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. 

Remembering Alan Jukes

Last weekend the South West fishing scene lost one of its most memorable characters, Alan Jukes, who has sadly passed away.  I can only reiterate the fitting tribute posted here on the Bellbrook Valley website.  Alan will be very much missed.

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Alan was always having a laugh, cracking jokes and he loved to take part in competitions, often winning our Troutmasters fish off.  Unfortunately, I lost touch with him during the last year after my move to London and have only just recently found out that he had fallen ill once again.  We had certainly missed seeing him appear on the lake as he regularly did on a Saturday morning.  The atmosphere here has never been quite the same since.

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He will be remembered with a smile by the many who became his friend through a mutual love of fly fishing.  My own greatest memory of Alan is how tough he was and his willingness to enjoy life no matter what, perfectly summed up by his visit on a very cold winters day a few years ago when he managed to extract a double figure Trout from a lake full of ice!  Our thoughts & sympathy go out to Alans family.

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Exe Valley Fishery - CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Unfortunately despite a huge effort to remove weed and keep the venue functioning, sadly the decision has been taken today, 26.07.18 to close down until such time that conditions improve.  With very little flow into the lake and the extreme heat the algae has now finally taken hold, rendering fishing nearly impossible despite repeated skimming and subsurface work.  It would also be cruel to stock fish in such conditions.

 Even repeated skimming and many hours of lavbour has not improved the situation

Even repeated skimming and many hours of lavbour has not improved the situation

Thank you to Blair Woodland, Simon Autton, Chris Guest, Terry Humphries, Daniel Osmond, Andrew Berwick and John Ackhurst for all your assistance and strong arms recently.  We tried our best!

This past weekend we managed to keep the water clear and the anglers who fished caught some cracking Trout including this 7lb 8oz to one of the rods.  Note the pile of weed pulled out of the lake in the background!

 A cracking 7lb 8oz fish caught on 21.07.18 ... but sadly the lake has deteriorated so much this week that the fishery will be closed until further notice.

A cracking 7lb 8oz fish caught on 21.07.18 ... but sadly the lake has deteriorated so much this week that the fishery will be closed until further notice.

Rain is forecast but it will take a big influx of cool water and falling air temperatures to make any real difference.  I apologise for any inconvenience this closure may cause but see no other alternative in the circumstances.  We hope to see you when conditions improve because so far with the hard winter followed by the continued heatwave this has been perhaps the most difficult seasons for the fishery on record ... and we have had some tough ones!

Nick

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