Exe Valley Fishery – Christmas Opening Times & 12 Tagged Trout

The warm temperatures and clear water conditions have offered excellent sport during December so far and we will be open during the Christmas break if you need to escape the house for a few hours!  Exe Valley will close on Christmas Day & Boxing Day with fishing available once again from Tuesday 27th December 2016.

12 Tagged Trout to be stocked

And to celebrate the festivities there will be a special stocking of 12 tagged Trout which are worth £10 each to the lucky captors for the usual £1 entry fee.  These fish will be stocked into Anchor Lake on the day we reopen after the Christmas break, Tues 27th Dec.

From 27th December there will be 12 Tagged Trout in Anchor Lake waiting to be caught - all worth a £10 prize (£1 entry fee)

From 27th December there will be 12 Tagged Trout in Anchor Lake waiting to be caught - all worth a £10 prize (£1 entry fee)

Catch & Release Event held on Sat 10th Dec

Currently the rod average is 3.1 with 79 anglers catching 243 fish up to 20th Dec, which doesn’t include our special catch & release event held recently.  This event attracted the full house of 10 anglers who were treated to the opportunity to release fish while enjoying tuition and demos. 

Graham Lavendar struggled for the first hour until I gave him a bit of help with tactics, replacing a long leader and heavily weighted gold head with a washing line set up.  Fishing with a Coral FAB on the point and a Diawl Bach on the dropper, spaced by 7’ to give an overall leader of 14’, the first ultra slow retrieve attracted not one but two Trout which after a decent tussle won the day and got off!  But Graham was hooked on the new found method saying that just this one piece of advice had been “well worth the £45”, leaving the water with 12 fish and renewed confidence.

Anglers gather on the banks of Anchor Lake for one of the demos at the recent catch & release day at Exe Valley Fishery.

Anglers gather on the banks of Anchor Lake for one of the demos at the recent catch & release day at Exe Valley Fishery.

Youngest member of the team was 12 year old Freddie Millard who hooked a lot of fish during the day and in his words “it was so good!”  It is great to see young anglers on the water, we need more of them and especially those with Freddies infectious enthusiasm.  But these young people need someone to take them fishing and special mention has to go to Malcolm & Sue Rotheram, Freddies grandparents, who stuck out the rain to ensure their grandson could enjoy himself.  Secretly I think they may be getting the bug themselves as I had a lovely email the following day which said,

“Sue and I and especially Freddie, would like to thank you for a warm welcome and a most enjoyable day on Saturday. 

Freddie went to bed a very happy boy. Sue and I bagged one fish and the other was given to a friend as a 50th wedding anniversary present. The friends were very pleased and excited to receive something different as a gift.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves despite the best efforts of the meteorological office to ruin the day.  The event was well staged and extremely interesting and engaging.

The  teach in was informative and well presented. Our thanks also go to Peter and Duncan for imparting their expertise in such an interactive manner."

Thank you for all the comments & emails we received after the event which included some great ideas that will make the next one even better.  Look out online for details but also don’t forget that you can sign up to our reports to receive the latest news about events plus catch reports.  Look for the sign up box on the right hand side of the website.

12 year old Freddie Millard loves fly fishing and caught this cracking Trout during our recent get together to celebrate Christmas at Exe Valley Fishery.

12 year old Freddie Millard loves fly fishing and caught this cracking Trout during our recent get together to celebrate Christmas at Exe Valley Fishery.

Flies & Tactics

Turning to tactics it is still the case that the water is gin clear, after rain this will add some colour but it does not take long for the clarity to return.  Fine leaders down to 4lb help in these conditions and imitative flies are working as Mike Good from Sampford Peverell found catching 3 fish for 8lb 10oz with a best of 3lb 8oz.  He read my last catch report and the advice about Pseudo Diawl Bachs commenting on his return “Dead calm and peaceful.  Thanks for the Diawl Bach advice – it accounted for all 3.  I’ll be back!” 

Exe Valley veteran Alan Jukes with another big fish to add to his tally!

Exe Valley veteran Alan Jukes with another big fish to add to his tally!

