Tuesday, 20 February 2018

How to tie a "Hairy Midge Pupa" with Davie McPhail

Davie McPhail ties a "Hairy Midge Pupa" this week, imitating a Nymph Chironomidae, an immature form of a non-biting midge. This fly has a unique Davie flair, but some similar flies include Fulling Mill's Buzzer Viva, Buzzer Black Adult or Buzzer Black.

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre - with most of what you need below, but if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then ask and we'll be happy to help.



Materials Used:

Hook: Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweight: Size 10
Thread: Glo-Brite: Floss Crimson No.3
Rib: UTC Wire: Black
Body: Uni Pearl Mylar #12
Change To: Uni-Thread: 8/0 Black
Thorax: Uni Floss: Red and Wapsi Antron Dubbing: Black Gnat
Wing Buds: Goose Biots dyed Sunburst
Breathers/Gills: Glo-Brite Yarn White No.16

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Davie once again demonstrates his masterful and calculated fly tying skill, with not a single unnecessary turn of thread. If you want to see this skill in person then you can come meet Davie McPhail and other stars of our sport at the Fishing Megastore Open Day, across the 2nd, 3rd and 4th March 2018. He will be representing Fulling Mill and with their reputation as the world's leading quality fly manufacturer, we can't think of a better representative than Davie McPhail.

Other guests at the Open Weekend include Mads Grosell from Savage Gear, Paul Young and more!

Be sure to attend, there's loads to see and do! Pick up your Golden Ticket for a FREE gift!

Monday, 19 February 2018

Improve Your Fishing This Spring At Fishingmegastore

GAC Spring 2018 Open Weekend
It's nearly that time of year to look out your rods, reels, waders and tackle boxes as the start of a new fishing season approaches. All those months cooped up indoors, anticipating the forthcoming year's fishing adventures, is about to come to an end. It's also that time of year when Glasgow Angling Centre opens it's 30,000 square ft fishingmegastore to host the biggest and best Free angling event in the UK, the famous March Open Weekend.

Come and See Mads Grosell
This year's event will run from the 2nd to the 4th of March 2018, and is set to be the best yet! The GAC team have made some improvements to the format this year, but all your favourite elements of the show will remain.

Lure Fishing Demos
This year's focus is very much about you, the angler, so we've managed to put together our best guest list of fishing stars yet! This year's big names include Mads Grossell of Savage Gear, Paul Young, Davie McPhail, Hywel Morgan, Paul Proctor, Ian Gordon, Scott Makenzie, and Steve Souter, to name but a few. So if you are looking to learn the latest techniques, and have a desire to improve your fishing, you don't want to miss this fantastic opportunity. They are available throughout the weekend and free to have a chat about any aspect of your fishing.

Meet the Stars of Fishing
Over the three days, you will have the opportunity to ask questions, watch demos, try things out, meet like minded anglers, and have a great time in the process. In conjunction with a massive selection of cracking deals, it's the best time of year to stock up on all those essential tackle items for the forthcoming season.

Friendly, Knowledgeable Staff
Every major tackle brand in the industry will have a representative in attendance with their respective brand's latest products on show. It will give you the perfect opportunity to get your hands on all the newest gear for 2018. You'll also have the chance to learn more about how the product was designed and produced. And if it's a rod you fancy, then why not try it out in our casting pool?

Ian Gordon
With secure, FREE parking for 100’s of cars, toilets, seating, on-site catering, and refreshments available, you can easily spend the whole day in store. There is also FREE fishing tuition available for all types of angling, fly casting lessons, fishing taster session for kids, fly tying demos, rig building workshops, lure fishing demos, bait preparation, and loads more. Therefore, whatever your preferred style of fishing, there’s something for everyone.

All the Latest Products
If you shoot as well as fish, then don’t forget that the Glasgow Field Sports store is also located within GAC. It is stocked full of hunting equipment and country clothing from top brands like Harkila, Seeland, Jack Pyke, Swarovski and much more. Plus there is a well-stocked gunroom with over 500 new and used airguns, shotguns, and rifles for all your hunting and shooting needs. Paul Innes will also be in attendance with a wide range of Swarovski Optik items on show, giving you the opportunity to try all the latest rifle scopes, spotting scopes and binoculars.

Glasgow Field Sports
Clyde Outboard services will be attending, with a range of outboard motors and boats plus special offers on repairs and servicing for boat owners. The team from Bauer Media, the name behind some great magazine titles like Trout and Salmon, Trout fisherman, Sea Angler and Angling Times will also be in store. There will be a fantastic offer for anyone who takes a subscription out to their favourite magazines on the day, plus you can meet and chat with the editorial staff of your favourite fishing title!

Loads to See
If fly tying is your thing, then you are going to love this year's famous 'fly tyers row.' This year is headlined by Davie McPhail, who is always a big attraction, so get there early to watch him in action. Peter Gathercole, who is a famous photographer for Trout and Salmon and Trout Fisherman Magazine will also be displaying his fly tying skills and available to answer any questions about materials or fly tying in general. And of course, you can't miss Paul Proctor in action.

