1 Make a plan. For a big match you usually have three practice boats per team, so split the lake into manageable segments to give the best chance of finding fish. 2 Have several rods set up in the boat and flip between them, but don’t fish the same method as your partner. Try to establish which method is best in the current conditions and keep that in mind for match day. 3 Don’t sit on fish. I often see anglers going back over the same fish in practice and catching really well. But this is fishing and not practising. Once you’ve found the fish, move on and find some others. It usually pays dividends, especially on two-day matches when pressure on the hotspots can switch the fish off. 4 Note the times of day that areas have fished. Just being in a good area at the wrong time of day can completely throw you off your plan. Agree with your boat partner before you start where you’d like to fish at what times. 5 Wind speed and direction will affect match day. Wind strength impacts presentation and your ability to control flies at the fish’s level. Wind direction can move fish around. If a fish swims at 5 miles an hour, it doesn’t take long to be a mile away from where you found it yesterday!