Good weather & Great Sport to close out the year

We hope you had a great Christmas! Following the festivities a total of 38 anglers visited the shores of Exe Valley this week, catching 141 fish between them for a rod average of 3.7

Top rod was Blair Woodland from South Devon with 12 fish. Blair regularly fishes the lakes during the winter and found most of his success using Blobs and also moved around the lake to find fish. Ben Cheeld from Taunton also had a great bag of 9 on his second visit of the week, following a catch of 4 a few days before.

Best flies are Blobs, Blue Flash Damsels & Buzzers and during the mild temperatures a floater has been just about all thats needed although if the sport slows, try counting down your flies for longer or swap to a slow sinker. Best areas have been in the upper half of the lake, especially near the outflow and on the point, although fish are being caught all around Anchor Lake.

Here are a selection of the catches from this week. Thanks to all those who visited, we hope to see you again soon and have a very Happy New Year!

Sue & Nick

Eliot Hector from Taunton with a fish caught & released on a Fritz during Christmas week.

Eliot Hector from Taunton with a fish caught & released on a Fritz during Christmas week.

Peter Brittain with a nice Blue Trout for the pan!

Peter Brittain with a nice Blue Trout for the pan!

Regular Exe Valley angler Blair Woodland from South Devon put his Blobs to good use, fished with a variety of retrieves in various locations around the lake. He finished the day on 12 fish.

Regular Exe Valley angler Blair Woodland from South Devon put his Blobs to good use, fished with a variety of retrieves in various locations around the lake. He finished the day on 12 fish.

Peter Hart from Kingsteignton looking very pleased with his bag of 3 including a Blue Trout. Peter went on to enjoy some catch and release having reached his limit.

Peter Hart from Kingsteignton looking very pleased with his bag of 3 including a Blue Trout. Peter went on to enjoy some catch and release having reached his limit.

Ben Cheeld from Taunton with a beautiful silver fish caught using a floating line and static nymph, he added 3 more to his total (all released) and fished another session on 30/12/18, banking another 9 fish, this time using a New Zealand dropper set up leaving the comment  “Cracking Day!”

Ben Cheeld from Taunton with a beautiful silver fish caught using a floating line and static nymph, he added 3 more to his total (all released) and fished another session on 30/12/18, banking another 9 fish, this time using a New Zealand dropper set up leaving the comment “Cracking Day!”

Father & son team Chris & Shaun Ley travelled from Barnstaple and in their words had a  “fantastic day in a fantastic setting with fantastic fish!”  Thank you for visiting guys, we are pleased you had a good day and hope to see you again soon!

Father & son team Chris & Shaun Ley travelled from Barnstaple and in their words had a “fantastic day in a fantastic setting with fantastic fish!” Thank you for visiting guys, we are pleased you had a good day and hope to see you again soon!

There are plenty more fish to upload but with New Year on the horizon we will leave you with some scenes from Exe Valley this week and to use Shauns words, it has been fantastic to see so many of you visiting.

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Anglers enjoying Merry Christmas catches at Exe Valley Fishery!

With the last of the hampers posted and Christmas just around the corner it is time to write the penultimate post of the year. Firstly the prize draw to win a hamper full of Smoked Trout, Nuts, Cheese and Pickles worth £50.00 was very popular with a 1 in 46 chance of winning the prize.

The winner was drawn at the end of the day on Friday 21st and first out of the hat was Steve Edmonds who fished at Exe Valley Fishery as part of the South Molton Fishing Club last week. Many congratulations to Steve who collected his prize this morning - perfect timing and already earmarked for Christmas Breakfast so we hear! Steve messaged to say ‘ Sue - Many thanks for the super hamper. Trout Pate on crackers with a cafetiere of coffee. Lovely’

Steve Edmonds looking pleased with his winning hamper which he tells us he will be turning in to Christmas breakfast! Steve - we think there will probably be enough for Boxing Day too!!

Steve Edmonds looking pleased with his winning hamper which he tells us he will be turning in to Christmas breakfast! Steve - we think there will probably be enough for Boxing Day too!!

Fishery News

Anchor Lake has been on good form again this week with every angler having a successful visit. On Saturday alone 5 anglers caught 43 fish between them making the rod average a whopping 8.6 fish!! One of those anglers was 81 year old Jim Hatim returning to Exe Valley Fishery this week having not had the opportunity to wet a line all year. He took full advantage of the very obliging fish and finished his day with 3 stunning Rainbow Trout including a beautiful 4 pounder, part of a total bag weighing 10lbs.

Jim looking pleased with his 3 fish limit.

Jim looking pleased with his 3 fish limit.

Blair Woodland travelled up from South Devon once again this weekend, but this time with three friends having told them all about his success last week. Judging by the many photos sent through (see the EV Facebook page for more) they had a fantastic days sport. All opted for our very popular Catch & Release ticket, finishing up with a magnificent 40 fish between them with a variety of tactics including several taken off the top with dries!

Blair has fished 2 weekends in a row during less than favourable weather and has been more than rewarded for his efforts. You can only catch fish with your fly in the water!

Blair has fished 2 weekends in a row during less than favourable weather and has been more than rewarded for his efforts. You can only catch fish with your fly in the water!

WINTER PERMIT OFFER - Buy 4 permits and have your 5th outing on us!

Don't forget our Winter Permit Offer starts on the 27th December 2018

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, that’s 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.

