Anchor Lake closed again on Saturday 14th July 2018 for more weeding

Thank you to all the people who helped out with the weeding of Anchor Lake last weekend.  We made a big dent in the unwanted underwater vegetation but more needs to be removed!

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Please note that the fishery will be closed again on Saturday 14th July to enable this.  As reported last time, the good news is that the algae has not taken hold so once the weeding is completed the lakes will offer great sport.  An update will follow once the work has been completed and we apologise if the closure has caused any inconvenience.

If you would like to help out with the weeding on Saturday 14th July, we are meeting at 7am to begin, a pair of gloves, old clothing and/or waders are a good idea.  There is free fishing available for those who lend a hand.  Please see the Exe Valley Fishery Facebook Page for further updates and to register and interest please contact us through the comments area, private messages or call 01398 323008

Anchor Lake closed for weeding party on Sunday 8th July 2018

We apologise for any inconvenience but the lake will be closed for one day on Sunday 8th July 2018 for a party of anglers who are assisting with the clearance of weed from the fishery.

 The weed needs to be cleared ... but look ... at last ... no algae!  This picture was taken in late June 2018.

The weed needs to be cleared ... but look ... at last ... no algae!  This picture was taken in late June 2018.

The good news is that we seem to be winning the battle against algae which is at its lowest level for over a decade, despite the very high temperatures experienced during the last few weeks.

Once the weed has been cleared please look out for an update and once again our apologies if you were planning to fish on Sunday 8th.  This maintenance is essential and will enable the lake to remain open throughout the summer month.

You can also keep up to date on our Exe Valley Fishery Facebook Page

Finally, huge thanks to all those people who have offered to help us clear the weed, we very much appreciate the response and look forward to welcoming you on Sunday - "many hands make light work"

Please note that the event is fully subscribed but if you would like to be considered for the next one the deal is a days work on the fishery for two three fish permits, plus a BBQ & Beer. 

Register interest below in the comments section, give us a call or send over an email.  Messages can also be sent via Facebook.

More soon and thanks for reading.

Nick & Sue

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Exe Valley Fishery … like you have never seen it before!

The sun is out at last, and we hope you have been able to dust down the rods and go fishing.  Have you visited Exe Valley Fishery recently?  If not here is short a reminder of the spectacular scenery and fishing to be experienced at our beautiful Somerset location captured superbly on film by Blair Woodland.

A birds eye view of the spectacular Exe Valley Fishery which provides day ticket stillwater Trout fishing in the West Country. In this video shot from a drone we see the scenery and manager Nick Hart casting a fly across the beautiful clear water ... video footage courtesy of @novafisha on instagram

And if that doesn’t get the piscatorial juices flowing then here are a few comments rounded up from angler’s recent visits .... 

10 C&R - buzzers, hares ears, damsel.  Buzzer under indicator, slow about 2' - John Akhurst

Excellent Day! Caught on Dries, buzzers, snakes and lures - Matt Hunt

Excellent - Variety flies dry/lures/cats whiskers - J Morgan

Lovely day.  Will be back - Andrew Elkins

Another great days fishing.  A day of 2 halves.  In the morning naturals, in the afternoon lures - Mike Duckett

Kept a 3lb fish but returned a 6lb 8oz - R Winser

Released 8 fish including a 5lb 3oz - P Winser

Managed 5 and released 1 inc. 4lb 4oz – L Williamson

However, if you are now gagging to dash down this Saturday 21st April 18 (please come on Sunday 22nd instead!) because the site will be closed for the day as we are hosting a private event.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Meanwhile if there are any budding young anglers out there please give Fred Leach a call who is hosting a Youth Fly Fishing Day on Saturday 20th May 2018 at Exe Valley Fishery.  There will be a group of qualified instructors on hand teaching the basics of fly casting and fishing for Trout.  In previous years this successful event has produced Trout of up to 6lbs for the children, with many discovering a new passion for the outdoors and fishing.  Please call Fred on 01398 331019 for further details.

And for further info and updates on the fishery please don’t forget that we have social media sites here Exe Valley Facebook … and here Exe Valley Instagram

Until next time, thanks for reading and enjoy your fishing!

Sue & Nick.

Troutmasters Reports & Easter Fishing Update

The weather during the last few weeks has resulted in our quietest March on record with just 44 anglers visiting (yes, that’s correct …just 44!) ... 11 of them for the Troutmasters match which had to be rescheduled due to snow.  Despite the lack of customers, we continue to maintain and stock the fishery as always, shown in the catch figures of 153 fish caught by the 44 anglers up to 29th March resulting in a rod average of 3.5

 Ten year old Sam Shepherd shows us all how its done, playing a fish to granddad Stuarts net! 

