Catch report to Oct 18th – Exe Valley is coming into its own!

If you checked out the most recent report you will see that we have been busy here at Exe Valley, making many improvements to the main Anchor Lake, excavating large amounts of silt to bring the venue back to life.  And if this is the first you have heard about it then why not come and see for yourself?  The water temperature is now a nice cool 12C, there is no weed and several feet of extra depth for our hard fighting Trout to play with once hooked!

So far this month up to week ending Sun 18th Oct the fishery has yielded 291 fish to 99 rods for an average of 2.9 fish per angler.  Lures have been catching fish of course but still the most successful rods seem to be employing a small fly approach.  Size 10 Diawl Bachs & Buzzers are top of the list but to add my own thoughts I have often found while guiding guests that a slow figure 8 retrieve, FAB (Orange or Sunburst) fished on the point, spaced 7ft to one dropper and a Black Nymph of some description is a good bet.

NE winds have kept things on the cooler side although over the weekend in particular the speed was barely noticeable, resulting in anything from a gentle ripple to a flat calm.  This was the case when 16 year old Toby Bennett visited us on Sunday to get his eye in for the upcoming South West heat of the Angling Trust Junior Bank National being held here in just a few days time.

While I assisted Toby’s Mum, Emma, during her one day fly fishing course purchased for her last Christmas as a gift voucher, Toby proceeded to show us all how it was done by chopping and changing his approach (and position!) to complete a 5 Fish and a 2 Fish limit caught in 7 different locations around the lake... and he lost several fish too! 

 16 year old Toby Bennett lands a Trout on Anchor Lake

16 year old Toby Bennett lands a Trout on Anchor Lake

His flies varied with a Green Nymph and a Ginger Hopper Booby being the pick of the bunch; although it was more likely the youngster’s willingness to vary his retrieve and find the correct depth that resulted in such a successful session.  Best fish in Toby’s bag tipped the scales at 5lb and if he is very lucky this might just get him into next year’s Troutmaster fish off. 

 Toby with a stunning Exe Valley Fish - and a very proud Mum!

Toby with a stunning Exe Valley Fish - and a very proud Mum!

There have been a few Troutmaster cards submitted around the 5lb weight but so far this month top honours go to John Salter for this well conditioned 10lb specimen which took a Black Nymph and had him well into the backing on several occasions!   John had been having a tough day, but by experimenting with tactics he finally worked out the correct method, resulting in a limit bag of fish finished off with his first ever double figure Trout.

 Best fish of the month so far - John Salters double of exactly 10lbs

Best fish of the month so far - John Salters double of exactly 10lbs

Other successful anglers during the last fortnight include Roger Jeeves, visiting the lakes after a long break away he said “Vast improvement to fishing on both lakes, well done”, weighing out a limit bag of 3 with the best fish at 4lb 2oz. 

Dan Honeybun went a pound better with his best fish of 5lb 2oz heading up a 5 fish total of 14lb and he seemed pretty happy about it commenting “Super Day – Great Fishing.  Absolutely Love the Place”.   Well Dan, thank you very much and we hope to see you again soon! 

Alan Warchop agreed with Dans thoughts saying “Lovely Fishery & Beautiful Fish”, his 2 fish limit included a 4lb Trout and Charlotte Horne simply said “BRILLIANT”, landing fish to 6lbs and leaving with a total of 4 Trout.  G Hawkins also noticed the recent work leaving with 3 fish for 11lbs and a note to say “Quality Fish!  Lake looks good now – a lot better.  VERY GOOD!”

It has been very noticeable how many old faces have been attracted back to the lakes including Andy Sheahan, a past Troutmasters fish off winner at the venue and regular visitor up until a couple of seasons ago.  It’s great to see people like Andy trying out the refurbished lake and even more rewarding when we received his positive feedback “Exe Valley used to be good.  It has just got even better!  Good Luck Nick.”  Thank you Andy we really appreciate your kind words and hope you manage another visit before the year is out.

After a little midweek blip the weather is set to remain relatively stable for the time of year, with reasonable temperatures and wind moving out of the cold East and into the West.  If you are thinking that a visit to Exe Valley is what you need this weekend then we look forward to welcoming you although please note that we are hosting the Junior Bank National on Sunday 25th October, so Anchor Lake will be unavailable during the day.  Lobbs will remain open on a discounted ticket basis of 2 Fish - £15.003 Fish – £20.00 4 Fish - £22.00 and 5 Fish £25.00 Please note that this discount applies to 25.10.15 only and is for fishing on Lobbs Lake only.

 As the sun sets Toby concludes a successful practice session - catching in 7 different locations around the newly refurbished Anchor Lake.

As the sun sets Toby concludes a successful practice session - catching in 7 different locations around the newly refurbished Anchor Lake.

Its not too late!  Do you know a budding young fly angler of 16 years old or under?  If so then we can take late entries into the Junior Bank National.  This is a friendly competition designed to introduce young anglers to one another and give them just a taste of competitive fly fishing. Professionally backed by the Angling Trust, entry and fishing costs just £5!  There will be prizes from top tackle company Greys and the top 3 youngsters will head to a final in April 2016.  Would you like your son or daughter to take part?  Please call us on 01398 323008 or send an email fpr further info.  The match will start at 10am and concludes at 3pm with prize giving by 4pm.  Registration starts at 9am.

On Saturday 24th October 2015 we are open as usual.

If I can be of any assistance with regard to weather, how the lakes are fishing and the best tactics to use then please do not hesitate to call my mobile on 07971 198559 and please leave your name, number and a short message if I am unable to answer and I will get back to you.

Thanks for reading the catch report.  Best Fishes, Nick.