IRONBRIDGE ANGLING SOCIETY

The Ironbridge Angling Society

Welcome To Our New Website

Ironbridge Angling Society (IAS) promotes and supports Angling in the Ironbridge Gorge. You can find out more about us by clicking here.

The IAS website is a one-stop-shop packed with information on Angling in one of the UK's most prestigious and picturesque places: The Ironbridge Gorge, Telford.

If you're new to Angling you will be able to find out about licensing, Fishing for £10 and how to join IAS. Existing members can share photos of their catches and chat to other society members in the Forum.

The Ironbridge area of the River Severn is recognised as being one of the finest places to catch Barbel, Chub, Pike and Roach in the United Kingdom. Ironbridge has become very popular with anglers from outside of the area who like to bring their families to the Gorge because of its unique combination of first-class fishing, excellent accommodation and historical interest, thanks to the Gorge's status as a World Heritage site and the birthplace of the industrial revolution. Just for that reason we have provided a large selection of the best places to eat, drink and stay in Ironbridge Gorge as well as the many tourist attractions in our Visit The Gorge section.

We hope that this website will assist all of you wishing to experience angling in the Ironbridge Gorge and to help you really achieve the utmost from your visit.

Latest News

IAS River Report.

31st Aug 2015

It's been a great start to the fishing season so far this year on the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge. With mostly normal Summer waterlevels & plenty of weed growth, there's an abundance of young silver fish showing & also plenty of decent Barbel & Chub. This Bank Holiday weekend has brought some rain, but today, (Monday), waterlevels are still only indicating 0.62 Metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post beside the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage. The river itself is running quite coloured though, with a fresh influx from the Vyrnwy catchment area giving it a pronounced peaty red tint. Fishing hotspot so far this season has definately been the old wharf wall adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge, with local Angler Phil Wilson taking four fish from there over the 10lb mark since 16th June!! Phil has taken all his fish on that traditional favourite, luncheon meat, & prefers to ledger a piece the size of a small brick whenever he can!! Very well done Phil, we're proud of you!!

IAS River Report.

28th Jun 2015

With this spell of lovely early Summer weather, & the new river fishing season just opened, now is a perfect time to pay a visit to the Ironbridge Gorge & try your hand at catching a mighty Barbel or magnificent Chub from the wonderful River Severn! Conditions currently are just about perfect for this time of year, with the waterlevel indicating 0.45 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage, & the river running gin clear. Lower water levels throughout much of Spring this year have helped the river's weedbeds develop well, providing lots of natural cover for this year's fry. On the banks it's been quite busy already, with fish showing on most stretches. Gary Greenwood reported a good mixed bag of Dace, Chub, Roach & Perch from Dale Park on floatfished Maggot, & Andy Boniface has been in amongst the Barbel using ledgered luncheon meat tactics on the Wharfage itself. Disappointing so far this year though has been the efforts of the various clubs who rent waters within the Gorge regarding bank clearance & peg work. Always a thorny subject, it seems increasingly difficult for these groups to provide Anglers with the quality of facilities they are paying for when purchasing a membership or day-ticket. For those Anglers who are visiting the area, there are, of course, areas which are free to fish provided the Angler holds a current Environment Agency rod licence. In the main, these areas are located on the left bank, & run from the Museum Of The Gorge in Coalbrookdale down to the Tar Tunnel at Coalport, with the exception of some private gardens in Ironbridge town itself. This is a great stretch of the river, featuring varied types of swim, & well worth giving a try.

IAS River Report.

8th Mar 2015

As the season draws to its close on the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge, conditions remain close to ideal for this time of year. Today, (Sunday), the waterline on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage is indicating 1.20 Meters above Normal Summer Level, & the river is running fairly clear with very little suspended sediment being carried within the flow. Recent catch reports have been mixed, with Barbel Angler's particularly having to work hard for their fish. There have been some encouraging signs of Silverfish though, especially along the Ironbridge town waters & on the Dawley Angling Society stretch in Bower Yard below Benthall Edge. Red Maggots, Hemp & Tares have all been producing fish, &, if conditions remain as they are, float-fishing tactics could well be the way forward from now till the last day of the river season, which is of course March 14th.

IAS River Report.

1st Mar 2015

Following some rainfall this week over Shropshire & Mid-Wales, water levels on the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge have risen somewhat. Today, (Sunday), the waterline on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage is recording 2.14 Metres above Normal Summer Level. The river itself is running quite coloured, although without too much debris coming through with the flow. Conditions don't favour the float at the moment, but there could well be some Barbel & Chub showing in the quieter margins, with ledgered Worms, Luncheon Meat or Halibut pellets probably offering the best chances of success.

IAS River Report.

22nd Feb 2015

Very little change to report this week for the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge. Today, (Sunday), the waterline is recording 1.20 Meters above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post beside the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage. Some colour has returned to the river though, & temperatures have dropped somewhat over the past couple of days. As expected, Silverfish have been showing at many of the favourite locations up & down the Gorge, & we have also had reports of Pike being taken from the Dawley Angling Society waters in Bower Yard below Benthall Edge. Hopefully, this spell of settled weather will remain with us untill 14th March, & we can look forward to some decent fishing conditions for the tail-end of this river season!

IAS River Report.

15th Feb 2015

Dry weather for much of the past week has helped keep conditions on the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge much as they were last weekend. Some rain on Friday has brought waterlevels up slightly, but today, (Sunday), the waterline on the Environment Agency marker post beside the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage is still only indicating 0.90 Meters above Normal Summer Level. The river is running quite clear, with little or no suspended sediment being carried along within the flow. Rain is forecast for the coming week, but conditions over the next couple of days should remain ideal for this time of year. Hopefully Anglers will find some silver fish showing, & conditions are also perfect at the moment for a crack at the excellent Pike fishing to be had here in the Gorge, especially in Dale Park & on the Ironbridge town stretch itself. Would all Anglers please be aware that some work is being carried out on the traditionally prolific Dawley Angling Society pegs just upstrem from the Ironbridge under Benthall Edge, so these spots unfortunately out-of-bounds at the moment.

IAS River Report.

8th Feb 2015

Following a dry, cold week over Shropshire & Mid-Wales, water levels on the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge are almost perfect for this time of year! Today, (Sunday), the waterline is indicating 1.00 Meter above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker-post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage. The river is running clear, with little suspended sediment being carried along within the flow. Current conditions are excellent for float-fishing, & sections well worth trying would include the IAS stretch in Dale Park, Coalbrookdale, the Dawley Angling Society waters in Bower Yard, under Benthall Edge, & the free waters in Ironbridge town itself. Red Maggots, Hemp, Tares & Bread float-fished with plenty of feed is usually the way forward when conditions are like this, which they aren't often, so it will be great to see some hardy Angler's taking full advantage & sending in their catch reports this coming week! Tight lines everyone!

IAS River Report.

1st Feb 2015

Following a bitterley cold week across Shropshire & Mid-Wales, conditons on the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge are not exactly ideal. Today, (Sunday), the waterline is indicating 2.60 Metres above Normal Summer Level, & the river is running heavily coloured with lots of suspended sedmint held within the flow. The real problem though is the water temperature, which, due to the run-off of melted snow, has dropped considerably. There have been a couple of hardy souls out on the banks braving the chilly conditions, but not much in the way of fish captures have been reported. If water temperatures do rise a little this week things may well improve, with a roving approach likely to be the best way forward. If you are going to venture out this coming week, please do take extreme caution as the river banks are very treacherous at the moment.

IAS River Report.

25th Jan 2015

A week of mainly dry conditions over Shropshire & Mid-Wales has brought a welcome drop in waterlevels on the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge. Today, (Sunday), the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage is recording 1.65 Metres above Normal Summer Level, & the river flow is running much clearer than it has for some time. If conditions remain as they are for another few days, we can hopefully look forward to having a great opportunity to go after the Roach, Chub & Dace on float fishing tackle. Areas of the river to head for will likely be the Ironbridge Angling Society stretch in Dale Park, Coalbrookdale, & the Dawley Angling water upstream of the Ironbridge in Bower Yard. Red Maggots, Hemp & Tares & plenty of feed should be the way forward, & there are sure to be a few hungry Pike about as well following the lengthy spell of high, coloured water.

IAS River Report.

18th Jan 2015

I.A.S. would like to take this opportunity to wish a very Happy New Year to all our members, guests & friends! We hope you all had a great festive season & are now looking forward to getting back on the riverbank! Having said that, conditions on the Severn riverbank here in the Ironbridge Gorge aren't exactly ideal at the moment, but there is still sport to be had if you are prepared to look for it. Following some rainfall over the mountains of Mid-Wales last week, waterlevels here in the Gorge have risen a little. Today, (Sunday), the waterline is recording 3.75 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage. The river is running very coloured at the moment, with lots of suspended sediment & debris being carried along within the flow. There have been some reports of fish being caught however, mainly Barbel but also a few Winter Chub. The Dawley Angling Society stretch of bank upstream of the Ironbridge itself has been particularly productive, & fish have also been taken on the Ironbridge Angling Society waters in Dale Park Coalbrookdale, & the Shifnal Angling Club section downstream of the Much Wenlock bridge. Bait-wise, Worms are reported to be catching regularly, with Lucheon Meat also producing fish. Under the banks & in the backwaters are the spots to try in these conditions, & always be prepared to give different locations a go if things are slow.

IAS River Report.

22nd Jun 2014

With the glorious 16th of June finally upon us, it's been a perfect start to the season here on the River Severn in the Ironbridge Gorge. With the water line recording close to Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge all week, not too much colour & plenty of warm, sunny day's, what more could a river Angler wish for? And they haven't been disappointed! IAS members Carl Hobbs, Adam Purnell, & Alan Brown all got in amongst the fish on opening day, Carl catching a fantastic bag of 12 Barbel, 3 Chub & a Bream from the Society's new stretch in Dale Park - (the upstream section of the old Avenue Angling stretch), Adam capturing the fish of a lifetime, a 20lb river Carp, from upstream of Buildwas village, & Alan taking some lovely Barbel & Chub from the lower end of the Shifnal waters on floatfished maggot & caster over a bed of hemp & caster. Very well done to all these Angler's, & also to the many others who have visited our river this week & enjoyed some memorable hours along it's enchanting banks at this very special time of the fishing year!

IAS Coaching Sessions On The Withy Pool, Telford Town Park.

4th May 2014

Thanks to everyone who took part in our first coaching session of 2014 on the Withy Pool in the Telford Town Park yesterday! These sessions are organised by Adam Purnell in conjunction with Telford & Wrekin Council, and will be taking place regularly at the Withy Pool over the coming weeks. For more information, do please check the calender on our Facebook page, or check out the information available at the Council's Welcome Centre adjacent to the pool iself. A very special 'Thankyou' from everyone involved in these sessions goes to IAS member Alan Brown, who's generous donation of some really excellent fishing tackle to the Society has helped us massively with this project. You're a real gentleman Alan & a very great asset to IAS!

IAS River Report.

9th Mar 2014

After a full week without serious rain, & with just a few days of the river season remaining, the Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge is finally coming close to decent form for this time of year. Today, Sunday, the waterline is recording 1.51 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post beside the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage, & the river is running with slight to moderate flow & very little suspended sediment. The banks are now quite dry, & most pegs are fishable. Water temperatures could do with rising a little, but hopefully the warm early Spring weather we have been enjoying over the past few days will help with that. All-in-all, the next couple of days should represent a great opportunity to come & have a go for some last-minute sport, with a definate chance of a decent Barbel or Chub showing to the lead or feeder, & also close to ideal conditions for trotting a stick through your favourite Roach swim! Tight lines everyone, & see you all back on the bank in June!

IAS River Report.

19th Jan 2014

After a prolonged spell of high water, river levels on the Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge have begun to drop a little, & today, (Sunday), the waterline is indicating 2.60 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage. The river is still running with lots of colour & debris in the flow, but there are one or two spots which can still produce fish in these conditions, notably the Cow-drink on the Telford Angling Association waters in Buildwas village, & dead man's hole on the Dawley Angling Society Society stretch at the bottom end of the Canyon. Ledgered Lobworms, luncheon meat or Halibut pellets will all produce when the river is running like this, but don't rely on these conditions lasting for long as more rain is expected over the coming week.

IAS River Report.

1st Jan 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! With some prolonged spells of wet weather across the River Severn catchment area over the festive period, there isn't too much to be happy about right now here in the Ironbridge Gorge. Today, (Wednesday), the waterline is indicating 3.1 metres above normal Summer level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage, & the river is running heavily coloured with lots of suspended sediment & debris being swept along in the flow. Whilst it is still possible to drop on fish in these conditions, a better option for Angler's in search of sport over the coming few days might be one of the many excellent stillwaters in our area, such as IAS's Beeches Pool at the top of Ironbridge Bank, or DAS's Lodge Lane fishery in Benthall. Once again, IAS would like to take this opportuity to wish everyone a very happy & peaceful New Year.

IAS River Report.

22nd Dec 2013

It's been a while since i wrote one of these!! Following some heavy rain across Mid-Wales this past week, River Severn waterlevels have risen somewhat here in the Ironbridge Gorge. Today, (Sunday), the waterline is indicating 2.50 metres above normal Summer level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage, & the river is running very coloured with plenty of sediment & debris being carried along in the flow. Conditions like this at this time of year can be very productive, but it's all about being in the right place at the right time. Expect backwaters like peg 31 on the Dawley Angling Society stretch in Bower Yard to produce, & also the swims upstream of Coalbrookdale Brook in Dale Park. Luncheon Meat or a big Lobworm ledgered close in should prove to be effective tactics, & dont be afraid to keep moving until you find the fish. As always when we reach this festive season, Ironbridge Angling Society would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas & a happy & peaceful New Year. Tight lines to you all for 2014!!

Upcoming IAS Events

2nd Apr 2013

So guys, as it stands this is what our club calendar is looking like for this year:

Spring League Matches:

April 7th - Horsehay Pool

April 21st Brewood canal

May 4th - Dandy

May 18th - Beeches

June 1st - Aston Ayre

June 16th - River Severn Ironbridge

And I terms of just some events to get us all put on the bank:

19th may Horsehay Pool

23rd June River Severn Ironbridge

7th July- River Teme

21st July- Boldings

1st August- Lodge Lane (Tony Norris Memorial)

25th August-River Severn Bridgnorth

8th September River Severn Ironbridge

14th September- Aston Eyre

21st September- Annual Outing, Docklow Pools

6th October- River Severn

20th October- Boldings

17th November- Pike Match, TBC

8th December, Fur and Feather TBC

For any more information or to book onto any of theese events please contact Johnnie Irwin at johnnie.irwin@gmail.com

Tight Lines

Fisheries Report

30th Jul 2012

River Severn:

The river in the Gorge is now in ideal conditions. For the fist time this season there is acces to all pegs along the Gorge.

