Another great month of Fly Fishing action

Another month has passed far too quickly at Exe Valley with the first taste of summer now upon us.  Although some inevitable weed has appeared during the hot spell Anchor Lake continues to provide excellent sport.  The deep areas are looking in better condition than this time last year and up to today, 27th May 17, 147 anglers have caught 547 Trout for a very healthy rod average of 3.7 fish per person.

Rick Price with a fin perfect slab of a Rainbow Trout caught while fishing Anchor Lake

Rick Price with a fin perfect slab of a Rainbow Trout caught while fishing Anchor Lake

Thank you to Rick Price of Taunton for sending in the picture of this cracker which he caught in Littlebrook Bay.  Rick said “What a brilliant day.  Thank you!”  And there have been plenty more happy anglers with a lot of new faces amongst them, often commenting on their returns that they will be returning to enjoy the hard fighting fish we offer here at Exe Valley in beautiful surroundings.

Rob Weaver from Bishops Lydeard caught and released 4 fish and said “Great mornings sport – 4 fish all around 2lb.  Daughter caught her first Trout!  We will be back” while Jeff Evans from Burnham on Sea said “Great Day Fishing.  Great Surroundings.  Will be Back.  5 Star”  Andrew Seal drove all the way from Radstock and was not disappointed landing a total of 8 fish to 5lb 8oz, returning 3 of them and leaving the comment “First time here & will definitely be back.  Lost more than I caught but great fun on the surface”

Andrews comment is a positive take on the need to use the right tactics to catch.  Quite a few returns simply said “Hard Fishing” although many of the anglers commenting as such had caught their limits!  My aim here at Exe Valley Fishery is to provide good sport which requires some thought about tactics.  15lb leaders and great big goldheads are unlikely to work.  Leaders of 6lb to 8lb and a much more subtle approach are likely to score, with a great deal of fish now succumbing to dry fly tactics and nymphs such as the Diawl Bach.  Mr Bellamy from Wiveliscombe put it perfectly after releasing 6 fish with the comment “Good Fish.  Good Challenge”

Andy & Carl caught 8 fish between them using washing line tactics, Hopper Booby on the point and Crank Shank Buzzer on the dropper.

Andy & Carl caught 8 fish between them using washing line tactics, Hopper Booby on the point and Crank Shank Buzzer on the dropper.

Just this week I used imitative tactics while guiding Andy & Carl from the Birmingham area.  We had to experiment with a couple of different fly patterns and in the end enjoyed some great sport using a washing line consisting of a Black Hopper Booby on the point and a simple Crank Shank Buzzer on the dropper.  Fish fell to both patterns and the takes were fantastic; not to mention the fighting qualities of these fish!

If you are interested in improving your casting techniques please see my website Nick Hart Fly Fishing for details and check out this recent article written by the editor Russell Hill and published in the most recent issue (496) of Trout Fisherman magazine. 

Find out how to get started fly fishing - see Trout Fisherman magazine Issue 496

Find out how to get started fly fishing - see Trout Fisherman magazine Issue 496

Talking of the magazine many congrats to the most recent Troutmasters badge winners (issue 496 & 497) who will be invited to attend next year’s fish off competition

Richard Quick, 10lb 0oz Rainbow, Snake Fly  

Alan Jukes, 8lb 14oz Rainbow, Damsel

Keith Ratcliffe, 8lb 8oz Rainbow, Alley Cat

Michael Wright, Lympstone, 8lb 0oz Rainbow, Damsel

Daniel Stocker, Ashburton, 7lb 0oz Rainbow, Black Buzzer

Oliver Smith, Surrey, 5lb 8oz Rainbow, Orange Pheasant Tail Nymph

More updates are posted to the Exe Valley Facebook Page during the month and please make note of Saturday 3rd June 2017. 

Anchor Lake will be closed for one day on SATURDAY 3rd JUNE 2017 for a special event and I would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience.  The lake will reopen for business as usual on SUNDAY 4th JUNE 2017

Thanks for reading and I hope the next month offers you some great fishing.

Nick Hart.