Winter fishing is always productive at Exe Valley - latest catch report

“Winter fishing is always productive at Exe Valley” is the comment left by father and son team Jono & Dennis Enticott this weekend after a successful session, landing a total of 6 fish between them for a weight of 20lb 8oz.

Sadly not everyone is prepared to brave the elements so it seems with just 15 anglers visiting during the last week; but haven’t they been rewarded!

Local angler Rhys Roberts dropped by on the 1st Nov and caught a nice brace, including a best fish of 4lb 10oz saying “very good improvements to the lake” 

On the same day Roy Irvine on holiday all the way from Newcastle banked a couple for a total bag of 8lb using a tiny Beige Spider to lure the first Rainbow in the outflow area before changing to a Cats Whisker fished in the middle of the lake for his second.

Meanwhile Lobbs continues to introduce people to fly fishing as Mr Shield from Kings Nympton found, catching a two pounder which inspired his comment “My First Fish!”  The first of many we hope Mr Shield.

On a day when the weather forecasters promised Armageddon I took no notice, having seen them get it totally wrong throughout the year!  Instead I welcomed more new anglers to the lake, Chris Obern, nephew Will Gentle and his father Bob Moore on Weds 4th Nov for a one day fly fishing course

    A rugby ball of a Trout and one of Bob Moores first ever fish.  Caught on a  Pink Egg  the very well conditoned specimen weighed 6lb 8oz

 

A rugby ball of a Trout and one of Bob Moores first ever fish.  Caught on a Pink Egg the very well conditoned specimen weighed 6lb 8oz

The conditions were perfect, often Anchor Lake was flat calm, the air temp was just right and yet we had the whole place to ourselves!  After a morning spent casting the guys were soon fishing and had a bonanza landing some stunning Trout.  Bob took the best of the day at 6lb 8oz, with Chris and Will a pound behind, both luring Trout of 5lb 8oz.  Will, just 11, bagged the most fish finishing on 3 for a total of 13lb exactly. 

    Gales had been forecast, but look at that lake - the word millpond springs to mind!  Three generations of the same family visited this week despite the inaccurate predictions and were rewarded with some fine Trout.

 

Gales had been forecast, but look at that lake - the word millpond springs to mind!  Three generations of the same family visited this week despite the inaccurate predictions and were rewarded with some fine Trout.

And my personal thanks to Chris for the lovely email we received following the family day out. "It was a fantastic day, even if the old fella got the big one, we will definitely be coming back.  On a personal note you really know how to make people feel welcome and we all agreed that we would have no hesitation in recommending yourself and your establishment to anyone, thanks for a day I truly needed,"  It was my great pleasure Chris and we look forward to welcoming you all again soon.

Mike Kennedy returned to Exe Valley on bonfire night after a couple of seasons lay off due to major surgery.  And he came back with a bang (sorry – couldn't resist!!) christening a new Orvis rod with a colossal bag of 30lb 2oz for 5 fishing including the month’s first double at 10lb! 

Not only was this a serious fish to land on a light line rod but Mike stalked the fish for half an hour in the gin clear water before finally tempting the specimen Rainbow to suck in an Elk Hair dry fly right off the surface.  An epic battle then took place!  Mike was often fishing in the rain, but during conversation with him he said that the fish were frequently active at the surface hence his dry fly approach.

    Novembers first double figure Trout - exactly 10lbs to  Mike Kennedy  and he stalked it on a dry fly.  Note the calm conditions once again!

 

Novembers first double figure Trout - exactly 10lbs to Mike Kennedy and he stalked it on a dry fly.  Note the calm conditions once again!

Also proving that there is no such thing as bad weather just inappropriate clothing was Jason McPhee from the Taunton area, fishing the day after Mike he got 4 fish, all on a Palmered Cats Whisker with a goldhead and said “Really good day fishing in the rain” And to round off the week regular Richard Buckingham landed a 5 fish limit for a total weight of 15lb

Last week 49 fish were landed for a rod average of 3.3  The current weather forecast is as would be expected for the time of year, but Exe Valley continues to be well stocked and there is exciting sport to be enjoyed, especially in the newly refurbished Anchor Lake. 

Please don’t hesitate to call us to check on conditions (the forecasters are often way off!) including wind, temperatures and water clarity.  01398 323008

Thanks for reading & good fishing.

Nick