Fishery Updates & Junior Fishing Day

The last two weeks have been busy at Exe Valley Fishery with the lakes continuing to fish well and the Cafe starting to welcome people through the doors. Anglers have even pre-ordered food to be delivered to the lakeside. The fishing has been varied this week from dry flies catching earlier in the week, then after the rain on Wednesday evening the fish were being caught deeper down and finally finishing the week with glorious sunshine & a lot of top water activity.

Anchor Lake looking stunning in the Sunday afternoon sunshine.

Anchor Lake looking stunning in the Sunday afternoon sunshine.

Anchor Lake

The most successful fly patterns on Anchor Lake over the two weeks have been varied including Buzzers, Damsels & Bloodworms or Dry Flies including Yellow Owls & Sedge patterns. A slow retrieve or static approach have still been producing the best results.

Recently we have welcomed several newcomers to the lakes including Matt Baines who travelled from Torquay to fish with us and had a very successful day.


Matt Baines from Torquay said  ' Seven fish landed - ranged from 2 1/2lb - 4 1/2lb - very good day.'

Matt Baines from Torquay said ' Seven fish landed - ranged from 2 1/2lb - 4 1/2lb - very good day.'

Our normal lake opening hours are 8.00am to 6.00pm although fishing outside of these times can be organised in advance and as Exe Valley Fishery regular Ben Cheeld found out it can be the perfect time to fish when he arrived for a late afternoon / evening session.

Ben wrote on his return  ‘All on Dries. Awesome Day'

Ben wrote on his return ‘All on Dries. Awesome Day'

Junior Fishing Day

On Sunday 19th May 2019 the Devon Salmon & Trout Association are holding a Junior Fly-Fishing Day. It is a great way to introduce young people to fishing & it is always nice to see so many youngsters enjoy the event. Lobbs Lake will be closed for the event. For more details please call Fred Leach on 01398 331019.

Join in the Junior Fishing Day for a chance to catch a beautiful Lobbs Lake Rainbow Trout

Join in the Junior Fishing Day for a chance to catch a beautiful Lobbs Lake Rainbow Trout

Summer Opening Times

From Monday 13th May 2019 the Fishery & Café will be opening as per the following Summer Hours.

Fishing Lakes – Unless otherwise stated on the website the Lakes are open from 8.00am – 6.00pm everyday with fishing outside these times by prior arrangement.

Café/Shop - open to all

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – 9.30am – 2.30pm

Wednesday – 9.30am – 3.30pm

Thursday – 9.30am – 3.30pm

Friday – 9.30am – 2.30pm

Saturday – 9.00am – 3.30pm

Sunday - 9.00am – 1.00pm

Many thanks for reading this report and if you need any further information please call me on 01398 323008.

Sue x

Cafe Update, New Opening Hours & Winter Permit Offer

I hope that you enjoyed a relaxing Easter in the sunshine. The lakes have been very busy with the fish sitting near the top of the water making for some great dry fly fishing for anglers on Anchor Lake. Lobbs Lake has been busy too and it has been lovely to see so many youngsters catching their own fish. The Café has received a lot of attention through out April and I am really pleased with how it is taking shape. It is now stocked with a selection of refreshments, has a full menu as well as artwork and gift ideas. New opening hours are at the bottom of this report.

Anchor Lakes new visitors enjoying the sunshine

Anchor Lakes new visitors enjoying the sunshine

Anchor Lake

With the beautiful weather over Easter the fish were sitting high in the water with the most successful patterns being Diawl Bachs, Klinkhammers, Hares Ears and Buzzers, however the stormy weather has changed this and pushed the fish a little deeper with Bloodworms and Blobs working well. The fish have also been preferring a slow retrieve.

Steve Dye from Fareham caught this cracking 5lb Rainbow Trout from Anchor Lake and said  “Brilliant mornings fishing”.  Steve caught his fish by midday so even had time to enjoy a cup of tea next to Lobbs Lake.