Tom Potter bagged a 5 fish limit weighing in at 21lb including his personal best of 7lb 8oz caught using an Apps Bloodworm while Alan Jukes got in amongst the big fish again with a Troutmasters contender for this month weighing 8lb 14oz caught on an Orange FAB.  John Gilmore was also back in action with 5 fish weighing 17lb 12oz, again all caught using Diawl Bachs.  John mentioned the fish have been fighting very hard and new comer to the sport Kirsty Curtis couldn’t believe how strong they are!

Fly Fishing novice Kirsty Curtis enjoyed her recent  fly fishing course  at Exe Valley and couldnt belive the power of the Rainbow Trout she caught.

Fly Fishing novice Kirsty Curtis enjoyed her recent fly fishing course at Exe Valley and couldnt belive the power of the Rainbow Trout she caught.

Last minute gift ideas - fly fishing course & permit vouchers.

Possibly due to the mild conditions I was out running fly fishing courses well into December for Kirsty and several other guests which included casting tuition, some basic tactics and the chance to catch a fish.  Exe Valley is ideal for novice & improving anglers, hence the reason I decided to base my fly fishing school here well over a decade ago! 

With Christmas around the corner (and the current postal strike taking place) if you are stuck for a gift then we can email course vouchers right up to 24th Dec and it is also possible to buy the special angler in your life a gift voucher permit.  Payment can be made via card but we have also now introduced PayPal to the online system.  Click here to see the Exe Valley online shop.

New Exe Valley Clothing

Next to appear in the online store will be our new pullovers & long sleeve t shirts which came into stock recently and are already finding their way on to the banks of Exe Valley.  They are very reasonably priced at £30 for the hoods and £20 for the long sleeve Ts, available in the lodge here at the fishery or we can mail order for £4.50 P&P charge.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Exe Valley Fishery

Thank you to all our anglers this year for supporting the fishery, remember we are open during the break from 27th December, closing only on Christmas Day & Boxing Day - its the perfect place to escape the house for a few hours!  We hope to see you in person to wish you a Merry Christmas but if not have a great day and we look forwards to welcoming you during the 2017 season.

Best Fishes,

Nick, Sue, Chester & Scarlett ....... ><((()*>

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Seniors & Juniors enjoying fantastic sport at Exe Valley – Catch Report to 23rd Oct 2016

It’s exactly a month since we reopened our doors at Anchor Lake and since then a whopping 262 rods have caught 594 Trout for an average of 2.3 fish per angler.

The fishing has been really interesting, mainly gin clear water offering testing conditions.  Some have struggled and not tried out the new deep water areas, while plenty of anglers have cracked it by exploring with fine leaders, small flies and slow retrieves to take their fish.  Big flies stripped fast have not been working well.

Showing the adults the way is up and coming junior angler Seth Mayhew-Tuson, age 16, who has just won our heat of the Greys Junior Bank National supported by the Angling Trust.  Seth has picked up many tips having become part of the England Youth Fly Fishing squad, using this knowledge to great effect to secure top spot with 3 fish weighing exactly 10lb. 

Seth with one of his winning Trout

Seth with one of his winning Trout

The fish were caught within 2 hours so Seth also gained himself an extra 2lb 8oz time bonus to finish well ahead of the field.  His successful tactics included an intermediate line and mixed up retrieve (mainly slow figure eight) with a combination of Blobs and Nymphs fished around the deep water inlet.

In second spot was last year’s third placed angler, Toby Bennett, with two fish weighing 5lb 14oz.  He caught these quickly, also in the deep water inlet using a floating line but couldn’t add to his bag before the match finished at 1pm.  Toby is studying fisheries management at college and is an incredible caster winning a major tournament earlier this year with a cast of 32 metres!

A very happy lad! &nbsp;Charlie Cooper, age 10, with his third placed Trout

A very happy lad!  Charlie Cooper, age 10, with his third placed Trout

Meanwhile the youngest angler, Charlie Cooper, couldn’t get the fish to stick and lost 3 before finally netting a 2lb 14oz Trout to collect third prize of a fly line and line snips.  This was a fantastic effort and the ten year old will now progress on to the 2017 final to be held next April.  Charlie used an intermediate line to catch his fish and it was great to see Seth helping out the younger anglers after he had completed his limit.  This is what competition fly fishing is all about, sharing, learning and meeting new people.

