We all look forward with eager anticipation hoping that the river and atmospheric conditions will be ideal but of course November is not noted for balmy weather. Competition days are are not exempt from cruel weather. One year Dan was on the river bank at 5 o'clock in the morning watching the river rising relentlessly; another day he had been having some last minute practice the evening before the great event, put his neatly folded breathables in the boot and next morning found they had been converted into a suit of armour - frozen stiff!
Amazingly, unless it is a bank high flood, grayling are caught nearly everywhere and one stretch will be hopeless for some and full of fish for another. May all your beats be full of fish for you.