Finally Nick & I would like to wish all of our anglers a very MERRY CHRISTMAS, and if you need to escape from the house for a few hours we will be open throughout the festive break. Looking ahead at the long range forecasts it looks like we are in for a spell of settled weather, with good temperatures for the time of year of up to 12C and light winds averaging 8-10mph … perfect small stillwater trout fishing conditions.


Sue x

Telephone Enquiries: 01398 323008


EXE VALLEY FISHERY 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)


December Update – Lakes Improvements, The Shop Re-Opens & Smoked Trout returns to Exe Valley

The summer weather was not kind to the fishery requiring the lakes to be closed while Sue took on a job, as for several months there was no cashflow available via the business. We are pleased to say that Sue has now returned to the fishery full time and Anchor Lake is fully open and fishing really well. For those who enjoy the sport but don’t want the fish, remember we are one of the only West Country venues with a Catch & Release Permit available for just £25.

Can you spot the fish jumping?! Please comment below …

Can you spot the fish jumping?! Please comment below …

Shop & Café Re-Opens

We have welcomed many anglers since re-opening the lakes in October including three larger groups throughout November whom we are happy to report have enjoyed some really good sport. The fish have been in the surface layers, responding well to natural or black patterns. Now that Sue has returned on a full-time basis the website will be regularly updated and she will be available at the lakes from 10.00am to 2.00pm Tuesday to Friday. The fishery will also be manned by one of us from 9.00am until 1.00pm on a Saturday.

Please note that the lakes will be open as usual on a 7 day per week self-serve basis. During shop opening hours permits can be paid for by debit/credit card, light refreshments and tackle will also be available along with our new range of smoked fish, duck & cheese. The shop will be closed on Sunday & Monday.

Lake Improvements

Bankside maintenance has continued on both Anchor and Lobbs lakes with more non-slip turf laid, the woodchip path replenished, and a new handrail installed between Lobbs & Anchor Lake. Following the poor growing season for stock fish we are also happy to report that the fish farm is now fully replenished and the lakes are being stocked regularly with our famous hard fighting Trout.

Non-Slip artificial grass installed on the feeder stream bridge

Non-Slip artificial grass installed on the feeder stream bridge

New Handrail

New Handrail

Smoked Fish, Duck & Cheese for Sale … just in time for Christmas!

One of the most exciting developments is that we will now be stocking a selection of locally produced smoked food items such as Hot & Cold Smoked Trout, Smoked Chicken and Smoked Duck to name just a few. The shop & café will also evolve over the next few months with some really interesting new products ear marked for the shelves.

Hot & Cold Smoked Trout, Smoked Chicken, Smoked Duck & Smoked Cheese now available at Exe Valley. Please visit the shop from Tuesday to Friday 10am - 2pm & Saturday 9am - 1pm

Hot & Cold Smoked Trout, Smoked Chicken, Smoked Duck & Smoked Cheese now available at Exe Valley. Please visit the shop from Tuesday to Friday 10am - 2pm & Saturday 9am - 1pm

Please visit our Exe Valley Facebook Page for more info and better still head over to the fishery for some great winter sport … warming up in the cafe with a hot cup of coffee.

Thank you for reading and please don’t hesitate to call Sue on 01398 323008 with any questions.

At last … a little bit of spring in the air at Exe Valley Fishery

The Beast from the East seems to have retreated and just hopefully spring is around the corner as it has been a looooong winter!  If you have had enough of it all why not head out West and wet a line, one thing is for sure the water is cold, full of oxygen and the Trout just love it.

Our anglers are making use of the Catch & Release tickets which will be held at the price of £25 for a 10 fish limit this season, with all other ticket options also held as per the 2017 rates. 

Blair Woodland makes use of the higher temps to enjoy a Catch & Release session at Exe Valley.

Blair Woodland makes use of the higher temps to enjoy a Catch & Release session at Exe Valley.

Reading from the returns archives Mr Tomkins recently tried a sporting ticket and worked nymphs for 4 fish over a few hours before switching to a stripped Blob which gave him another 5 fish in just half an hour.

Other returns mention the depth of the fish with the word “deep” used consistently along with “cold” including Mr Hobdens comment which made us chuckle “Bloody Freezing!!  But good sport!”  There is no doubt that wrapping up warm is required to enjoy a day at Exe Valley but if you put in the effort the chances are you will be rewarded with some action. 

Mr Hobden banked 4 fish during his chilly session, but John Slaven had an even more fruitful day with 5 taken and 4 released, noting that it had been a “Cold day but worth it.  Fantastic!”  Johns bag tipped the scales to 15lb 2oz with a best fish of 3lb 2oz

John will hope for an equally impressive bag in just over a weeks’ time when on Sunday 18th March Exe Valley will host its annual Troutmasters Fish Off to determine who will head to the final later in the year.  This event is already well signed up with around 15 anglers attending but if you have an invite and have yet to contact us, there is still time, if you are quick!  Please note that the fishery will be closed to regular day tickets on 18/03/18 until after the match which is due to end around 2pm.

If you are going to practice beforehand or if you are just heading to the fishery for a pleasure day it would be well worth packing Blobs, Snakes, Blue Flash Damsels, Apps Worms and a few buzzers.  Floating lines with long leaders (fished slow) will work well but in recent weeks intermediates and medium sinkers such as the Di-3 have been well worth trying.

And to round up this catch report please note that Lobbs Lake will be open by the end of the month (in time for Easter) with further details regarding the fishing that will be available on this venue posted next time.

Many thanks for reading and look our for more news soon.

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