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

Winter Fishing & Troutmasters Competition

It is hard to believe that we are over halfway through January already. Even with the colder wintery weather it has been lovely to welcome so many anglers both regular visitors and some that haven’t fished since early 2018. We have also announced the date for the Troutmasters competition (more information below).

Regular and returning anglers enjoying the winter fishing on Anchor Lake

Regular and returning anglers enjoying the winter fishing on Anchor Lake

Anchor Lake Tactics

With the weather being a bit cooler this week the fish have been sitting a little deeper at around 5 foot however on Thursday the sun warmed the lake quickly and by mid-morning the fish were happily cruising just below the surface. Most people are continuing to use floating lines although with the cold spell forecast it may be worth using an intermediate line.

Paul Dickens from Bristol making the most of the sun warming the water on Thursday

Paul Dickens from Bristol making the most of the sun warming the water on Thursday

Popular flies this week have been Orange Blob & Damsel patterns, but by far the most successful again this week have been Bloodworm patterns. Jonathan Moore from Exeter hasn’t fished at Exe Valley Fishery for over 6 months but took full advantage of the very popular Catch & Release ticket and caught all six of his fish on Bloodworm patterns. Also caught on a Bloodworm was a 9lb Rainbow Trout weighed in by Simon Metters from Exeter.

The trout in Anchor Lake don’t seem to be able to resist these Bloodworm patterns

The trout in Anchor Lake don’t seem to be able to resist these Bloodworm patterns

Troutmasters

Congratulations to all the anglers that have qualified for the Troutmasters competition. We have now set the competition date as Sunday 14th April 2019 You will receive the details from Trout Fisherman direct so if you can let me know whether you are able to make the competition or not as it helps with the planning. There will be a full briefing before the match starts and bacon rolls will be available on the day. We are really pleased to be able to continue with this competition in 2019.

Exe Valley Fishery will be holding their Troutmasters competition on Sunday 14th April 2019

Exe Valley Fishery will be holding their Troutmasters competition on Sunday 14th April 2019

Pre Order Menu

As mentioned in last week’s post I now have a small pre order menu available.If you would like to order anything or would like something different then please contact me and I will do my best to help.


Exe Valley Fishery Winter Pre-Order Menu

(Available until 28th February 2019)

Bacon Roll - £2.50

Sandwiches - £3.00 (Selection of fillings available)

Bowl of Soup & Roll - £2.50

Cup a soup - £1.50

2 x Slices Hot Buttered Toast - £1.00

2 x Buttered Crumpets - £1.25

Toasted Teacake - £1.25

Tea & Coffee – donations in to the charity box


Thank you for taking the time to read the report and I hope to welcome you to the fishery soon.

Sue x