Greys supplied some prizes but we also donated a few extras to ensure the top three anglers were rewarded for their efforts.  All 6 junior anglers received a fly box and line nippers courtesy of Greys, even though three of them did not manage to catch.  They all kept persevering though in very tough conditions including a bitterly cold North East Wind and spells of bright sunshine.

All the young anglers received some goodies for their efforts that we donated. &nbsp;Fly Fishing tackle prizes were also supplied by Greys fly fishing and the event was supported by the Angling Trust

All the young anglers received some goodies for their efforts that we donated.  Fly Fishing tackle prizes were also supplied by Greys fly fishing and the event was supported by the Angling Trust

Special mention goes to James Mockridge who had a load of takes but couldn’t get the fish to stick this time.  Even so I was impressed by his never give up attitude and awarded him the most determined angler prize ... a Sushi dinner complete with chopsticks.  Take a close look and you will see it is the kid friendly version!

Our senior anglers have also been getting in on the action including some of my fly fishing school guests.  Terry and Dan had a great bag last week after I helped out with their casting before showing them the magic of the washing line technique fished nice and slow. 

Terry &amp; Dan caught well during their fly fishing course, adding two further fish after this photo to complete their day with 7 in total. &nbsp;All the Trout were landed using washing line tactics.

Terry & Dan caught well during their fly fishing course, adding two further fish after this photo to complete their day with 7 in total.  All the Trout were landed using washing line tactics.

John Hall bagged himself one of the best fish of the week at 7lbs during his third ever go at fly fishing.  John and I spent the morning casting and then we fished during the afternoon using Suspender Crunchers and Buzzers to seduce the Trout. 

Spectacular fun in spectacular autumnal weather which had us stripping down to shirt sleeves and applying the sunscreen.  It’s always great to see guests catching fish and to hear from them afterwards.  John said “Thank you so much for your time & effort yesterday, you have an amazing place”.  All part of the service John, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Just his third time fly fishing! &nbsp;John Hall from Bridgwater looks very happy with this stunning 7lb Rainbow caught on a Buzzer during glorious sunshine.

Just his third time fly fishing!  John Hall from Bridgwater looks very happy with this stunning 7lb Rainbow caught on a Buzzer during glorious sunshine.

Thanks also to everyone who has visited during the last few weeks.  The majority seem pleased with the work which we have carried out and plenty of new faces have been trying out the facilities including Mr Potter fishing this weekend.  He caught 5 fish weighing 14lbs and said “First time here and will definitely be back soon” Four of the bag took a Blue Flash Damsel and the limit was completed using a Buzzer.

Ian Nadin also used similar tactics and said “Nice Sport on Buzzers” with a 5 fish bag totalling 14lb 8oz while his fishing buddy Perry managed to get the Trout to chase lures also landing a 5 fish limit.  There are too many others to mention who have commented on their returns that they will be back soon.  I hope they do visit as the water temperatures are nice and low, the clarity exceptional and the Trout are fighting very hard indeed in the high oxygen conditions.  If you have not tried the lake since the work remember we are open throughout the autumn and winter; this really is prime time!

Look out for more updates and catch reports online soon via this website or for day by day catch news please check out facebook.  We are also on the end of the phone at 01398 323008 if you would like to find out how the lakes are fishing.

Thanks for reading & best fishes.

Nick.

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Anglers back in action on Anchor Lake - Opening week catch report to 23rd September 2016

It feels great to be sitting down at the keyboard to write up a catch report for the website after a gap of two months following the issues we experienced with Anchor Lake this summer.  I am pleased to report that we are now open as usual!

Currently there is no need to book and if we are not available in the lodge when you arrive please purchase a permit in the self serve facility and take advantage of the newly refurbished Anchor Lake.

