Troutmasters Results, Cafe & Easter Opening Times

Since my last report we have continued with fishery maintenance to make fishing areas on Anchor Lake even easier to access and on Sunday 14th April 2019 the Troutmasters competition took place – full results below. Lobbs Lake has now been open for two weeks and has welcomed several families & children. It has been fantastic to see so many of these first-time anglers catch their own tea. Easter is almost here, and it looks like we are in for some lovely weather – perfect for enjoying a cream tea or ice cream next to the lakes.

Beautiful day to enjoy fishing with Grandad.

Beautiful day to enjoy fishing with Grandad.

Troutmasters Results

Well done to everyone who took part in the Troutmasters competition on Sunday 14th April 2019. The competition took place over four hours and even with the freezing cold easterly wind the ten anglers that attended managed a rod average of 2.4 fish per angler, with several anglers heading back to Anchor lake to continue fishing after the match had ended. Best tactics throughout this colder spell have been to fish deeper and slower.

  1. Chris Short with 5 fish weighing 16lb 8oz

  2. Keith Ratcliffe with 4 fish weighing 11lb 12oz

  3. Philip Duckett with 3 fish weighing 10lb 12oz

  4. Mary Ratcliffe with 3 fish weighing 7lb 12oz

  5. Ben Cheeld with 3 fish weighing 6lb 4oz

  6. Richard Cooper with 2 fish weighing 5lb 8oz

  7. Mike Duckett with 2 fish weighing 5lb

  8. Sam Shepherd - Junior with 2 fish weighing 4lb 12oz

    9 -Terence O’Keefe

    9 - Peter Kyle

Chris Short playing a Rainbow Trout on Anchor Lake. 1 of a 5 fish limit where he went on to win the competition.

Chris Short playing a Rainbow Trout on Anchor Lake. 1 of a 5 fish limit where he went on to win the competition.

Sam Shepherd, winner of the Exe Valley Fishery Junior Troutmasters Competition with one of his Anchor Lake Rainbow Trout.

Sam Shepherd, winner of the Exe Valley Fishery Junior Troutmasters Competition with one of his Anchor Lake Rainbow Trout.

Anchor Lake

It has been great to see anglers using the whole of Anchor Lake to fish with the usually dismissed end of the lake seeing some amazing fishing action. The depth of the far end of the lake was increased in 2015/2016 from 2ft to around 8ft.

Ken Goode with one of ten fish he caught and released on Anchor Lake

Ken Goode with one of ten fish he caught and released on Anchor Lake

Ken Goode from Bournemouth took full advantage of being the only angler fishing the corner. After purchasing our newly reduced 10 fish Catch & Release ticket Ken had a great time catching & releasing all 10 fish at the far end of the lake.

Ken Goode caught & released 10 fish on his first visit to Exe Valley Fishery. Ken said  ‘Such a lovely day, hard fighting fish. Hope to come again’

Ken Goode caught & released 10 fish on his first visit to Exe Valley Fishery. Ken said ‘Such a lovely day, hard fighting fish. Hope to come again’

Nick has been busy while back from London strimming the lakes and the fish certainly seemed to be enjoying all the bugs falling in from the strimmed reeds and were rising all around.

Anchor Lake prior to Nick strimming ……………..

Anchor Lake prior to Nick strimming ……………..

And after

And after

The platform areas were strimmed too ….

The platform areas were strimmed too ….

And after.

And after.

Café

The Café is open for light refreshments, cream teas and ice creams during normal opening hours. From Tuesday 23rd April 2019 the café will be opening for longer Summer opening hours which we will put on the website. Our Easter opening hours are at the bottom of this post.

Not only does the café offer refreshments it also has the following available:

  • Rod hire for both Anchor Lake and Lobbs Lake

  • Fish food for young people to feed the fish on Lobbs Lake

  • A selection of tackle

  • Smoked food produce

  • Gifts & Artwork

  • Hampers

Thank you for reading this report and hope to welcome you to the fishery & Cafe soon. If you have any enquiries please contact me on 01398 323008.

