Exe Valley Fishery … like you have never seen it before!

The sun is out at last, and we hope you have been able to dust down the rods and go fishing.  Have you visited Exe Valley Fishery recently?  If not here is short a reminder of the spectacular scenery and fishing to be experienced at our beautiful Somerset location captured superbly on film by Blair Woodland.

A birds eye view of the spectacular Exe Valley Fishery which provides day ticket stillwater Trout fishing in the West Country. In this video shot from a drone we see the scenery and manager Nick Hart casting a fly across the beautiful clear water ... video footage courtesy of @novafisha on instagram

And if that doesn’t get the piscatorial juices flowing then here are a few comments rounded up from angler’s recent visits .... 

10 C&R - buzzers, hares ears, damsel.  Buzzer under indicator, slow about 2' - John Akhurst

Excellent Day! Caught on Dries, buzzers, snakes and lures - Matt Hunt

Excellent - Variety flies dry/lures/cats whiskers - J Morgan

Lovely day.  Will be back - Andrew Elkins

Another great days fishing.  A day of 2 halves.  In the morning naturals, in the afternoon lures - Mike Duckett

Kept a 3lb fish but returned a 6lb 8oz - R Winser

Released 8 fish including a 5lb 3oz - P Winser

Managed 5 and released 1 inc. 4lb 4oz – L Williamson

However, if you are now gagging to dash down this Saturday 21st April 18 (please come on Sunday 22nd instead!) because the site will be closed for the day as we are hosting a private event.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Meanwhile if there are any budding young anglers out there please give Fred Leach a call who is hosting a Youth Fly Fishing Day on Saturday 20th May 2018 at Exe Valley Fishery.  There will be a group of qualified instructors on hand teaching the basics of fly casting and fishing for Trout.  In previous years this successful event has produced Trout of up to 6lbs for the children, with many discovering a new passion for the outdoors and fishing.  Please call Fred on 01398 331019 for further details.

And for further info and updates on the fishery please don’t forget that we have social media sites here Exe Valley Facebook … and here Exe Valley Instagram

Until next time, thanks for reading and enjoy your fishing!

Sue & Nick.

Latest News & Christmas Opening Hours

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.

Chester gives an Exe Valley Trout the gears hooked using a small Tequila Blob on a DI-3 - slow & deep!

Chester gives an Exe Valley Trout the gears hooked using a small Tequila Blob on a DI-3 - slow & deep!

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.

Best Fishes,

Sue.