most opted to fish from the bank and a few took to the boats, let the competition begin!

The previous day’s fishing at Clatworthy was one of those legendary days where the trout were free rising and taking dry flies on the top of the water. Anglers both on the boats and the bank were into plenty of fish so expectations were high, however no two days are the same when fly fishing and so it proved to be…

And on to the fly fishing competition…

Club member John was soon into a fish, fishing a single buzzer from the bank right in front of the lodge proved to be a good choice as fish could be seen patrolling up and down that stretch (what a great vantage point / sitting area the lodge decking is) . A little later he took another rainbow from the same spot, things were looking good!

fly fishing competition
CFFC member John readies the net…










Other club members decided to fish further down and along the bank from the lodge, and also at Wescot Bay, a favourite & productive spot for many of Clatworthy’s regulars.

fly fishing competition
CFFC members fish in reflective waters….

Those in the boats spread out across the reservoir in search of the fish.

fly fishing competition
Tom & Molly ready for the off…
and 12 Year old Molly getting the ‘hang’ of it, thanks Tom!










The fly fishing competition was just for a few hours and the winners would be those with the heaviest two fish. 1 o’clock soon arrived, the BBQ was lit and tempting smells of delicious food greeted everyone arriving back at the lodge for the weigh-in.

After a hearty al fresco lunch the winners were announced, with a two fish limit ounces separated those who caught fish. Well done Ed, Geraldine, Pete and Seth!

Indeed, what a great day it was. We all had fun, mingled and met with other CFFC members and had laughs and banter. A fabulous start for Clatworthy Fly Fishing Club.

I look forward to the next meet-up, watch this space for announcements, fly fishing competition dates and more.


CFFC Inaugural Meeting Date

I am delighted to say that we now have enough interest to set up the inaugural meeting of  Clatworthy Fly Fishing  Club. It will take place on Wednesday 26th July at 7pm. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

I have chosen somewhere that it is relatively accessible to everyone, it is an ideal venue for our first meeting and the landlord has kindly agreed to waive the room charge. A good selection of food is available if you would like to have supper before or after the meeting. See below for venue details.

Agenda for the meeting

The purpose of the first meeting is to agree the basic principles of the club, there will be an open floor where you can suggest ideas of what we can do and how that might work in practice.
How can we make the club a success?
  • A brief presentation from Wessex Water*
  • Who will run the club
  • Membership fees
  • Club events
  • Outreach – how do we attract new members and engage with people, particularly youngsters, and those yet to try fly fishing
  • Club ethos / mission statement
  • Any other business / your ideas and suggestions


I very much value your input and look forward to meeting you on the 26th. If you know anyone who might like to come along please forward this email so they have the details.
Many thanks,

The Nags Head Tavern,
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