Young rods enjoy some great catches & 12lb Rainbow Trout landed – Catch Report to 21st Feb 16

It has been some winter has it not?  Chatting with one of our regulars, just before writing up the latest catch report, we came to the conclusion that it has been about as wet as we can ever remember.  Even so, we are welcoming anglers on a daily basis and just sometimes these visits coincide with pleasant fishing conditions.   Pleasant conditions or not, the fish don’t seem to mind ... as Exe Valley anglers have been finding out.  During the last 2 weeks 54 rods have landed 171 fish for an average of 3.2

David Hants from Torquay said it was “not easy but very enjoyable” in his comments, achieving his limit of 5 fish by regularly changing tactics.  His best fish was 4lb 8oz and the total bag weighed 15lb.

On the same day a party of three arrived, for just that; a party!  A member of the group was celebrating their birthday with a fishing trip to Exe Valley and I am pleased to report that every one of them caught fish using White & Yellow flies in lovely sunny conditions.

Ian Sharpe described his day as “fantastic fun”, with a bag of 4 for 14lbs, including a fine Rainbow of 7lb while Peter Watts said “Lovely Day & Good Fighters”, achieving his limit of 4 weighing 11lb by mid afternoon.

 Friday 19th Feb 2016 - Chris Adams - very happy with an eight pounder!

Friday 19th Feb 2016 - Chris Adams - very happy with an eight pounder!

One of the best fish in the last couple of weeks pulled the scales down to 8lbs exactly and was caught using a Green Hothead Damsel on a deep sinker by Chris Adams of Bampton.  At the time there was a howling gale and relentless rain, but like I said at the top of this report, the fish don’t seem to care!

Meurig Parsons summed up his session with the comment “can’t think of a better way to spend a spare couple of hours” and it just shows that small stillwater anglers don’t have to catch jumbo sized Trout to be happy as Meurigs brace weighed 4lbs.

It’s been half term week and so a few young anglers have been visiting which is fantastic to see.  Fifteen year old Sam Walker enjoyed the five fish permit he won last month in the return prize draw, landing his full bag and local lad Cozzy Soncini aged 11, also caught a limit of three from Lobbs Lake.

Star young angler of the week was a first time visitor to the lakes, Ben Taylor from Exeter who managed to catch 4 of the fish out of a 5 fish permit, shared with his grandfather!   And not content with the 4 fish Ben , age 12, also bagged himself this lovely Rainbow of 6lb 8oz from Anchor Lake which succumbed to a Bead Head Black Buzzer.  Many congrats Ben and good luck with your entry into the Junior Troutmasters 2016.

 Star young angler - 12 year old Ben Taylor was thrilled with his 6lb 8oz Rainbow caught on a Buzzer

Star young angler - 12 year old Ben Taylor was thrilled with his 6lb 8oz Rainbow caught on a Buzzer

This brings me neatly to next week’s Troutmaster fish off on Sunday 28th February.  The field is one of the largest I can remember and so far not all entrants have responded to the letters sent out by Trout Fisherman magazine.  If you entered a fish last year and have a letter, please let me know this week if you would like to fish.  Amongst the seniors it is really pleasing to see that this year there will also be a couple of juniors trying for their spot in the final.  Look out for a future report on this match and please note that the main Anchor Lake will be closed on 28th Feb 16.  Lobbs lake will remain open.

Last month’s Troutmaster badge winners were father and son Rob & Paul Grisley with Richard Burt in 3rd.  Rob showed his Dad the way luring a 9lb 8oz Rainbow to a Green Nymph, Paul’s fish weighed in at 7lb 5oz caught on a Black Minkie and a Cats Whisker did the business for Richard from Burnham-on-Sea with a seven pounder.  All these fish were caught between 21st Nov & 20th December 2015 and appear in Issue 480 of Trout Fisherman magazine.

I am working on something which should be available very soon to assist with locating hotspots at Exe Valley Fishery although during the last couple of weeks the lake is fishing consistently all over.  But if I had to catch fish then my own favourite locations would be next to the outlet, fishing to the right of the stone track and from the new platform on the South side of the lake.  Confused?!  Once complete my new project will facilitate finding these areas!

  Photo taken on 9th Feb 2016  - Gin clear water flows from the outlet of Anchor Lake, which has become a favourite with many anglers since the excavation in Aug 2015

Photo taken on 9th Feb 2016 - Gin clear water flows from the outlet of Anchor Lake, which has become a favourite with many anglers since the excavation in Aug 2015

Just before I sign off please remember that there is a diversion in place at Cove on the A396.  The official route requires a considerable detour so to help, please find our alternative routes here.  These are much shorter than the diversions shown on the main Tiverton Roundabout.  Please don’t follow them, there is no need!  Please click here for two alternative routes which can be printed or downloaded to a smart phone, ready for your journey.  If you don’t mind lanes, then go via Stoodleigh but for a more substantial road and probably the most direct route choose the Old Tiverton road directions.

Thanks for reading and thank you if you have visited the lakes recently.  We look forward to welcoming more of you before February is out and to greeting the Troutmasters competitors next week.  This is the first big senior match to be held at Exe Valley since the big dig and it will be exciting to see how match plays out with so much extra water available.

 Shaking from head to toe - A very happy Lukasz Adamczyk with his personal best 12lb Trout caught with a home tied UV Olive Bead Head Nymph.

Shaking from head to toe - A very happy Lukasz Adamczyk with his personal best 12lb Trout caught with a home tied UV Olive Bead Head Nymph.

Late Entry - Just as I was about to put the report to bed and upload I heard a commotion outside the office window and found a couple of anglers staring excitedly at the scales.  Using a UV Olive Bead Head Nymph, Lukasz Adamczyk from Exeter had landed this fantastic Rainbow Trout of 12lbs, using just 5lb leader and a light line rod finishing his limit of 5 fish weighing 25lb 3oz.  Lukasz needed me to complete his Troutmasters form as he was shaking so much and said the big fish is his personal best!  What a fantastic way to end the week!

Best Fishes,

Nick.