Fishing Clubs, New Products & Winter Permit Special Offer

Despite the weather its been pleasing to see the lakes bustling with activity once again as a couple of local fishing clubs descended on Exe Valley Fishery during the week. On Tuesday 11th the South Molton Fishing Club visited with 9 anglers and on Saturday nine Clatworthy Flyfishers braved torrential rain and were rewarded for their efforts, enjoying some good fishing, a break for hot bacon rolls & coffee before the second half and a well earned pint at the local pub.

 The Anchor Lake bustling with activity during the South Molton fishing club day

The Anchor Lake bustling with activity during the South Molton fishing club day

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There were plenty of top quality fish caught throughout the morning with the main comments being about how hard the fish were fighting and how fat the fish are! Four pleasure anglers also fished during the day and by the close of play 13 rods had amassed a catch of 52 fish for an average of exactly 4 fish per person. The summer is long forgotten, Anchor Lake is back and on fire!

 There are plenty of hard fighting trout in Anchor ready to pull your string and brighten up the winter!

There are plenty of hard fighting trout in Anchor ready to pull your string and brighten up the winter!

 South Molton club angler, Steve Edmonds, looks pleased with this bright Rainbow Trout and said  “Fishery in good order - Excellent!”

South Molton club angler, Steve Edmonds, looks pleased with this bright Rainbow Trout and said “Fishery in good order - Excellent!”

 Peter Kyle caught this plump Rainbow weighing in at 4lb 6oz and entered for Troutmasters. Good luck!

Peter Kyle caught this plump Rainbow weighing in at 4lb 6oz and entered for Troutmasters. Good luck!

Flies & Tactics

Most people are fishing with floating lines coupled with a mixture of Blue Flash Damsels, Bloodworms and Cats. During the Clatworthy outing a few fish were also taken on sinking lines with Snakes but by the Saturday we were amidst weather warnings, torrential rain and dipping temperatures so this was to be expected. Despite the weather 41 fish were banked by the Clatworthy club pushing the rod average up to 4.6, with Chris Short from Illminster achieving a bag limit of 10 fish.

 Blairs Barbless Buzzer and another Rainbow fooled … but released back to Anchor Lake. Why not visit and try our £25 sporting ticket this winter? It beats a day stuck indoors!

Blairs Barbless Buzzer and another Rainbow fooled … but released back to Anchor Lake. Why not visit and try our £25 sporting ticket this winter? It beats a day stuck indoors!

It is very important to keep moving around the lake, searching out new pods of fish and experimenting with depth. The anglers who are adopting this approach, including Blair Woodland who travelled from South Devon, are being rewarded for the extra effort. Blair caught on a variety of lines and flies, including his own home tied Buzzers and judging by the bend in that rod he had some fun!

 Bad weather … what bad weather?! Blair gets his rod bent into the Anchor Lake trout on a grey Saturday before warming up with a post fishing burger & beer!

Bad weather … what bad weather?! Blair gets his rod bent into the Anchor Lake trout on a grey Saturday before warming up with a post fishing burger & beer!

Shop News

The shop has been busy with several Christmas orders for Smoked Trout and Duck. We will have our final delivery of products on Friday 21st December and have added a selection of Chutneys, Jams and Preserves to our range along with some gorgeous gift ideas including beautifully designed Gaby fish cushions – the perfect gift for that hard to buy for angler.

 Selection of preserves available perfect to compliment Smoked Trout and Duck

Selection of preserves available perfect to compliment Smoked Trout and Duck

 Brighten up the sofa - a great gift for the angler in your life! Priced £16.95 to £19.95

Brighten up the sofa - a great gift for the angler in your life! Priced £16.95 to £19.95

WINTER PERMIT OFFER - Buy 4 permits and have your 5th outing on us!

We are pleased to be able to announce a Winter Fishing Permit Offer *(subject to T&Cs) to those of you who would like to support the fishery when the fishing is great … but the weather isn’t the most pleasant!

From Thursday 27th December 2018 to Sunday 31st March 2019 inclusive BUY 4 PERMITS & GET THE 5th PERMIT - FREE!!! You are free to choose whatever 5th permit you like … the deal is you must visit and pay for 4 full price permits within the allotted time published above, thats it!

* Terms & Conditions 1) Pre paid gift voucher permits DO NOT qualify for this offer. 2) All permits MUST be completed in full to register as a visit. 3) Return slips MUST be completed at the end of each session to register as a visit. 4) A permit purchased and not matched to a return slip will not be counted. 5) ONE FREE PERMIT of the anglers choice (C&R, 2, 3, 4 or 5 fish) will be issued after 4 full price visits subject to the T&Cs 6) The FREE permit will be valid for one visit only which must be taken by 30th April 2019 7) This offer can be enjoyed more than once between 27/12/18 & 31/03/19 - e.g. Fish 8 times and receive 2 FREE PERMITS 8) The FREE permit is non-transferable and has no cash value.

