Welcome to

Burrator Fly Fishers


"Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it ." - Harry Middleton


During this Covid 19 global pandemic we have taken on board the official Government and Angling Trust guidelines associated with the sport of Fly Fishing and we have put in place various precautions and practices to ensure the safety of all our members. If you do plan on taking advantage of this beautiful reservior, it would be appreciated if you would be good enough to follow the undermentioned advice for everyones continued safety..

  • Please do not visit Burrator if you are feeling at all unwell. Please stay at home and seek official guidance.

  • When using any equiptment that is to be shared by other members, the boats for example, please sanitise it before and after use.

  • Where possible, please use gloves and hand sanitisers to reduce contact with the surfaces that may be touched by others.

If you would like to view the official government guidelines in relation to Fly Fishing in more detail, please visit the South West Lakes Trust website by clicking here.

'The great charm of fly fishing is that we are always learning' Theodore Gordon

About Us

Burrator Fly Fishers Association is a group dedicated to encouraging the practice of fly fishing at Burrator Reservoir and elsewhere.

Membership of the Burrator Fly Fishers is open to anyone who is genuinely interested in fly fishing. It doesn't matter if you are male or female, old or young, a beginner or an expert. All are welcome. The annual subscription is £20.00 per year.

"O, sir, Doubt not that angling is an art: is it not an art to deceive a trout with an artificial fly?" - Isaak Walton


To facilitate and encourage the practice of fly fishing at Burrator Reservoir and elsewhere with due regard to the environment.

To foster the interest of adult and junior anglers wishing to develop their fly fishing skills and to improve their sport.

To liaise and co-operate with South West Lakes Trust and work with them to improve fishing and facilities at Burrator Reservoir.

To enable social contact between members who share an interest in fly fishing.

"Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." - Henry David Thoreau

Fly Tying Group

The club has a fly tying group which meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Burrator Reservoir Discovery Centre. It meets at 7:00 pm for about 2 hours. At each meeting the group usually tie 2 flies relative to the current season .

This additional group is included in the cost of the annual subscription however you can if you wish just join the fly tying group at the same membership rate.

"Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learnt" - Izaak Walton

It's not all about fishing !......

At the club we take part in various social activities and events as well as fly fishing. We have regular working parties to help maintain the waters we fish at which are great fun. We have an annual christmas dinner and we also have various barbeques and social events that friends and family are invited to also.

"The difference between fly fishers and worm dunkers is the quality of their excuses." - Anonymous


04 January 2021 - Booking available for the Boats in 2021 (60 day in advance of date required)

18 January 2021 - Virtual AGM starting at 7pm

01 February 2021 - Subscriptions due for 2021

05 March 2021 - Season Permit holders opening day at Burrator

06 March 2021 - Season opens at Burrator for all permits


"If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing rods." ~ Doug Larson

Our calendar of meetings and competitions

Our Association meets all year on the second Monday evening of the month at the Discovery Centre at Burrator Reservoir. We usually gather at about 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start. In August we have an "Open" meeting which is open to anyone with an interest in fly fishing at Burrator. The meetings include various talks from recognised fly fishers, demonstrations, fun events and social activity. We have two competitions per month. One is always at Burrator Reservoir and the second is at different local waters.

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Members can hire the boats at Burrator here

Boat Fishing at Burrator

Burrator fishes well from the bank however using a boat adds an extra dimension to the sport. Boats are available to hire by members of Burrator Fly Fishers Association only. They are very reasonably priced and an evenings boat hire can cost as little as £5. Members are able to reserve the boats by using the online booking tool which can be accessed by clicking on the link above. As well as the boats we have an electric outboard motor, seats and drouge which members can use (hire fee for the motor applies).

"Fly-fishing is the most fun you can have standing up." ~ Arnold Gingrich

Join Us

It's easy to join our club :-)

Simply click on the "Apply For Membership Now" button to complete our secure on-line application form.

Or click on the "Request Paper Membership Form" button to email our treasurer to obtain a printable application form and details of where to send your payment

"Calling Fly Fishing a hobby is like calling Brain Surgery a job." ~ Paul Schullery

Current Top Member Catches At Burrator

Paul Lee

Anthony Walden

Peter Shazell

Peter Phillips

Richard Peel

Matthew Willson

Maurice Huck

Tony Hooper

Pictures From Our Competitions