Well I was brought up in Sawbridgeworth. They have a great lake and the Stort navigation has great fishing ......... don't tell any one but the old river (out of bounds), which the navigation is along, had some cracking pike and chub.
But everyone talked about Chelmsford in your area, or further south on the Lea, one of the great fishing rivers in the country.
I used to live in kelvedon
d all before I moved to Devon. There are loads of clubs near Braintree. Paxmans have a cracking water at straits mill Braintree. Billericay have loads of water as do kelvedon
CPS in colchester are a great club, i have been a member for almost 10 years now and still enjoy fishing all the waters, im in marks tey which is only 15mins from Braintree and most of the waters are a max 20 min drive!! if you want details on how to join let me know