Watch Davie McPhail up Close
Paul Proctor
The Rangers from Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park will be onsite, informing and educating on the fishing and other outdoor activities that are available in the 720 square miles of the park which is less than an hour’s drive away for more than half of Scotland’s population! You can also visit the SGAIC instructor team, who will be providing free fly casting lessons to anglers of all ages and abilities for the entire weekend plus a chance to learn how to tie your own flies! And finally, if you wear a life jacket or buoyancy aid, then this weekend you can get a free check from the RNLI. They will also be highlighting the latest information on water safety.

RNLI - Free Life Jacket Checks
There is so much to learn at the Open Weekend, but we also have some fantastic deals, with significant savings on big name brands. And on top of all the exceptional weekend-only super deals on offer, GAC will give you back £5 in the form of a gift voucher for every £50 spent in-store. And on top of all that, if you register your attendance you will receive a FREE golden ticket in your email. We will also be giving away our popular Customer Reward Card, saving you the usual £5 subscription and introducing you to the benefits membership brings. Sign up for your card at the Open Weekend and start collecting points right away – it takes less than a minute!

Register for your Free Gift

Glasgow Angling Centre is just a couple of minutes drive from Glasgow’s M8 motorway. It's an angler’s paradise with its own spacious car park and more than 50 trained, knowledgeable staff, eager to help you tackle your angling problems. The store is the nearest thing you will ever get to a fishing tackle Aladdin’s cave, boasting a mind-boggling 40,000 different products on display. It is one rare opportunity where you can see and touch rods, reels, and equipment you might want to buy and fish with, all under one roof.

Great Atmosphere In Store
In the last couple of years, GAC has hosted some memorable Open Weekends, with the last one in September 2018 being the biggest and best attended yet, breaking all records and attracting anglers from all over the country. We anticipate another fantastically attended event this March so don't miss out. Get yourself along to the March 2018 Open Weekend, indulge yourself and join us for Scotland's Biggest Free Angling Event.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Claim Your FREE Golden Ticket for the 2018 GAC Spring Open Weekend Event Now!

Fancy getting your hands on a freebie at the next Glasgow Angling Centre Open weekend? Register online now to receive your Golden Ticket for the GAC Spring Open Weekend Event on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of March 2018, and pick up one of these versatile Snudes in a choice of colours worth £9.99 absolutely free of charge!
This type of headgear, popularised by Buff, has become part of the anglers dress code over the years and this high quality version is available in a range of colours and styles. Simply take a minute to fill out our registration form and use your Golden Ticket collect yours on the day – for FREE!
Register your interest in the GAC Spring Open Weekend Event 2018 by filling in this online form, and we will email you a Golden Ticket with your own unique code to print off or keep on your smartphone - then use the Golden Ticket instore between the 2nd and 4th of March 2018  and get your free Snude - simple as that, no purchase required!
Please remember that it's one Golden Ticket per customer, and the Golden Ticket can only be redeemed instore on 2nd and 4th of March 2018! You do not need a Golden Ticket to attend this event, the Golden Ticket is only required to collect your free gift. Styles are first come first served - once they are gone they are gone!

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry February 2018 - Undulate Ray!

Finley Paton caught this cracking Undulate Ray while fishing off St Catherines Breakwater on Jersey! The fish took a Pouting fillet bait fished on a running leger rig, last cast of the session!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our February 2018 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition and have the chance to win £100 to spend at GAC, simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Get a Free RNLI Lifejacket Check at the GAC Spring Open Weekend 2018!

The RNLI Safety Roadshow have confirmed they will once again attend our Spring Open Weekend Event on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of March 2018!
The RNLI Safety Roadshow is coming to GAC!
Glasgow Angling Centre have been proud supporters of the RNLI for many years and we have even won awards for our fundraising efforts! The purpose of the road show is to increase awareness of safety on and around water during any fishing activity and with the recent tragic loss of some anglers in the UK we want to do all we can to prevent these accidents happening in the future.
Get your lifejackets checked for FREE!
In addition to issuing general safety advice the RNLI will run a lifejacket clinic where anglers can bring their life jackets to be checked and where they can receive advice and instruction on the correct use and maintenance of life jackets. A particularly important focus is on the automatic inflation type of jacket, the most common type used among recreational anglers in the UK. Please make sure you pay them a visit while you are at our event - you never know when you might need the help of the RNLI!
Auto-inflate lifejackets are preferred by anglers
There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one promises to be the biggest ever! With FREE entry and FREE parking, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry February 2018 - Tweed Grayling!

Ashley Thomas was fishing the Tweed for the first time when he caught this specimen Grayling on a Jig Nymph! The fish was safely released after a quick photo!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our February 2018 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition and have the chance to win £100 to spend at GAC, simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry February 2018 - Arbroath Cod!

Daniel Willmot caught this cracking Cod off Arbroath Pier using a rough ground rig baited with Ragworm! The fish was safely released to fight another day!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our February 2018 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition and have the chance to win £100 to spend at GAC, simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!
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