Considering the conditions that we have had to endure since June 16th, the river has fished remarkably well with large catches of barbel and Chubb being reported all along the stretch. Silverfish are now becoming abundant with some good nets of Roach, dace and smaller Chubb being taken on stick and waggler tactics.

Simon Johnson from Wolverhampton has been a regular this season and has caught extremely well on ledger tactics from the Woodbridge section with a combined total of 76 Barbel in two sittings. Traditional baits of flavoured luncheon meat and pellets doing the business there.

The commercials and pools are also in fine form with all of the local pools throwing up weights of Carp and Silvers. The pick of these has been the TAA controlled pools with the Castle, Dandy and Wides all producing well.

Aston Eyre is another commercial that has been fishing extremely well and the open matches that are held there on a Wednesday and Sunday afternoon are throwing up huge weights on both theLead and Pellet Waggler. Simon Richardson (Richo) recently smashed the long standing pool record for a five hour match with 240lb all taken on the Wag. Don't be suprised if this is beaten again in the next few weeks.

Boldings continues to remain as consistent as ever with over 100lb required to frame in most matches.

After all of the recent rain, it now seems crazy to say that with the "hot" spell appears to be over for the immediate future, we are in need of a bit of the wet stuff to once again freshen the river as for the first time this month the levels have dropped to slightly below Summer level. I am fairly confident that this will be remedied this week and the levels will rise.

Get out and enjoy the fishing in the area as it is fishing as well as it has for many seasons.

Wishing you all Wet nets.

River Report 26th June 2012

25th Jun 2012

The magical June 16th!!!!!

What a washout weather wise. Unfortunately the Severn was high and rising through most of the first week of the season. However the good news is that for the brave souls who did ventur outwere rewarded in the shape of the barbel and Chubb opening their mouths.

Plenty of fish have been reported all along the Gorge and with the forecast better for this week we are hopefully going to be able to get on some of the more favoured pegs and not need to worry about strapping 4oz lead down.

Today (Monday) the river is 7 foot up on summer level and falling. The flush through can only help once it is back to normal level and should produce even more fish towards the end of the week.

The fish that have been caught have come from a variety of baits including all of the old favorites as well as maggot and caster over a bed of hemp for some cracking Chubb.

Please ensure that all decent catches are photographed and fed back through the Facebook page.

Tight lines!!!!

IAS Minutes 18/04/12

9th May 2012

Minutes 18/4/12-AGM

Chair of the meeting was Jeremy Thomas, Minutes taken by Johnnie Irwin

Attendees-

Jeremy Thomas, Carl Hobbs, Adam Purnell, Johnnie Irwin, Kenny, Ken Harris, Wayne Harris, Pete Mcleary, Gary Watson, Mark Peacock, Lian Stanko, Phil Wilson, Russell Lloyd, John Mcgowan

Apologies-

Danny Wood, Dave Bailey, Pete Fox, Steve Brennan

1.1 Johnnie Irwin read the minutes from last month, they were approved by Adam Purnell and seconded by Pete Mcleary.

1.2 There were no matters arising from the previous AGM that had not been previously sorted out.

1.3 Johnnie told the society that he had reworded Petes letter to DAS which had been sent to Danny Chetwood.

1.4 Jeremy told the society that he had been in contact with the power station regarding their stretch of the river. He had made a deal with them that they would give up 55 power station cards which we could sell, half of the revenue coming to our society. People wishing to purchase a card must be an IAS member. We will be sent a template of card to print and distribute to Powerstation members.

Agreed Action to Be Taken:

We will begin selling these cards in Ironbridge tackle and bait and will print the cards off as soon as we have the template.

1.5 The subject of membership costs was brought up, The chair told the society that we had 91 paid up members. Many members expressed a wish to raise the membership cost to try and generate more income. It was decided that we would raise the membership cost to 10 with a 5 concession. Concessions will be for OAPs, Juniors (under 18), Unemployed and disabled. It was voted on, all were in favour of changing the membership fees.

Agreed Action to Be Taken:

We will implement this new pricing structure as of the 1st may.

1.6 It was discussed that we desperately needed to stock the beeches pool with some larger fish, aside from all the small roach and skimmers. In order to do this we need to raise some funds. One suggestion was that we could sell life membership or possibly look for sponsorship on individual pegs, in return for an agreed price. This was seen as a good idea however it was decided that the final price would be discussed next month.

Agreed Action to Be Taken:

The final details will be finalised next month.

1.7 The possibility of having day tickets on the beeches was discussed. It was decided that we did not want to open it to non- members for fear of damage being done. It was suggested that we could offer a guest pass, to allow people to fish the pool providing a member was present, the cost is to be 4. It was decided that this pass must be bought by a member from the tackle shop in Ironbridge prior to fishing. They will not be available on the bank. If the guest buys a full membership within 28 days of the guest pass being purchased, the 4 will be deducted from their membership cost.

Agreed Action to Be Taken:

Guest passes will be sold at the shop for 4

1.8 This guest pass scheme and the surge in membership means we will need a baliff for the beeches. Lian stanko offered saying he was happy to do it.

Agreed Action to Be Taken:

Lian will begin balifing the beeches pool.

1.9 The constitution was readout by Johnnie Irwin, The only change that needs to be made is to add the extra officer into the constitution. Which is Events/ Funds and community liaison officer. This was agreed by everyone present

Agreed Action to Be Taken:

Johnnie Irwin will make the relevant changes for next month.

2.0 Jeremy read the financial report.

2.1 Jeremy read the chairmans report.

2.2 There was no more than one person standing for each post. This means there was no election. Ken was welcomed as treasurer, Wayne was welcomed ad development officer and adam was welcomed as event/funds officer.

2.3 Wayne Harris then made a kind offer on behalf of Ironbridge tackle and bait. Up until this point they had taken 10% off for IAS members. He said that if we wanted, he would give us a discount of 5% but then donate 5% to IAS. Everybody agreed this was a good idea and thanked wayne.

Meeting closed at 9:26 PM.

IAS Matches

5th May 2012

Members,

Our development officer, Wayne Harris, is in the process of organising a set of matches on various still waters around Telford, to include: the beeches, horsehay pool, castle, dandy, wide and others. They will be run on wednesday evenings starting on the 30th may. The draw will be 5:30 and we will fish from 6-9. Please register your interest by emailing me at johnnie.irwin@gmail.com or call the tackle shop on 01952433040. Entry fee is yet to be decided but will be kept at an affordable price.

Wayne is also organising a small match on the beeches this wednesday (9th may). The timings willl be as above and the entry fee will be 7:50 of which 5 will go into the prize fund. Please make sure you let us know if you intend to fish due to the limited peg space using the contact details above.

Thanks

Johnnie Irwin

IAS Secretary

Next Meeting

5th May 2012

Members,

Can i please remind you all that the next IAS meeeting will be held on the 16th may at 7:30 at the Crown Hodgebower. Hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Thanks

Johnnie Irwin

IAS Meeting

19th Mar 2012

Just a quick reminder about this months meeting on wednesday the 21st of march. It is at the bird in hand at 7:30. It would be great to see as many members there as possible.

Johnnie Irwin

IAS Secretary

Small Work Party

28th Feb 2012

Hi Guys,

As you know we have taken a lease out on the beeches pool, but before we can fish it we need to do some work on it. The first thing to be done is to construct an entrance gate. We intend to do this tomorrow (wednesday 29th February)at 4pm. Due to light restricitons i can't imagine it will go on for long but it would be great to see as many members out as possible to do their bit for the club.

Kind Regards

Johnnie Irwin

IAS Secretary

River Report

16th Feb 2012

The Severn in the Gorge is lookingfirst class for the first time in 2012. As of today (Thursday) the level is below Summer Level and that combined with the milder weatherduring the Half Term break hasgiven people the opportunityto get on the banks and enjoy the holiday.

There have been reports of good nets of fish throughout the stretch with Barbel and Chubb making up the bulk of the catches. Dale Park and the Gardens sectionhave all been throwing up plenty of fish with pellet and luncheon meat once again the favoured baits.

A group of IAS members had a day of Pike fishing today and whilst Adam Purnell manged to hook 3monster pike he unfortunatelylost all 3 at the net, one said to be approaching the magical 20lb mark!!! Unlucky Adam I'm sure you will extract you're revenge soon.

The Ironmasters series of Opens will definitely be on again this Sunday draw 8.30 at Ironbridge Tackle & Bait. Hopefullywe willnow be able to have a consistent run now until the end of the season. If you are interested in fishing Sunday's match, please contact Pete McLearyor Ironbridge Tackle & Bait on 07966 520933

IAS River Report

5th Feb 2012

For the first time in weeks the river is at an ideal level. Today, Sunday the level is reading 1.2 metres above Summer level.

Typically the river is spot on level wise and we now have to contend with ice and snowy conditions for the first time this year. However a few brave souls haveventured out and there have been reported Pike catches coming from odd areas. With the water temperature at 1 degree this morning this is all that we can really hope for.

Hopefully, the snow water will have flushed through over the next few days and temperatures will rise to allow us to get back on the river for some sport before the season comes to an end in March.

Conditions permitting the Ironmasters Open Series will recommence next Sunday draw 8.30 at Ironbridge Tackle & Bait. Anyone interested in fishing, please contact Pete McLeary.

IAS River Report

22nd Jan 2012

As of today (Sunday) the river is approximately 1.2 metres above summer level and the sediment is clearing.

Unsuprisingly due to recent conditionsthere has only been odd anglers on the river. However, there have been reports of odd bigger Barbel being taken onledgered pellet and luncheon meat.

The most productive areas have beenDale Park and Shifnal waters. Dale Park in particular seems to be holding a lot of silverfish at present with loosefed maggots being the favoured bait.

Hopefully as the water level continues to drop we will see more anglers on the banks enjoying this unseasonal milder weather over the coming weeks.

January Meeting

17th Jan 2012

Hi Guys,

Just a quick reminder about tomorrows meeting (18/1/12) it will be at the white heart at 7:30 as usual. please try and attend as we have some very important matters to discuss.

Regards

Johnnie Irwin

IAS Secretary

IAS River Report.

13th Jan 2012

Withthe recent spell of more settled weather accross much of the Severn catchment area,river conditions this week here in the Ironbridge Gorge have improved significantly.Today,(Friday), the waterline is recording 1.90 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage in Ironbridge.The river itself is clearing gradually,but is still carrying quite a lot of sediment suspended within the flow.Fishing conditions are improving,& this looks set to continue over the weekend & into next week.Fish catch reports have been few & far between over this past week,but one or two excellentspecimens have been taken,most notably two magnificent Barbel,one a veritable monster of 13lbs 10ozs,& the other a superb 9lbs 10ozs fish,both captured by I.A.S. member Tim Stevens from the Shifnal Angling Club waters at Buildwas.Two fantastic fish there Tim,very well done!!

IAS River Report.

6th Jan 2012

A very happy New Year to everyone from I.A.S.!! Following the mild,wet & windy weather most of the country had over the festive period,conditions on the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge mean we sadly wont be seeing much Angling activity along our local riverbanks for at least the next few days.Today,(Friday),the waterlevel is indicating 2.64 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage in Ironbridge.The river itself is very coloured,with lots of debris & suspended sediment coming through with the flow.There are flood alerts throughout the Middle Severn system,including Ironbridge,&,with more rainfall forecast in Mid-Wales over the next 24 hours,we are expecting to see our flood defence barriers being moved into position at some point during this coming weekend.With the river currently in a dangerous & practically un-fishable condition,there have been no catch reports this week,& our best advice if it's your plan to do some fishing over the next few days would be to give one of our many excellent local stillwaters a try.Tight lines to everyone for 2012!!

IAS River Report.

30th Dec 2011

After someprolonged rainfall at the end of last week whichcausedthe water to rise rapidly,aspell of generally settled weather over the Christmas period has brought a slight drop in waterlevels on the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Today,(Friday),the waterline is indicating 1.78 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker postbeside the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.There has also been an improvement in the colour of the river,with a marked reduction in the amount of suspended sediment & debris being carried through the system over the past couple of days.Catch reports this week have again been patchy,but fish were being taken yesterday on the Woodbridge Inn waters below the Coalport bridge.Hopefully we will see some more activity on the riverbanks this coming weekend,but in the meantime,Ironbridge Angling Society would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy New Year,& tight lines for 2012!!

change Of venue for Pike Match

26th Dec 2011

Upon inspection of the river this morning, jeremy and i have decided that it is definatly unfishable. Therefor our match will be moved to stirchley bottom pool. Please be advised that this IS a pike match, there are a lot of pike in this pool and there is a good chance of us having some sport. We will still meet at darbys in ironbridge at 8:30 before making our way to stirchley pool and doing the draw in the car park. This is a fantastic opportunity for the club and we al have a very good chance of catching. Hope to see you all tomorrow and have a good boxing day! if you would like any more info about the venue please do not hesitate to contact me. On 07772468819 or johnnie.irwin@gmail.com

Regards

Johnnie irwin

IAS River Report.

23rd Dec 2011

Periodic wet weather across much of Shropshire & Mid-Wales over the past week means very little change in River Severn conditions here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Today,(Friday),the waterline is indicating 1.72 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage in Ironbridge.The water colour has cleared a little over the past few days,but there is still plenty of suspended sediment,& lots of other debris coming through with the flow.Once again,fish-catch reports have been very sparse this week,but the slightly warmer weather over the coming festive weekend should induce some feeding activity amongst our resident Barbel population.If you are out & about on the riverbanks here in the Ironbridge Gorge over the coming few days,do please take extra care when choosing a safe swim,asmany of themare currently extremely slippery.On aseasonal note,Ironbridge Angling Society would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Christmas,& a peaceful & successful New Year!! We thank you for all your support throughout the past season,& hope you all have a great festive time!!

Pike Match

23rd Dec 2011

Hi guys,
As i am sure you are all aware the rain has yet to stop today, putting our pike match on tuesday in jepordy. However thanks to the kindness of Dawley Angling Society, we have been given permission to fish the stirchley bottom pool if the river is unfishable. This is an excellent opportunity for the club to fish a match on a still water especially one with as many big fish, and pike may i add, as the stirchley bottom pool. Breakfast at darbys would still go ahead, but we might have to put back the start time of the match to allow for travel between the venues. I appreciate this venue requires different bait, tackle and preparation to the river so i will try and give you as much notice as possible as to whether this change will take place. I will post on the website and email you all by midday on monday to tell you where we will be fishing. For those who would like me to text/call them please either call me on 07772468819 or email me at johnnie.irwin@gmail.com
Hope you all have a merry Christmas

Kind Regards

Johnnie

IAS Pike Match

21st Dec 2011

IAS are organising a roving pike match on the 27th of december. we will meet at Derby's in ironbridge at 8:30 for breakfast before commencing the draw at 9:30. The match will be five hours long, we will fish in pairs(which will be drawn) and the limits are from the new bridge to the rowing club bridge(both banks). As the river conditions are currently poor, we will take a decision on monday as to whether to fish the match. Please assume that it is ON unless i email you and put it on the website to state otherwise. If the river is unfishable, we will make other arrangements or rearange the date.

