We asked three other TF contributors if they have favourite ‘practice’ waters which they feel replicate conditions at the venue for an upcoming competition
FRED BAINBRIDGE (basedd North Yorkshire)
It’s commonmon practice for most competition tion anglers. I’ve used Tanfield nfield Lodge to replicate Elinor and also Stocks Reservoir for Llyn Brenig, as those last two are both peaty upland reservoirs.
ROB EDMUNDS (based Cambridgeshire)
When I’m fishing competitions on Welsh waters like Llyn Brenig, I usually fish Ravensthorpe for two weeks beforehand. Both are relatively small waters so the fish soon wise up to ‘pulling’ and require a little more thought, and on both waters they respond well to dries. Ravensthorpe is well stocked and gives me plenty of opportunities to practice the dries before heading to Wales.
SCOTT NELLINS (based Northumberland)
I have local ocal stillwaters like Sweethope hope Lough, which is good too practice for upland waters aters elsewhere and lets me practice a certain method such as dries, so that I can get my timing lined up. I wanted to fish the River National on the Ure this year, as it has a good head of grayling that are free-rising and I hoped it would put me right for September’s World Championships in Slovakia. If there is no local water that’s similar to one where the match is, I’ll go to a location where I know I can catch a lot, just to get my confidence up!