As the season gathers some pace and the weather improves ... a little, there haven’t been enough hours in the day to post up to the minute reports as my diary is crammed with teaching & guiding. So I am going to try a slightly new style with the key info and some pix to keep you all updated with the latest catches and news from the fishery.
First up you might have spotted Exe Valley Fishery in the Trout Fisherman magazine this month? If not check out issue 483, pages 34 to 37 and a cracking article by the West Countries Russ Symons, the longest serving contributor to TF. There are some great bits of advice plus a few new flies to try.
Sticking with Trout Fisherman for a moment it was a great pleasure to welcome the editor, Russell Hill last week and photographer Peter Gathercole. We had a ball even though it was windy and cold.
The sun shone though and a good few decent fish hit the bank including Tom Hendys personal best of 13lb 8oz which he caught on a home tied fly featuring a Rainbow bead. Tom said “What can I say. Personal best of 13 1/2lb. Only decided to come at last minute. Good decision” Look out for the full feature in a future issue of Trout Fisherman.
Well done to this month’s Troutmaster badge winners Lukasz Adamczyk with a 12lb 10oz Rainbow on a UV Olive Bead Damsel, Michael Ellis from Minehead with a cracking 10lb 12oz Rainbow in 2nd place and finally Peter Bridges who did not make double figures but used a Rainbow Fly to take 3rd spot with a fish of 8lb 3oz . All fish caught between 21st Feb to 20th March 16.
Tom Hendy will be in with a shot of claiming a badge in the next round with his double, another of 13lb 6oz fell to Roger Bowskill and Colin Wayman banked a fin perfect beauty of 12lb 4oz but is doubtful that this fish will make the cut!
The BIG news of course in recent weeks is that finally our record Brown Trout was caught. Stocked back in November 2015, it finally got it wrong in mid April, taking a Hares Ear nymph fished by Mike Webster. The huge 14lb 10oz fish spent an hour trying to throw the hook but in the end I was very happy to slip the net under Mikes prize. Read the full story here.
Looking through the returns top flies to try at the moment include Blue Damsels, Palmered Goldhead Cats and of course Buzzers. We have had some great hatches, signified by the airborne feeding frenzy of Martins & Swallows with the Trout feasting below. When the wind is strong fish fluorocarbon to keep the flies down a little and one or two Buzzers, chuck them out and let them swing on the wind. Easy & effective!
It’s always great to receive feedback from our anglers and without a doubt the top comment seems to be “I will be back”. Take Steve Thompson for instance who said “A day off the planet. Stress Free and lovely. I will be back.” We look forward to seeing you Steve and well done on your bag limit of 5 fish for 14lbs. Robert Stevens took a 21lb bag of 5 fish and said “What a wonderful day. Dry flies went really well as did Buzzers. Weather was very kind. I’ll be back” and David Beavey got a double amongst his 5 for 22lbs leaving the comment that the “last fish, a 10 pounder, made my day. As the saying goes “I will be back!!”
This is just a small amount of the great comments we receive, thanks to all who take the time to write a few words and remember that completing your return might just land you a prize. This month John Melrose from Minehead was first out of the hat for April and wins a complimentary 5 Fish Permit, which is even better as he caught 2 fish previously and it was his first ever day fly fishing ... so have a 2nd day on the house! Meanwhile tagged Trout continue to be caught and the latest £50 prize winner is Richard Carr from Wiveliscombe. Just add a £1 to your permit fee to be in with a chance!
And finally we have some new signs on the lake and the road closures on the A396 are drawing to a close. The last closure is from today 3rd May 2016 to Sat 14th May 2016, please see here for latest info & reports. However please note: the road is only closed from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Prior to these times it is possible to use the main route via Cove on the A396 and all you will have to negotiate is traffic lights rather than a 45 minute detour. The fishery is open as usual and fishing well, but please note that Anchor Lake will be closed all day on Thursday 5th May for a private event.
As always if you would like further info and to check if the fishery is open etc before making the journey please call us on 01398 323008
Hope you have a month of wet nets!
Stats for April 2016 are 155 anglers caught 487 fish for a rod average of 3.1