I have to say, it only seems like yesterday that I was writing last week’s report! The summer is marching on and September is knocking at the door, but the lakes are looking beautiful and the fishing has been excellent. So, here I am again sifting all of your lovely comments and catch returns to bring you another weekly update from Exe Valley. First up some stats - 56 anglers visited this week catching 108 fish for a rod average of 1.93
I’ll open the comments and catch returns with an email we received from Duane Prentice. Duane pays us an annual visit whilst on holiday from Ipswich, and has done so for the last three years since he first visited and took out one of our hire kits, progressing with his skills and interest he then upgraded a year later to one of our Hardy Jet fly rods!
Duane often succeeds at Exe Valley and this week was no exception as he completed a cracking limit of 5 fish, the heaviest being a 7lb 8oz hog! All fish fell to an indicator set up using a blob for bite detection and a smaller fly on the dropper. Four of the fish took an Olive Buzzer and the largest took a red and gold Diawl Bach Nymph. He was clearly chuffed with the sport he experienced and rounded off his complimentary email with “I would just like to say a big thank you on a superb fishery and for getting me that fly fishing bug back”. Well Duane, thanks for visiting and we look forwards to seeing you again next year!
Duane was not the only angler to bank some our beautiful and hard fighting fish this week, as Lewin Heaven-Ince took 5 fish for 18lbs, accompanied by Ben Roberts who also had five fish but for a total of 21lbs including a stunning 6 pounder. David Wood fell one short of his limit but still enjoyed his day as he commented “Very good, lovely spot”.
The biggest fish of the week was landed by Tim Ahern who banked a 11lb beast on Tuesday and continued the day by catching four more fish, reaching a total weight of 25lbs and said “Great day thanks!” The big fish continued to be fooled by our anglers as Will Atkins took a plump 6lb 2oz fish as part of a 14lbs 2oz bag of three and Jenny Harris had a single 5 pounder. Not only have we seen a lot of big fish landed this week, but the average stamp of fish has been up to the usual Exe Valley standard as Adam Smale found out during a trip to celebrate his birthday (which he did in style!), leaving with 5 fish for 16lb. Regular Peter Bridges had another cracking day on Anchor lake taking 4 fish for 13 ½ lb and noted “Great fishing, great fish, good value”. Another regular Paul Tiso also paid us a visit and did his usual damage on the buzzers ending the day with 5 fish for an enormous 27lb 8oz, accompanied by Paul Stark who had a lovely 3lb fish from Anchor and proceeded to bag up on Lobbs lake finishing up with 12lbs on the nose.
Now comes some very exciting news! Last week we hosted the annual RETA Junior day and now we have more news regarding our efforts to inspire young people to go fly fishing. It is with great pleasure that we can announce that The Greys Junior Bank National will be coming to Exe Valley Fishery for the South West regional heat on Sunday 25th October 2015. In this competition organised by the Angling Trust and supported by Sport England, under 16’s have the chance to qualify for the national final in Shropshire!
Three junior anglers will qualify for the final from each heat, and with only 15 entrants allowed be sure to come and see us to get yourself signed up without delay! Entry forms available at the lakes or we can email you a copy. Over £100’s worth of prizes have been supplied by Greys for the heat and the final event has prizes of over £1,500! It’s brilliant that competitions and events like this are now being organised to encourage young anglers into the sport; it’s just what Nick & I love to see and we can’t wait to host the event. Oh and did we mention the entry fee ... just £5 per head and that includes the fishing permit!!!
Nick has also been very busy hosting fly fishing courses on the shores of the lake and during this week the diary has been particularly packed. Best catch went to father & son team Steve & Adam Morley from Hackney who stayed at the renowned Swan Inn and managed to bank 5 fish including a six pounder for Adam on his first ever day spent fly fishing! It was a particularly memorable course and we have found that Adam is not just a talent with a fly rod ... believe it or not he has also helped Jamie Oliver show the world how to Chop an Onion! Yes Its Funny!
Rounding off this report with a little bit of meteorology, our local readers will know that we have had a lot of rain lately! Don’t let this put you off. We are fed by the river Barle, and a little extra water flowing through freshens things up, introducing cool oxygenated conditions which the fish love! Water clarity is fantastic as usual. It looks as we will have some variable weather arriving this next week, with rain showers & changeable winds so pack your coat!! If you are new to the sport or struggle with casting simply position yourself with your back to the wind. If you visit during over cast conditions dry flies should not be ignored; especially on a warm flat calm day.