Ten year old Sam Shepherd shows us all how its done, playing a fish to granddad Stuarts net! 

With the continued changeable conditions and lack of footfall we have regrettably taken the decision to delay the reopening of Lobbs Lake until such time that we feel the venue will have the support required to operate the lake on a day to day basis.  Enough of the bad news and on to the Troutmasters...

 Sam with his first two fish, part of a four fish total which won him a place at the 2018 Junior Troutmasters final.

Sam with his first two fish, part of a four fish total which won him a place at the 2018 Junior Troutmasters final.

Rescheduling to the following Saturday after the snow unfortunately reduced the field from 18 anglers to just 11, although three of the competitors were juniors which is very pleasing to see, especially as between them they caught 14 fish.  Thirteen-year-old James Mockridge was the eventual winner with a bag of 5 fish plus one extra he caught when the match had finished! 

The two remaining juniors, Max Mockridge & Sam Shepherd both caught 4 fish using a mix of orange and black lures eventually tying weights at 9lb 12oz.  Huge congrats to both on such a good result and as up and coming England junior James is heading off to training during the weekend of the junior Troutmaster final it looks like both Max & Sam will have their chance to compete at the Thrunton Long Crag fishery grand final in July.  Best of luck and tightlines to both!

 The Mockridge Brothers (fish off winner James is on the left) show off their catches.

The Mockridge Brothers (fish off winner James is on the left) show off their catches.

First time senior fish off winner at Exe Valley was Phil Duckett who caught his fish with 2 hours to spare, gaining a 2lb time bonus and a final winning weight of 16lb.  Good luck in the final to be held at Draycote in October Phil!  Close behind was first time competition angler John Slaven and both of his regular fishing companions John & Rick also had good days landing their five fish limits. 

 From left - Senior Winner Phil Duckett, 2nd place John Slaven, Rick Price & John Clarke

From left - Senior Winner Phil Duckett, 2nd place John Slaven, Rick Price & John Clarke

Without doubt the tactics which came out of that match (and I have mentioned in previous reports) was to go deep, often counting the fly down for at least 20 seconds on an intermediate or medium sinker before using a mixed up snappy figure-of-eight retrieve to induce takes.  If you can feel the fly clipping weed at depth you are in the right zone and will often experience a violent take as the fly pulls free. 

 John Slaven looking very pleased with a quality rainbow caught while fishing deep during the 2018 Exe Valley Troutmasters fish off.

John Slaven looking very pleased with a quality rainbow caught while fishing deep during the 2018 Exe Valley Troutmasters fish off.

Orange Blobs are winners but so too are Black Snakes, Apps Bloodworms and really any highly mobile lure.  Black is my favourite go to shade if the water has coloured up, don’t rely on bright lures in these conditions and remember that a stripped fly can suddenly disappear from view so that your trout has no chance of taking it!  Try deep, try slow and go for dark highly mobile patterns if the brighter stuff isn’t working!

Amongst the poor March turn out was Ben Cheeld who is relatively new to fly fishing.  When I caught up with him on the bank he had released 2 fish .... but as he explained that was several hours ago.  I explained the above tactics and suggested he was fishing his flies too high in the water.  Within an hour Ben had lost two fish and banked one.  We also got to talking about his previous experience at Exe Valley when he had not been wearing glasses and how he had narrowly escaped a serious injury when a fly pierced his unprotected eyelid, resulting in a trip to A&E.  A few millimetres away and Ben would have been in serious trouble so please do make sure you wear eye protection when casting a fly.

 Ben Cheeld enjoying a much more enjoyable session at Exe Valley!  Always remember to wear eye protection when fly casting ...

Ben Cheeld enjoying a much more enjoyable session at Exe Valley!  Always remember to wear eye protection when fly casting ...

Rounding up I have uploaded a bunch of photos here to show the quality of fish being caught and well-maintained banks, despite the harsh winter conditions experienced.  The Easter weekend weather does not look perfect, but the fishery is open for business as usual.  We hope to see a few anglers because with rumours of another well-known UK fishery closing its doors to fly fishing going around and the poor footfall we have experienced during the last 6 months it is only a matter of time before we will need to re-evaluate whether catering for anglers or using the site in an alternative way is best for us as a business.  It is indeed time to use it or lose it!

Thanks for reading & good fishing.

Sue & Nick.

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