The warm temperatures and clear water conditions have offered excellent sport during December so far and we will be open during the Christmas break if you need to escape the house for a few hours! Exe Valley will close on Christmas Day & Boxing Day with fishing available once again from Tuesday 27th December 2016.
12 Tagged Trout to be stocked
And to celebrate the festivities there will be a special stocking of 12 tagged Trout which are worth £10 each to the lucky captors for the usual £1 entry fee. These fish will be stocked into Anchor Lake on the day we reopen after the Christmas break, Tues 27th Dec.
Catch & Release Event held on Sat 10th Dec
Currently the rod average is 3.1 with 79 anglers catching 243 fish up to 20th Dec, which doesn’t include our special catch & release event held recently. This event attracted the full house of 10 anglers who were treated to the opportunity to release fish while enjoying tuition and demos.
Graham Lavendar struggled for the first hour until I gave him a bit of help with tactics, replacing a long leader and heavily weighted gold head with a washing line set up. Fishing with a Coral FAB on the point and a Diawl Bach on the dropper, spaced by 7’ to give an overall leader of 14’, the first ultra slow retrieve attracted not one but two Trout which after a decent tussle won the day and got off! But Graham was hooked on the new found method saying that just this one piece of advice had been “well worth the £45”, leaving the water with 12 fish and renewed confidence.
Youngest member of the team was 12 year old Freddie Millard who hooked a lot of fish during the day and in his words “it was so good!” It is great to see young anglers on the water, we need more of them and especially those with Freddies infectious enthusiasm. But these young people need someone to take them fishing and special mention has to go to Malcolm & Sue Rotheram, Freddies grandparents, who stuck out the rain to ensure their grandson could enjoy himself. Secretly I think they may be getting the bug themselves as I had a lovely email the following day which said,
“Sue and I and especially Freddie, would like to thank you for a warm welcome and a most enjoyable day on Saturday.
Freddie went to bed a very happy boy. Sue and I bagged one fish and the other was given to a friend as a 50th wedding anniversary present. The friends were very pleased and excited to receive something different as a gift.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves despite the best efforts of the meteorological office to ruin the day. The event was well staged and extremely interesting and engaging.
The teach in was informative and well presented. Our thanks also go to Peter and Duncan for imparting their expertise in such an interactive manner."
Thank you for all the comments & emails we received after the event which included some great ideas that will make the next one even better. Look out online for details but also don’t forget that you can sign up to our reports to receive the latest news about events plus catch reports. Look for the sign up box on the right hand side of the website.
Flies & Tactics
Turning to tactics it is still the case that the water is gin clear, after rain this will add some colour but it does not take long for the clarity to return. Fine leaders down to 4lb help in these conditions and imitative flies are working as Mike Good from Sampford Peverell found catching 3 fish for 8lb 10oz with a best of 3lb 8oz. He read my last catch report and the advice about Pseudo Diawl Bachs commenting on his return “Dead calm and peaceful. Thanks for the Diawl Bach advice – it accounted for all 3. I’ll be back!”
Tom Potter bagged a 5 fish limit weighing in at 21lb including his personal best of 7lb 8oz caught using an Apps Bloodworm while Alan Jukes got in amongst the big fish again with a Troutmasters contender for this month weighing 8lb 14oz caught on an Orange FAB. John Gilmore was also back in action with 5 fish weighing 17lb 12oz, again all caught using Diawl Bachs. John mentioned the fish have been fighting very hard and new comer to the sport Kirsty Curtis couldn’t believe how strong they are!
Possibly due to the mild conditions I was out running fly fishing courses well into December for Kirsty and several other guests which included casting tuition, some basic tactics and the chance to catch a fish. Exe Valley is ideal for novice & improving anglers, hence the reason I decided to base my fly fishing school here well over a decade ago!
With Christmas around the corner (and the current postal strike taking place) if you are stuck for a gift then we can email course vouchers right up to 24th Dec and it is also possible to buy the special angler in your life a gift voucher permit. Payment can be made via card but we have also now introduced PayPal to the online system. Click here to see the Exe Valley online shop.
New Exe Valley Clothing
Next to appear in the online store will be our new pullovers & long sleeve t shirts which came into stock recently and are already finding their way on to the banks of Exe Valley. They are very reasonably priced at £30 for the hoods and £20 for the long sleeve Ts, available in the lodge here at the fishery or we can mail order for £4.50 P&P charge.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Exe Valley Fishery
Thank you to all our anglers this year for supporting the fishery, remember we are open during the break from 27th December, closing only on Christmas Day & Boxing Day - its the perfect place to escape the house for a few hours! We hope to see you in person to wish you a Merry Christmas but if not have a great day and we look forwards to welcoming you during the 2017 season.
Nick, Sue, Chester & Scarlett ....... ><((()*>