So far at the time of writing, Friday 23rd Sept, 49 rods have visited the lakes enjoying some favourable autumn conditions.  At times the bright sun and a cool breeze have made the fishing tricky, but for those willing to search the depths and experiment with their tactics the rewards have been well worth the effort.

Opening Day

Best bag on opening day went to Ian Nadin who commented on his return card “What a fantastic mornings fishing.  Good Luck with the reworked lake”.  Ian caught his 5 fish weighing out at 20lb using a Drowned Daddy.  Just to show how fishing can change he returned a few days later for an afternoon session and found that the Trout would chase his fly but not take it!  His companion for that session, Perry Bamonte, did manage a couple but had to move around the lake experimenting with tactics to wet the net.

Light Leaders worth a go

Considering how much work has been carried out on the lakes during the last few weeks the clarity is unbelievable which is possibly the reason why fish are sometimes shying off heavy weight leaders or following flies and not taking them.  Spotting this issue local DJ Shaun Rowden dropped down to 4lb breaking strain and went looking for fish.  He found his prize in the form of a 6lb 4oz full tailed Rainbow which took a Montana.  I was lucky enough to spot Shaun netting his fish and did the honours with the lens while listening to the excited story of the catch!  Shaun said he was literally shaking with excitement.

Shaun Rowden with the 6lb 4oz Rainbow he stalked during a beautiful day on Anchor Lake

Young anglers catching BIG fish!

Another good catch went to Alfie Chapman, just 13 years old but already reeling in the big ones in the form of a 9lb Rainbow which was part of a 9 fish haul weighing 36lbs, caught during a day out with his Dad.  The fish has been entered into the Trout Fisherman Junior Troutmaster competition which we are crossing rods he does well in and reaches the final.  One of our star young anglers, James Mockridge, did just that this year and wound up being one of the top 5 anglers in the country.  He was then selected to try out for the England Youth team and was just 2 places away from making the cut.  A fantastic achievement and no doubt he will make the team in future seasons.

Star Angler - James Mockridge is one to watch!

Enter the Greys Junior Bank National

Sticking with our young anglers for the moment I am pleased to announce that once again a heat of the Greys Junior Bank National will be held at Exe Valley Fishery on Sunday 23rd October 2016.  This is a great way for young anglers to meet new friends, experience competition fishing for the first time or perhaps even add to their list of successes. 

There are 6 regional heats and we are very proud to offer the South West option here for up to 15 anglers.  Three anglers from each heat will go through to the final to be held at one of the top stillwaters in the UK, Ellerdine Fishery , on Sunday 9th April 2017.  If your son, daughter, grandchild or any young people you know might be interested in taking part please see the Angling Trust Junior Bank National website for further info and download an entry form here.  The entry fee for the Exe Valley heat is just £5 and that includes the permit and fantastic prizes sponsored by Greys!  Please do support this important event; young anglers are the future of fishing.

Double Delight

Finally we are not a big fish water but we do stock a few in the hope that someone will get lucky and latch into a monster, just like Dr Mike Webster did back in April when he landed our record Brown Trout of 14lb 10oz.  No records have fallen this week and I have missed a couple of doubles with the lens but fortunately was on hand when John Gilmore landed a 10lb 6oz Rainbow on an Intermediate line using a Goldhead Orange Lure.  The fish put up some fight and was tamed on a 9 foot 6 line rod.  Not content with just the double, John also bagged another quality fish of 7lb 4oz and left the car park with a bass busting 24lb bag!

A very happy John Gilmore with one of the first double figure Trout following the reopening of Anchor Lake at Exe Valley Fishery.

Huge thanks to all of you who have supported the fishery this week and visited for a session.  The onset of some cold autumnal weather has not always made for easy sport but those anglers willing to try out varied tactics on the new look lake have been rewarded. 

If you are thinking of visiting soon, packing an Intermediate line would be well advised although if the temp rises definitely try a static dry fly or twitch a Blue Flash Damsel just sub surface.  White & Yellow Dancers have also been working and Buzzers are worth a go, especially if the fish start following but not taking lures.   

