Fathers Day (very) Special Offers

Exe Valley Fishery is the perfect place for a Father’s Day family day out to remember!

With Father’s Day just a couple of weeks away, there is no better way to show how much you love them than to give them a day out fishing. So, to help all your sons and daughters struggling for gift ideas, and for the first time ever, on Sunday 16th June 2019 the lakes will be open exclusively for use by fathers, grandfathers … and their family.

What better way is there to spend Father’s Day than at Exe Valley Fishery and even better with such a great deal on offer.

What better way is there to spend Father’s Day than at Exe Valley Fishery and even better with such a great deal on offer.

What is the Father’s Day Permit Offer?

Purchase any of the Anchor Lake Permits for your Dad in advance by calling 01398 323008 (or reserve a place by phone and pay on the day) and upon arrival we will give the lucky man 6 complimentary flies to use on their special day!

And there’s more, usually only children age 14 and under can share Dads bag limit on Anchor Lake but for one day we will waive this rule and say no matter what your age, come fishing with your Dad and share their bag limit! That’s fishing for two people for as little as £20 and a great day out that they will remember forever.

Fathers & Son, Chris and Shaun Ley, enjoying a fantastic day out on Anchor Lake.

Fathers & Son, Chris and Shaun Ley, enjoying a fantastic day out on Anchor Lake.

Meanwhile over on Lobbs Lake we will be running another fabulous fathers’ days special for your little people! Bring along your child age 14 years old or under and they can catch their first fish FREE OF CHARGE!

Make memories that last a lifetime this Father’s Day at Exe Valley Fishery

Make memories that last a lifetime this Father’s Day at Exe Valley Fishery

We expect these offers to be very popular so please reserve your place with Sue now on 01398 323008 and don’t forget we have a great café serving cream teas and refreshments, with picnic tables overlooking the lakes.

Please see terms & conditions* below and in particular to qualify for these offers please reserve your place in advance.

We look forward to welcoming you to the fishery for the first ever Fathers Day Special.

Sue & Nick


* Terms & Conditions

1) This offer is valid for Father’s Day 16th June 2019 only 2) One special offer described above available per permit purchased 3) Multiple Anchor Lake permits can be purchased with a maximum of two anglers per permit 4) Only permits reserved in advance are subject to the advertised offers detailed above 5) Only one Free fish per child on Lobbs Lake


“Fishing for Force” Charity event

We hope that you all enjoyed your bank holiday weekend. What beautiful weather we have had during the last couple of weeks. Making the most of the conditions we welcomed the Devon Salmon & Trout Association for their Junior Fly-Fishing Day. Twelve young people attended the event and I am pleased to report that every one of them caught a fish! If you have a budding angler who would like to join in next time, a further Junior Day will be held in September 2019. Look out for details to be published soon.

On Wednesday 29th May 2019 we welcomed the “Fishing for Force” Charity event to Exe Valley Fishery. See the report below from Chris Guest of Exmoor Fly Fishing

The Fishing for FORCE Cancer charity day was organised by John Dawson and held at the superb Exe Valley Fishery by kind permission of Sue & Nick Hart.

The day started overcast and dimpsey in other words Exmoor weather! Jackie joined me to learn how to fly fish in no time she was throwing nice loops so it was on to the lake ...no pulling lures here it was small flies from the word go .

Jackie with her first ever Trout

Jackie with her first ever Trout

She was soon into her first fish of the day, a quick burger and coffee then I took Rory under my wing it wasn’t long before I heard the shout “ I’ve got one I’ve got one” an epic battle ensued before a fin perfect Exe Valley rocket was drawn over the net....several more soon followed.

Rory with his Trout and a BIG smile!

Rory with his Trout and a BIG smile!

The fishery is fishing really well and the Trout are up in the water and will readily take a dry.
Thanks must go to John Dawson, Sue Hart and the ladies from Force for putting the day on and raising lots of money for the charity......Chris”

John Dawson who organised the succesfull FORCE event at Exe Valley with Jackie and just a few of the fish from the day.

John Dawson who organised the succesfull FORCE event at Exe Valley with Jackie and just a few of the fish from the day.

It was great to host this event in aid of such a worthy cause and both Nick & I would like to extend our thanks to the organisers for all their hard work, especially as several young people were introduced to fly fishing during the day while several hundred pounds were raised for charity.

Next time look out for an up to date report on how the lakes are fishing (although the pictures above speak for themselves!) and also there is a great offer available for all those people looking for a very special fathers day gift.

Thanks as always for reading and please remember if I can be of any assistance the number to call is 01398 323008

Sue x

Fishery Updates & Junior Fishing Day

The last two weeks have been busy at Exe Valley Fishery with the lakes continuing to fish well and the Cafe starting to welcome people through the doors. Anglers have even pre-ordered food to be delivered to the lakeside. The fishing has been varied this week from dry flies catching earlier in the week, then after the rain on Wednesday evening the fish were being caught deeper down and finally finishing the week with glorious sunshine & a lot of top water activity.

Anchor Lake looking stunning in the Sunday afternoon sunshine.

Anchor Lake looking stunning in the Sunday afternoon sunshine.

Anchor Lake

The most successful fly patterns on Anchor Lake over the two weeks have been varied including Buzzers, Damsels & Bloodworms or Dry Flies including Yellow Owls & Sedge patterns. A slow retrieve or static approach have still been producing the best results.

Recently we have welcomed several newcomers to the lakes including Matt Baines who travelled from Torquay to fish with us and had a very successful day.


Matt Baines from Torquay said  ' Seven fish landed - ranged from 2 1/2lb - 4 1/2lb - very good day.'

