It’s February. The water and air temperatures are still very low and spring salmon on the Exe will be few and far between for another month yet.
We did have a couple of hours on the river the other day – after escapee rainbows washed into the river during the floods. If you are fishing the Exe, either now (as the EA has granted dispensation for the rainbows to be taken out) or later in the season and you catch any of these rainbow trout, please dispatch them as they are not wanted or welcome in the river.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT FISHING FOR THE ESCAPEES IS ALSO ONLY AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS OF RETA OR DULVERTON ANGLERS. Please direct enquiries about membership to Lance Nicholson Tackle and Guns
If I were you I’d wait a while before you fish. It was so cold the day we fished, your correspondent failed to realise he had embedded a fly in his hand – even when it got ripped out again, on the forward delivery, taking half a hand with it!
If you are fishing in the West Country during the spring then we wish you tight lines; but – PLEASE BE CAREFUL ON THE WATER!!