As part of the 2016 scheduled works, contracted out, we see encouraging signs of progress at Monkmoor. Two of four peg refurbishments under construction. Adjustable scaffold / stone peg bases and timber fishable steps in these two instances, each peg being individual in need with regard to access.
Peg bases are five-foot square and sport two stands for rod rests. Indeed whilst concentrating on fixing the second base, before attempting the steps to both, local angler Rob Jones decided to give the first one a run in. 25 square feet of floor plan made for an ideal, in comfort. Seemingly it passed muster, even without the stone topping.
Downstream bush is being coppiced and downstream side being removed, thus affording a previously unfished hole to be utilised. Photos show two individual pegs……TO SAVE CLUTTER – PICS ON FACEBOOK LINK – WORK IN PROGRESS


Due to adverse weather conditions, the season opening will be a hard slog to reach your peg. As previously stated due to the prospect sale of the STW portion of the land mass of this site, no grazing is taking place. Unfenced boundary, has resulted in no grazing of either STW or Council land.

As a resolve of the issue of excess grass under foot, it was decided to harvest by taking hay and second cut silage. The window of opportunity for hay has had to extend due to the weather conditions, albeit intended to conclude before season opening.

To remedy, this prospect, the cutting of the car park, verges and pathways from Car Park to shingle, stiles to the river’s edge, were attempted at 11 am this morning, to no avail.

So until the weather improves the meadows under foot cannot and will not improve. Although Car Park and verges were automatic for pre-season the same applies. Pegs/stands have fortunately been stimmed out, rising levels, also preclude the addition of new peg bases, built and ready to go.




Given the previously mentioned current lack of grazing, Hay and silage will be taken from these meadows, making for easier progress under foot. Weather dependant as in a four-day period, it is hoped to conclude before the season starts.

Fishing pegs/holes/stands are this week being strimmed out, followed by a weed-killer application. Yes may be unsightly but will save probably two further cuts, through the course of the season. Some of the stands have received dug-out steps with the intention of consolidating. Next week will see the introduction of three new scaffold style peg bases, to existing/ historical pegs. Access down the bank will be considered after the fact, particular to the individual need.

PARKING: A reversal of the last instruction as to access to the fishery from the lane including parking has now been re-aligned with STW to meet the needs of the angler. So carry on as before.

LANE: Routing of the lane is more or less complete, the two severe areas receiving 16 ton of 40/20 ml stone. It is intended to leave as it is, for now, allowing for the Hay or Silage to complete. This will compact the new stone and in-fills with that passage of tractors and wagons hauling. Once complete intend to pull the excess stone in from the sides back onto the drive path and complete a final address to the stone based length.


Re-investment for 2016 has or will prove most beneficial, with no less than 49 pegs/stands re-created. Many of the old favourites are now up and running. Most beneficial is the opening up of the upstream section from the farm, with nine pegs now fishable, including Henry’s Hole. All pegs, stands are now posted and will be numbered and hopefully will put the fishery back on the competition map.


According to reports, Oxon is fishing exceptionally well, with many specimen species coming to the bank. Many thanks, to our two Bailiffs for Oxon and Mousecroft. Alfie Stevens and new Bailiff Neal Jackson, over and above the call of duty, removing, “reed tubers” by the handful on peg frontages. This water is fast becoming a second “Jewel in the Crown” along with Rea Brook.


Ready as ever, timing, of the weed-killer and then strim operation seems to have worked well this year. The river bank cut, the first of two is completed by Council the second by Council but contract paid by SAF/SAMC. This first cut may well run into the first week of the season; this is a result of the machine having to cater for Highways work as a priority.


As stated previously over 100 stands on bends, holes, pools, have been created. Two new “none permit selling” Bailiffs now cover the brook, simply to protect the investment and the fishery. Day Permit available on-line and from Total Angling.


NOTE: Intentionally, contractors have concentrated on the river, with pools receiving initial and then follow on works, yet to be completed.

HAVE A CHUCKLE: Two juniors take the bait! Link through to Facebook.

SAF supporting a joint enterprise:

Angling Trust Midlands Fisheries Forum (Shropshire)

June 22nd 2016

in association with the Environment Agency

Uffington Village Hall

Church Road, Uffington, Shrewsbury

Shropshire, SY4 4SQ

Tea and coffee served from 6.45pm, meeting will start at 7.15pm

The draft agenda will include:

  • Fisheries Enforcement and the new Voluntary Bailiff Service – Kevin Pearson  Angling Trust Fisheries Enforcement Manager explains how the VBS is being rolled out in the Midlands and how he is getting the police more involved.
  • Dealing with Cormorant and Goosander Predation – Richard Bamforth Angling Trust Fishery Management Advisor guides you through different techniques to combat predation.
  • The work of the Environment Agency Fisheries Team – Your local team give news and updates on the work to improve fisheries in your region.
  • Shrewsbury Police PC Paul Frank Wildlife Officer
  • Open Forum Session – Ask questions and raise issues with the Environment Agency and the Angling Trust

This meeting is free to attend and open to all. It is aimed at ALL freshwater anglers, Coarse and Game. It is a key opportunity to hear about the work of the Environment Agency and is a chance to tell the Angling Trust what YOU think their priorities should be. Plus updates from key organisations in your area.

It looks like being a fascinating meeting, so if you love angling and live within reach of the venue, make sure you attend.