Despite the weather its been pleasing to see the lakes bustling with activity once again as a couple of local fishing clubs descended on Exe Valley Fishery during the week. On Tuesday 11th the South Molton Fishing Club visited with 9 anglers and on Saturday nine Clatworthy Flyfishers braved torrential rain and were rewarded for their efforts, enjoying some good fishing, a break for hot bacon rolls & coffee before the second half and a well earned pint at the local pub.
There were plenty of top quality fish caught throughout the morning with the main comments being about how hard the fish were fighting and how fat the fish are! Four pleasure anglers also fished during the day and by the close of play 13 rods had amassed a catch of 52 fish for an average of exactly 4 fish per person. The summer is long forgotten, Anchor Lake is back and on fire!
Flies & Tactics
Most people are fishing with floating lines coupled with a mixture of Blue Flash Damsels, Bloodworms and Cats. During the Clatworthy outing a few fish were also taken on sinking lines with Snakes but by the Saturday we were amidst weather warnings, torrential rain and dipping temperatures so this was to be expected. Despite the weather 41 fish were banked by the Clatworthy club pushing the rod average up to 4.6, with Chris Short from Illminster achieving a bag limit of 10 fish.
It is very important to keep moving around the lake, searching out new pods of fish and experimenting with depth. The anglers who are adopting this approach, including Blair Woodland who travelled from South Devon, are being rewarded for the extra effort. Blair caught on a variety of lines and flies, including his own home tied Buzzers and judging by the bend in that rod he had some fun!
The shop has been busy with several Christmas orders for Smoked Trout and Duck. We will have our final delivery of products on Friday 21st December and have added a selection of Chutneys, Jams and Preserves to our range along with some gorgeous gift ideas including beautifully designed Gaby fish cushions – the perfect gift for that hard to buy for angler.
WINTER PERMIT OFFER - Buy 4 permits and have your 5th outing on us!
We are pleased to be able to announce a Winter Fishing Permit Offer *(subject to T&Cs) to those of you who would like to support the fishery when the fishing is great … but the weather isn’t the most pleasant!
From Thursday 27th December 2018 to Sunday 31st March 2019 inclusive BUY 4 PERMITS & GET THE 5th PERMIT - FREE!!! You are free to choose whatever 5th permit you like … the deal is you must visit and pay for 4 full price permits within the allotted time published above, thats it!
* Terms & Conditions 1) Pre paid gift voucher permits DO NOT qualify for this offer. 2) All permits MUST be completed in full to register as a visit. 3) Return slips MUST be completed at the end of each session to register as a visit. 4) A permit purchased and not matched to a return slip will not be counted. 5) ONE FREE PERMIT of the anglers choice (C&R, 2, 3, 4 or 5 fish) will be issued after 4 full price visits subject to the T&Cs 6) The FREE permit will be valid for one visit only which must be taken by 30th April 2019 7) This offer can be enjoyed more than once between 27/12/18 & 31/03/19 - e.g. Fish 8 times and receive 2 FREE PERMITS 8) The FREE permit is non-transferable and has no cash value.
Look out next Friday as we will announce who the winner is of the delicious Christmas Hamper, remember every-time you fish at Exe Valley (there are another 5 days to go!), you will be entered into the draw. Thank you for reading, I hope to welcome you soon. Don’t forget we are open throughout Christmas (see below) and with our new winter permit offer starting on 27th December there has never been a better time to enjoy the cool, clear water of Anchor Lake and some exciting winter sport! And if you would like to discuss any or all of the above please call Sue on 01398 323008 for assistance or check out our Exe Valley Fishery Facebook Page
CHRISTMAS OPENING 2018/2019
SAT 22nd DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 9.00am – 1.00pm
SUN 23rd DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 9.00am – 1.00pm
CHRISTMAS EVE – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 8.00am – 12.00 Noon
CHRISTMAS DAY – FISHERY CLOSED
BOXING DAY – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY (SELF SERVE PERMITS ONLY)
THURS 27th DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 9.00am – 1.00pm
FRI 28th DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 9.00am – 1.00pm
SAT 29th DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 9.00am – 1.00pm
SUN 30th DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY (SELF SERVE PERMITS ONLY)
MON 31st DEC – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY (SELF SERVE PERMITS ONLY)
TUES 1st JAN – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY (SELF SERVE PERMITS ONLY)
WED 2nd JAN – FISHERY OPEN ALL DAY / SHOP OPEN 10.00am – 2.00pm (Normal Business Hours Resume)