I don’t have the exact statistics as anglers are still out there fishing currently but so far 49 rods have accounted for 101 fish for an average of 2.1 Plenty of fish have alluded capture following the initial stocking and another 100 Trout have been introduced this week so if they switch on the weekend could be very good indeed!

Until next time, thanks for reading and best fishes.

Nick at Exe Valley Fishery.

New Children’s Permits available at Exe Valley Fishery just in time for the bank holiday

It’s been a busy few weeks at Exe Valley fishery as finally we have experienced something like late spring weather.  This has got the fish up and feasting on fly so those prepared to try a dry have often been rewarded.

Small buzzers under indicators have also accounted for plenty of fish and if lures are your thing they will often work early morning.  By afternoon something a little more subtle might be required, try these Foam Head Crunchers, they are deadly!

Foam Head Crunchers - fish 2 on a 14ft leader and let the wind/current drift them along with a slow retrieve

Foam Head Crunchers - fish 2 on a 14ft leader and let the wind/current drift them along with a slow retrieve

Lots of great comments again this month as 155 anglers have tried their luck so far to 24th May including J Ratcliffe from Exmouth who said “very enjoyable, lovely tidy set up” after catching his 2 fish limit.  Len Woodland had “A very enjoyable time at a very attractive venue” leaving with a brace of fish. Paul Griffiths on holiday from Fishguard landed a 2 fish bag weighing 8lb 8oz with a best of 6lb and joined the long list of “will be back again” comments along with local angler Ian Nadin who said “Greats mornings fishing again!  I’ll be back”, after a full bag of 5 that pulled the scales to 16lb.

First Trout on fly for Brent Stephen - a 6lb beauty which took a Blue Damsel fished on a floating line.

First Trout on fly for Brent Stephen - a 6lb beauty which took a Blue Damsel fished on a floating line.

My fly fishing course guests have been getting amongst the fish including this lovely 6 pounder for Brent Stephen, the first fish he has ever landed on fly and we have had some great events such as the UK Hydrographic Office visit when 13 anglers took over Anchor Lake for the day.

The UK Hydrgraphic Office enjoy a day fly fishing at Exe Valley Fishery ...

The UK Hydrgraphic Office enjoy a day fly fishing at Exe Valley Fishery ...

... and some amazing weather

... and some amazing weather

Which brings me on to our new permits! Following the extensive work carried out on Anchor Lake last year we now have a designated permit.  There is much more room to fish on Anchor and since the work Lobbs Lake has seen very little action.  The current prices of 2 fish - £25, 3 Fish - £30, 4 Fish - £32 & 5 Fish £34.00 will remain but these permits will only be valid for fishing on Anchor Lake.

Meanwhile a brand new permit has been introduced which is aimed specifically at young anglers, although we welcome novices to purchase these permits and if you want some Trout for the BBQ the fish stocked into Lobbs will be of an ideal size.  This new Lobbs Lake only permit is available for fly fishing, spinning & bait with the following prices:

1 Fish - £ 8.00

2 Fish - £12.00

3 Fish - £15.00

4 Fish - £18.00

And there is more.  Up to 2 children of 14 years or below can share the bag limit of the Lobbs Lake permit! 

The new Lobbs Lake Permit - ideal for young &amp; novice anglers keen to experience the thrill of a fish!

The new Lobbs Lake Permit - ideal for young & novice anglers keen to experience the thrill of a fish!

The forecast looks reasonable for the upcoming holiday so why not introduce your sons, daughters, grand children, nieces & nephews to fishing?  So many people seem to feel that children will find fishing boring but at Lobbs lake they have a great chance of catching.

It doesn't have to be fly fishing and once their first fish has been hooked I bet they will want to do it all over again, which is now very affordable with fish from just £4.50 each when purchasing our new 4 fish Lobbs Lake ticket.

Keep up to date with the changes as they happen on our designated permit page and click the link here for more on Lobbs Lake.  And please note that the A396 road is now fully opened!

As always if you would like further info and to check if the fishery is open etc before making the journey please call us on 01398 323008

Hope you have a tight line this holiday!

Nick.

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