Beautiful location, River fishing & Fresh Trout

After the lovely warm weather February gave us followed by the incredible winds and rain brought by Storm Gareth, Anchor Lake is looking in fantastic condition and has been fishing incredibly well. Since the 1st March anglers have been enjoying an average of just over 4 fish each with Orange Blobs, Blue Flash Damsels and Bloodworms being the favoured fly patterns.

Anchor Lake looking stunning.

Anchor Lake looking stunning.

We are so lucky to be situated in such a beautiful location right on the edge of the stunning Exmoor National Park. We welcome visitors from all over the South West and further afield who are looking for that easy to reach tranquil venue. Only 8 miles from Tiverton & less than 45 minutes from Taunton or Exeter there is even more fishing available now that the river season has opened. Not only do we have day tickets available on the fishery beat for the stunning River Exe wild Brown Trout, anglers can also purchase tickets for the Westcountry Angling Passport from the shop.

Stunning Wild Brown Trout caught on the River Exe. The season is now open and we offer limited day tickets on this exclusive private beat

Stunning Wild Brown Trout caught on the River Exe. The season is now open and we offer limited day tickets on this exclusive private beat

Last Sunday, Burrator Reservoir Fly Fishing & Angling Association, held a fishing competition on Anchor Lake. Anglers travelled from Barnstaple, Witheridge & Plymouth to take part and enjoyed a great days fishing with Steve Borthwick catching a cracking 9lb Rainbow Trout on a Cats Whisker fly.

Steve Borthwick  with his 9lb Anchor Lake Rainbow Trout caught on a Cats Whisker fly.

Steve Borthwick with his 9lb Anchor Lake Rainbow Trout caught on a Cats Whisker fly.

After enjoying a lunch by the lakeside and finishing their fishing, Secretary Brendan Sullivan commented ‘Cheers guys – cracking day – all bagged up – well stocked – Best Wishes Brendan’ , and Alexander Borthwick said ‘Great day had by all. Fish taking well over lake, on floating and sinking lines’

Enjoying lunch by the lakeside- perfect!

Enjoying lunch by the lakeside- perfect!

Laura, Alan & Ellie Burns from Builth Wells visited the fishery on a lovely sunny day. It was Ellies second time fishing. Thank you, Laura, for sending through some lovely photos including the first photo in this report.

Laura said  “Visited last Friday, had a lovely day! Had the daughter with us, and she was so chuffed to catch a fish! She cast the line out herself caught a lovely fish about 3lb in weight. It was only her second fishing outing! She missed loads, so was really pleased she managed to land one at least! Hopefully will see you again next time we are down your way visiting!    It’s a great place you have and the fish are really good fighters! The three of us had a really good day!”

Laura said “Visited last Friday, had a lovely day! Had the daughter with us, and she was so chuffed to catch a fish! She cast the line out herself caught a lovely fish about 3lb in weight. It was only her second fishing outing! She missed loads, so was really pleased she managed to land one at least! Hopefully will see you again next time we are down your way visiting!

It’s a great place you have and the fish are really good fighters! The three of us had a really good day!”

Winter Permit Offer

We have several anglers who have almost reached their free permit. With 10 days left in March there is still time to earn yourself a free permit which can be used throughout April 2019. Special mention to Ben Cheeld & Jane Young both of whom have completed the Winter Permit Offer twice.

Fresh Trout available

I am really pleased to say that from today we will be able to offer fresh Exe Valley Fishery Rainbow Trout for sale from the shop. The trout will be prepared and sleeved ready to cook. The trout are available by pre-order only to guarantee you receive the freshest fish possible. If you would like to order a fresh Exe Valley Fishery Rainbow Trout please contact me on 01398 323008.

Many thanks for reading this post and I hope to welcome you to the fishery soon.

Sue x

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February Fishing Update & Lobbs Lake Re-opening

Since my last report which was written whilst there was snow on the ground, we have had Storm Eric followed by the most glorious February weather. It has been lovely to see so many anglers fishing Anchor Lake in the sun. The lake is beautifully clear with the fish cruising just below the surface. All areas around the lake have been fishing well with a wide range of flies being successful along with a slow retrieve.

Many thanks to Ian who took this stunning photo of Anchor Lake while he was fishing

Many thanks to Ian who took this stunning photo of Anchor Lake while he was fishing

Chris Comber from Norton Fitzwarren visited Exe Valley Fishery for the first time during Storm Eric and managed to entice out this hard fighting Rainbow Trout.

Chris Comber with his fin perfect Rainbow Trout caught on an Orange Blob

Chris Comber with his fin perfect Rainbow Trout caught on an Orange Blob

Tom Hendy from Chudleigh hasn’t fished Anchor Lake for almost 9 months due to other commitments and bagged himself three Rainbow Trout including this 3 ½ lb fish. Tom commented on his return “First time in 9 months. 3 quality fish. Well worth the wait.”