Steve Dye from Fareham caught this cracking 5lb Rainbow Trout from Anchor Lake and said “Brilliant mornings fishing”. Steve caught his fish by midday so even had time to enjoy a cup of tea next to Lobbs Lake.

Lobbs Lake

Since re-opening on the 1st April 2019 Lobbs Lake has welcomed several families. Spinners have been working well along with bread. Magnus & Sid travelled down from Bristol with their Dad for a days fishing and caught 5 fish from Lobbs Lake. They then barbecued one for lunch and took the others home for another day.

Magnus & Sid from Bristol enjoyed a fantastic days fishing on Lobbs Lake.

Magnus & Sid from Bristol enjoyed a fantastic days fishing on Lobbs Lake.

Café

As mentioned above I have been very busy getting the Cafe organised. Not only do I have a full stock of smoked fish and refreshments but also the very talented Dorset based Jessamy Keily of JinKs Art has several pieces of her amazing artwork displayed in the Cafe for sale, including the stunning ‘Go against the flow’. Alongside the images I am now stocking a selection of Jessamys greeting cards in similar designs.

‘Go against the flow’, a stunning piece of art by Jessamy Keily of  Jinks Art.

‘Go against the flow’, a stunning piece of art by Jessamy Keily of Jinks Art.

Alongside Jessamys beautiful artwork I have a selection of unique gifts from Exmoor Treasures. The ladies design and create each gift by hand which are perfect for a holiday souvenir or special gift. Personalisation can be added to your item to make it even more special.

A few of the unique gifts available by  Exmoor Treasures

A few of the unique gifts available by Exmoor Treasures

Winter Permit Offer

A quick reminder - with the end of April fast approaching there are only a couple days left to earn & use the free permit on our Winter Permit Offer. The offer expires on 30.04.2019. Thank you to everyone that has supported the permit offer - it has been amazing to see so many anglers taking up the offer and attending enough times to receive a free permit. If you are unsure of whether you have qualified for a free permit, please contact me on the details below.

There is still time to qualify for your free permit and catch one of these Anchor Lake Rainbow Trout like Colin Wayman from Exeter with a 4lber.

There is still time to qualify for your free permit and catch one of these Anchor Lake Rainbow Trout like Colin Wayman from Exeter with a 4lber.

Opening Times


The fishery openings times will remain at 8.00a.m. - 6.00p.m everyday. With the mornings and evenings becoming lighter, fishing outside these times can be pre- arranged by contacting me on the numbers below.

From 11th May 2019 in addition to the normal opening hours the Cafe will also be open over weekends.

Thank you for taking the time to read my report. I hope to see some of you at the fishery soon. Why not pop along to enjoy tea by the lakeside or order a bacon roll to be delivered to the lake?

Sue x

01398 323008 or 07989 326313

Troutmasters Results, Cafe & Easter Opening Times

Since my last report we have continued with fishery maintenance to make fishing areas on Anchor Lake even easier to access and on Sunday 14th April 2019 the Troutmasters competition took place – full results below. Lobbs Lake has now been open for two weeks and has welcomed several families & children. It has been fantastic to see so many of these first-time anglers catch their own tea. Easter is almost here, and it looks like we are in for some lovely weather – perfect for enjoying a cream tea or ice cream next to the lakes.

Beautiful day to enjoy fishing with Grandad.

Beautiful day to enjoy fishing with Grandad.

Troutmasters Results

Well done to everyone who took part in the Troutmasters competition on Sunday 14th April 2019. The competition took place over four hours and even with the freezing cold easterly wind the ten anglers that attended managed a rod average of 2.4 fish per angler, with several anglers heading back to Anchor lake to continue fishing after the match had ended. Best tactics throughout this colder spell have been to fish deeper and slower.