If you wish to attend please contact me at johnnie.irwin@gmail.com or on 07772468819

Regards

Johnnie Irwin

IAS Secretary

IAS River Report.

16th Dec 2011

With further rainfall & the first snow's of this Winterover the mountains of Mid-Wales,conditions on the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge remain difficult.Today,(Friday),the waterline is recording 2.52 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage in Ironbridge.The water level has dropped a little today,but with fresh snowfall in Powys last night,& more rain forecast for the coming weekend,we would expect the river to rise again over thenext few days.There isa lotof debris & suspended sediment pushing through the system at the moment,which is providing plenty of colour in the water itself.Fish-catch reports this week have again been sparse,but the odd Barbel & Chub are still beingtaken fromunder the bank in one or two places,or out of the deeper backwater-type swims,particularly in the Dale Park area,& upstream towards Buildwas village.

IAS River Report.

11th Dec 2011

The continuing Autumnal weather means there's beenvery little change in River Severn conditions here in the Ironbridge Gorge over the past seven days.Today,(Sunday),the waterline is recording 1.68 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post beside the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage at Ironbridge.The river is currently running very coloured,with plenty of suspended sediment & debris being carried along in the flow.Fish-catch reports have been patchy again this week,but there have been one or two Barbel taken from some of the backwater areas within the stretch.Most noteable amongst these swims arePeg 31,on the Dawley Angling Society waters,the large backwater adjacent to the old Half Moon public house at Jackfield,& the slower moving sections within Dale Park.Ledgered Luncheon Meat has been the most productive bait this week,with ledgered Worms also taking the odd fish,particularly Chub.

Change Of plan

5th Dec 2011

Due to extenuating circumstances this wednesdays meeting at the white heart will be delayed until 8:15 as apposed to the usual 7:30. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Regards

Johnnie Irwin

IAS Secretary

IAS River Report.

4th Dec 2011

Heavy rain across much of Western Shropshire & Mid-Wales at the end of last week has now begun to affect River Severn waterlevels here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Today,(Sunday),the waterline is indicating 1.50 meters above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency Marker post beside the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The river is currently still rising,& is running very coloured with plenty of suspended sediment & debris being carried along within the flow.Fish-catch reports prior to this adjustment in waterlevels were quite reasonable,with Barbel,Chub,Pike & Silver-Fish all being taken over the past week at various locations within the Gorge system.Expect things now to be a little more difficult,at least for the next few days or so,although these conditions do suit certain swims,particularly in the Dale Park area,& also around Peg 31,on the Dawley Angling Society stretch in Bower Yard.

Next IAS Meeting

27th Nov 2011

Our December meeting has been brought forward to the 7th of December . It will be the usual time of 7:30 at the White Heart. There are several proposals which need to be decided on so if you don't turn up your vote won't count. Hope to see you there.

Kind Regards

Johnnie Irwin

IAS Christmas Party

27th Nov 2011

This years IAS christmas party is to be held at the coalbrookdale in. It will be on the 16th december at 7pm the price will be 15 for a three course meal. No under 16's allowed and there are only 26 places available so you need to be quick to reserve a place. If you would like a place please contact me on johnnie.irwin@gmail.com or 07772468819

Thanks

Johnnie Irwin

IAS River Report.

27th Nov 2011

Another week with very little rainfall over Shropshire & Mid-Wales means conditions on the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge remain much as they were last weekend.Today,(Sunday),the waterline is touching the 0.42 metres above Normal Summer Level mark on the Environment Agency indicator post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The river is currently running quite clear,with very little suspended sediment.Overnight temperatures have been falling since Wednesday,& this change in air temperature is affecting water temperatures too.Fish catch reports have been patchy over the past week,& this drop-off in sport will no doubt be closely linked to the cooler water conditions.There have beenone or two reporting'sof good Barbel being taken on Halibut pellets from the Telford Angling Association stretch in Davies's Field at Jackfield,& also someencouragingnews of Dace & Chub being taken from the Dale Park & Wharfage areas.Today,(Sunday),saw the runningof round 2 of the Dawley Angling Society/Ironbridge Angling Society/Ironbridge Tackle & Bait 'Ironmasters' open match series on the Dawley Angling Society 'Gardens' stretch under Benthall Edge.Today's winner,with a mixed bag of Silver-Fish weighing in at 4lbs 5ozs,was Steve Tinsley.Coming in a very close2nd,wasIronbridge Tackle & Bait's Jeremy Thomas,who caught a good Chub & some small Dace on float-fished red maggots for 4lbs 4ozs.Another impressive performance from last weekend's winner,Roger Yeomans,earned him3rd place today,with amixed Silver-Fish bag totalling 1lbs 6ozs.Very many congratulations toour top three Angler's this week,& thankyou to everyone else who took part,or helped behind the scenes with the event organization.

IAS River Report.

20th Nov 2011

A spell of settled weather across Shropshire & Mid-Wales over the past week means conditions on the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge are now close to normal for this time of the year.Today,(Sunday),the waterline is recording 0.32 meters above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.Currently,the river is running quite clear,with very little suspended sediment.Catch reports have been reasonably good over the past few days,particularly with regard to Silver-Fish.Notable areas worth fishing at the moment are Dale Park,& the Dawley Angling Society pegs imeadiately upstream of the Ironbridge on the Benthall Edge side of the river.

IRONBRIDGE ANGLING SOCIETY IN CONJUNCTION WITH DAWLEY ANGLING SOCIETY & IRONBRIDGE TACKLE & BAIT PROUDLY PRESENT:

16th Nov 2011

'THE IRONMASTERS WINTER OPEN SERIES.'

CONTESTS EVERY SUNDAY COMMENCING NOVEMBER 20TH 2011.

DRAW 8.00AM AT IRONBRIDGE TACKLE & BAIT,31,HIGH STREET,IRONBRIDGE,TF8 7AD.

FISH 9.30AM-2.30PM-ENTRY FEE 12.00 ALL-IN.

PLEASE BOOK IN WITH PETE McCLEARY-(07816 118683) OR JEREMY THOMAS-(07966 520933) BY 10.00PM EACH FRIDAY EVENING.

IAS River Report.

13th Nov 2011

More seasonal weather over Shropshire & Mid-Wales this week has contributed to a rise in River Severn water levels here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Today,(Sunday),the waterline is recording 0.92 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The river itself is now running quite coloured,with plenty of suspended sediment.Prior to this infux of new water,fish catch reports were very good,especially from Angler's targeting our Silver-Fish & Pike.Expect Barbel catches to also improve whilst the river is running higher,particularly in areas noted as productive during these conditions,such as peg 31 on the Dawley Angling Society stretch in front of Bower Yard.

IAS River Report.

2nd Nov 2011

Welcome rainfall over Western Shropsire & Mid-Wales over the past couple of days has finally brought some alterations in conditions on the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Today,(Wednesday), the waterline has risen to 0.65 meters above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The river itself is now carrying some colour,with plenty of suspended sediment & debris being carried along by the flow.Fish catch reports remain good though,with Barbel & Chub being taken by several Angler's at different locationsup & downthe Gorge over the past few days.With some colour now in the water,expect ledgered luncheon meat tactics to be very productive,but do be prepared to try some Halibut or Trout pellets for variety as well!!

IAS River Report.

30th Oct 2011

As another pleasant Month of settled Autumn weather draws to a close,conditions on our wonderful piece of the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge also remain quite static.Today,(Sunday), the waterline on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage,is just touching the 0.30 meters above Normal Summer Level mark,& the water itself is running quite clear with very little suspended sediment.Slightly warmer temperatures this week have definitely produced an improvement in fish catches,particularly amongst our resident Barbel population,with reports of decent fish being taken on several stretches within the gorge.Notable Barbel hotspots this week have beenthe Power Station Angling Club section in front of Buildwas Abbey,& the Shifnal Angling Club waters downstream of the Much Wenlock bridge.Elsewhere,Anglers float-fishing for Silver-Fish have been enjoying excellent sport,particularly on the old Queens Arms waters at Jackfield,& also on the free-fishing stretch of water in Ironbridge town itself.

IAS Match 30-10-11

27th Oct 2011

This Sunday (30-10-11) IAS is having a match on the town free water. The draw will be held in the square iniron bridgeat 8:45 and we will start fishing at 10 o'clock. If you wish to take part please contact Pete Mcleray on 07816118683 before 10pm on saturday.

Thanks

Johnnie Irwin

IAS Secretary

IAS River Report.

23rd Oct 2011

On-going dry & settled weather this past week across much of Shropshire & Mid-Wales means there's been very little change in River Severn conditions here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Today,(Sunday),the waterline is recording 0.46 meters above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage,& the river is running fairly clear with very little suspended sediment.Fish-catch reports this weekhave beenpatchy,as the colder air & water temperatures continue to affect most species feeding patterns,particularly,it seems,the Barbel.Some nice fish have been takenover the past couple of daysthough from the Environment Agency free-fishery at Coalport.Angler's float-fishing red or bronze Maggots for Silver-fish are stillcatching from several sections within the Gorge,which we all hope is a good sign of some decent Winter sport to come!! If you areplanning to have a day down on the river next week,& you intend to float-fish for the Silver's,do remember to keep plenty of loose feed going in to help hold the fish in your chosen swim!!

IAS River Report.

16th Oct 2011

Another settledperiod weather-wise over much of Shropshire & Mid-Wales this week,means very little change in water conditions on the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Today,(Sunday), the waterline is recording 0.40 meters above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post beside the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage,& the river is running fairly clear with little suspended sediment.Some colder evenings have lowered water temperatures though,& this does seem to have affected Angling sport over the past few days.There have been scattered reports of Barbel being taken,but fishing has definately been more difficult this week than earlier in the season.Silver-fish catches are still holding up well however,& there have also been several encouraging reports of Pike activity & fishcaptures.On the Pike front,special congratulations this week go to I.A.S. member Wayne Harris,who succeeded in catching his first-ever river Pike over this pastweekend,a superb 12lb specimen from the old Queens Arms water below the Jackfield bridge.Very well done Wayne!! there's no better way to start your river career than with a great 'double'!!

Report from Annual Day Out 25/09/11

9th Oct 2011

Last Saturday many of Ironbridge Angling Sociey's members headed to Montford Bridge for their annual day out. They fished a memorial match in memory of Bert Wilcox which was sponsored by Ironbridge Tackle and Bait. After a full English breakfast at the Wingfield Arms pub in Montford, the optimistic anglers headed out to their pegs with the help of a member of staff at the pub who helpfully carried their tackle on his quadbike.

Despite their best efforts the going was tough and the anglers were trying all sorts of methods just to get a bite! There was, however, some action as Christy Mcleary was snapped by a Barbel early on and Mark Peacock seemed to be storming ahead with dozens of smaller fish when many anglers had yet to have a bite.

After the whistle blew nobody knew who had won, as rumours of some bigger fish were swarming the bank. As the weigh men went along each peg there was no standout angler. Christy McLeary had been working vey hard and managed to put together a large bag of Minnows and Chublets which were very welcome on such a tough day. However he was pipped at the post by Mark Peacock who had managed to keep the silvers coming and won with a respectable weight of 5lb 8oz. This was a super weight on a day when some anglers blanked and others caught nothing more than a Minnow!

The day was finished off in style at the Coalbrookdale Inn,where Dawn and Danny Wood put on a fantastic curry for all the anglers and their family. Mark was presented with his trophy by Jeremy Thomas and everyone left after a fantasic first annual day out for the newly reformed Ironbridge Angling Society.

IAS River Report.

8th Oct 2011

A return to more seasonal weather this week has had a marked impact on the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Following some overnight rainfall on Wednesday & Thursday,waterlevels have risen somewhat.Today,(Saturday),the waterline is recording 0.72 meters above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Musuem Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The river itself is currently running lightly coloured,with some suspended sediment,but,due to this week's windy conditions,there are also lots of fallen leaves & other debris being carried along by the flow.The rapid drop in temperatures over the past few days does seem to have had an effect on Barbel fishing,with only the odd decent fish being reported this week,but there are still plenty of Silverfish showing,& also some encouraging reports of Pike activity,particularly on the Ironbridge town waters & the Canyon stretch.

IAS River Report.

1st Oct 2011

What a week its been weather-wise here in the Ironbridge Gorge!! With temperatures amongst the highest of the year so far,& no rainfall for a couple of weeks,our stretch of the River Severn remains in perfect Summer condition!! Today,(Saturday),the waterline is recording 0.10 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage,& the river is running quite clear.The great news angling-wise this week is the most welcome return of our Silver-fish population!! Predominantly Dace,Chub & Roach,& mostly still relatively small in size,there are definately plenty of them,& they seem to currently be quite well dispersed throughoutour Gorge fisheries!! Stick-float fishing with Maggots is the way to catch these fish,& conditions are just about perfect for this style of angling at the moment,so do please come on down to the Gorge & give it a go!!

IAS River Report.

25th Sep 2011

Another week with very little rainfall over Shropshire & Mid-Wales has kept River Severn water levels fairlystatic here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Today,(Sunday),the waterline is indicating 0.25 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The river has lost some of its colour over the past few days,& is now running fairly clear,with very little suspended sediment.Fish catch reports have once again been very good this week,with most of the well-known areasof the Gorge producing fish.Notable hot-spots currently are the woods section of the Dawley Angling Society's water under Benthall Edge,& the Ironbridge Power Station Angling Club's stretch in front of Buildwas Abbey.Halibut pellet seems to be catching more fish now Autumn is with us,but luncheon meat & maggots are also still accounting for plenty good captures.Special mention this week goes to Mark Smith,who caught 8 Barbel to 10lbs in 1 1/2 hours last week on light-ledgered luncheon meat from peg 6 on the Ironbridge Power Station Club's waters.Very well done Mark!! Another well-known local river Angler,Simon Garbett,also sent in a very encouraging report on his recent silver-fish results this week.Simon has been enjoying great success float-fishing maggots on the old Queen's Arms section of the river between Ironbridge & Jackfield.Its really great news to hear encouraging reports like this froma talented local Angler who hasfished the Gorge for many years,& we thank Simon very much for taking the time to keep us up-to-speed with his results.

IAS River Report.