Look out next Friday as we will announce who the winner is of the delicious Christmas Hamper, remember every-time you fish at Exe Valley (there are another 5 days to go!), you will be entered into the draw. Thank you for reading, I hope to welcome you soon. Don’t forget we are open throughout Christmas (see below) and with our new winter permit offer starting on 27th December there has never been a better time to enjoy the cool, clear water of Anchor Lake and some exciting winter sport! And if you would like to discuss any or all of the above please call Sue on 01398 323008 for assistance or check out our Exe Valley Fishery Facebook Page

Good Fishing,

Sue x


CHRISTMAS OPENING 2018/2019

SAT 22nd DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 9.00am – 1.00pm

SUN 23rd DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 9.00am – 1.00pm

CHRISTMAS EVE – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 8.00am – 12.00 Noon

CHRISTMAS DAY – FISHERY CLOSED

BOXING DAY – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY (SELF SERVE PERMITS ONLY)

THURS 27th DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 9.00am – 1.00pm

FRI 28th DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 9.00am – 1.00pm

SAT 29th DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 9.00am – 1.00pm

SUN 30th DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY (SELF SERVE PERMITS ONLY)

MON 31st DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY (SELF SERVE PERMITS ONLY)

TUES 1st JAN – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY (SELF SERVE PERMITS ONLY)

WED 2nd JAN – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 10.00am – 2.00pm (Normal Business Hours Resume)


Fishery News, Christmas Opening times 2018 & WIN a Hamper!

It has been a busy week at Exe Valley Fishery preparing for the festivities with a new batch of smoked fish now in stock and preparations for several groups visiting the lakes before the big day. We are also pleased to publish our opening times as follows:

CHRISTMAS OPENING 2018

SAT 22nd DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 9.00am – 1.00pm

SUN 23rd DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 9.00am – 1.00pm

CHRISTMAS EVE – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 8.00am – 12.00 Noon

CHRISTMAS DAYFISHERY CLOSED

BOXING DAY – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY (SELF SERVE PERMITS ONLY)

THURS 27th DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 9.00am – 1.00pm

FRI 28th DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 9.00am – 1.00pm

SAT 29th DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 9.00am – 1.00pm

SUN 30th DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY (SELF SERVE PERMITS ONLY)

MON 31st DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY (SELF SERVE PERMITS ONLY)

TUES 1st JAN – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY (SELF SERVE PERMITS ONLY)

WED 2nd JAN – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 10.00am – 2.00pm (Normal Business Hours Resume)

 An angler enjoys a moody week of weather at Exe Valley this week

An angler enjoys a moody week of weather at Exe Valley this week

The weather this week has transformed Anchor Lake numerous times with everything from moody low laying fog to beautiful sunshine and unfortunately very high winds and copious amounts of rain! Let’s hope things improve in time for Christmas.

 Cold clear water, big blue sky & sun - perfect winter conditions!

Cold clear water, big blue sky & sun - perfect winter conditions!

Mr Crane caught this lovely full tailed 3lb Rainbow Trout on an Orange Cruncher and entered the Troutmasters Competition which we are pleased to say the fishery will continue to be part of in 2019. He also sent a message to say “Fished on 4th December and caught three good fish, 2 at 2lb 12oz and 1 at 3lb. Enjoyable day. Sue was there, friendly & helpful”



 Mr Crane with his 3lb full finned Rainbow caught on an Orange Cruncher at Exe Valley this week

Mr Crane with his 3lb full finned Rainbow caught on an Orange Cruncher at Exe Valley this week

 Orange Cruncher

Orange Cruncher

Fancy some winter fishing and the chance to win some delicious smoked goodies to enjoy on the big day? Visit Exe Valley Fishery this week, spend just £25 and be entered into our Christmas Prize Draw.

Christmas Prize Draw

Any customer spending £25.00 or over in one transaction between 10th December 2018 and 21st December 2018 will be entered into a prize draw to win a hamper worth £50.00 including fish, cheese, nuts & pickles!

This offer is available to all customers purchasing day ticket permits and/or products from the shop including smoked fish and permit vouchers (ideal Christmas presents!). One entry per £25 sale, multiple entries allowed. The winner will be drawn at the close of business on Fri 21st and the hamper will be ready for collection over the weekend 22nd/23rd Dec … just in time to enjoy for Christmas.

