Big Fish, Lures & Dry Flies – see this week’s catch report to 7th Feb 2016

Storm Imogen thrashed the fishery during the weekend, resulting in a local fly fishing club cancelling their match at the very last minute.  Even so a few anglers braved it on Sunday, local angler Mark Thompson bagging himself a 6lb 2oz Trout and both Ashley Gough and Arthur Daukszys taking their limits of five by mid afternoon.  Once again in the coloured water Black & deep was the order of the day.

The week ended with 24 anglers catching 86 fish for an average of 3.6 per rod, enjoying gin clear conditions during the main part of the week.  After a storm the River Barle will rise and the fishery colours, but as the river falls back it soon returns to the beautiful clarity for which Exe Valley Fishery is famous.

As per last week’s report, use flies with plenty of movement (especially if you are hoping for a big fish), think about silhouette and expect to be using an intermediate line or faster.  Rosie Coles did just that and landed a stunning Rainbow Trout of 8lb 1oz which fell to the highly mobile Flexi Black Zonker, incorporating rubber legs for even more mobility.  Rosie twitched the lure using an intermediate line and said the fine fish put up a very strong fight.  It’s a definitely in contention as a Troutmasters badge winner for the month so well done Rosie!

 A very happy Rosie Coles with her 8lb 1oz Rainbow caught using a Flexi Black Zonker

A very happy Rosie Coles with her 8lb 1oz Rainbow caught using a Flexi Black Zonker

Best bag of the week fell to the rod of Robert Stevens from Tiverton who commented on his return “A brilliant day.  Fritzy Blob did the trick today for me.  A Fritzy Cats Whisker also caught.  Thank you, I will be back” Unfortunately I wasn't around to record Roberts catch on camera but his 5 fish resulted in a total weight of 21lb and included a double of 10lbs.  Great fishing and we are particularly pleased that Robert had such a good day as he was out for the 2015 season due to a broken arm.  Other lure caught Trout include a 5lb 4oz Rainbow to Jenny Harris on a Black Nomad, a five fish limit of 14lb for Rob Date (4 of them taking a White Nomad) and a brace for Sampford Peverells Mike Good, both lured by that fly again ... The Cats Whisker.

 Full of movement - Flexi Black Zonker

Full of movement - Flexi Black Zonker

If lures are not your thing, then there is sport to be had with more imitative patterns.  Wimbleball Lake ranger Danny Ford picked up a quick limit of 4 with a single fish to a Cats Whisker but the other 3 all fell to a Dry Daddy, meanwhile Andy Cottam from Plymouth also presented his flies in the top layers including one caught on a Claret Hopper.  Mr Dodds had even more success with a 5 fish bag of 17lb, including a 7 pounder and said on his return card “All taken on the top!”  We may be enduring a season of Atlantic storms but the temperatures remain high for the time of year, so don’t discount imitative tactics, especially in the super clear water that results following a flood.

Despite the weather I have been getting my hands dirty again this week and I have to say I love it.  Being part of everything that goes on here at Exe Valley helps me to better understand how I can improve the venue.  Along with more improvements to Anchor Lake, the car park was long overdue for a make over and so along with ace contractor Henry Godfrey Plant we have been laying many tons of new gravel.

 Getting my hands dirty - well, almost!

Getting my hands dirty - well, almost!

That's it for this week, the weather looks like it might be improving for a few days so if you are suffering cabin fever from the long winter of storms dust down those rods and have a few hours out fishing.  But before you travel and due to the A396 road closure at Cove, please check out these directions which can be downloaded & printed for your journey.

And if you would like an update before you travel on water clarity and how the lakes are fishing please call 01398 323008.

Have a great week. 

Best Fishes,

Nick.