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  • Sutton Bingham reservoir

    Season: Wednesday 13 February to Sunday 29 September 2019 (closed on 4 May for the Wessex Water Open competition)

    Sutton Bingham reservoir is set in the rolling hills of the Somerset and Dorset border where the lay of the land and the geography of the reservoir conceal the extent of the reservoir’s reach.


    Fly fishing for rainbow and brown trout, either from the boat or the bank is available at Sutton Bingham. It offers some excellent top water trout fishing, both early and late season, and is one reservoir where anglers have the option of fishing most of the season with a floating line. The reservoir is stocked with 12,500-15,000 trout averaging 2lb each with some fish weighing double figures.

    Early season the main body of water at the dam end of the reservoir fishes very well, while mid season onwards loch style boat fishing is good, particularly in the southern arm.

    Among the most popular flies at Sutton Bingham are damsels, gold ribbed hare’s ears and montanas on the point, with smaller nymphs such as crunchers, pheasant tails, buzzers and diawl bachs as droppers.

    The facilities include a spacious fishing lodge, complete with a large veranda overlooking the water. A unique feature of the lodge is the fish preparation room, where anglers can gut and clean their catch before setting off for home.

    Ranger Ivan Tinsley is an accomplished fly tier and casting tutor and during the winter months holds regular fly tying sessions to help both beginner and experienced anglers tie their own flies.

    Tuition is an important part of the activity at this site and there is a special package for beginners, which provides lessons on casting as well as advice on the best flies to use.

    The Sutton Bingham Fly Fishing Club hold several competitions at the reservoir throughout the season and are always welcoming new members to participate in casual monthly events.


    Sutton Bingham Sailing Club on the north shore of the reservoir is a friendly club offering sailing and racing for all levels of experience.  There is also a full programme of training courses for beginners and improvers, adults and youngsters through its Training Centre.  There are boats for hire, including a Comet Trio dinghy which belongs to Wessex Water. A Raider 18 keelboat is available for disabled visitors or special needs groups by arrangement with the Club and the Apollo Swimming Club 

    For more information go to the Sailing Club website 

    Yeovil and District Model Boat Club sails model yachts and holds regatta days at Sutton Bingham. For further details, email 

    Visit the  Sutton Bingham and District Canoe Club website for more details.


    The reservoir offers an opportunity to see a wide range of wildlife. There is a short, easy walk along a section of the western bank which will take you through traditional hay meadows, rich in wildlife, to a viewing point. Our visitor guide describes the many plant, bug, butterfly, bat and bird species you may encounter along the way. The site is visited by passing osprey in the spring and autumn and nesting facilities have been added for a variety of birds. Access for groups to non-public areas can be organised by the ranger.

    Download the latest visitor guide of things to see and do at the reservoir.

    West Pond

    Season: Wednesday 13 February to Sunday 29 September 2019 (closed on 4 May for the Wessex Water Open competition)

    The West Pond is a seven acre part of the reservoir at Sutton Bingham, on the right hand side as you drive towards the village of Halstock.

    Many people who have fished here keep coming back to catch those large double rainbows and browns that are frequently stocked.

    The lake itself puts you in one of the quietest parts of the reservoir where you can wander around with ease without seeing another angler.

    The bank fishing is superb and there's also a boat to reach those rising monsters in the middle. Most of your fishing will be with a floating line except on windier days where an intermediate will suffice.

    Popular flies are generally similar to what you would use at Sutton Bingham but there's always a ranger to give you good advice.

    Be prepared for those long fast runs as the fish shoot towards the middle taking you down to your backing more so than on your average smaller water.

    Popular patterns are black tadpole, blue flash damsel, buzzer, crunchers, pheasant tails and diawl bachs. A 7 to 10lb fluorocarbon fishing line is recommended as this seems to take control of the large doubles.

    The West Pond can be booked for group and corporate days. For details, contact the ranger.


    Rangers: Ivan Tinsley and Jake Belgium

    Near Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 9QL

    01935 872389


    Location: Sutton Bingham is located south of East Coker, near Yeovil, Somerset

    Postcode: BA22 9QP

    OS grid reference: ST548112

    By public transport: None available.

    By cycle: The National Cycle Route 26 passes immediately adjacent to the site. Please note that cycling is not permitted on the site itself.

    By foot: Local footpaths link to the West Mendip Way to the north of the site.

    Mobile phone/data signal: Network dependent.

    Activities available: picnic/recreation area, walking, natural trail, bird/nature watching, game fishing, club canoeing, club sailing.

    Facilities available: public car park, children's play area including equipment with inclusive design, public toilets with facilities for disabled visitors, picnic area with benches, short natural trail through meadows.

    Anglers' car park, fishing lodge with access for disabled visitors, club toilets with facilities for disabled visitors, boats for hire including wheelchair accessible 'wheelyboat'.

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