17th Sep 2011

There has been a distinctly Autumnal feel to the weather this past week here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Cooler nights& occasional showery dayssoon begin to change the appearance ofour littlepiece of the River Severn.As the leaves turn from the pastel greens of Summer to the spectacular hues of Autumn,the whole Gorge is transformed,& many local Angler'sthought's begin toturn to days ahead which will be spent float-fishing for Roach,Chub & Dace,or dead-baiting in a favourite spot for Pike.As yet,we haven't had a great deal of rain,which means currently that the river remains near normal for late Summer.Today,(Saturday),the waterline is recording 0.10 meters above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The river still has some nice colour in it,but with little suspended sediment now held within the flow,it is clearing gradually.Fish catch reports remain steady,the old wharf wall in front of the Museum Of The Gorge remaining a favourite spot,& also the Ironbridge Power Station Club waters adjacent to Buildwas Abbey.Top baits continue to be luncheon meat,Halibut pellets,& fish-flavoured boilies.Away from the riverbank,special congratulations must go this week to I.A.S. member Wayne Harris,who took an awesome win in the Tuesday open match held at the Stafford Moor fishery.Very well done Wayne!!

IAS River Report.

9th Sep 2011

Some welcome rainfall across Shropshire & Mid-Wales has brought waterlevels on the River Severn up somewhat over the past48 hours here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Today,(Friday),the waterline is recording 0.85 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.At present the water is still rising,&is now running quite coloured,with plenty of suspended sediment.Recent fish catch reports have been very good,with the influx of fresh water stimulating a feeding spree amongst the local Barbel population.IAS's roving reporter,Phil Wilson,was in the thick of the action last night,taking three Barbel to 10lb 7oz from the old wharf wall next to the Museum Of The Gorge!! Just across the river from the old wharf,on the Dawley Angling Society's peg 31 in Bower Yard,visiting Angler Aidan Noviski was also finding quality fish this morning,landing an excellent 9lb 7oz specimen Barbel!! Very well done to both these Angler's,& also manycongratulations to Broseley's Garry Watson on his winning the Severn Challenge Trophy match at Buildwas this week!!

GARRY WATSON WINS 'SEVERN CHALLENGE' TROPHY MATCH.

8th Sep 2011

Broseley specimen Angler Garry Watson put his skills to successful use last night,by winning the Ironbridge Tackle & Bait-sponsored 'Severn Challenge Trophy' match on the Power-Station waters at Buildwas.Fished as an Ironbridge Angling Society charity event,the 2-hour contest attracted 10 local Angler's,& raised 80.00 for the Severn Hospice.Fishing peg 5 on a rapidly rising river,Garry used maggot-feeder tactics to net a 2lb 3oz mixed bag of Dace,Chub & Bleak.Well-known local river Angler Pete McCleary tied for 2nd place with I.A.S. member Martin Hall,both men using float-fished maggots to tempt 1lb 6oz of Dace,Chub & Bleak.Ironbridge Tackle & Bait's Jeremy Thomas claimed 3rd spot,with a 1lb 5oz mixed bag on float-fished maggot,& I.A.S. member Wayne Harris finished the evening in 4th position with 1lb 0oz.Once again the evening was rounded off in fine style,with another of Dawn Wood's mouth-watering curries served at the Coalbrookdale Inn!! Ironbridge Angling Society would like to thank the Ironbridge Power Station Angling Club for the use of their water,Ironbridge Tackle & Bait for sponsoring the event,& Dawn Wood for providing such an excellent & much-appreciated meal.

IAS River Report.

2nd Sep 2011

Another week of dry weather conditions across the River Severn catchment area means no real change in water height or colouration here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Today,(Friday),the waterline is right at the bottom of the Environment Agency marker post beside the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage,which means that the river is actually running at its Normal Summer Level.The water itself is now very clear,with virtually no suspended sediment.Barbel & Chub fishing has been slower this week,due possibly to the very clear conditions,but there have been several reports of excellent Silver-Fish catches,which really is fantastic news.Well known local river specialists,Peter McCleary & Simon Garbett,have both been catching good mixed bags of Dace,Chub,Roach & Perch,from the old Queens Arms stretch downstream of the Jackfield Bridge.Float-fished Maggot tactics have been the primary catching method for the Silver-Fish,but swimfeedered Maggots & Sweetcorn hookbait has also beenattracting some qualityspecimens,most notably asuperb 6lb 8ozBream,which wascaptured this week by Broseley specimen hunterGarry Watson,from the Rowley Regis Clubwaters downstream of theCoalport Bridge.Very well done to all these local fishermen,its great to see so many of you back out on the banks & catching fish!!

IAS River Report.

27th Aug 2011

Some rainfall during the weekover Mid-Wales has brought River Severn levels up slightly here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Today,(Saturday),the waterline is recording 0.10 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The river is still running very clear,with virtually no suspended sediment.Fish catch reports are still fair,although the river coulddo with an influx of fresh water at the moment to reallyget the local Barbel & Chub populations into proper feeding mood.Ledgered luncheon meattactics arestill proving to be an excellent choice,with swimfeedered Halibut pellets also accounting for some good fish.Swim-wise,areas such as the old wharf wall beside the Museum Of The Gorge,the Dawley Angling Society Canyon section,& the Telford Angling Association stretch adjacent to thethree old boilers at Jackfield,have all produced fish over the past week.

IAS River Report.

21st Aug 2011

Rainfall across northern Mid-Wales has brought an infux of fresh water into the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge this week,via one of its Welsh tributaries,the Afon Vyrnwy.As the catchment area of the Vyrnwy is predominantlyup-land peat-bog,its flood water's tend to be quite reddish in colour,& this has been reflected in the Severn water colouration downstream ofthe two river'sconfluence at Crewgreen.Today,(Sunday),much of this influx has passed through the river system,& the waterline has returned to the Normal Summer Level mark on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage in Ironbridge.The river colour is stillrather peaty red,with some suspended sediments,but it is now gradually clearing.Fish catch reportshave again been good this week,although the change of colour did seem to put the fish off feeding for a couple of days around the middle of the week.Luncheon meat is still accounting for plenty of Barbel & Chub,but there have also been some encouraging reports of quite decent silver-fish bags falling to swimfeedered & float-fished Maggots.

IAS Minutes 17/08/11

21st Aug 2011

IAS Minutes 17/8/11

Attendees- Johnnie Irwin, Jeremy Thomas, John Burd, Derek Burd, Adam Purnell, Bryn Owen, Keith Edwards, Martin Hall, Ken Harris, Wayne Harris, Danny Wood and Jay Muggeridge

Apologies- Steve Brennan and Alan Taylor.

Jeremy Thomas thanked all those attending including our two guests.

Johnnie Irwin read the minutes from last month. Wayne Harris confirmed these were correct and Ken Harris seconded this.

Jeremy thanked everyone who fished the Tony Norris memorial match and told us how we had raised 73 for Macmillan Cancer Support. He then presented the society with a letter from Macmillan Cancer support thanking us for our donation. Johnnie Irwin will keep this letter in correspondence.

Jeremy also gave special thanks to Danny and Dawn wood who organised a fantastic curry after the match which helped raised more money for Macmillan.

The subject of the Steve Davies memorial match was brought up. Jeremy told us that Dawley Angling Society was hosted a memorial match for Steve as he was one of their bailiffs. It was decided that we would support Dawleys memorial match rather than hosting our own.

Jeremy told the society that he had been to Lloyds TSB to ask to open a treasurers account in the name of Ironbridge Angling Society. It was decided that he would continue proceedings with Lloyds in order to open an account in the societys name, which would allow us to deposit the cash and cheques, we already have.

Jeremy suggests that the society should fish another charity match for which Ironbridge Tackle and Bait would put up a trophy and donate the money to Severn hospice.

Jeremy will ask the power station as to whether we can use their stretch on the Severn for the match. It will be on Wednesday the 7th of September at 5:30.

Danny wood then brought up the subject of the annual day out. He had done some research and suggested the river wye, which would incur a likely cost of around 50 per head with a 20 deposit.

Wayne Harris told us that if we did fish the wye then the Belmont stretch is very good.

Some members expressed difficulties with accessibility and that many members did not necessarily want to spent as much as 50.

Adam Purnell suggested the reabrook or Montford Bridge, which are both local and would incur much less traveling costs.

Adamss idea of fishing the Montford Bridge stretch of water was agreed on providing it is available and the costs are reasonable.

The 25th of September was set as a tentative date for the annual day out.

Jeremy told the society that the former Avenue Angling stretch of the Severn currently has no lease on it and that IAS used to lease this stretch, which may mean they would be interested in leasing it to us again.

Jeremy has spoken to the owner of this stretch and will continue to enquire as to its availability and costs.

Jeremy then introduced Jay Muggeridge. He introduced himself and told us about his background and his project to get ex alcoholics and drug users into fishing which has been very successful. He also told us that the people he had introduced to fishing had started their own society and were interested in getting water of their own to fish on and that they may be interested in the beeches, which was owned by Bryn Owen.

Bryn asked Jay whether he thought the funding was in place. He was fairly sure that it could be but was not sure for how long it might last.

Because IAS do not have the funding to lease the beeches on our own, at the current asking price, it was decided we would wait and allow Jay and Bryn to talk together before coming back to us. We may be able to help with some of the funding or some maintenance.

Proceedings into this the beeches are currently on hold whilst we allow Bryn and Jay to talk.

Bryn asked Jeremy how many people he could expect to fish his water per day if he used it as day ticket only and how much he might charge.

Jeremy said 4 would be the maximum and that the number of people fishing it would depend on a number of factors and so he could not say for certain.

John Burd then told us that fujitsu might offer some help in the form of labour or machinery to renovate the beeches, as they would be seen to help the community.

Jeremy asked if anyone had any other business.

Jeremy thanked Jay and Bryn for attending and then thanked all the members for attending.

The next meeting will be on the 21st of September at 7:30 at the white heart.

IAS River Report.

11th Aug 2011

Its been another fantastic week for Angler's here in the Ironbridge Gorge!! With virtually no rain again over the past few days,waterlevels in the River Severn have remained static.Today,(Thursday),the waterline is justtouching the base of the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage,indicating that the river is running at its Normal Summer Level.The water itself isnow exceptionally clear,with no obvious suspended sediment.Some excellent catches have been reported this week,IAS member,Tom Andrews,had an eveningto remember on Monday,taking two Barbel,both of them over 10lbs!! Not to be outdone,Tom's Father,Pete Andrews,also captured a superb 11lbs Barbel during the same session,from their own private peg at the bottom of the garden!! Very well done to both Tom & Pete!! Elsewhere,IAS member & Ironbridge Tackle & Bait Proprietor,Jeremy Thomas,had a similarly memorable session on Wednesday evening,catching Barbel of 10lbs 6ozs,& 11lbs 0ozs.Jeremy's fish both fell to ledgered luncheon meat tactics,& were caught from a free peg on the Ironbridge Town waters,less than five minutes walk from his shop!!

IAS River Report.

5th Aug 2011

Thecontinuing periodofwonderful Summer weather is bringing lots of Angler's from far & wide to the banks of the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge,many of them in search of a mighty Barbel or a specimen Chub!! Its really great to see so many people fishing the river this season,& to hear about all the fish they are catching as well!! The warm,dry weather is having an impact on waterlevels though,& we could really do with some rain to freshen things up a little.Today,(Friday),the waterline is once again slightly below the base of the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage,indicating that the river is currently running at somewhat less thanNormal Summer Level.The water is running very clear,with virtually no suspended sediment.Due to the low & clear conditions,all along the old Wharfage stretch of the Gorge its now possible to see some of the remains of the old wharfs themselves,which used to linemuch of theriverbankon both sides from Coalport all the way upstream to Coalbrookdale.When you actually glimpse the amount of debris still remaining onthe riverbed itself,it makes you realize why it is that we loose so much terminal tackle in this area!!

IAS River Report.

29th Jul 2011

Its been another great week for fishing here in the Ironbridge Gorge!! With very little rainfall across Shropshire & Mid Wales over the past two weeks,waterlevels in the River Severn remain near normal for this time of year.Today,(Friday),the waterline is just below the bottom of the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage,indicating that the river is currently running at just below Normal Summer Level.The water colour is quite clear,with very little suspended sediment.This year,there is an abundance of weed growth visible in many shallower areas throughout the system,which is really great to see,as itprovides excellent shelter for many species of fish,& isa very productivefeature for Angler's too!! Fish catches throughout the Gorge system remain good,with several double-figure Barbel being reportedover thelast week,& also some very respectable bags of quality Chub.Luncheon meat,either ledgered or float-fished,is still accounting for the bulk of catches in this area,but don't rule out the effectiveness of Halibut pellets as the season progresses.

CHUB CATCH TOPS TONY NORRIS MEMORIAL MATCH.

28th Jul 2011

Eight members of the Ironbridge Angling Society fished the annual Tony Norris Memorial match on Wednesday evening at Buildwas.With a lovely Summer's evening,& the River Severn in great condition,the scene was set for a memorable event,& it certainly didn't disappoint! Top weight on the night went to Jeremy Thomas,(Ironbridge Tackle & Bait),who took five Chub & one Barbel on float-fished luncheon meat for 11lb 0oz.2nd spot was filled by Wayne Harris,with a 5lb 4oz Barbel caught on ledgered luncheon meat.Wayne's fish just pipped a similar Barbel of 5lb 0oz,captured by his Dad,Ken Harris.Ken's fish was good enough to earn him a 3rd place finish,& also fell to ledgered luncheon meat tactics.The evening was topped off in fine style with an excellent Chicken Curry meal prepared at the Coalbrookdale Inn by local Chef Dawn Wood.The event raised a total of 73.00,which will be donated by the Society to the Macmillan Nurses.

IAS Minutes 20/7/11

23rd Jul 2011

Attendees- Jeremy Thomas, Derek Burd, Danny Wood, Wayne Harris, Adam Purnell, Malcolm Kelly, Johnnie Irwin, Tom Andrews, Norman ward and Ken Harris.

Apologies- Steve Brennan, Dan Chetwood and John Burd

Johnnie Irwin read the minutes from the last meeting. Danny Wood confirmed they were correct and Derek Burd seconded this.

Jeremy asked how Danny had got on with his enquiries into obtaining water for IAS members to fish on.

Danny Wood brought up the subject half moon pub and how it had a stretch of water along the Severn that they were willing to let out to a club. However they are in the process of changing hands meaning the advancements into this will have to go on hold until the transaction is finished.

Dannys enquires into the Blists hill canal were unsuccessful as there were too many accessibility problems with anglers getting in and out and it could interfere with paying visitors.

Memorial Events-

Steve Davies family has asked IAS to stage a charity event in his memory with a trophy with his name on for the winner.

It was decided that we would look at provisional dates for this match next month.

IAS will also stage a memorial match for Tony Norris for which a trophy already exists. Again dates will be discussed next month.

It was decided that Steve and Tony families would be contacted as to where they would like the matches to be fished and to which charity they would like the money to be donated to.

Malcolm Kelly informed us that if we fished the match as a charity event then Telford Angling Association would let us use their stretch for free meaning all the money raised could go to charity rather than some being used to pay peg fees.

