As seems to be the case with January, it starts off slowly and before we know it, February is upon us. And with much to occupy me here at the lakes during the run towards the main season I managed to miss uploading a report last week. So this weekend usual service is resumed with a round-up of what’s been going on at Exe Valley Fishery recently.
Despite the weather there have been a healthy number of anglers turning up to wet a line, taking advantage of the high oxygen levels which mean our Trout are fighting even harder than usual! Including winter season ticket holders 40 anglers have visited over the last couple of weeks catching 148 fish for an average of 3.7 fish per rod.
One of the best fish I have seen landed is this fin perfect 8lb Rainbow to the rod of John Clarke fishing during the last weekend of January, resulting in a total bag of 5 for 22lb 4oz. The successful pattern was a White Snake Fly fished from the main point. John said that the big fish fought like a Salmon for several minutes and that his heart was in his mouth as it was a barbless fly! John is no stranger to our big fish landing another stunner back in December, this time on a Pink Snake. His fishing buddy John Clarke also got in on the action that day with a 6lb 6oz Rainbow and again this weekend took another of 6lb in a 10lb 8oz bag of 3.
Other notable catches in the last couple of weeks include Dean Mockridge with 2 for 11lb 8oz, including a possible Troutmaster winner of 9lb. Not to be out done Deans eleven year old son James, who is a bit of a young angling star, also caught a brace of lovely Trout weighing 10lb 8oz in total, with his best at 5lb 8oz.
Meanwhile Gerry Manser visited for a second weekend in a row and managed a 3 fish bag of 19lb 8oz including Trout of 9lb 8oz, 6lb 8oz and 3lb 8oz, leaving the comment that “it was a brill day, even better than last week!!!”
Mark Thompson from Dulverton also had a 5 pounder in his full bag of three; Trevor Ball said he had an “excellent day” with 5 fish for 22lbs while Rob Wilkinson took a best Trout of 6lb in a 5 fish haul that totalled 16lb. Rob also very helpfully made a note of his successful flies on his return which included 2 fish on a Cats Whisker, 2 on a Woolly Bugger and 1 to a Bloodworm and he finished off by saying “Beautiful sunny day – hard to beat!”
Cats Whiskers definitely seem to be a favourite at the moment, but don’t forget the Snake Fly and as one of our regulars Alan Jukes found during his most recent session, a Squirmy Worm might catch when all else fails.
Top fly line still seems to be a Floater amongst most of the anglers that I speak to, although it is worth changing to a sinker, especially after changes in water & temperature conditions. Even if using a floater, it is definitely the case that most of the big fish are being caught after the fly has been counted down with a mixed up slow retrieve.
The lake continues to fish all around but hot spots are; the main outlet, point and new platforms over on the river side of the lake. Just recently I have improved the platforms with the addition of a layer of pea gravel to save damaging both expensive lines and muddy boots, while some further deepening with a mini excavator has taken place around the edges. And if you value your alloys then you will be pleased to know that the potholes on the lane have also been fixed!
Talking of driving please take note regarding the road closure around Cove on the main A396. The official detour is mammoth and would require around 30 + minutes extra travel time, but fortunately there is an alternative route. We have provided directions here which can be downloaded and printed out. We also hear that the main closure is temporary from 1st Feb to 12th March and then a convoy system will be in place from 9.30am to 3.30pm each day.
Troutmasters entries are steadily increasing, please let us know if you will be attending the heat on Sunday 28th Feb 16, letters have been sent out by the magazine recently and to keep up to date with what’s going on please see the events page, which includes news of the Bank Masters competition taking place here on Sunday 20th March.
Tagged Trout continue to roam the lake, including some of the fish stocked back in December. Richard Burt was the latest lucky angler, using a Black Blob fished under an indicator to outwit a five pounder with a Green tag to take home a tenner. That leaves 2 Red Tag Trout in the lake both winning £20 and 3 others with a Green Tag worth £10 each to the lucky captors. The cash pool has grown considerably so very soon there will be more tagged Trout roaming Anchor Lake; watch this space!
Finally each month we run a permit draw which is free to enter, simply fill out your return in full after a day’s fishing and post in the box. At the end of the month we draw out a winner which I am pleased to announce in Jan 2016 is Sam Walker from Sampford Peverell. Well done Sam, a complimentary 5 fish permit will be in the post this week!
As always thank you for reading and we hope to welcome you to the fishery soon.