Sue x


Easter opening hours are as follows:

Friday 19th April 2019 – 10.00 am - 5.00pm

Saturday 20th April 2019 – 10.00am - 5.00pm

Sunday 21st April 2019 – 10.00am - 5.00pm

Monday 22nd April 2019 – 10.00am – 2.00pm


Lobbs Lake opening, Troutmasters Competition & Permit Offer Extension

With the sun shining I’ve spent the week working on the fishery and I am pleased to report that Lobbs Lake is ready to re-open on Monday 1st April, while Anchor Lake has had some bank maintenance in preparation for the Troutmasters competition. The fish have been enjoying the warm weather too and have been readily taking dry flies or wets fished just below the surface with the most popular patterns being Klinkhammers & Damsel patterns fished on a slow retrieve.

Fish have been taking flies on or just below the surface of Anchor Lake

Fish have been taking flies on or just below the surface of Anchor Lake

Lobbs Lake re-opening

Lobbs Lake will re-open for family fishing on Monday 1st April 2019 and will have a very special separate permit to Anchor Lake, designed to encourage families to introduce their children to the thrill of fishing. The lake is heavily stocked and is reserved for spinning & bait fishing only, ensuring a safe environment for young anglers. There will also be the opportunity for children to feed the fish with bags of pellets available for sale during shop hours.

Cheap Fishing for Children

So what about those very special prices? Having two children of our own we understand how expensive life is these days so we have decided to do our bit and help you have an inexpensive day out with your family and the chance to take home a Trout for tea.

There will be no up front cost to pay and Trout will be charged at just £5 per fish! So if your little people don’t catch, you don’t pay! All trout caught are to be retained (strictly no catch & release on Lobbs) and the fee posted in the box after fishing e.g. 2 fish = £10, 4 fish = £20 & 10 fish = £50 Please note that prior to fishing supervising adults MUST complete the sign-in form situated in the permit hut, or you may sign in at the shop during our opening hours. There is an age restriction of up to 14 years old on Lobbs Lake.

Please note we do of course expect adults to be helping with casting, supervising and ensuring safety, however this special rate is not available for adults fishing on their own. Lobbs Lake is reserved for children only. If you would like to take a budding young fly angler fishing please remember that children up to 14 years old can share an adults permit on Anchor Lake, including our super value catch & release option. Look out for some very special news regarding Anchor Permits next week.

Don’t have any fishing kit?

We have a stock of perfect sized rods and reels for hire, plus nets priced at just £5 per kit, per session. Spinners, lures, bait, hooks & floats are available to purchase during shop hours, please note that these consumables are not part of the hire kit and can be taken away for your next fishing trip. And if your children really become addicted (we hope so!) there will be inexpensive junior kits available to buy.

Bertie had a great time fishing Lobbs Lake with his Granny

Bertie had a great time fishing Lobbs Lake with his Granny

Picnic tables now line the banks of Lobbs Lake making it the perfect spot to enjoy a family day out. The café is open for refreshments too and will have a full menu & longer opening hours available later in April.

Lobbs Lake all ready to re-open to families on Monday 1st April 2019

Lobbs Lake all ready to re-open to families on Monday 1st April 2019

Troutmasters

On Sunday 14th April 2019 we will be holding the Troutmasters competition. Anchor Lake is closed throughout the competition, but Lobbs Lake will be open for children’s fishing. Anchor Lake will be available once the competition has finished. Check in is from 8am on Sunday morning with the match starting at 9am and finishes at 1pm. Bacon rolls are available to pre-order to have on your arrival – please let me know if you would like one (or two!) and we can also offer lunch at the cafe.

Mike Duckett from Chelmsford, and brother Philip, visited last week to practise for the Troutmasters competition and both caught fish that they have entered for next years Troutmasters competition!

Mike Duckett with his entry for next years Troutmasters competition!

Mike Duckett with his entry for next years Troutmasters competition!

Winter Permit Offer Extension

With March 31st upon us we have decided that due to the popularity of the Winter Permit Offer and with several anglers almost qualifying for their free permit we will continue the offer through to the end of April 2019 giving an extra month to gain and use your free permit. Please contact me if you are unsure of how many permits you have purchased since the offer started and I will let you know.