IAS Bank Account-

Jeremy Thomas presented IAS with two cheques. The first was for 198.55 from the closure from the previous account, and the second was for 138 from himself to pay for the Tackle sets, which he took possession of (see last months minutes).

Steve Brennan will try to open a bank account in Ironbridge Angling Societies name so the cheques and cash can be put in.

Buildwas Abbey Waters-

Jeremy Thomas told us that he is trying to get a similar arrangement for the PowerStation water as we have with the Shifnal water. Providing we are prepared to help with maintenance on the 14 pegs up from the Wenlock bridge.

We decided that this would be an excellent idea and Jeremy will contact John Rickus to tell him we would be very interested in making an arrangement with him.

Annual Day Out-

It was decided that everyone is to come to the next meeting with ideas about what they would like to do for the annual day so we can get as many good ideas as possible and try to get something everyone will enjoy.

Dates will be discussed next month.

Next River Meeting-

It was decided that we would stage a river meeting on Wednesday 27/7/11 and we would meet at 5:30 by the Shifnal water.

It was decided that we would fish this as one of the charity matches and everyone will pay 3 to the chosen charity.

Central Park Pool-

Derek Burd passed on some information from John Burd about the pool opposite the Fujitsu factory where he works.

John contacted the owner of the pool about the possibility of fishing it however he refused to give permission as he was not prepared to comply with the safety measure that he thought were needed.

Malcolm Kelly said that he did not have to comply with the safety requirements he suggested and that Jeremy should contact him saying that we as a club were interested in using it.

The Beeches and the Spryinge were brought up, as possible waters for IAS and Jeremy will look into this for next month.

Norman Ward, Ken Harris and Wayne Harris each paid 5 to become a IAS member.

The next meeting will be on the 17th of august at 7:30 at the White Hart.

IAS River Report.

22nd Jul 2011

Following last weekend's spell of wet weather,which brought River Severn water levels up here in the Ironbridge Gorge,things have slowly returned back to near-normal for the time of year.Today,(Friday),the waterline is recording 0.38 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post beside the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The river colour is gradually clearing,though there is still some suspended sediment adding texture to the main flow.Fish catches have improved slightly throughout this week,with plenty of Barbel & Chub being taken from many of the better known stretches.Ledgered luncheon meat still seems to be accounting for the bulk of the catches,& there have also been some encouraging reports of quality Chub being caught on float-fished luncheon meat in one or two faster-moving swims.Away from the riverbank,I.A.S. members have been enjoying some great sport on several of our local stillwaters.Special mention must be made of recently-appointed Society Secretary Johnnie Irwin,who succeeded in capturing a lovely 6lb Wels Catfish on Thursday evening from the Withy Pool in Telford Town Park.Wels Catfish were first introduced into the Withy Pool by the Dawley Angling Society in 1951.These fish had come from stock originally introduced on 27th October 1880,into Woburn Park lake by the Duke Of Bedford.Thishad beenthe first successful stocking of the species in the United Kingdom,so Johnnie's specimen is a direct ancestor of those very first British-bred Wels Catfish!! Very many congratulations on your capture Johnnie,youlanded a first-class fish & a real piece of U.K.angling history as well!!

IAS River Report.

16th Jul 2011

Rainfall across Shropshire & Mid-Wales last weekenddid bringRiver Severn waterlevels up considerably here in the Ironbridge Gorge,but they have gradually fallen back day-by-day as the week has progressed.Today,(Saturday),the waterline is recording only 0.15 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post beside the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage,& the river is running fairly clear with very little suspended sediment.Expect all this to change over the next few days though,as a period of wet weather is set to cross over the River Severn water catchment area.Fish catches throughout the Gorge remain good,with large chunks of ledgered luncheon meat still accounting for many of the larger specimens.Anglers in the news here locally this week include Jeremy Evans,who took 5 Barbel in 5 casts from the oldwharf wall beside the Museum Of The Gorge,& Neil Partridge,who caught 7 Barbel on Halibut pellet from the streamy waters in front of Buildwas Abbey.I.A.S. members Derek & John Burd,Ryan Marsden & Jeremy Thomas,had a verymemorable session fishing Dale Park on Wednesday evening.They probably had more laughs than fish,but Ryan did manage to catch a nice Barbel,& John caught several silver fish,including a good Roach,which was really great to see!! Further downstream that same evening,I.A.S. members Danny Wood & Phil Wilson,were catching some excellent Barbel on ledgered luncheon meat from the old wharf adjacent to theMuseum Of The Gorge.Very well done to everyone who took part in these most enjoyable evenings!! See you all out on the banks again next week!!

IAS River Report.

8th Jul 2011

With settled weather conditions prevailing across much of Shropsire & Mid-Wales over the past few days,River Severn waterlevels have remained static here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Today,(Friday),the waterline is recording 0.20 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post beside the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The river is currently running quite clear,with verylittle suspended sediment.Throughout the river system this Spring & Summer there has been a welcome return of streamer weed growth.This is a really positive featurefor our river,as it helpsto provide shelter for the small fish fry,& feeding areas for our larger specimens.Once again we are delighted to report that fish catches in this section of the River Severn remain good,with plenty of quality Barbel being taken throughout the Gorge.Light-ledgered luncheon meat is still accounting for many of the fish taken,but small banded Halibut pellets are also producing some good catches.

IAS River Report.

29th Jun 2011

Heavy rainacross much of Mid-Wales & Shropshire over the weekenddid bringwater levels up significantly on the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Today,(Wednesday),though,things are returning nearer to this year's average,with the waterline recorded at 0.42 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency Marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.Over the weekend & into Monday,the river was very coloured,with all manner of debris speeding past,but as of today,whilst still carrying some colour & suspended sediment,its general condition is very much better.There have been lots of good fish caught,mostly Barbel,but some nice Chub & Eel's as well.Phil Wilson had a 12lb Barbel from off the Wharfage,& followed that up with another double from Dale Park two days later! Very well done Phil! Both his fish fell to ledgered luncheon meat,as did most of the 19 Barbel caught so far this season by veteran Ironbridge Gorge Angler Robin Onions! Fantastic work Rob! I.A.S. members took to the river last night for a sociable fishing session on the Shifnal Angling Club stretch downstream of the Much Wenlock bridge.A great time was had by all,Barbel specialist Paul Traynor was top rod on the night,with 9 Barbel & a Chub! John Burd got a mention in dispatches for catching 2 Eel's & a Dace,whilst Jeremy Thomas managed some last-minute action with an end-of-the-session Barbel.Elsewhere,Danny Wood got snapped by a good fish late on,& Adam Purnell missed his only bite of the night whilsttrying to keepup with the latest news on Twitter!! Altogether though,a really great evening! Very well done to everyone,& thankyou all for coming along!!

IAS River Report.

23rd Jun 2011

Its great to at last be back on the banks of the wonderful River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge!! For once we are experiencing an encouraging start to the new coarse fishing season on the river,a happy situation which has been long overdue!! Many visiting & local Anglers are reporting respectable catches of Barbel,Chub & Eel.Top bait at the moment is definately luncheon meat,with light-ledgering proving to be a very successful method of presenting it.Fish are being caught from most areas of the Gorge,particularly the Ironbridge Power Station stretch upstream of the Much Wenlock bridge,& the Dawley Angling Society 'Canyon' section downstream of the Ironbridge itself.River levels have fluctuated somewhat throughout the past few days,due to occasional heavy rainfall in western Shropshire & Mid-Wales.Today,(Thursday),the waterline is recording 0.55 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker-post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.Colour-wise,the riverdid clear quite well over the weekend,but,with the addition of some fresh run-off,ithas now returned to a peaty shade of brown,with some suspended sediment.As more rainfall is predicted,expect the water to continue to rise over the next few days,with the fishmoving intosome of the quieter back-swims,away from the force of the main current flow.

Minutes From IAS Meeting-16/06/11

19th Jun 2011

Minutes For Ironbridge Angling Society 15/6/11

Attendees- Jeremy Thomas, Johnnie Irwin, Danny Wood, Steve Brennan, Derek Burd and John Burd.

Apologies- Dan Chetwood, Adam Purnell, Malcolm Kelly and David Pooler.

Jeremy Started the meeting by thanking all those attendees.

Johnnie Irwin was proposed as secretary by Jeremy Thomas and seconded by Danny Wood. He accepted and will stand as secretary for Ironbridge Angling society for the following year.

Jeremy Thomas proposed Steve Brennan as Treasurer and was seconded by Johnnie Irwin. He accepted.

Subject Of Tackle Sets

Jeremy Thomas brought up the subject of the tackle sets which he donated to IAS three years ago. He asked the members of the society for permission to buy the tackle sets from IAS.

It was agreed that the four tackle sets had a value of 180 and that Jeremy Thomas would take possession of them and use them for coaching purposes. He will pay all the income gained from the sets to the IAS until the value of 180 is reached.

Johnnie Irwin, Derek Burd and John Burd payed 5 each to the treasurer, Steve Brennan, as a membership fee for IAS.

Jeremy Thomas then payed 42 to the IAS. This money is the income brought in by the Tackle sets. This leaves the remaining balance for the sets at 138.

Any Other Business

John Burd suggested that helping Dawley Angling society with maintenance on their stretch of the River Severn and their pools, might mean they would allow IAS use their waters for matches.

The matter of the IAS getting access to water was brought up. It was decided that John Burd would make enquiries at the pool opposite the Fujitsu factory. Danny wood will also make enquiries into fishing on the canal at Blists Hill as it offers excellent disabled access and excellent beginners fishing.

It was also decided that the members of IAS would have a social gathering on the 28th of June. At 5:30 we will meet at Ironbridge Tackle and bait supplies and will fish on the river until around nine oclock.

IAS River Report.

15th Jun 2011

At last!!June 16th is almostupon us!! With only a few hours to go before the start of this year's coarse fishing season,excitement is running high amongst Angler's here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Following some heavy rain across much of Shropshire & Mid-Wales on Sunday,River Severn levels are up a little on last week.Today,(Wednesday),the waterline is recording 0.25 metres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The river was a few Centimetre's higher yesterday,& quite coloured,but it has begun to fall again now,with much less colour & very little suspended sediment.Expect to see plenty of local & visiting Angler's out on the banks tomorrow,especially in the sections of the Gorge noted for early-season catches.Hope to see you amongst them,& very best wishes to everyone for the coming season!!

IAS River Report.

7th Jun 2011

As the new river season fast approaches,there's a realbuzz of anticipation building amongst Angler's here in the Ironbridge Gorge!! Despite cooler temperatures and the odd light shower of rain over the past few days,water levels in the River Severn remain very low.If these conditions continue up to June 16th,expect fish to be showing in the shallower,more oxegenated stretches within the Gorge.Well proven pegs such as thosedownstream of Lakes Head,on the Dawley Angling Society section,& upstream on the Power Station waters adjacent to Buildwas Abbey,are sure to produce,as are those downstream on the Brewery Inn stretch at Coalport.The Telford Angling Association watersdownstream ofthe Boat Inn at Coalport,& also upstream of Buildwas villagewill also be worth investigating,as they too are well knownfor producinggood catches of early-season Barbel & Chub.Day & season tickets for all these stretches of the river are available from Jeremy at Ironbridge Tackle & Bait.His telephone numbers are:07966 520933

IAS River Report.

1st Jun 2011

As June finally arrives,thoughts of the coming season are very much with us here in the Ironbridge Gorge!! Currently,river conditions are looking good,with fresh waterpushing through the Middle Severn system over the past few days,raising water levels & adding some colour.Nature seems tohave beenre-claiming much of the riverbank this Spring,with many pegs overgrown & several stretches quite inaccessable.For many visiting Angler's though,the predominance of natural cover throughout the Gorge,& the challenge of fishing in a tight spot,add to the overall excitement of their experience.There can be few more enjoyable anglingadventures than stalking and capturing anearly season double-figure Barbel from a weed-filled swim,discovered after a scramble amongst the over-hanging bankside branches & luscious vegatation.Roll on the magical 16th!!

IAS River Report.

24th May 2011

The anticipated rise in temperatures forecast for the past few days here in the Ironbridge Gorge doesn't seem to have happened just yet,& the current gusty conditions are making fishing on local stillwaters somewhat more challenging! Never the less,good catch reports are still coming in,particularly from the Dawley Angling Society's Park Farm Pool at Benthall.Mick Cramphorn,(Dawley),won the open contest fished there on Sunday,with 56lb 4oz.Danny Chetwood,(Ironbridge Tackle & Bait),came a very close second with 49lb 12oz,& Mike Lee,(Dawley),finished third with 44lb 8oz.Away from the waterside,IAS held their Annual General Meeting at The White Hart Inn on The Wharfage last night.There were several changes amongst the Society's Officer's,& member's present welcomed in a new Chairman,(Jeremy Thomas),& a new Development Officer,(Danny Wood).Thanks were given by all present to the retiring Officer's,Dr Paul Oldershaw,(Chairman),& Mrs Heather Oldershaw,(Secretary).Currently there are two furtherOfficer's post's within the Society which remain un-occupied,these being Secretary & Treasurer.Society Member's are urged to give consideration to these two vacancies,& a discussion concerning suitable applicants will take place at the next Monthly meeting of the Society,which will be held at The White Hart Inn,Ironbridge,on June 15th 2011.Please note that this meeting will commence at the earlier-than-normal time of 7.30pm.

IAS River Report.

17th May 2011

Somewhat cooler & more overcast weather conditions over the past week here in the Ironbridge Gorge seem to have slowed angling sport somewhat on our many local stillwaters.There are still plenty of positive catch reports coming in however,& with the promise of warmer temperatures arriving across the region over the forthcoming weekend,overall weights should soon begin to improve.Dont forget the Ironbridge Angling Society Annual General Meeting on the evening of Monday,May 23rd!!The venueis the White Hart Inn,which is located on the Wharfage in Ironbridge,& the meeting starts at 8.00pm prompt.Amongst the topicsfor discussionwill be the new angling events initiative,which is beingspearheaded by Danny Wood.For more details of this exciting venture,please see Danny's post on the 'Forum'.

IAS River Report.

9th May 2011

Scattered showers over the past few days have cooled things down a little temperature-wise here in the Ironbridge Gorge,but the heat is still well and truly on for Angler's fishing on many stillwaters in the area!! Top of the list is still the Dawley Angling Society's Park Farm Pool in Lodge Lane,Benthall.Nine Angler's fished the open contest held there on Sunday,& 1st place went this week to Shane Rodgers,with 93lb 12oz.Last week's winner,Scott Doodson came 2nd yesterday,with 86lb 10oz.3rd spot went to Darren Webb,with 80lb 2oz,& finishing just behind him in 4th place was Steve Roberts who weighed in a very respectable 75lb 8oz.

IAS River Report.

