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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Tying a Floating Fry Fly with Davie McPhail

Autumn is the season of the fry. During the Autumn months, Trout become aggressive feeders in an attempt to fatten up for the coming Winter. Baitfish flies are known to be a favourite during this time of year on rivers, streams and even Stillwater reservoirs. This Floating fry is sure to make Trout turn their heads towards the surface and strike!

The materials used or equivalent alternatives needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre check out the links below, but as always if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie his Floating Fry fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.



Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Barbless Size 8
Thread: Uni-8/0 or 6/0 Fire Orange
Tail: Pearl Krystal Flash
Body: Egg White and Safety Orange Fritz
Wing: Olive and Black Tip Rabbit Zonker
Eyes: Small Silver and Black
Foam: 8mm Yellow Booby Cord

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of  Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly and Glue which he used for securing the eyes.

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

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Greys All Weather Jacket - Tackle Testers Choice


This three-quarter length jacket is ideal for bank anglers as it can be worn over thigh or waist waders or waterproof trousers to give a perfect shield against the winter weather.

The Greys All Weather Wading Jacket has a heavyweight Climatex (Polyester) outer layer with a DWR finish to maintain a high level of waterproofness. It is also breathable and windproof. A breathable Thermatex Polyester-fibred insulated layer is next, trapping and retaining body heat. The third layer is a Polyester lining which allows the jacket to slide seamlessly over your base or mid layers.

Velcro Cuffs
The full-length double zip is protected by a wide baffle behind it and a deep storm flap over the top which secures with Velcro closures. The zip tucks into a fabric chin guard to prevent chafing. The integral hood has toggle lock and cord adjustments around the face and on the back of the head to give a custom fit. A stiffened material peak gives excellent protection from the wind and rain without obscuring too much of your peripheral vision.

Double Cuffs
The sleeves taper down to the wrist with a slight articulation at the elbow. The double cuff design consists of a soft neoprene inner with a Velcro tightener to give a good seal around the wrist, and then the outer cuff pulls over the top and can be tightened with another rubberised tab and Velcro closure.

Tapered Sleeves
There are two vertical zipped hand warmer pockets set at a comfortable height. These have a fleece lining on one side and benefit from the Thermatex lining on the other so are very warm. Inside the chest pocket, which has a vertical water-resistant zip, is a short webbing lanyard and quick-release clip for keys and accessories. In addition, there are two large waist pockets with zips and protective storm flaps. These pockets will easily take a large pocket fly box and a few other accessories.

Elasticated Cord
There are elasticated cord and double toggle lock adjusters around the bottom hem and on the inside of the jacket around the waist which can be pulled tight to exclude draughts and chills. Additional features include an internal open top pocket with Velcro closure and a large D-ring on the back of the shoulders. Available in M-XXL.

Trout Fisherman Testers Choice Verdict:
The combination of the substantial outer shell and the insulating layer does make this jacket quite heavy, but you’ll reap the benefits on those bitterly cold and windswept autumn and winter days. It is quite a stiff material to start with, but this may soften with use. Good hood and cuff design.

This article was brought to you in association with Trout Fisherman Magazine.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Tying A Chartreuse Baitfish Fly with Davie McPhail

Autumn is the season of the fry. During the Autumn months, Trout become aggressive feeders in an attempt to fatten up for the coming Winter. Baitfish flies are known to be a favourite during this time of year on rivers, streams and even Stillwater reservoirs.

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie a Baitfish fly in a Chartreuse colour, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.



Materials Used:
Hook: Mustad O-Shaughnessy Size 1
Thread: Uni 6/0 Chartreuse
Tail: Krystal Flash Chartreuse
Body: Chartreuse Lite-Brite
Throat: Flu-Yellow Hen or Cock
Wing: Dyed Chartreuse Grizzle and Chinese Cock  and finish off with some Peacock Herl on top
Eyes: Silver Chain Bead
Head: Chartreuse Chenille

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of  Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly and Glue which he used for securing the eyes.

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

Friday, 28 September 2018

Try Family Fishing For FREE at the GAC Autumn Open Weekend 2018!

