The lakes continue to offer great sport

We welcomed a few more anglers to Exe Valley than during the previous week and despite forecasts they often found calm conditions on the sheltered shorelines.  In total 19 anglers caught 51 fish for a rod average of 2.7

 Sat 14th November 2015 - Flat calm & taking Trout.

Sat 14th November 2015 - Flat calm & taking Trout.

Anglers who figured out the right tactics include Peter Bridges, banking 4 fish for 13lb 8oz from Anchor with a best of 4lb, all on a Green Fritz mentioning on his return that he had enjoyed a “Great Mornings Fishing

Meanwhile over on Lobbs Lake John Bunce managed 3 for 6lb 14oz with a best of 3lb and remarked “Beautiful condition fish

One of the best bags of the week went to Mr Charles Merwin from Tiverton, relieving Anchor Lake of 5 fish for 21lb 8oz with the heaviest Trout tipping the scales at 7lb 6oz.  Catching up with Charles on the bank he showed me a variety of flies which he had used including a White Taddy with a long mobile tail and a Two Tone Blob.  He also mentioned that he was moving around the lake a lot.

Some anglers seem determined to stay in the old spots but after the big dig back in August there really is a huge amount of extra water to try out.  In particular it is well worth stalking the margins carefully as I have spotted some good fish cruising just off the edge of the new drop offs.

Experienced rod John Glanfield fishing on the same day as Mr Merwin didn't fare quite so well, with a singular Rainbow for his efforts weighing 3lb 8oz.  But he had enjoyed some interesting fishing with takes and lost fish, leaving the comment “Fish showing but difficult to tempt!

Keith Ratcliffe was as consistent as ever, fishing Suspender Buzzers to take another limit of fish on Anchor weighing out at 16lb although his wife Mary struggled a little more this time around with 2 fish out of Anchor and a couple from Lobbs.

 Fly of the Week:  Fred's Flapper  - highly mobile and a proven fish catcher at Exe Valley.

Fly of the Week: Fred's Flapper - highly mobile and a proven fish catcher at Exe Valley.

But it was regular Chris Short, fishing on a wet but calm Saturday that caught one of his best ever bags of Trout weighing 25lb 8oz and including specimens of 7lb 8oz and 6lb 8oz.  Chris was fishing a long leader coupled with a Black Freds Flapper, held up in the surface with a roly poly style retrieve.  Well done Chris!

 Regular Exe Valley angler Chris Short with one of his best bags, caught on a Black Fred's Flapper weighing 25lb 8oz

Regular Exe Valley angler Chris Short with one of his best bags, caught on a Black Fred's Flapper weighing 25lb 8oz

As always the lakes are open year round and if the wind is coming from Southerly/Westerly direction the water often flattens off.  As I write this on Monday morning the various forecasts show winds in the West of 18mph to 25mph and yet all we have is a nice gentle ripple!

And just before I go, have a look around the site for some new features including our sign up box on the top right of this reports page, plus a handy calendar of archive reports.  Over on the Anchor Lake page there have been several updates and this week I intend to add a few more additions.  If you have any suggestions that would help you enjoy the site or that you think are missing please let us know by emailing here.

Thank you for reading and have a great week.

Nick.