The Angling Trust reports: We’re 10 minutes into the day’s fishing and Simon Caddy, the angler I’m controlling, has a 26cms Grayling on the card.
River is quite swollen but still accessible, weather progressing as to the forecast, showers and cloudy with the odd break of sun.
More news as the competition progresses.
Our anglers have returned from the river, after completing both the morning and afternoon sessions. As stated earlier, the river was still relatively swollen from the spate earlier this week. However as the river had settled below a metre of flood water the match progressed today.
Due to the trout season finishing at the end of September, this competition is purely for grayling, tweaking the weight of flies and finding fish is paramount. This time of year the grayling move into shoals rather than being spread across the river.
It can be a bit of ‘feast or famine’ and also ‘location-location-location’, however grayling are wonderful fish and our competitors love fishing for them.
Today’s Rivers National qualifying rods are: Kevin Moran, Mike Dixon, Simon Clarke, Carl Nixon, Pete Buckey, Simon Caddy, Phil Dixon and Gary Hedges.
Today’s top angler was Phil Dixon, who amassed 17 fish for 828 points, an excellent performance, due to the river beginning to rise again and the afternoon session proving a little more taxing than this morning.
Big thanks to Peter Scholes for organising a great match, Llangollen & Maelor Angling for hosting, and all our competitors for travelling from across the country to compete.
Safe journey home guys.