4th May 2011

Another great Bank Holiday weekend weather-wise here in the Ironbridge Gorge encouraged plenty of Angler's out onto the many stillwater fisheries surrounding the area.Top scoring venue reporting in has to be the Dawley Angling Society's Park Farm Pool at Lodge Lane,Benthall.On Sunday,the open matchat this water was won by Scott Doodson,(Preston Innovations),with an incredible 163lb 4oz of Carp,Roach,& Skimmer Bream!! Scott's catch set a new record match weight for Park Farm Pool,which reallyhas becomeone of Shropshire's premier fisheries this year.Second spot on Sunday went to Steve Roberts,(Preston Innovations),who weighed in a mixed bagof fish,tipping the scalesto118lb 12oz.Third place in the five-hour competition was taken by Danny Chetwood,(Ironbridge Tackle & Bait),with 88lb 8oz.Amazingly,the combined weights from the seven Angler's who fished this match totalled over 450lbs!!!!

IAS River Report.

27th Apr 2011

The superb weather over the Easter weekend has remained with usfor the past few days here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Catches on our local stillwaters continue to improve,with most nearby fisheries reporting excellent sport.Plenty of customers new & old are taking advantage of some very favouable prices at the moment on sell-out linesin Ironbridge Tackle & Bait,31,High Street,Ironbridge,as the new Proprietor,Jeremy Thomas,clears the shelves to make room forstacks of top-quality fresh stock arrivingdaily from Daiwa Sports,Dynamite Baits,& Middy Tackle.If you are contemplating a tackle or baitpurchase over this coming Bank-Holiday weekend,or at any other time for that matter,why not give Jeremy a ring on 07966 520933 & let him quote you happy!!

IAS River Report.

21st Apr 2011

If you are heading off on a fishing expedition this weekend,then get set for a scorcher!! Temperatures here in the Ironbridge Gorge are already rising high,& so are are fish catches!! The Dawley Angling Society's Park Farm Pool continues to produce plenty of Carp to over 4lb,& Roachin excessa 1lb on a daily basis,& their waters at Stirchley are fishing very well too.Elsewhere,Bolding's pools near Bridgnorth,& Hurst Farm pools at Willey,are also reported as fishing well.Wherever your plans are forthis Easter Weekend,we here in the Ironbridge Angling Society would like to take this opportunity to wish you alla very Happy Easter,& 'tight lines' if you decide to dosomefishing!!

IAS River Report.

13th Apr 2011

There has been plenty of stillwater action again this week for Angler's here in the Ironbridge Gorge area.A trip to the Spryinge Pool at Doseley on Friday evening produced a decent catch of Rudd & Bream for Dan Hall,whoeven managed to keepup his recent run of Pike catching success bylanding a small Jack on swimfeedered Maggots during the same session!! Ironbridge Tackle & Bait Proprietor Jeremy Thomas was also in action on Friday evening at the Spryinge Pool,catching an early-season Tench on a method feeder rig with white Maggot hookbait.On Sunday,the Dawley Angling Societyheld another successfulopencontest on their Park Farm Pool at Lodge Lane,Benthall.The match was won by Danny Chetwood,with 62lbs of fish from peg 9.Second place,by the closest of margns,went to Elliot Johnson on peg 1 with 61lbs,& third spot was taken by Michael Lee,who weighed in with 52lbs from peg 6.Very many congratulations this week to all of the above Angler's!!

IAS River Report.

5th Apr 2011

Spring has been well & truly in the air here in the Ironbridge Gorge over the past week,although today,(Tuesday) the temperatures have definately dipped a little.A walk along the riverbank currently will bring a welcome surprise,as newly established streamer weed beds are beginning once again to flourishthroughout the Gorge,following their loss duringthe devastatingSummer floods of 2007/8.Away from the river,local Angler's continue to enjoy great sport on our near-by stillwaters.The Dawley Angling Society's Lodge Lane Fishery is still attracting plenty of attention,& also producing plenty of quality fish.The Dawley Angling Society also deserve a special extra mention this week,for their achievement of the Angling Development Board's 'Clubmark' accreditation criteria.They are the 1st club in Shropshire to achieve this impressive status,& only the 4th club to gain it in the whole of the West Midlands area.!!Many congratulations to everyone at Dawley A.S!! Elsewhere,Broseley Pike specialist Dan Hall has once again been showing devastating form at the Chuch Pool,Tong,capturing a very fine Spring fish of just over 7lb.Very well done to Dan,& if you would like to see a picture of his fish,just check out our 'Recent Catches' area in the gallery!!

IAS River Report.

29th Mar 2011

With continuing settled weather,& the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge closed for Coarse fishing,local Angler's are still enjoying excellent sport on ournearby stillwaters.The Dawley Angling Society's Lodge Lane Fishery at Benthall is proving very popular at the moment,& has been producing some great catches of quality Roach & Carp for pleasure Anglers & match specialists alike.Sunday's open contest at the venue was won by Darren Webb with 40lb 7oz from peg 19.Mike Lee was 2nd with 37lb 1oz from peg 5,& Danny Chetwood,(who wascelebrating his Birthday!!),came 3rd with 31lb 9oz from peg 15.Very well done to all!!Elsewhere,Josh Richards reported the impressive capture of a mysterious double-figure Carp on floating Bread,but he wont tell us where from!! Check out a well dodgy picture from Josh of said fish inour 'Recent Catches' Gallery & tell us what you think....Josh'sGhostly Carp,fact or Phantom??!!

IAS River Report.

22nd Mar 2011

With the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge closed for coarse fishing now until 16th June,local Angler's have been taking advantage of the excellent early Spring weather on several of our area's abundant still-waters.Most popular venue at the moment has to be the Dawley Angling Society's Lodge Lane fishery at Benthall.This water fishes consistently well,Roach pole or rod & line methods proving equally successful,& many baits from red Maggots through to Sweetcorn & pellets catching fish.The pool is very well stocked,with Carp now going up to the 4lb mark,& a good head of Roach,Bream,Gudgeon & the odd Perch.Occasional Roachcan weigh in at over 1lb.Float fishing close into the margins will often work well on this fishery,& dont forget that the Dawley Angling Societyare holdingopen contests at the venueon most Sunday's from this weekend onwards.Draw is at 9.30,fish 10.30-3.30,cost is 10.00 all-in.Elsewhere in the area,congratulations go out this week to 17 year-old Dan Hall from Broseley,who succeeded in catching his 1st Pike last Thursday from the Church Pool at Weston-Under-Lizard!!Dan expertly worked a 'Reflex' lure close to some submerged tree branches,enticing a ferocious strike from his beautifully marked quarry.Very well done Dan!!

IAS River Report.

16th Mar 2011

What an end to the coarse fishing season on the river!! With very little rain over the past week,water levels on the Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge were just about perfect for the last few days of the season.On closing day,(Monday),the waterline was just touching the 0.30 meters above Normal Summer Level mark on the Environment Agency marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.With little or no new water influx,& overnight frosts on Monday & Tuesday,the river was running cold & clear.Pike & Chub were much in evidence early in the week,the cold water not stimulating the Barbel to feed,but by Thursday things had begun to improve,& the weekend saw many river Anglers down on the banks,making the most of the ideal conditions.Fish catch reports over the last few days of the season were excellent,with plenty of good quality Barbel being caught on red Maggots & Halibut pellets,particularly in the Dale Park area.If we had an award for Angler of the week this week,it would definately have gone to Gareth Morris from Manchester.Gareth & his soon-to-be Father-in-law,Eddie Burney,came to Ironbridge so Gaz could have a go at catching his 1st Barbel.They stayed in 'The Fishing Bothy' at Jackfield from Saturday to Friday,trying various spots up & down the Gorge for Gaz's elusive fish.OnTuesday,in Dale Park,Eddie got snapped by a large fish on pellets late in the afternoon,but that was a close as either of them had come to catching anything.Refusing to accept defeat,Gaz was out there at the crack of dawn on Thursday,fishing peg 31 on the Dawley Angling Society stretch beside Bower Yard.Finally,at just before 5pm,the phone went & it was Gaz!!,absolutely over the moon having just caught his very 1st Barbel,a superb fish of just over 8lb!! We were so made up for him,never in the field of barbel fishing at Ironbridge didanAngler so deserve to catch that one fish!! Very well done Gaz!! we can't wait tohave you & Eddie back here with us in September!!

IAS River Report.

8th Mar 2011

The continuing spell of settled weather over the past week has brought the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge into near perfect end-of-season condition.Today,(Tuesday),the waterline is steady on the 0.5 meters above Normal Summer Level mark on the Environment Agency marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge,on the Wharfage.The water colour is now very clear,with virtually no suspended sediment.Conditions are ideal for a late season spell of Pike fishing,& several local Anglers,including Adam Purnell & Matt Hull,have been making the most of the opportunity by taking some nice fish from off the Ironbridge Town Waters,& the Dawley Angling Society stretch in Bower Yard.Special congratulations go to Matt,who caught a lovely 8lb fish on Sunday,using a 'Salmo' lure,from the large backwater in front of the White Hart,his 1st river Pike! Well done Matt! Frosty mornings over the past couple of days have slowed Barbel fishing somewhat,but therehave still been several reports of quality Chub being caught by local Anglers in Jackfield & Coalport,favourite baits being used are reported as Bread & Red Maggots.

IAS River Report.

28th Feb 2011

The continuing spell of settled weather last week kept River Severn water levels fairly static here in the Ironbridge Gorge,but rain on Friday in Mid-Wales is now working its way through the system,& the water has now risen somewhat.Today,(Monday),the waterline is indicating 1.75 meters above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The water colour is currently quite chocolate brown,& carrying plenty of debris & sediment.Fish catches from the river were very encouraging up to the weekend,with several reports of decent Barbel being taken fromvarious spots in the gorge,noteably Dale Park,& the Dawley Angling Society stretch upstream of the ironbridge.Pike were also showing last week,& IAS member Adam Purnell caught a fish to remember froma favouritebackwater on the Wharfageclose tothe White Hart.Adam's fish tipped the scales at 15lb,& fell to a Salmo lure worked close to overhanging vegetation.Congratulations on your superb capture Adam!! On a very sad note,the funeral of long-time IAS member,Tony Norris,will takeplace on Friday 4th March at Telford Crematorium at 10.00am.Tony was a great Angler,& awell known & respected local gentleman.Our thoughts are very much with his family at this sad time.

IAS River Report.

23rd Feb 2011

Settled weather over the past week has done much to improve River Severn conditions here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Today,(Wednesday),the waterline isindicating1.00 meters above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The water colour is now fairly clear,with much less suspended sediment than in recent weeks.Anglers have been reporting some decent catches over the past few days,particularly Barbel on Luncheon Meat from the Dawley Angling Society stretch up-stream of the Ironbridge,& Chub falling for red maggots from the Environment Agency fishery at Coalport.

IAS River Report.

15th Feb 2011

Following last week's floods,conditions on the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge have gradually been returning to normal.This morning,(Tuesday),the water level was recorded at 0.75 meters above Normal Summer Level,(NSL),on the Environment Agency marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The river colour is now much improved,& is currently light Greenish/Brown,but still carrying quite a bit of suspended sediment & debris.Angling sport over the past few days has actually been very good,with local specimen hunter Mike Pengelley taking 8 Barbel to 9lbs over 3 sessions on the Dawley Angling Society waters up-stream of the Ironbridge.Mike presented large chunks of Luncheon Meat using ledger tactics close in to the side to take all his fish.He lost a very big Barbel at the landing net,& also believes he hooked into alarge & rareriver Carp on Friday evening.Congratulations to Mike,it was great to see him having such a good time down on the bank,& it just goes to show what an excellent head of fish we have here in the Gorge.If you are looking for some sport this weekend but dont fancy the river,how about trying your hand in the Dawley Angling Society open match being held on Sunday February 20th at their Lodge Lane Fishery.The match draw will take place at 9.30am,with fishing from 10.30am till 3.30pm.The cost to enter is 10 all-in,with 60% of this amount going into the day's prize-money fund.

IAS River Report.

9th Feb 2011

Torrential rain across Shropshire & Mid- Wales over the weekend has caused the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge to burst it's banks this week,bringing out the Wharfage flood defence system for the first time this year.Today,(Wednesday),the water level is beginning to fall gradually,but it is still above the top of the Environment Agency marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage!! The river is currently runninga very muddy Brown colour,& there is all sorts of debrissweeping through in the flow.Fishing in the main stream is virtually impossible at the moment,& the banks will be particularly dangerous as the water level subsides,so please take great care if you do venture out over the next few days.Some of the tributary streams can offer good sport in these conditions though,especially the Brook's at Farley,Benthall,Madeley & Coalbrookdale.

IAS River Report.

2nd Feb 2011

The recent spell of more settled weather has brought water levels in the River Severn nearer to their seasonal norm over the past few days here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Today,(Wednesday),the waterline is on the 0.50 meters above Normal Summer Level mark on the Environment Agency marker post behind The Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The water is running quite clear now,&,in fact,the river looks in excellent condition for this time of year.Expect some shoals of quality Roach to be showing upstream of the Ironbridge itself on either bank.Red Maggots fished about a rod-length out under a big stick floatis likely tobe a successful method for catching some ofthem,& remember to keep plenty of loose-feed going in with each cast to keep the fishin your swim!!

IAS River Report.

25th Jan 2011

A spell of more settled weather across the Western United Kingdom over the past few days has seen River Severn water levels fall here inthe Ironbridge Gorge.This evening,(Tuesday),the waterline was recording 0.85 meteres above Normal Summer Level on the Environment Agency marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.Following a post-Christmas flush,the river is now running fairly clear,with little suspended sediment.One or two Angler's have been noted on the banks in search of sport,particularly on the Dawley Angling Society stretch under Benthall Edge,but there are still no available reports of fish captures,so please,if you have had adecent day,do let us know about it!! One thing which has been pointed out to us,is that following the severe early winter weather,& the consequently higher than normal water levels throughoutthe Gorge,at least for the moment,the Gooseanders & Cormorants seem to be givingour Silverfish stocks a miss,& long maythat continue!!

IAS River Report.

18th Jan 2011

Torrential rain across much of the United Kingdom over the past weekend has done little to improve conditions on the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Today,(Tuesday),the waterlevel is at the 2.45 meters above Normal Summer Level mark on the Environment Agency marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage,& the water is still rising.The river is extremely coloured & carrying all manner of debris along inits flow.Several bankside areas within the Gorge are currently flooded,including Dale Park & some sections of the Canyon.Conditions are presently very dangerous,& any Angler's wishing for a day's sport would be best advised to leave the river alone,& instead try their luck on one of the many excellentstillwater fisherieswithin thearea.

IAS River Report.