  1. Chris Short with 5 fish weighing 16lb 8oz

  2. Keith Ratcliffe with 4 fish weighing 11lb 12oz

  3. Philip Duckett with 3 fish weighing 10lb 12oz

  4. Mary Ratcliffe with 3 fish weighing 7lb 12oz

  5. Ben Cheeld with 3 fish weighing 6lb 4oz

  6. Richard Cooper with 2 fish weighing 5lb 8oz

  7. Mike Duckett with 2 fish weighing 5lb

  8. Sam Shepherd - Junior with 2 fish weighing 4lb 12oz

    9 -Terence O’Keefe

    9 - Peter Kyle

Chris Short playing a Rainbow Trout on Anchor Lake. 1 of a 5 fish limit where he went on to win the competition.

Chris Short playing a Rainbow Trout on Anchor Lake. 1 of a 5 fish limit where he went on to win the competition.

Sam Shepherd, winner of the Exe Valley Fishery Junior Troutmasters Competition with one of his Anchor Lake Rainbow Trout.

Sam Shepherd, winner of the Exe Valley Fishery Junior Troutmasters Competition with one of his Anchor Lake Rainbow Trout.

Anchor Lake

It has been great to see anglers using the whole of Anchor Lake to fish with the usually dismissed end of the lake seeing some amazing fishing action. The depth of the far end of the lake was increased in 2015/2016 from 2ft to around 8ft.

Ken Goode with one of ten fish he caught and released on Anchor Lake

Ken Goode with one of ten fish he caught and released on Anchor Lake

Ken Goode from Bournemouth took full advantage of being the only angler fishing the corner. After purchasing our newly reduced 10 fish Catch & Release ticket Ken had a great time catching & releasing all 10 fish at the far end of the lake.

Ken Goode caught & released 10 fish on his first visit to Exe Valley Fishery. Ken said  ‘Such a lovely day, hard fighting fish. Hope to come again’

Ken Goode caught & released 10 fish on his first visit to Exe Valley Fishery. Ken said ‘Such a lovely day, hard fighting fish. Hope to come again’

Nick has been busy while back from London strimming the lakes and the fish certainly seemed to be enjoying all the bugs falling in from the strimmed reeds and were rising all around.

Anchor Lake prior to Nick strimming ……………..

Anchor Lake prior to Nick strimming ……………..

And after

And after

The platform areas were strimmed too ….

The platform areas were strimmed too ….

And after.

And after.

Café

The Café is open for light refreshments, cream teas and ice creams during normal opening hours. From Tuesday 23rd April 2019 the café will be opening for longer Summer opening hours which we will put on the website. Our Easter opening hours are at the bottom of this post.

Not only does the café offer refreshments it also has the following available:

  • Rod hire for both Anchor Lake and Lobbs Lake

  • Fish food for young people to feed the fish on Lobbs Lake

  • A selection of tackle

  • Smoked food produce

  • Gifts & Artwork

  • Hampers

Thank you for reading this report and hope to welcome you to the fishery & Cafe soon. If you have any enquiries please contact me on 01398 323008.

Sue x


Cafe Easter opening hours are as follows:

Friday 19th April 2019 – 10.00 am - 5.00pm

Saturday 20th April 2019 – 10.00am - 5.00pm

Sunday 21st April 2019 – 10.00am - 5.00pm

Monday 22nd April 2019 – 10.00am – 2.00pm

Fishery is open 8.00am - 6.00pm as usual


Lobbs Lake opening, Troutmasters Competition & Permit Offer Extension

With the sun shining I’ve spent the week working on the fishery and I am pleased to report that Lobbs Lake is ready to re-open on Monday 1st April, while Anchor Lake has had some bank maintenance in preparation for the Troutmasters competition. The fish have been enjoying the warm weather too and have been readily taking dry flies or wets fished just below the surface with the most popular patterns being Klinkhammers & Damsel patterns fished on a slow retrieve.

Fish have been taking flies on or just below the surface of Anchor Lake

Fish have been taking flies on or just below the surface of Anchor Lake

Lobbs Lake re-opening

Lobbs Lake will re-open for family fishing on Monday 1st April 2019 and will have a very special separate permit to Anchor Lake, designed to encourage families to introduce their children to the thrill of fishing. The lake is heavily stocked and is reserved for spinning & bait fishing only, ensuring a safe environment for young anglers. There will also be the opportunity for children to feed the fish with bags of pellets available for sale during shop hours.

