It’s hard to believe that Nick has been working in London for 8 weeks already and has recently drawn my attention to the lack of fishery reports! In all honesty, there has been very little to report during December due to the lack of attendance. So far, we have welcomed just 28 anglers in the last 18 days….
The weather has no doubt played its part with incredibly changeable conditions although I would like to add that contrary to rumours circulating the stocking and general management of Exe Valley Fishery continues as ever. For example, during the Christmas break we will continue to stock with Trout that are guaranteed to test your tackle in the cold-water conditions.
Anglers who have braved the conditions enjoyed consistent sport, fishing deep, with a variety of black lures including the Humungus. Last weekend Nick & Chester grabbed an hour away from the metropolis and found success using a DI-3 and a small Tequila Blob …. fished slow. Currently the water is around 5-8 C so fast retrieves are not recommended.
Cold water conditions are a perfect time to enjoy small still water trout fisheries and while I quite understand that anglers are unlikely to brave howling gales, hail, torrential rain, sleet and snow the last few days have been beautiful and yet just 4 anglers have visited.
Despite all this I must say a massive thank you to Paul Owen from Tiverton also known as The West Country Angler. Paul is a dry fly addict and even has his own Weatherbys Dry Fly Powder but on Friday 15th December it was all about fishing lures in the right way, in the right places. Paul simply said, “Loved It !!” in his comments but both Nick and I couldn’t believe the brilliant video that appeared online after his visit.
The long-range forecast appears favourable for the festive break and I have received several calls to see if I will be opening the fishery. Self-service permits are available on 23rd December with the main building open between 10am and 12 noon.
Self-service permits are available on 24th and 26th December, the main building will not be open.
Christmas Day, the site is closed completely; no fishing available.
From the 27th through to the 30th December I will open the main building to serve hot drinks and sell flies/leaders from 8am, with Anchor Lake open from 8am as usual. Barbless flies are available for those who would like to take advantage of our Catch & Release options.
Sunday 31st December and Monday 1st January – fishery open for self-service permits as usual from 8am; the main building will be closed.
If you would like to enjoy a day out with your family please note that Lobbs Lake is currently drained and out of action but children aged 14 and under may share their parents bag limit fishing on Anchor Lake.
Many thanks for reading this latest report. I am here on a daily basis so if you require further info please do not hesitate to call 01398 323008.
As always Nick and I would like to thank all of you who continue to support the fishery in what appears to be a difficult time for fly fishing with some venues fighting closure and the news that a popular fishing magazine has just published its last issue.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope that you are able to enjoy some time in the fresh air to wet a line.