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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!

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