Matt Hunt from Torquay, playing an Anchor Rainbow Trout, 1 of the 9 he caught and released during the week providing him not only with a great days sport but qualifying him for a free permit. If you have been taking part in our loyalty scheme please note that the offer has been extended to the end of April 2019

Matt Hunt from Torquay, playing an Anchor Rainbow Trout, 1 of the 9 he caught and released during the week providing him not only with a great days sport but qualifying him for a free permit. If you have been taking part in our loyalty scheme please note that the offer has been extended to the end of April 2019

Thank you for reading this report, we hope you are excited as we are regarding the opening of Lobbs Lake for junior anglers and hope to welcome you to the fishery soon. And as always if you have any questions or require my assistance please do not hesitate to contact me on 01398 323008

Have a great week fishing and look out for another report soon.

Sue x

Beautiful location, River fishing & Fresh Trout

After the lovely warm weather February gave us followed by the incredible winds and rain brought by Storm Gareth, Anchor Lake is looking in fantastic condition and has been fishing incredibly well. Since the 1st March anglers have been enjoying an average of just over 4 fish each with Orange Blobs, Blue Flash Damsels and Bloodworms being the favoured fly patterns.

Anchor Lake looking stunning.

Anchor Lake looking stunning.

We are so lucky to be situated in such a beautiful location right on the edge of the stunning Exmoor National Park. We welcome visitors from all over the South West and further afield who are looking for that easy to reach tranquil venue. Only 8 miles from Tiverton & less than 45 minutes from Taunton or Exeter there is even more fishing available now that the river season has opened. Not only do we have day tickets available on the fishery beat for the stunning River Exe wild Brown Trout, anglers can also purchase tickets for the Westcountry Angling Passport from the shop.

Stunning Wild Brown Trout caught on the River Exe. The season is now open and we offer limited day tickets on this exclusive private beat

Stunning Wild Brown Trout caught on the River Exe. The season is now open and we offer limited day tickets on this exclusive private beat

Last Sunday, Burrator Reservoir Fly Fishing & Angling Association, held a fishing competition on Anchor Lake. Anglers travelled from Barnstaple, Witheridge & Plymouth to take part and enjoyed a great days fishing with Steve Borthwick catching a cracking 9lb Rainbow Trout on a Cats Whisker fly.

Steve Borthwick  with his 9lb Anchor Lake Rainbow Trout caught on a Cats Whisker fly.

Steve Borthwick with his 9lb Anchor Lake Rainbow Trout caught on a Cats Whisker fly.

After enjoying a lunch by the lakeside and finishing their fishing, Secretary Brendan Sullivan commented ‘Cheers guys – cracking day – all bagged up – well stocked – Best Wishes Brendan’ , and Alexander Borthwick said ‘Great day had by all. Fish taking well over lake, on floating and sinking lines’

Enjoying lunch by the lakeside- perfect!

Enjoying lunch by the lakeside- perfect!

Laura, Alan & Ellie Burns from Builth Wells visited the fishery on a lovely sunny day. It was Ellies second time fishing. Thank you, Laura, for sending through some lovely photos including the first photo in this report.

Laura said  “Visited last Friday, had a lovely day! Had the daughter with us, and she was so chuffed to catch a fish! She cast the line out herself caught a lovely fish about 3lb in weight. It was only her second fishing outing! She missed loads, so was really pleased she managed to land one at least! Hopefully will see you again next time we are down your way visiting!    It’s a great place you have and the fish are really good fighters! The three of us had a really good day!”

Laura said “Visited last Friday, had a lovely day! Had the daughter with us, and she was so chuffed to catch a fish! She cast the line out herself caught a lovely fish about 3lb in weight. It was only her second fishing outing! She missed loads, so was really pleased she managed to land one at least! Hopefully will see you again next time we are down your way visiting!

It’s a great place you have and the fish are really good fighters! The three of us had a really good day!”

