Newsflash - 2nd September 2015 : Anchor Lake Lives Again – We are OPEN!

OK, so I admit that I may have told a tiny bit of a white lie when I posted that the Anchor Lake would be closed for a week for weeding.  It did shut down for maintenance but in fact what we have been busy working on is not just removing the weed but a build up of around 25 years of silt using 2 excavators, a tractor coupled with a state of the art 10 ton dump trailer plus a 6 ton dumper.  Add copious amounts of tea, several fish & chip suppers and the result is a totally new fishing experience! 

The hardwear in action used to revitalise Anchor Lake at Exe Valley Fishery

The hardwear in action used to revitalise Anchor Lake at Exe Valley Fishery

If you don’t usually bring intermediate or sinking lines to fish Anchor Lake at Exe Valley Fishery  (you definitely would not have needed them before!) then it may be worth packing one for your next visit as there is quite a bit of depth to play with.  After 8 days of spending 16 hours per day on the project I have some catching up to do, so look at for a more detailed post about the improvements we have made coming in the future.

Early morning dredging!

Early morning dredging!

Early morning and Anchor Lake is full once again - but this time the water covers depths to 12ft!

Early morning and Anchor Lake is full once again - but this time the water covers depths to 12ft!

Freddy on the fish farm has been an absolute lifeline of knowledge (26 years on the farm to be precise), his phone inundated with phone calls during the week and always ready to offer a solution when one or two inevitable problems cropped up. 

Father & Son team Chris & Pete Short helped get the project off the ground in the first place, ordered important materials and busted a gut to ensure that we have several fantastic platforms to fish from.   We look forward to seeing Chris this weekend who is probably our most regular angler, his only gripe about the work being that he now needs to learn how to catch fish here all over again.  Not a bad problem to have we reckon!

The amazing Sam Baycock is not just your average student, he has been tireless in his efforts to turn around what was a massive undertaking in little more than a week and I must also thank my amazing family, Sue, Chester & Scarlett for their support as Daddy spent most of his time caked in mud, leaving at 5am and returning gone 10pm!

My lovely daughter Scarlett with her first ever Trout caught on the new Anchor Lake.

My lovely daughter Scarlett with her first ever Trout caught on the new Anchor Lake.

And big brother Chester gets in on the action too!

And big brother Chester gets in on the action too!

More very soon but for now please come and see for yourself!  200 fighting fit Rainbow Trout have been stocked and seem to be enjoying life very much in the deep cool waters of Anchor Lake.  Well ... that is except for a few of the population who have been putting a smile on a good number of anglers faces this morning including Keith Luckhurst who landed this cracking 7lb 8oz fish on a Blue Flash Damsel which he said “went like a train” over the deep water!

Keith Luckhurst - Sept 2015

We hope to see you on the shores of the all new Anchor Lake very soon ... please tell your friends ... we are OPEN again!  Need some more info?  Please try 01398 323008 or 07971 198559.  If I don't answer straight away then I am probably staring into the depths of Anchor Lake!

Best Fishes,

Nick.