12th Jan 2011

With temperatures rising over much of England & Walesduring the past few days,Winter seems to have temporarily loosened its grip here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Warmer weather has brought us more rain,& coupled with snow-melt on the mountains of Mid-Wales,water levels in the River Severn remain high.Today,(Wednesday),the waterline in just above the 1.20 meters above Normal Summer Level mark on the Environment Agency marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The river is still running very coloured,making angling conitions throughout the Gorge quite challenging,to say the least.Once again,there are no reports of fish being caught,but there's still a chance of a fine Winter Barbel from one of the many quiet backwaters,& its always worth running a float through,or ledgering with a feeder in,one of the tributary streams which join the main river.Fine examples of such spots are thebrook in Coalbrookdale which runs beside the 'Merrythought' Teddy Bear factory,or Benthall brook,which joins the main river just downstream of the Ironbridge on the Benthall Edge side.

IAS River Report.

7th Jan 2011

THE IRONBRIDGE ANGLING SOCIETYWISHES EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! After one of the coldest & most snow-covered festive periods for many years,River Severn conditions here in the Ironbridge Gorge remain rather less than pleasant.Today,(Friday),the waterline is just touching the 1.90 meters above Normal Summer Level mark on the Environment Agency marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The water level has remained constant for the past couple of days,although the return of the snow this morning may well change that.The river is currently Chocolate Brown in colour & pushing through at quite a pace.There have been no reports of fish catches here over the past few days,but roving Barbel specialists may well find that they will enjoy the challenge thatthese conditions will provide in their quest for a New-Years specimen!!

IAS River Report.

27th Dec 2010

Despite the Christmas festivities,the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge remains a cold and inhospitable place this week.A thaw has set in today,(Monday),but there is still plenty of snow on the banks,& several slower-moving sections now have ice from one side of the river to the other,a very rare occurance!!The waterlevel has remained fairly constant over the past few days,& currently rests on the 0.30 meters above Normal Summer Level mark on the Environment Agency marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The water colour is still very clear,but expectit to gather colour & beginto rise if the snow continues to melt.Any Angling will have been difficult over the past few days,& there are no current reports of fish catches,although that may changelater in the week,as the intrepid members of the Dawley Angling Society are scheduled to hold their annual 'Fur & Feather' competition on Wednesday,along the club's'Gardens' stretch below Benthall Edge.Any Angler's considering a visit to the river this week are once again urged to exercise extreme caution throughout the duration of their trip.On a seasonal note,the Ironbridge Angling Society would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy & successful New Year!!

IAS River Report.

22nd Dec 2010

Withon-going severe weather conditions continuing to affect much of the United Kingdom,the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge is no exception.Conditions remain picturesque but extremely dangerous,with fresh deep snow covering the banks in many areas sheltered from the sun.All Anglers braving the freezing temperatures in search of some festive sport,are reminded to please exercise extreme caution throughout the duration of their trip.With regard to the actual water conditions,today,Wednesday,the waterline is just touching the 0.35 meters above Normal Summer Level mark on the Environment Agency marker post,behind the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The water is still running quite clear,& thereremainareas of sheet icewithin the quieter margins.The freezing weather is forecast to remain for several days to come,& a thaw could,in fact,make fishing conditions worse,as the resulting influx of cold snow-melt water will tend to discourage fish from feeding.Its still well worth a try for a big Winter Pike though,& dont forget the Ironbridge Tackle & Bait annual roving Pike competition on December 27th.On a festive note,the Ironbridge Angling Societywould like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Christmas & a prosperous New Year!!

IAS River Report.

12th Dec 2010

Another week of extreme winter weather almost froze the River Severn from one bank to the other here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Other,quieter,stretches actually did freeze all the way over,noteably the 'Quarry' section in Shrewsbury.Today,Sunday,things have improved somewhat,&,with a rise in temperatures since Friday,most of the ice & snow has now melted.The banksremain frozen & very dangerous though,so please exercise great caution if you are contemplating afishing sessionhere over the coming few days.With the addition of the ice & snow melt,water levels have gone up a little over the past day or so,with the waterline currently at the 0.92 meters above Normal Summer Level mark on the Environment Agency marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge,on the Wharfage.Theriver is still running extremely cold,& there is very little fresh colouring apparent,the water remaining generally quite clear.Expect fishing to be slow for the next few days until water temperatures begin to rise,but bear in mind that theremaybe the chance of some good Pike sport whilstconditions remain as they are.

IAS River Report.

6th Dec 2010

With the United Kingdom generally experiencing an unusually prolonged & severe spell of Winter weather,the banks of the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge haven't exactly been a comfortable place to be over the past week or so.With so much ice & snow the banks are really quite dangerous for the unprepared,so we ask all Angler's contemplating a visit to make sure they are wellwrapped upfor a day out in the freezing conditions,have adequate safe & warm footwear,& take great careabout their safety& the safety of others whilst actually fishing.Regarding the river conditions themselves,there has been little change from last week.This afternoon,(Tuesday) theriver was running with a very clear colour at the 0.45 meters above Normal Summer Level mark on the Environment Agency marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.With several severe frosts over the past week,we have seen ice forming in the quieter margins,although most of this has been generally melting by mid-day.Some unwelcome visitors,in the shape of the dreaded Gooseanders,have also made rather more of an appearance over the past couple of weeks,as the temperatures have dropped.They seem to be concentrating on fish stocks in the area of the Free-Bridge at Jackfield,& also all along the Wharfage stretch,& they are,sadly,finding plenty to feed on.Lets hope their visit is short lived!

IAS River Report.

30th Nov 2010

Winter has it's icy grip on things this week here in the Ironbridge Gorge.With temperatures well below freezing throughout the day & frequent snow flurries,the River severn & its banks have been transformed into a picture of Christmas card-like beauty.With little or no rainfall over the past few days,the water level has dropped down to the 0.50 meters above Normal Summer Level mark on the Environment Agency indicator post behind the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.Today,(Tuesday) the water colour is very clear,with little sign of suspended sediment.Fishing reports up to the beginning of the cold snap were encouraging,with plenty of silver fish showing.IAS Chairman,Dr Paul Oldershaw,had a great afternoon on the Avenue Angling waters in Dale Park recently,catching well over 20lb of Dace,Chub,Roach & Bleak,close to the surface on float-fished red maggots.Elsewhere along the river,the large fallen tree which,for so long,had been a real feature of the 'Sandhole' peg on the Dawley Angling stretch,has,at long last,been removed.There have been some excellent Barbel,Pike & Chub caught from around this feature over the past few season's,& we hope its removal,whilst obviously needed,will not have too bad an effecton the fishwhich had become used to sheltering within its sunken branches.Another piece of exciting news this week comes from Josh Richards & Adam Purnell,of the anglingeducation & training providers'Focus On Fishing'.Josh & Adam are currently offering customers the opportunity to purchase Christmas gift lessons for beginners,or those wishing to improve their skills.The lessons can be purchased on line,& can be booked for many dates during 2011.For more information on this wonderful gift idea,please contact Josh or Adam at: www.fofacademy.co.uk

IAS River Report.

23rd Nov 2010

Calmer weather conditions over the Shropshire & Mid-Wales region during the past week have helped stabilize River Severn waterlevels here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Today,(Tuesday),the waterline is steady at the 0.95 meters above theNormal Summer Level mark on the Environment Agency indicator post behind the Museum Of The Gorgeadjacent tothe Wharfage.Following the recent flush of new water,the colour of the river has now returned to near clear,with very little suspended sediment.Conditions throughout the Gorge system are now close to perfect for this time of year,& the predicted cold spell which should reach this area by the end of this week,will hopefullyhelp to maintain the river in its present state for some days to come.Pike Anglers should be looking forward tosome good sport over the coming weekend,& a date for you to put in your diary is the annual Ironbridge Tackle & Bait Pike Festival,which will be held this year on December 27th.All those interested in taking part in this event are asked to contactVic or Paulat Ironbridge Tackle & Bait on 07966 520933.

IAS River Report.

14th Nov 2010

Sunny spells & scattered showers across much of Shropshire & Mid-Wales this week have keptRiver Severnlevels fluctuating here in the Ironbridge Gorge.This afternoon,(Sunday),the waterline was at the 1.50 metres above Normal Summer Level mark on the Environment Agency indicator post behind the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.The water colour has cleared somewhat over the past couple of days,& is now a light shade of Brown,with very little suspended sediment.If the weather remains fine,the river should be in excellent condition for the time of year by the middle of this coming week.Unfortunately,the Dawley Angling Society were un-able to hold their working party or fish any competition's on the river this weekend,due to the high water levels & slippery banks.Hopefully,next weekend will see an improvement in conditions,& their Sunday open match programme can begin in earnest.For further details of these events,interested Angler's areinvited please tocontact the club's match Secretary,Steve Brown,on:07798 857976.

IAS River Report.

7th Nov 2010

Some wet weather over the past few days has broughtRiver Severnlevels up considerably here in the Ironbridge Gorge,& this afternoon,(Sunday),the waterline was touching the 2.40 meters above NSL,(Normal Summer Level),mark on the Environment Agency marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge.The river is very coloured at present,& there is an abundance of debris being washed downstream by the strong current.Anglers are still braving the adverse conditionsthough,hunting for specimen Barbel & Chub in some of the less turbulent backwaters.The Dawley Angling Society are hoping that the river dropsa little by next Sunday,as that is when their Winter Open Match series commences on the club's 'Garden's' stretch below Benthall Edge.The Dawley Angling Society extends an invitation to all Anglers who would like to take part in these competition's.They will be held every Sunday until the end of the season,the draw will take place at 8.30am on the Car-Park in front of the Station Hotel,Ironbridge,& fishing will be from 10.00am until 3.00pm.In the event of unfavourable conditions on the river,the club will select an alternative venue,either their New pool at Benthall,or one of their two excellent pools at Stirchley.For further information about this exciting series,or to pre-book your entry,please contact the club's match Secretary,Steve Brown,on:07798 857976.

IAS River Report.

31st Oct 2010

Moderate rainfall across England & Wales during the second half of last week has now filtered through to the Middle Severnreaches withinthe Ironbridge Gorge.This evening,(Sunday) the waterline was just below the 1.0 metre above Normal Summer Level,(NSL),mark on the marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge,& the water was running quite brownish in colour,with lots of debris being carrieddownstreamin the flow.Float-fishing for silverfish had been quite productive until the water level began to climb,but this week expect anglers to be switching over to Barbel tactics,especiallyif we get further rainfall & the river continues to rise.On Sunday 24th October,the Dawley Angling Society fished another of their club matches on the 'Gardens' section of their waters under the shadow of Benthall Edge.The match was won by Alan Briscoe,with 11lb 0oz (Peg 35).Elliot Johnson came second with 5lb 4oz (Peg 40),& Steve Tannerfinished third with 2lb 2oz (Peg 39).

IAS River Report.

27th Oct 2010

The continued spell of fairly settled weather across Mid-Wales & Shropshire,has kept River Severn levels down this week here in the Ironbridge Gorge.This evening,(Wednesday) the waterline was recording0.30 meters above Normal Summer Level,(NSL),on the Environment Agency marker post beside the Museum Of The Gorge,& the colour was greenish/clear.There have been some welcome catches of silver fish in the Gorgerecently,particularly on the Ironbridge town waters & in Dale Park,Coalbrookdale.Newport,Shropshire angler Martin Richardson,who is a regular visitor to the Dawley Angling Society's gardens stretch of the river below Benthall Edge,has been taking plenty of small to medium sized Dace & Roach on float-fished red Maggot.There are still reports of some excellent specimen Barbel being caught too,Mike Pengelly took a superb 11lb 8oz fish on a large chunk of luncheon meat recently from the Telford Angling Association waters opposite Buildwas power station.Pictures of Mike's Barbel can be viewed this week in our'Specimen Fish' gallery.

IAS River Report.

18th Oct 2010

A quiet spell of Autumnal weather over the past week has seen River Severn levels return to near their seasonal norm here in the Ironbridge Gorge.This afternoon,(Monday) the waterline wasat the 0.28 metre above Normal Summer Level,(NSL),mark on the Environment Agency indicator pole beside The Museum Of The Gorge,& the water colour was Olive green with very little suspended sediment.Just about perfect really!! Catches have been improving over the past few days,on Thursday last,Steve Brennen caught wellusing float-fished maggot on the Dawley Angling Society Damson tree peg,his mixed bag including Roach,Dace & Chub.On the same afternoon,but a little further upstream in the Sandhole peg,Elliot Johnson caught an excellent Barbel which tipped the scales at just over 9lb.Elliot took the fish using swimfeeder/Halibut pellet tactics.On Sunday,the Dawley Angling Society fished a match on this same 'Gardens' stretch of the river,&nine Anglers took part.Steve Tanner won the day,with 7lb 2oz from peg 46.Alan Briscoe was 2nd,with 5lb 14oz (Peg 40),& Alf Stevenson came 3rd,with 3lb 10oz (Peg 38).

IAS River Report.

13th Oct 2010

Last week's higher water conditions have gradually subsided over the past few days,& the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge is now back to near-normal conditions for this time of year.Today (Wednesday),the waterline is registering 0.55 metres above Normal Summer Level,(NSL),on the Environment Agency marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge,& the water colour is Olive green & clearing.Its been a great week forRiver fishing,regular visitors to the Gorge,Steve Macdonald,Jack Green & Jason Warren,all caught fish from the Dawley Angling Society stretch between peg 31 & the Sandhole.Jason had the best results of the trio on Saturday,using spicey Luncheon Meat with Halibut-flavoured groundbait in his swimfeeder,to capture six Barbel to 8lb from the Sandhole.On Sunday it was Jack's turn to get into the fish,witha fine 3lb Chub early in the morning,also from the Sandhole,& again using spicey Luncheon Meat/Halibut flavoured groundbait.There was a Sandhole surprise in store for Jack as his fish approached the landing net though,when a huge Pike tried to eat it for breakfast!! Might be time to get down there with the deadbait rod!! Away from the Riverbank,veteran Telford Angler Graham Baker,caught a personal best Roach of 2lb 8oz from the Dawley Angling Society's Lodge Lane pool last week on float-fished red Maggots.A truelyincreadible fish for any Angler,from any water,& very many congratulations go out to Graham forthe capture ofit.

IAS River Report.

3rd Oct 2010

Some pleasant early Autumn weather at the start of this weekhas givenway to a couple of days of torrential rainfall here in the Ironbridge Gorge.River levels,which remained steady over Monday,Tuesday & Wednesday,have now begun to rise again,& this afternoon,(Sunday) the waterline is up to the1.30 metreabove Normal Summer Level,(NSL),mark on the Environment Agency indicator post behind the Museum Of The Gorge,& rising fast.The river is currently running in a very coloured condition,chocolate brown,& full of debris blown into it by the recent high winds.Few anglers have braved the wet & windy conditions this week,but localriver enthusiast,Jack Lawley,took advantage of near perfect conditions on Tuesday morning,to bag up with Chub,Dace,& Gudgeon,from Lakeshead Hole,on the Dawley Angling Society stretch justbelow the Canyon.Jack skillfully presentedfloat-fished red maggots two rod-lengths outwhilst loose feeding with hemp.