Cheap Fishing for Children

So what about those very special prices? Having two children of our own we understand how expensive life is these days so we have decided to do our bit and help you have an inexpensive day out with your family and the chance to take home a Trout for tea.

There will be no up front cost to pay and Trout will be charged at just £5 per fish! So if your little people don’t catch, you don’t pay! All trout caught are to be retained (strictly no catch & release on Lobbs) and the fee posted in the box after fishing e.g. 2 fish = £10, 4 fish = £20 & 10 fish = £50 Please note that prior to fishing supervising adults MUST complete the sign-in form situated in the permit hut, or you may sign in at the shop during our opening hours. There is an age restriction of up to 14 years old on Lobbs Lake.

Please note we do of course expect adults to be helping with casting, supervising and ensuring safety, however this special rate is not available for adults fishing on their own. Lobbs Lake is reserved for children only. If you would like to take a budding young fly angler fishing please remember that children up to 14 years old can share an adults permit on Anchor Lake, including our super value catch & release option. Look out for some very special news regarding Anchor Permits next week.

Don’t have any fishing kit?

We have a stock of perfect sized rods and reels for hire, plus nets priced at just £5 per kit, per session. Spinners, lures, bait, hooks & floats are available to purchase during shop hours, please note that these consumables are not part of the hire kit and can be taken away for your next fishing trip. And if your children really become addicted (we hope so!) there will be inexpensive junior kits available to buy.

Bertie had a great time fishing Lobbs Lake with his Granny

Bertie had a great time fishing Lobbs Lake with his Granny

Picnic tables now line the banks of Lobbs Lake making it the perfect spot to enjoy a family day out. The café is open for refreshments too and will have a full menu & longer opening hours available later in April.

Lobbs Lake all ready to re-open to families on Monday 1st April 2019

Lobbs Lake all ready to re-open to families on Monday 1st April 2019

Troutmasters

On Sunday 14th April 2019 we will be holding the Troutmasters competition. Anchor Lake is closed throughout the competition, but Lobbs Lake will be open for children’s fishing. Anchor Lake will be available once the competition has finished. Check in is from 8am on Sunday morning with the match starting at 9am and finishes at 1pm. Bacon rolls are available to pre-order to have on your arrival – please let me know if you would like one (or two!) and we can also offer lunch at the cafe.

Mike Duckett from Chelmsford, and brother Philip, visited last week to practise for the Troutmasters competition and both caught fish that they have entered for next years Troutmasters competition!

Mike Duckett with his entry for next years Troutmasters competition!

Mike Duckett with his entry for next years Troutmasters competition!

Winter Permit Offer Extension

With March 31st upon us we have decided that due to the popularity of the Winter Permit Offer and with several anglers almost qualifying for their free permit we will continue the offer through to the end of April 2019 giving an extra month to gain and use your free permit. Please contact me if you are unsure of how many permits you have purchased since the offer started and I will let you know.

Matt Hunt from Torquay, playing an Anchor Rainbow Trout, 1 of the 9 he caught and released during the week providing him not only with a great days sport but qualifying him for a free permit. If you have been taking part in our loyalty scheme please note that the offer has been extended to the end of April 2019

Matt Hunt from Torquay, playing an Anchor Rainbow Trout, 1 of the 9 he caught and released during the week providing him not only with a great days sport but qualifying him for a free permit. If you have been taking part in our loyalty scheme please note that the offer has been extended to the end of April 2019

Thank you for reading this report, we hope you are excited as we are regarding the opening of Lobbs Lake for junior anglers and hope to welcome you to the fishery soon. And as always if you have any questions or require my assistance please do not hesitate to contact me on 01398 323008

Have a great week fishing and look out for another report soon.

Sue x