It’s the last report before the big day ... so here is another round up of the action at Exe Valley, plus the sighting of a rather important red suited gentleman!
Unfortunately despite his very best efforts and winning the award for most brightly dressed angler of 2015, Mr Claus managed to lose all the Trout he (says he) hooked. Let’s hope St Nick does a better job with the presents eh!
First to unwrap himself a Trouty gift was Richard Hansell, visiting the lakes for the first time this week he picked up three fine Trout for a bag weight of 10lbs although there were opportunities to catch something even more substantial as Richard said “Lovely Day, some very large fish eluded me”
It could have been another Rainbow like Rob Grisley’s fish of course that was our best fish of the week, weighing in at over 9lb and no doubt a contender for the last round of the Exe Valley 2015 Troutmasters. Apologies I was not ready with the camera Rob!
If Rob caught the best fish then my vote for toughest angler of the week goes to octogenarian Cedric Boddington. Visiting the lakes with Sally Pizii’s Age UK group he commented on his return that it was “A great day in the rain”, landing a nice brace of fish including one of 3lb 8oz.
We also welcomed back John Gilmore who said “Very good day & quality fish”, reaching his limit of 5 for a total weight of 16lb 12oz and Darren Penfold, a Kennick regular, took some time out during the reservoir off season to give Exe Valley a try and was also rewarded with a limit of 5, tipping the scales to 17lb.
Fly patterns have almost always been on the large size with the Snake (in Black or Pink!) once again proving to be deadly but for those who do not enjoy casting these brutes, or just can’t bring themselves to tie on 10cm of fluff, you will be pleased to hear that the Blue Flash Damsel has also been highly successful. Goldhead Daddies, Taddies and of course that good old winter staple, the Cat Whisker, have also done the business.
I am almost eating my words; is it really winter?! With temps of around 12C to 14C on a regular basis last week it feels more like late Autumn or even early spring, so much so that I am wondering if I should have cut the grass one more time? We will take the conditions while we can because no doubt Mother Nature has some payback in store!
Whatever the weather if you are going stir crazy after being shut indoors for Christmas you will be pleased to know that we are open throughout the festivities! Take a peek at the Christmas Exe Valley Fishery page for full details and find out about our very special 12 Trout of Fishmas!
Eleven more tagged Trout will be stocked to join the Brown Trout which remains elusive. All Rainbows, there are 5 Trout worth £20 and another 6 that will win £10, plus the Brown of course which has a top prize of £100! See here for more info about this special Christmas event.
It’s time for me to wind up the last report before the festivities begin. If (unlike me!) you are just counting down the days, with presents wrapped and everything perfectly organised why not tie yourself a Christmas Tree Fly?!
And finally we would like to say a BIG thank you to all of you have supported us this year and wish you a Very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Exe Valley Fishery!
Best Fishes, Nick, Sue, Chester & Scarlett.
Christmas Opening Hours at a glance