Tom commented on his return  “First time in 9 months. 3 quality fish. Well worth the wait.”

Tom commented on his return “First time in 9 months. 3 quality fish. Well worth the wait.”

Richard Carr from Wiveslicombe was given his permit as a gift and visited Exe Valley over the half term. Richard caught 4 fish with the biggest weighing in at 4 ½ lbs.

Richard Carr making the most of the beautiful February weather

Richard Carr making the most of the beautiful February weather

Anchor Lake Tactics

Throughout February a large number of flies have been working well with Bloodworm & Blob patterns continuing to be successful along with Sedge, Diawl Bachs, Damsels and Hares Ears. The fish have been close to the surface earlier in the day and moving down a little deeper when the sun is very bright.

All areas of Anchor Lake have been fishing really well

All areas of Anchor Lake have been fishing really well

Lobbs Lake Re-opening

After the huge weeding effort on New Years Eve I am pleased to say that Lobbs Lake will open for family fishing from Monday 1st April 2019. Lobbs Lake will have a separate permit to Anchor Lake and it will be an any method lake. As well as fishing on Lobbs Lake there will be bags of fish food for sale in the shop for those who would like to come and feed the fish.

Special Offers & New Permit Option

Starting today I will be trialling a 1 fish permit option as requested by several of our anglers, also any transaction of £25.00 or over will receive a voucher to use in the shop.

Fishery Notices

· Quick reminder to anglers that have taken up our Winter Permit Offer – there is less than a month to go to gain your free permit with the offer ending on 31.03.2019. You then have until 30.04.2019 to use your permit.

· Please can I remind anglers fishing Catch & Release that there are few separate rules. A copy can be found here.

· The pre-order menu will continue to be available until 31.03.2019. There is a copy below.

Thank you for taking the time to read this report. Sue x


Exe Valley Fishery Pre-Order Menu

(Now available until 31.03.2019)

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
















Winter Fishing at its best & Grayling fishing

With the snow melting fast outside it seems like a good time to show some of the stunning fish that anglers at Exe Valley have been catching. The cold spell has far from slowed the fishing with anglers having great success on a variety of flies and tactics. The fish are in great condition & fighting hard.

Winter fishing on Anchor Lake

Winter fishing on Anchor Lake

Ben Cheeld was our first angler to receive his free permit on the Winter Fishing Permit Offer and chose our very popular Catch & Release ticket. He caught 7 fish – 4 on a White Lure and 3 on a Chewing Gum Bloodworm.

Ben Cheeld fishing on his free Catch & Release ticket

Ben Cheeld fishing on his free Catch & Release ticket

John Ratcliffe from Exmouth visited on a very cold day and used a variety of different patterns and depths with a slow retrieve. He caught all six of his fish including a lovely Blue Trout.

John Ratcliffe with his lovely Blue Trout

John Ratcliffe with his lovely Blue Trout

Colin Nice from Exeter visited with a friend during last week and enjoyed bacon rolls on arrival & soup by the lake for lunch - available from our pre-order menu. Colin caught 6 fish including a nice 4lb Rainbow Trout. Colin said “Very good - enjoyable all aspects. All fish on small flies P.T.N, D.B, Bloody William & floating line – 6”-12” down.

Colin with one of his Rainbow Trout from Anchor Lake

Colin with one of his Rainbow Trout from Anchor Lake

On the same day Andy Dade from Berrow visited and caught 4 fish including a cracking 6lb 1oz Rainbow Trout noting “Good day again, all fish on Apps Bloodworm. Deep and slow retrieve” A few days later however Andy returned to Anchor Lake and landed a stunning 12lb 2oz Rainbow Trout using an Apps Bloodworm on a floating line. This Rainbow was Andys personal best Rainbow Trout – well done Andy!

Andy Dade with his personal best 12lb 2oz Rainbow Trout

Andy Dade with his personal best 12lb 2oz Rainbow Trout

Anchor Lake Tactics

Over the last week a really wide variety of tactics and flies have been working but with one common theme that is the retrieve needs to be slow. The fish have been higher in the water than expected considering the temperature at around 3 foot and many fish are sitting no more than 6-8ft from the bank. There was a thin layer of ice about halfway over the lake but that soon went when the sun came out.

Thin layer of ice over Anchor Lake

Thin layer of ice over Anchor Lake

Grayling Fishing

We are lucky enough to have the River Exe running alongside the fishery and on Saturday Nick ventured out in the snow with a friend for some great Winter Grayling fishing. A slight change from his London life! If you are interested in using the beat then day tickets can be purchased from Sue.

Grayling fishing on the River Exe

Grayling fishing on the River Exe

Beautiful River Exe Grayling.

Beautiful River Exe Grayling.

Fishery Notice

Due to ongoing problems and having received complaints by members of the public we have made the decision that we can no longer welcome dogs (other than assistance dogs) to Exe Valley Fishery. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Thank you for taking the time to read this report. 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