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Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Tactics -

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!

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