Matt Baines from Torquay said ' Seven fish landed - ranged from 2 1/2lb - 4 1/2lb - very good day.'

Our normal lake opening hours are 8.00am to 6.00pm although fishing outside of these times can be organised in advance and as Exe Valley Fishery regular Ben Cheeld found out it can be the perfect time to fish when he arrived for a late afternoon / evening session.

Ben wrote on his return  ‘All on Dries. Awesome Day'

Ben wrote on his return ‘All on Dries. Awesome Day'

Junior Fishing Day

On Sunday 19th May 2019 the Devon Salmon & Trout Association are holding a Junior Fly-Fishing Day. It is a great way to introduce young people to fishing & it is always nice to see so many youngsters enjoy the event. Lobbs Lake will be closed for the event. For more details please call Fred Leach on 01398 331019.

Join in the Junior Fishing Day for a chance to catch a beautiful Lobbs Lake Rainbow Trout

Join in the Junior Fishing Day for a chance to catch a beautiful Lobbs Lake Rainbow Trout

Summer Opening Times

From Monday 13th May 2019 the Fishery & Café will be opening as per the following Summer Hours.

Fishing Lakes – Unless otherwise stated on the website the Lakes are open from 8.00am – 6.00pm everyday with fishing outside these times by prior arrangement.

Café/Shop - open to all

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – 9.30am – 2.30pm

Wednesday – 9.30am – 3.30pm

Thursday – 9.30am – 3.30pm

Friday – 9.30am – 2.30pm

Saturday – 9.00am – 3.30pm

Sunday - 9.00am – 1.00pm

Many thanks for reading this report and if you need any further information please call me on 01398 323008.

Sue x

Cafe Update, New Opening Hours & Winter Permit Offer

I hope that you enjoyed a relaxing Easter in the sunshine. The lakes have been very busy with the fish sitting near the top of the water making for some great dry fly fishing for anglers on Anchor Lake. Lobbs Lake has been busy too and it has been lovely to see so many youngsters catching their own fish. The Café has received a lot of attention through out April and I am really pleased with how it is taking shape. It is now stocked with a selection of refreshments, has a full menu as well as artwork and gift ideas. New opening hours are at the bottom of this report.

Anchor Lakes new visitors enjoying the sunshine

Anchor Lakes new visitors enjoying the sunshine

Anchor Lake

With the beautiful weather over Easter the fish were sitting high in the water with the most successful patterns being Diawl Bachs, Klinkhammers, Hares Ears and Buzzers, however the stormy weather has changed this and pushed the fish a little deeper with Bloodworms and Blobs working well. The fish have also been preferring a slow retrieve.

Steve Dye from Fareham caught this cracking 5lb Rainbow Trout from Anchor Lake and said  “Brilliant mornings fishing”.  Steve caught his fish by midday so even had time to enjoy a cup of tea next to Lobbs Lake.

Steve Dye from Fareham caught this cracking 5lb Rainbow Trout from Anchor Lake and said “Brilliant mornings fishing”. Steve caught his fish by midday so even had time to enjoy a cup of tea next to Lobbs Lake.

Lobbs Lake

Since re-opening on the 1st April 2019 Lobbs Lake has welcomed several families. Spinners have been working well along with bread. Magnus & Sid travelled down from Bristol with their Dad for a days fishing and caught 5 fish from Lobbs Lake. They then barbecued one for lunch and took the others home for another day.

Magnus & Sid from Bristol enjoyed a fantastic days fishing on Lobbs Lake.

Magnus & Sid from Bristol enjoyed a fantastic days fishing on Lobbs Lake.

Café

As mentioned above I have been very busy getting the Cafe organised. Not only do I have a full stock of smoked fish and refreshments but also the very talented Dorset based Jessamy Keily of JinKs Art has several pieces of her amazing artwork displayed in the Cafe for sale, including the stunning ‘Go against the flow’. Alongside the images I am now stocking a selection of Jessamys greeting cards in similar designs.

‘Go against the flow’, a stunning piece of art by Jessamy Keily of  Jinks Art.

‘Go against the flow’, a stunning piece of art by Jessamy Keily of Jinks Art.

Alongside Jessamys beautiful artwork I have a selection of unique gifts from Exmoor Treasures. The ladies design and create each gift by hand which are perfect for a holiday souvenir or special gift. Personalisation can be added to your item to make it even more special.

A few of the unique gifts available by  Exmoor Treasures

A few of the unique gifts available by Exmoor Treasures

Winter Permit Offer

A quick reminder - with the end of April fast approaching there are only a couple days left to earn & use the free permit on our Winter Permit Offer. The offer expires on 30.04.2019. Thank you to everyone that has supported the permit offer - it has been amazing to see so many anglers taking up the offer and attending enough times to receive a free permit. If you are unsure of whether you have qualified for a free permit, please contact me on the details below.

There is still time to qualify for your free permit and catch one of these Anchor Lake Rainbow Trout like Colin Wayman from Exeter with a 4lber.

There is still time to qualify for your free permit and catch one of these Anchor Lake Rainbow Trout like Colin Wayman from Exeter with a 4lber.

Opening Times


The fishery openings times will remain at 8.00a.m. - 6.00p.m everyday. With the mornings and evenings becoming lighter, fishing outside these times can be pre- arranged by contacting me on the numbers below.

From 11th May 2019 in addition to the normal opening hours the Cafe will also be open over weekends.

Thank you for taking the time to read my report. I hope to see some of you at the fishery soon. Why not pop along to enjoy tea by the lakeside or order a bacon roll to be delivered to the lake?

Sue x

01398 323008 or 07989 326313