One of the biggest canal systems in Britain, the Shropshire Union system offers 150 miles of fishing. The Main Line of the canal begins at the junction with the Staffs-Worcester Canal at Autherley, Staffs. From here the canal strikes north-west through Gnosall, Audlem and Nantwich to Chester and then on to enter the Mersey at Ellesmere Port. The canal contains roach, dace, bream (with specially big shoals said to lurk near Ellesmere Port), eels, perch, pike and gudgeon. There are also some carp and tench. By far the biggest holding on the canal is that of the specially formed Shropshire Union Canal AA, a federation of associations with interests on the water. Ticket facilities are available on all their sections, including the canal branches . Other major associations which offer seasonal membership to all are: Hazeldine AA; Izaak Walton (Stafford) AA; Provincial AA; and Whitmore Reans CAA. Some of these associations, and others, also offer ticket facilities. Rod licences: as this canal and its branches pass through three Water Authority areas – STWA, NWWA and WNWDA – the newcomer should double-check the licence situation locally.