Over the long weekend I had the pleasure of fishing in the newly opened Anne Valley Angling Complex. The fishery is located close to the village of Dunhill along the Coppercoast of Waterford. Sited on over sixty acres the complex has eleven man made lakes, the lakes are all fed by natural springs. The Anne river flows naturally through the complex for over two Kilometres, the river has a stock of wild brown trout. Fishing for these wild brown trout is available on this stretch of the Anne river. Seven of the lakes have been stocked with Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout. Two lakes will be stocked for Pike fishing and the other two lakes will be stocked for coarse fishing this includes fishing for Carp.
I first heard about this new fishery from a good friend of mine Iggy Dunphy, when he invited me down to have a look at it I couldn’t refuse the invite. On arrival at the fishery I was pleasantly surprised at the surroundings the fishery is set in. Iggy then introduced me to the lads who run this fishery. After tea and a chat Iggy and I set the fishing rods and set off to wet our lines. A couple of casts later and I was into mt first Anne Valley fish, a nice hard fighting Rainbow of about three pounds. I was soon into another hard fighting fish, both of these fell for one of Iggy’s favourite flies the “Cats Whiskers”. Next fish was on for Iggy, another fine Rainbow that also took a Cats Whiskers.
After having success while fishing with lures it was time to try a new method so I set up a new leader to fish with a pair of Buzzers. The Buzzers I chose to fish with were skinny black and an Okie-Dokie in black and white. I fished the Buzzers static and before long I had another fish on, it took the Okie – Dokie. I had one more fish on the buzzers before it was time for a break. While we were having our break another friend of ours showed up. Alan O’ Neill, he popped out to have a look at the fishery.
After the break we headed back to the lake for some more action. It was not too long before both of us were in action again. We moved from lake to lake during the course of the day, this beats going round the same lake for a day. We met several familiar faces as we made our way down through the complex, all anglers trying their luck on the new fishery. We finished our day out with a total of fourteen fish between us. All in all a nice day out.
During the day I had a look at the Anne river flowing through the complex and wished I had my light weight river set up with me. I would like to have a go at fishing this stretch of river it has nice riffles and runs along with some great holding pools.
The fishery is one that is as near as you can get to fishing a wild fishery with it’s abundance natural vegetation and wild life along with it’s fabulous setting. The angler can meander from lake to lake stalking his quarry and testing his skill as he moves from lake to lake. If you are looking for some challenging angling then Anne Valley is a must for you, for those anglers who are used to fishing on fisheries with manicured surroundings I would advise them to bring a line tray along.
Although the fishery is a work in progress it is very worthwhile fishing on it. The potential is there for it to become one of the finest fisheries this country has to offer.
When I make a return visit I shall have my river set up with me.