Winter Permit Offer

We have several anglers who have almost reached their free permit. With 10 days left in March there is still time to earn yourself a free permit which can be used throughout April 2019. Special mention to Ben Cheeld & Jane Young both of whom have completed the Winter Permit Offer twice.

Fresh Trout available

I am really pleased to say that from today we will be able to offer fresh Exe Valley Fishery Rainbow Trout for sale from the shop. The trout will be prepared and sleeved ready to cook. The trout are available by pre-order only to guarantee you receive the freshest fish possible. If you would like to order a fresh Exe Valley Fishery Rainbow Trout please contact me on 01398 323008.

Many thanks for reading this post and I hope to welcome you to the fishery soon.

Sue x

01398 323008

February Fishing Update & Lobbs Lake Re-opening

Since my last report which was written whilst there was snow on the ground, we have had Storm Eric followed by the most glorious February weather. It has been lovely to see so many anglers fishing Anchor Lake in the sun. The lake is beautifully clear with the fish cruising just below the surface. All areas around the lake have been fishing well with a wide range of flies being successful along with a slow retrieve.

Many thanks to Ian who took this stunning photo of Anchor Lake while he was fishing

Many thanks to Ian who took this stunning photo of Anchor Lake while he was fishing

Chris Comber from Norton Fitzwarren visited Exe Valley Fishery for the first time during Storm Eric and managed to entice out this hard fighting Rainbow Trout.

Chris Comber with his fin perfect Rainbow Trout caught on an Orange Blob

Chris Comber with his fin perfect Rainbow Trout caught on an Orange Blob

Tom Hendy from Chudleigh hasn’t fished Anchor Lake for almost 9 months due to other commitments and bagged himself three Rainbow Trout including this 3 ½ lb fish. Tom commented on his return “First time in 9 months. 3 quality fish. Well worth the wait.”

Tom commented on his return  “First time in 9 months. 3 quality fish. Well worth the wait.”

Tom commented on his return “First time in 9 months. 3 quality fish. Well worth the wait.”

Richard Carr from Wiveslicombe was given his permit as a gift and visited Exe Valley over the half term. Richard caught 4 fish with the biggest weighing in at 4 ½ lbs.

Richard Carr making the most of the beautiful February weather

Richard Carr making the most of the beautiful February weather

Anchor Lake Tactics

Throughout February a large number of flies have been working well with Bloodworm & Blob patterns continuing to be successful along with Sedge, Diawl Bachs, Damsels and Hares Ears. The fish have been close to the surface earlier in the day and moving down a little deeper when the sun is very bright.

All areas of Anchor Lake have been fishing really well

All areas of Anchor Lake have been fishing really well

Lobbs Lake Re-opening

After the huge weeding effort on New Years Eve I am pleased to say that Lobbs Lake will open for family fishing from Monday 1st April 2019. Lobbs Lake will have a separate permit to Anchor Lake and it will be an any method lake. As well as fishing on Lobbs Lake there will be bags of fish food for sale in the shop for those who would like to come and feed the fish.

Special Offers & New Permit Option

Starting today I will be trialling a 1 fish permit option as requested by several of our anglers, also any transaction of £25.00 or over will receive a voucher to use in the shop.

Fishery Notices

· Quick reminder to anglers that have taken up our Winter Permit Offer – there is less than a month to go to gain your free permit with the offer ending on 31.03.2019. You then have until 30.04.2019 to use your permit.

· Please can I remind anglers fishing Catch & Release that there are few separate rules. A copy can be found here.

· The pre-order menu will continue to be available until 31.03.2019. There is a copy below.

Thank you for taking the time to read this report. Sue x


Exe Valley Fishery Pre-Order Menu

(Now available until 31.03.2019)

Bacon Roll - £2.50

Sandwiches - £3.00 (Selection of fillings available)

Bowl of Soup & Roll - £2.50

Cup a soup - £1.50

2 x Slices Hot Buttered Toast - £1.00

2 x Buttered Crumpets - £1.25

Toasted Teacake - £1.25

Tea & Coffee – donations in to the charity box