This week’s catch report – Trout not Turkey!

The weeks seem to be disappearing all too rapidly as we head towards Christmas but I am happy to report that anglers are leaving thoughts of Turkey at home and turning their attention to Trout instead!

At the beginning of the week our weather was let’s say interesting, but by the weekend just past things had improved substantially.  Once again the banks of Exe Valley welcomed some keen winter fly fishers with clear, cold water conditions that offer a variety of tactical possibilities.

For example I heard by email from Exeter’s Rob Wilkinson who caught three fish weighing 2lb 4 oz; 2lb 15 oz and 6lb 6oz.  Rob said it was an “Unusual day in that I caught my first two within 90 minutes and began thinking this is easy ... but then didn’t catch my last one until late in the afternoon just as the light was fading!  Haven’t had so many pulls on the line for a long time – must have had at least five – but could I set the hook! All good sport.” And he added “the water levels certainly have changed, for the better, since the major works were carried out a while ago.”

This morning I was walking the banks and realised that the conditions were very similar to this time last year.  I am often carrying the camera and grabbed a couple of quick shots.  These photos offer a good comparison of what the lake was like last year and now the improvements; in particular note the manicured banks and addition of turf platforms. 

 The Bay - November 2014

The Bay - November 2014

What cannot be seen in this photo of course is that the depth of this bay has increased from not much more than 4ft up to 8ft!  See this video to watch the excavators carrying out the work in this area of Exe Valley Fishery.

 The Bay - November 2015

The Bay - November 2015

One of our regular lady anglers Rosie Coles dropped in for a midweek session and said she had “A nice but windy morning”, taking a 4lb 8oz Rainbow on a Black Nomad from Anchor.  And on the same day another lady Vivien Wheatley caught her first ever Trout weighing 2lbs from Lobbs and said “First Time & Fabulous – going home with supper!” 

Talking of which I might add a few of my favourite Trout recipes up here at some point in a new Help & Info section that I am developing.  If you think this is a good idea or you have other thoughts about how the website could be improved please use the comments section below.

Later on in the week one of our winter regulars, Richard Cooper bagged yet another limit of 5 fish, taken mainly on White Nomads, weighing in at 18lb 8oz and including a Trout of 6lb 4oz while his fishing companion for the day Mr Coleman also managed a 5 fish total.

Another 3 fish were extracted from Anchor by Mr Bellamy, along with a singular Trout from Lobbs.  His total weight came in at 14lb and he left a comment to say “Brilliant as usual.  Well kept, good fishing & lovely surroundings”

Mr Honey travelled from Torquay to fish the lakes and said he had “a very cold but very good day thank you”, landing 2 fish on Anchor Lake & 2 fish on Lobbs Lake.

Best bag of the week went to Dick Burt from Burnham on Sea, with a round seven pounder making up his bag of 5 that was exactly 20lb,  his best fly being a Cats Whisker.

 One of the best fish of the week - a 7lb Rainbow for Dick Burt, caught on a Cats Whisker.

One of the best fish of the week - a 7lb Rainbow for Dick Burt, caught on a Cats Whisker.

In stark contrast Mr Davies from Honiton went imitative catching 4 fish for 13lbs on a Size 16 Hares Ear before turning to a dry lake olive to finish off his bag.  All Mr Davies fish came from the lower end of the lake, well away from the point and popular board’s area.  Anglers that are experimenting, especially with their location on Anchor Lake, are beginning to reap the rewards.

So that wraps up another report.  Last week we welcomed 24 anglers and between them they managed 68 fish for a healthy 2.8 fish per rod average.  This cold snap has really helped to clear the water even more and in the conditions our visitors are reporting that the fish are fighting extremely hard. 

 Cold it may be - but these are cracking condtiions for a winter session.  Photo by Nick Hart - Mon 23rd Nov 2015

Cold it may be - but these are cracking condtiions for a winter session.  Photo by Nick Hart - Mon 23rd Nov 2015

Just before I go, a new page has been added this week which will be of particular interest to families with small anglers, especially with the Christmas holidays looming in the distance.  Please see the new Lobbs Lake page for more info and pictures, it’s a great place to wean youngsters from computer games and introduce them to a fascinating pastime spent enjoying the great outdoors.  On that note I had better head home as my eldest boy has reached his 9th birthday already and a party awaits!

Many thanks for reading this week and if you would like up to the minute info the best number to call is 01398 323008.

Best Fishes,

Nick