Would you like your kids or friends to try fishing but not sure where to start? Then book in for a taster session with our Get Hooked on Fishing coaches and find out more about this amazing sport. Glasgow Angling Centre, and GHOF have teamed up to offer one on one coaching for kids on the Forth and Clyde Canal, just 2 minutes walk from the GAC, on the 29th and 30th of September 2018 as part of the GAC Autumn Open Weekend Event - Scotland's largest FREE angling event!
Learn how to catch Roach, Perch and many other species using simple tackle and techniques and learn about waterside safety and fish welfare from qualified angling coaches. Each session is suitable for under 18's and places are limited so pre booking is recommended, all fishing equipment will be provided but suitable clothing should be worn - please wrap up warmly!
Book now or find out more by ringing Heather Lauriston on 07544 066974 or visit the GHOF stand at the GAC Open Weekend between 10am and 3pm to sign up for your FREE SFCA annual membership and book your coaching session! Qualified angling coaches will be on hand all weekend to answer all of your fishing questions so don't be shy and come down to meet them!
Get Hooked on Fishing is an angling programme which helps provide positive opportunities for young people and communities. They deliver fun and interactive training around the sport of angling and their programme is especially designed with the help of young people to give the participants more confidence and to demonstrate that there are alternative pathways and better opportunities available to them. For more information check out the GHOF website! www.ghof.org.uk
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 parking and FREE entry, 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!

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Fishingmegastore Reward Card Members Only Pre-Sale @GAC Thursday 27th of September 2018!

As a special thank-you to all our loyal shop customers who joined our rewards Reward Card Scheme, we will be offering all of our Autumn Open Weekend deals a day early to all of our Fishingmegastore Reward Card holders!
Join the 1000's of customers already reaping the Reward Card benefits!
From 5.30pm until 9pm on Thursday 27th of September 2018 Fishingmegastore Reward Card holders who come to the store will beat the crowds and still qualify for all of our amazing deals and offers that we were keeping for the weekend!
Even if you haven't received your card in the post yet, simply show a staff member a recent receipt with your unique barcode on it, and they can quickly verify your membership so you can qualify for all the deals!
Over 75,000 of our customers are already benefiting from the scheme by earning points every time they shop with us that soon add up to money off future tackle purchases!
Don't have a Reward Card yet? You still have time to sign up, just ask any member of staff instore any time or apply online HERE! Beat the crowds and still benefit from the Autumn Open Weekend deals, plus you never know what angling celebrities just might be hanging around, setting up for this weekends big event!
See below for just a few of the hundreds of deals we will be giving Reward Card holders exclusive early access to from 5.30pm until 9pm on Thursday 27th of September 2018, and of course these offers will be available to all of our customers instore on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Open Weekend Event, along with demonstrations, tuition and previews of this years up and coming products from all the big suppliers in what has become the UK's largest FREE angling event!
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 parking and FREE entry, 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!

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Wychwood Distance Casting Competition at the GAC Autumn Open Weekend 2018!

Back by popular demand, Glasgow Angling Centre will once again be hosting our very popular distance fly casting competition at our next Open Weekend event on the 28th, 29th and 30th of September 2018 - in an all new format sponsored by Wychwood who will be putting up some great prizes on each day!
Can you cast like Cullen?
To enter this competition simply fill out an entry form with a Wychwood representative to enter on the day, and you will have two minutes to make as many casts as possible with the all new, top of the range 10ft #7 Wychwood RS Competition Fly Rod inside our casting court. Your longest cast will be verified and submitted for the competition and the customer with the longest cast on the day will win £100 worth of Wychwood products of their choice!
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There will be two casting sessions per day, one at 11am and one at 3pm. Plus we will have a special junior section for under 14's with more great prizes!

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 parking and FREE entry, 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!

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Tying an Olive All Rounder - An Emerger Dry Fly with Davie McPhail

As an All Rounder, this Olive Emerger Dry Fly pattern is able to act both as an Emerger Dry Fly and similar to a Popper.
All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie an Olive All Rounder in the shape of an Emerger Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.



Materials Used:
Hook: Tiemco 2487 Hook
Thread: Uni 8/0 - Light Cahill
Body: Peacock Quill dyed Olive
Leg: Knotted Pheasant Tail Fibres
Under-Wing: Dyed Olive Deer Hair
Thorax: Olive Squirrel Dubbing and UV Lite Brite Dubbing Mixed
Wing: Natural CDC Feathers

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of  Varnish, which he applied to the thread before whip-finishing.
Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!
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