 Win a selection of items from our range such as these which arrived into stock this week. The lucky winner of our prize draw will take home a selection of smoked fish, cheese, nuts & pickles. Please note the prize hamper does not include all the items shown in this image although it is available for £75.20 including a free basket! All smoked fish, duck & chicken we stock can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Win a selection of items from our range such as these which arrived into stock this week. The lucky winner of our prize draw will take home a selection of smoked fish, cheese, nuts & pickles. Please note the prize hamper does not include all the items shown in this image although it is available for £75.20 including a free basket! All smoked fish, duck & chicken we stock can be frozen for up to 3 months.

That’s all for this week, look out next time for a new winter permit offer which will be available from 27th December and in the meantime please call Sue on 01398 323008 for assistance or check out our Exe Valley Fishery Facebook page.

Thanks for reading Nick & Sue

December Update – Lakes Improvements, The Shop Re-Opens & Smoked Trout returns to Exe Valley

The summer weather was not kind to the fishery requiring the lakes to be closed while Sue took on a job, as for several months there was no cashflow available via the business. We are pleased to say that Sue has now returned to the fishery full time and Anchor Lake is fully open and fishing really well. For those who enjoy the sport but don’t want the fish, remember we are one of the only West Country venues with a Catch & Release Permit available for just £25.

 Can you spot the fish jumping?! Please comment below …

Can you spot the fish jumping?! Please comment below …

Shop & Café Re-Opens

We have welcomed many anglers since re-opening the lakes in October including three larger groups throughout November whom we are happy to report have enjoyed some really good sport. The fish have been in the surface layers, responding well to natural or black patterns. Now that Sue has returned on a full-time basis the website will be regularly updated and she will be available at the lakes from 10.00am to 2.00pm Tuesday to Friday. The fishery will also be manned by one of us from 9.00am until 1.00pm on a Saturday.

Please note that the lakes will be open as usual on a 7 day per week self-serve basis. During shop opening hours permits can be paid for by debit/credit card, light refreshments and tackle will also be available along with our new range of smoked fish, duck & cheese. The shop will be closed on Sunday & Monday.

Lake Improvements

Bankside maintenance has continued on both Anchor and Lobbs lakes with more non-slip turf laid, the woodchip path replenished, and a new handrail installed between Lobbs & Anchor Lake. Following the poor growing season for stock fish we are also happy to report that the fish farm is now fully replenished and the lakes are being stocked regularly with our famous hard fighting Trout.

 Non-Slip artificial grass installed on the feeder stream bridge

Non-Slip artificial grass installed on the feeder stream bridge

 New Handrail

New Handrail

Smoked Fish, Duck & Cheese for Sale … just in time for Christmas!

One of the most exciting developments is that we will now be stocking a selection of locally produced smoked food items such as Hot & Cold Smoked Trout, Smoked Chicken and Smoked Duck to name just a few. The shop & café will also evolve over the next few months with some really interesting new products ear marked for the shelves.

 Hot & Cold Smoked Trout, Smoked Chicken, Smoked Duck & Smoked Cheese now available at Exe Valley. Please visit the shop from Tuesday to Friday 10am - 2pm & Saturday 9am - 1pm

Hot & Cold Smoked Trout, Smoked Chicken, Smoked Duck & Smoked Cheese now available at Exe Valley. Please visit the shop from Tuesday to Friday 10am - 2pm & Saturday 9am - 1pm

Please visit our Exe Valley Facebook Page for more info and better still head over to the fishery for some great winter sport … warming up in the cafe with a hot cup of coffee.

Thank you for reading and please don’t hesitate to call Sue on 01398 323008 with any questions.

We Are Open

Anchor Lake is once again open for fishing.  We have received several enquiries from anglers keen to fish and have therefore opened the doors in time for the weekend. 

Please note that there is weed present in the lake although the algae situation is much improved.  Dry flies and top water tactics will be needed, long leaders tied to goldheads and heavy lures will result in frustration rather than good fishing! 

 Exe Valley has reopened for fishing although tactics will need to be used to reflect the presence of weed.  Dries and small nymphs fished the surface will work well especially now the air temperature has cooled,

Exe Valley has reopened for fishing although tactics will need to be used to reflect the presence of weed.  Dries and small nymphs fished the surface will work well especially now the air temperature has cooled,

We advise that all anglers check the lake prior to making a decision to purchase a permit (which must be paid for prior to fishing), please see the relevant rules and details regarding the current conditions in the permit hut.  A fresh stocking will take place in time for bank holiday weekend.