IAS River Report.

26th Sep 2010

With plenty of rain around in the mountains of Mid-Wales,river levels here in the Ironbridge Gorge have been up & down throughout the past week.This evening (Sunday),the watermark is justbeyondthe 0.50 metre above Normal Summer Level,(NSL),markon the Environment Agency indicator post behind the Museum Of The Gorge.Wedid seelevels a good metre more than this mid-week,with plenty of colour,but now things are pretty much back to where they were last weekend,with the water running a light brownish & clearing.Not muchangling activity to report this week,the higher water levels making some more favoured pegs uncomfortable & harder to fish.Expect things to improve somewhat this week though,despite the drop in temperatures over the past few days.Friday night was very close to our first frost of the Autumn here in Coalbrookdale,but sunny weather on Saturday & Sunday have nowwarmed things up a little,so we should be out there making the most of it while we can!

IAS River Report.

19th Sep 2010

Some much-needed water has been making its way through the River Severn system this week,the water reaching its highest point for several months on Thursday morning.Today,(Sunday),the waterline is back down to the 0.50 metre above Normal Summer Level,(NSL),mark on the Environment Agency indicator post behind the Museum Of The Gorge.Water colour has lightened somewhat during the week,but is still quite brown withplenty ofsuspended sediment.There have been several reports of big Barbel being caught at the lower end of Dale Park,on The Avenue Angling Club's stretch,& also some very big Chub showing on The Brewery Inn waters at Coalport.Favoured baits are still Halibut pellets & Luncheon Meat,but red Maggots have also caught fish,especially downstream of the Free-Bridge,between Jackfield & Coalport.

IAS River Report.

13th Sep 2010

Heavy rain in Mid-Wales over the past few days has begun to have an impact on river levels here in The Ironbridge Gorge.This evening (Sunday) the water level was showing 0.80 metres above Normal Summer Level,(NSL),on the Environment Agancy marker post beside the Museum Of The Gorge,& the river's colour was turning decidedly Brown.Fish catch reports in the Gorgefor early Sepemberhave been sparse,but expect more activity over the coming week,as the river rises & the big Barbel move into some of the stretch's noted back-swims,particularly around peg 30-33 on the Dawley Angling Society's waters.Ledgered Luncheon Meat will be a winning tactic in these swim's if the water continues to rise & the colour darkens.

IAS River Report.

6th Sep 2010

This week's fine late-summer weather has brought plenty of Angler's to the banks of the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge,but another period without any rainfall means no major changes in water levels or conditions.Currently the waterline is below the bottom,(NSL),of the Environment Agency marker post beside the Museum Of The Gorge,& the water colour is very light brownish & clearing.There have been some good reports of fish being caught in the Gorge this week though,despite the low water.Several good Barbelhavebeencaptured using swimfeeder/Halibut pelletsby Robin Onions,from the Avenue Angling Club's waters in Dale Park,& Dr Paul Oldershaw,our IAS Chairman,has bagged some fine Barbel specimens,(& a lively Pike!!)from the Dawley Angling Society's stretchof the Canyon.Paul alsocaught his Barbelusing swimfeeder/Halibut pellet tactics,whilst his Pike fell for a very well presented Salmon lure.New IAS member,Gary Watson,from Broseley,has been doing very well further downstream on the Brewery Inn water at Coalport,with some nice River Bream to 6lb & Barbel to 10lb,all taken on ledgered Luncheon meat & red Maggots.

IAS River Report.

31st Aug 2010

A touch of Autumn has slipped early into the Ironbridge Gorge this past few days.Memories of last winter's hard frosts are stirred,along with thoughts of monster Pike,as the leaves on the Beech trees all along the riverbank in Dale Park,begin to show the first signs of a change ahead.Water levels are back down currently,the river at present just touching the bottom,(NSL),of the Environment Agency marker by the Museum Of The Gorge.Water colour is clearing,approaching a slategrey/green hue.Fishing has been average following the influx of new water in late August.The Dawley Angling Society fished their second river match of the season last weekend,& it was won by Elliot Johnson with 17lb 8oz of Barbel & Chub,taken on swimfeeder/Halibut pellet from the Cottage Peg,downstreamof Lakes Head Hole.Lakes Headwas the spotdrawn byrunner-up Danny Chetwood.Dannyalso used swimfeeder/Halibut pellettactics to catch 6lb 5oz,which was again a mixed bagof Barbel & Chub.Alan Briscoe took 3rd spot with 4lb 8oz of Eels from the Canyon.

IAS River Report.

23rd Aug 2010

Heavy rain showers in Mid Wales & Western Shropshire have introduced some welcome fresh water into the River Severn catchment system & thisis now beginning to filter through to the Ironbridge Gorge.This evening,(Monday),the waterline was at the 0.30 metre above Normal Summer Level, (NSL),mark on the Environment Agency indicator by the Museum Of The Gorge.The river colour is currently peaty brown,showing that much of this new water is being introduced into the Severnitselffrom the Afon Vyrnwy tributary system North-West of Welshpool.Prior to the rise in water levels & theaccompanyingalteration in colour,catch reports in the Gorge had been patchy,but IAS member Robin Onions has been doing particularly wellusing Halibut pellets & Swimfeeder tacticstocapturesome very big Barbel from the woods section of the Dawley Angling Society's waters opposite Dale Park.

IAS River Report.

18th Aug 2010

Another week without any significant rain in Mid-Wales means very little change in water conitions on the river Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge.Currently,the water level is still just below the bottom mark,(NSL),on the Environment Agency's depth indicator adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage,& the river water colour is now running very clear.Chub have been making a welcome appearance in catch reports this week,with some good fish falling to float-fished Wasp-Maggots on the Avenue Angling Club's waters at the lower end of Dale Park,behind the Merrythought Teddy-Bear factory.Further afield,it was great to hear about the capture of a 5lb Grayling from the River Severn not too far away in Welshpool.Lets hope we see some of these wonderful fish back here in the Ironbridge Gorge one day soon,as they once used to frequent these waters,& often featured in early IAS catch reports.

IAS River Report.

9th Aug 2010

The continuing dry weather hasreduced river levels even furtherover the past week in the Ironbridge Gorge.Currently,the waterline is approximately0.15 metresbelow the bottom mark,(NSL),on the Environment Agency indicator post behind the Museum Of The Gorge,& the water colour is now quite clear.Due to the low & clear summer river conditions,it is possible now to observemany shoals of small fry a rod-length or so out from thewaters edgeat severalspots along the Wharfage.Look out also for a Pike or two in these shallow areas,they are always around,lying in wait close to the bank,readyto ambush a passing meal!! There have beenreports this week of good Barbel catches coming from the Dawley Angling Society's waters in the Canyon.Fish have been taken on hair-rigged Halibut pellets,fished in conjunction with a large Halibut pellet-filled swimfeeder.Away from the riverbank,the Dawley Angling Society would also like to extend an invitation to any anglers who would like to take part in their Summer match series.These events are held on a Wednesday evening,at the Lodge Lane fishery,Benthall.Fishing commences at 6pm,& concludes at 9pm,& all are very welcome.

IAS River Report.

4th Aug 2010

Despite continuing daytime showers throughout Shropshire & Mid-Wales,river levels in the Ironbridge Gorge have dropped over the past week.The waterline is now below the bottom,(NSL),of the Environment Agency marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge on the Wharfage.River colour has also changed,returning to a darkish green.There are still plenty of good fish being caught in the Ironbridge & Coalbrookdale area though,with David Pooler reporting two lovely Barbel from Severnside on ledgered Luncheon Meat,& Phil Horler taking four Barbel to 9lb & a nice Chub from the old wharf wall behind the Museum Of The Gorge,also on ledgered Luncheon Meat.The pair of Swan's who have been rearing their brood this spring in Ironbridge are drawing plenty of admirer's to the Wharfage.Five Cygnet's have survived to date & are now growing rapidly.They make a wonderful sight,still cloathed in theirsoft grey down feathers,busily searching the margins of the river for a tasty morsel or two between the Swan Inn & The Ironbridge itself.

IAS River Report.

27th Jul 2010

The past week's rainfall in Shropshire & Mid-Waleshas at last brought some much needed water into the River Severn here in the Ironbridge Gorge.The water has now dropped somewhat,today's height is0.40 metres aboveNormal Summer Level,(NSL),on the Environment Agency's marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge.The water colour is now clearing a little,but still appears quite brown with the suspended sediment.The fresh water seems to have improved sport for IAS member's this week,with Vic Haddock reporting a superb 13lb specimen Barbel from the Dawley Angling Society's stretch of the Canyon on float-fished Luncheon Meat,Ian Plaice capturing 3 Barbel for a combined weight of almost 30lb from the Power Station waters close to Buildwas Abbey,all on Halibut Pellets,David Pooler finally getting the net under a lovely 6lb fish from the free water at Severnside,using ledgered Luncheon Meat,(well done David!!),& Jeremy Thomas taking 2 fish of a similar size,using the same tactics,from peg 31 on the Dawley waters.Away from the riverbank this week,IAS members were treated to an excellent & informative eveningon wednesday,when Environment Agency Technical Specialist,Chris Bainger,gave us the benifit of his vast experience infisheries matters at a question & answer session about our river,held at The White Hart,on the Wharfage.It really was amost enlightening evening,& special thanks must go to Paul & Heather Oldershaw for organising it.

IAS River Report.

19th Jul 2010

Some rain over the last few days in Mid-Wales has brought river levels up slightly in the Ironbridge Gorge,with some accompanying alteration in colour,from greenish/clearto lightish brown.The river level is now at the base,(NSL),of the Environment Agency marker post behind the Museum Of The Gorge.Barbel being caught this week from the faster waters upstream of the Power-Station at Buildwas,downstream of the Brewery Inn at Coalport,& also from the 'Sandhole' on the Dawley Waters opposite the Wharfage.Halibut pellets & Lobworms accounting for most fish this week,but expect Luncheon Meat to work well whilst thewater is coloured.Away from the riverbank,Dawley Angling Society reported the first 100lb plus match-weight last weekend from their new Lodge Lane,Benthall fishery.

IAS River Report.

11th Jul 2010

Some rain in the mountains of Mid-Wales this week has made a very slight difference to river levels in the Ironbridge section of the Severn,but only by a maximum of0.20 metres above Normal Summer Level,(NSL),on the Environment Agency marker post adjacent to the Museum Of The Gorge,with little variation in water colour from last week.Fish catch reportsare still reasonable though,with Barbel falling to ledgered Lobworm opposite Preen's Eddy on the Brewery Inn waters,& Halibut Pellets/swimfeeder tactics producing some nice specimens in the Canyon section of the Dawley Angling Society's stretch.Ironbridge Angling Society members Steve Brennan,Adam Purnell & Jeremy Thomas all completed their Angling Development Board Level One Coaching courses this week,successfully we trust!! & the Society looks forward to welcoming a party of visiting Angler's from Cheshire later this coming weekend.We hope they have a veryenjoyable & productive time on the river here in the Gorge!!

IAS River Report.

5th Jul 2010

Will it ever rain this Summer!! Still no sign of any fresh water raising river levels in the Ironbridge Gorge.There hasn't been any change in depth on the Environment Agency marker poleadjacent tothe Museum Of The Gorge since last weekend.The banks are enjoying the low water conditions,but many sections are becoming very overgrown with summer vegetation.Not much sign of new weed-bed development as yet this year,despite the ideal conditions.Some pegs producing fish this week,reports ofseveral Barbel being caught opposite the Half-Moon pub in Jackfield on Halibut pellet,&some decent Chub falling to bronze maggottoward the lower end ofDavies's Field at Coalport.The water colour of the river is currently very clear,& there are good shoals of new fish-fry throughout the system,which is really great to see.

IAS River Report.

28th Jun 2010

Water levels on the River Severn in the Ironbridge Gorge remain very low,the waternot even touching the baseline,(NSL),on themarker pole by the Museum Of The Gorge.Despite the lack of rainfall,the flow is now carryingmuch more colour,which seems to be stimulating the Barbel to feed.Anthony Edge was broken on 12lb line opposite the old Power Station Pump-House over the weekend,& Adam Purnell reports word of the capture of a veryunusual 22lb Carp from the same stretch last week.David Pooler is still losing Barbel most eveningsby the Ironbridge,but he is catching plenty of Eels.Ian Plaice has been enjoying some fine catches of Barbel off the faster Power Station stretch on Halibut pellets,& Danny Wood has also been doing well with Barbel & Chub off the Telford waters by the old Power Station bridge.The Dawley Angling Society fished their first river match of the new season on Sunday,pegging from Bower Yard down through the Canyon to Lake's Head.SteveTanner won the match with 12lb 12oz of Barbel,Dace,& Eels,Steve Brennan was runner up,with 12lb 10oz,which was againa mixed bag ofBarbel,Dace,& Eels.

IAS River Report.

20th Jun 2010

The River Severn in the Ironbridge Gorge remains low.On the Environment Agency Depth Marker pole in front of the Museum Of The Gorge,the water level is at the0.00 metre mark,which is at the very bottom of the post,& represents Normal Summer Level (NSL).The water colour continues to clear after last week's showers.Fishing since June 16th has been reasonable,with reports of several good catches of Barbel & Chub falling to float-fished Luncheon Meat in the faster waters upstream of the Power Station,& downstream of Bedlam Furnaces.IAS member David Pooler hasreported catching 2 Eels on Luncheon Meatfrom Severnside,also loosing a good Barbel on Halibut Pellets above the Ironbridge on the Dawley waters.Josh Richards caught Salmon Parr on red Maggots from the bottom of the Lloyd's,& Jeremy Thomas hooked 1 Pike in front of The White Hart,& caught another one in Lake's Head.Both fish fell to large 'Salmo' lures purchased from Vic at Ironbridge Tackle & Bait.

Ironbridge Tackle & Bait - Day & Season Tickets Available Now!!

9th Jun 2010

Ironbridge Tackle & Bait have Day & Season tickets available now for Dawley Angling Society,Telford Angling Association,Shifnal Angling Club & The Ironbridge Power Station Waters.Please call inthe shop or contact Vic/Paul on 01952-433040.

Ironbridge Angling Society Merchandise.

6th May 2010

A wide range ofclothing,embroidered with the original IAS logo,is now availableby mail order in manystyles,colours & sizes from: www.stitchesofbridgnorth.co.uk

After choosing your garments from the on-line catalogue,please email your order,quoting "Ironbridge Angling Society"to: sales@stitchesofbridgnorth.co.uk

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