Last year we missed the boat, although weed killer was applied, it was rather late in the weed control season.

This year it is very different as the process will start this Tuesday or the first dry day after that. In that Emstrey downstream of the farm will receive treatment on any and all likely fishing peg or hole, the same will apply to upstream of the farm where only it is, of course, safe to work. The matter of the fenceline upstream has not yet been resolved; I fear little improvement will become fact before the start of the new season.

ALL fisheries will receive “contractor” weed killer application during the early part of April, strictly under no circumstances (NO STRIMMING) by anyone without express permission.

I am however pleased to inform you that formal agreement has concluded concerning Rea Brook, over the last few weeks. This fishery ignored by many and used only by the few is such a waste. Although intent on a process of weed killer application of head and tail of any pools/bends, we fell foul of other interested parties.


We have a policy of using pesticides only in exceptional circumstances and in very limited amounts within countryside sites. Even these occasions within the Rea Brook Valley LNR have been met with concerns from visitors and councillors, particularly with the numbers of children and dogs using the site, so we need a strong defence for using them.  Some of our tenant farmers have ‘organic’ designations which would be jeopardised by the use of pesticides on the same site, even when it is outside grazing season. I understand that using these products is often a cost effective and efficient way of removing vegetation, but when we need to clear our paths and gateways we use a rotational schedule of cutting.

We have now agreed to compensate for this directive of conservation with a new policy. Three times a year (if three deemed required) to cut the grass/weeds on these identified fishable areas, thus opening up this valuable and interesting sporting fishery.

John Roberts





Ready for the close season still water works have completed in time to enable your best prospect. To save space and clutter a few photo’s are on SAF/SAMC Facebook timeline. A couple of pegs on Oxon have a problem of reeds in front of them, working on this. Otherwise, all pools are in excellent trim.

Our Alex Wakeley – level two coach using Butlers Pool as a junior training pool, certainly made his mark with SAF last year. This year he has a very busy diary with many bookings, when I spoke to him he had over 40 youngsters lined up, not bad considering it is only March!

John Roberts

Shrewsbury SALMON

The first of the season falls to Pete Simmonds with a 13:4 hen fish in sparkling silver condition. With the water in perfect condition and fish seen at the weekend on the Gipsy Stones, it was only a case of time……….

2016 Meeting SAF / Council

A meeting took place Thursday last 10th March with Shrewsbury Council with SAF Committee members representing (Shropshire Angler’s Federation) and Trustees representing SAMC (Shrewsbury Angling Management Committee).

A full agenda with many problems discussed at length, two hours in fact. Committee stated that either the council sell permits or SAF do. SAF have procedures in place and complaints should be directed by council to those procedures. Further, it was said that the council receive financial instruments sufficient to satisfy both council and council auditor. Neither did the SAF have a need to carry balance sheets within the website for SAMC business, a sub-committee of the Executive SAF committee without a need for a constitution or other.

SAMC created at the insistence of council as being the body for the sale of a permit to fish council owned waters. The responsibilities associated with SAMC gave rise for the creation of Trustees within the SAF framework. Trustees having assigned as being directly responsible to the council for the conduct and finances of the SAMC.

In reply council clearly stated that SAF have and are achieving full support of the agreement held. Financial instruments uttered by SAMC to council satisfy the criteria required. Thus agreed little or no requirement to issue balance sheets within the SAF website, it, however, was decided that to issue total permit sales value and the budget set aside for the coming year would be of interest. Further, confirmed satisfaction from the last meeting. Procedure elements that were missing within the SAF website have now been attended. Agreed although already in place are as requested now within the website, with clear and concise distinction.

Further discussion took place concerning issues relating to Facebook. Over the last three years, this medium has proven not to serve as to any benefit to SAF or SAMC. Albeit initial intentions on various attempts, have been thwarted, giving rise to concerns of SAF/SAMC committee and council alike. A decision was taken that the website will now carry announcements, intentions, work to be undertaken, etc. Thus, now none interactive with the “permit holder” all agreed it was a sad day.

However, it cannot be denied over the period inexcusable statements and elements have arisen within various titles within Facebook, against SAF and consequently council. Sufficient that all agreed that to “purchase a permit to fish is indeed just that and nothing more implied or intended”.

Council further stated that all any complaints received in the future would be referred to the procedures within the SAF website.

John Roberts…Chairman SAF


A natural fungus attack due to the mild winter coupled with this now cold period, we have a problem. Carp, in particular, will shoal close to each other and become semi-dormant. In this natural state immunity lowers, the net product is a proliferation of a fungus that can cover the head or entire body. Generally, the carp do not struggle to breathe on the surface, it is possible that a few may die.

Environment Agency informed and keeping an eye on the situation; we hope to see the problem clear in two to three weeks. However, we ask you do not fish or feed the pool during this time. Re-opening will be announced as soon as possible.

Kind regards

John Roberts, Chairman