Winter Fishing at its best & Grayling fishing

With the snow melting fast outside it seems like a good time to show some of the stunning fish that anglers at Exe Valley have been catching. The cold spell has far from slowed the fishing with anglers having great success on a variety of flies and tactics. The fish are in great condition & fighting hard.

Winter fishing on Anchor Lake

Winter fishing on Anchor Lake

Ben Cheeld was our first angler to receive his free permit on the Winter Fishing Permit Offer and chose our very popular Catch & Release ticket. He caught 7 fish – 4 on a White Lure and 3 on a Chewing Gum Bloodworm.

Ben Cheeld fishing on his free Catch & Release ticket

Ben Cheeld fishing on his free Catch & Release ticket

John Ratcliffe from Exmouth visited on a very cold day and used a variety of different patterns and depths with a slow retrieve. He caught all six of his fish including a lovely Blue Trout.

John Ratcliffe with his lovely Blue Trout

John Ratcliffe with his lovely Blue Trout

Colin Nice from Exeter visited with a friend during last week and enjoyed bacon rolls on arrival & soup by the lake for lunch - available from our pre-order menu. Colin caught 6 fish including a nice 4lb Rainbow Trout. Colin said “Very good - enjoyable all aspects. All fish on small flies P.T.N, D.B, Bloody William & floating line – 6”-12” down.

Colin with one of his Rainbow Trout from Anchor Lake

Colin with one of his Rainbow Trout from Anchor Lake

On the same day Andy Dade from Berrow visited and caught 4 fish including a cracking 6lb 1oz Rainbow Trout noting “Good day again, all fish on Apps Bloodworm. Deep and slow retrieve” A few days later however Andy returned to Anchor Lake and landed a stunning 12lb 2oz Rainbow Trout using an Apps Bloodworm on a floating line. This Rainbow was Andys personal best Rainbow Trout – well done Andy!

Andy Dade with his personal best 12lb 2oz Rainbow Trout

Andy Dade with his personal best 12lb 2oz Rainbow Trout

Anchor Lake Tactics

Over the last week a really wide variety of tactics and flies have been working but with one common theme that is the retrieve needs to be slow. The fish have been higher in the water than expected considering the temperature at around 3 foot and many fish are sitting no more than 6-8ft from the bank. There was a thin layer of ice about halfway over the lake but that soon went when the sun came out.

Thin layer of ice over Anchor Lake

Thin layer of ice over Anchor Lake

Grayling Fishing

We are lucky enough to have the River Exe running alongside the fishery and on Saturday Nick ventured out in the snow with a friend for some great Winter Grayling fishing. A slight change from his London life! If you are interested in using the beat then day tickets can be purchased from Sue.

Grayling fishing on the River Exe

Grayling fishing on the River Exe

Beautiful River Exe Grayling.

Beautiful River Exe Grayling.

Fishery Notice

Due to ongoing problems and having received complaints by members of the public we have made the decision that we can no longer welcome dogs (other than assistance dogs) to Exe Valley Fishery. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Thank you for taking the time to read this report. Sue x