It looks like the work to improve Exe Valley Fishery and most notably Anchor Lake is paying off as the venue has just been voted as one of the Top 100 UK Stillwaters by the Trout Fisherman magazine. In fact the fishery entered the top 50, reaching 42nd place, even better news, this year the water remains open to anglers after last year’s disastrous summer when I had to close. There is no doubt that the cooler air and heavy rainfall have helped, but extensive work to clear weed has also assisted.
Just yesterday I was down teaching Robin “Cooky” Cook from Wales and he caught several fish on a mixture of Buzzers & Tequilla Blobs. No need to pull them fast, just throw out and figure 8 slowly, using any wind present to help drift the flies.
Cooky couldn’t believe the power of our fish, especially considering it is summer and says he will be making the journey across the border and heading South to enjoy some sessions at Exe Valley. Today Cooky and I we were on the river (which was also noted in the TF blurb about the fishery) and he landed his first ever Grayling. The River beat is only lightly fished and available on a separate permit although booking well in advance is essential.
Meanwhile John “The Snakeman” Clarke has been back in action on the lakes using his favourite pink snake fly to good effect, bagging 5 fish to 3lb 8oz and seemed very happy leaving the comment “Brilliant morning, credit to all the effort moving the weed”. Johns mate ( John Slaven) also bagged 5 to 4lbs fishing Buzzers and said “After a long spell of DIY it is nice to be back and not disappointed”
Apologies that this current report is going to be brief, I am very busy with tuition and have to get organised ready for the next visitors. So in summary head to Exe Valley and move around the lake using Buzzers, Blobs, Dries and nymphs such as the Diawl Bach and chances are you will enjoy some good sport.
Just before I sign off please note that ANCHOR LAKE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY 7th AUGUST 2017 for a junior fishing day. The fishery is open this weekend and will be again on Tuesday 8th Aug as normal.
Thanks for reading and I hope to see you at one of the Top 50 stillwaters in the UK very soon!
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