It’s already a week since the launch of the new website and I have been busy guiding for most of it, therefore no major changes or features added just yet. But please watch this space because they will happen!
Rather than the clunky way of reporting available to us previously, one of the great features of the new site is that a report can now be added very quickly, plus there is an archive of reports which can be used so that all of you can get the low down on the best patterns, times of day and areas to try your luck. Check the right hand side of this page to see the archived reports.
Its summer and so the number of anglers often decreases, as the water warms up. However we attracted 34 anglers this week, catching 98 fish for a rod average of 2.8, with some great bags amongst them. The weather has also been playing its part, as the water temperature is much cooler than usual for this time of year. There have also been some improvements to the inlet flow leading to the kind of clarity more typical of April than July. Totals for the month of July are 148 anglers caught 382 Trout for a rod average of 2.5 fish.
Top catch of this week (commencing 27th July) went to Nigel Tranter on holiday in the area all the way from Essex. Now this guy can fish and he will experiment until he gets the right tactics, something which I advise all anglers to do. If the Cats Whisker on a floating line fished at break neck speed is not working, then have a go with something else!
Nigel did just that, using a team of three flies to stay in the upper layers with a Drowned Daddy proving to be irresistible to the Exe Valley Trout, resulting in a bag of 5 fish for 23lb. A few days later he followed this up with an epic display of stalking tactics landing another 5 fish bag weighing in at 21lb 9oz, all on a Blue Damsel with his best fish tipping the scales at 6lb 2oz. Not to be out done, Nigel’s good mate Gary also got in on the action using similar tactics to pick up a couple of high quality Trout that put up a very good account of themselves in the improved water quality. Well done to both!
Peter Bridges used a Snake Fly to tempt a bag of 5 weighing 20lb on the nail, Chris Short caught 5 on a Black Minkie for 16lb with a best of 5lb 12oz and Richard Carr from Wellington managed to put one of our hire fly fishing kits to good use to land his 5 fish limit during an afternoon of hectic sport, weighing out at 19lb 4oz. Thank you to all for your amazing comments, it really makes our work here even more rewarding, so this week rather than adding them to the report I have printed a few which can be seen below.
Of course we don’t always get a glowing report and there have been some blanks. We are sorry to see anglers go away empty handed but sometimes the tactics seen vary enormously. For example while Nigel was busily harassing Trout all around the lake, others got nothing by standing in one spot hoping the Trout would come to them. Worse still, a rusty old Montana and 20lb leader more suitable for Cod is unlikely to do the trick! Even so we read every comment and will do our best to improve, messages about weed are fully understood for example and we have cut a huge amount of the Canadian pond weed offering pretty much normal fishing conditions, especially considering the time of year.
Thankfully it looks like the strong NW wind encountered this week have blown out and from Monday 3rd August things will begin to improve with a Southerly in place and the speed lowering somewhat. There’s the chance of some rain which is no bad thing because it will keep the water fresh and forecast temps are comfortable at around 20C Hatches include Damsel flies so have some nymphs at the ready and always check out the feeder streams and outflow at this time of year.
Finally I will close this week with a couple of announcements. First of all many congratulations to Paul Carter, the winner of our July return card prize draw, a complimentary 5 Fish Permit will be in the post tomorrow morning. Completed returns, even Nils are essential to help us maintain stocking levels. Paul had a blank during his session in July but by completing his return card he now has a chance to settle a few scores with the fish he lost during his last visit! To enter during August just complete your return after fishing, post it in the box and you could be next! Meanwhile meet our new message board and this rather colourful Trout (well my abstract version of one!) which displays the Tagged Trout Tussle info. The new fish stocked is red tagged and the lucky captor will walk away with £100.00, all for just a £1 entry fee added to the permit price.
We will be welcoming the RETA youth fly fishing day to the venue on Monday 3rd August and hope to see you to on the banks of Exe Valley in the near future. For updates please don't hesitate to call 01398 323008 (leave a message and we will call back if working on the fishery or away guiding) for general conditions, water clarity and wind direction plus check back here for regular online reports.