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Saturday, 31 December 2011

December FOTM Winner!

The winner of Decembers Fish of the Month Competition is Brian Alderdice with this picture of a Brown Trout, caught while Pike fishing in central Scotland. The judging of the competition was left to our Facebook fans as usual and Brian was the clear winner with 165 likes on our Facebook Gallery!

Brians winning double figure Brownie!
Every month our FOTM competition just keeps growing with amazing pictures of  many different fish species from around the world being sent in by our customers and we have had so many great entries the last few months we have decided to give a GAC Cap to the entrants that came in 2nd and 3rd place since they did so well!
John McCrossan's Pike - 111 Likes
Michael Jones Price and his Cod - 96 Likes
Brian wins £100 to spend at the Glasgow Angling Centre on fishing gear of his choice! We would like to thank everybody that took part, and you can see all the entries here.

If you would like to enter our January 2012 FOTM competition simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The winner will be chosen by our customers, simply by hitting Like on the image on Facebook and will be announced on the last day of each month. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries.

Submit your entry here... 

If you are having difficulty using the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!

Deal of the Week! Wychwood Truefly Soft Shell now just £30!!!

Deal of the Week! Save 40% on the Wychwood Truefly Soft Shell - RRP £49.99 Now just £30!!!

These smart black fleece jackets are fitted for performance fly casting, with a 2-Layer laminate for wind protection, two chest fly box pockets, wind blocker under main zipper, chin protector and hand warmer pockets. A quick drying and lightweight jacket that looks as good down the pub as it does on the bank - a bargain at the unbelievable price of just £30!
This deal ends 05/01/2012, Get them while stocks last!!!

click HERE to buy now!!!

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Tying the Wolverine Salmon Fly by Davie McPhail

Davie ties a Temple Dog style fly he calls the Wolverine, a big mobile fly for Salmon fishing in big water.



Materials Used:

Tube - Veniard Slipstream Plastic Tube
Thread - Black UTC 70dn Thread or UniThread 8/0
Tag - Large Silver Holographic Tinsel, coated with Bugbond Lite
Rib - Large Silver Oval Tinsel
Body - Salmo Supreme Dubbing Hot Lime and Rainbow Black
Hackle - Silver Fox Dyed Black
Head - Salmo Supreme Dubbing Rainbow Black
Wing - Silver Fox Dyed Black and Chartreuse and Black Goat Hair
Flash - Blue Flashabou
Eyes - Dyed or Natural Jungle Cock

Davies preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!
The tube fly tool used in this video is the HMH Tube Fly Tool

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre - if you need any help finding them or choosing substitutes we will be more than happy to help!

Fish of the Month December Entry - Aussie Trevally!

David Chew sent us this picture of his Brassy Trevally, caught in Exmouth, Western Australia!
David with his big Trevally
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!
If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Deal of the Week! Save 50% on the Stillwater Portable Electronic Scales

Deal of the Week! Save 50% on the Stillwater Portable Electronic Scales - RRP £11.99 Now just £6!!!
These pocket sized digital scales weigh up to 40kg in metric or imperial and have a unique handheld design, temperature display, tare and auto power off function - a bargain at the unbelievable price of just £6!

This deal ends 29/12/2011, Get them while stocks last!!!

Click HERE to buy now!!!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Tying an Olive Pheasant Tail Upright Nymph by Davie McPhail

Davie ties the upright nymph, a great searching pattern on rivers, and a good way to get beads onto hooks that wouldn't fit in the conventional way.



Materials Used:

Hook - Kamasan B175 size 14
Thread - UniThread 8/0 Olive
Tail - Partridge neck fibres dyed Olive
Rib - Chartreuse UltraWire Small
Body - Pheasant Tail
Thorax - Olive Ice Dub and Squirrel Dubbing mixed together,
Weighted with a 2.5 mm Tungsten Bead held on with 6lb Nylon

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre - if you need any help finding them or choosing substitutes we will be more than happy to help!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Christmas Deliveries and Opening Times!

Christmas is just around the corner, and with thousands of lucky anglers being treated to new tackle from the GAC we though we should let you know about our opening times and mail order delivery schedules for the festive period!
There are tons of angling gift ideas on our website!
First up, mail order deliveries. The run up to this Christmas has been one of our busiest ever with our team sending out around 500 parcels a day to customers all over the country and indeed the world! We are constantly working to improve on the efficiency of our mail order service but, at this time of year factors beyond our control can cause delays as this is the busiest time of year for the Post Office and the courier companies, and even the weather can affect delivery times as you will remember from the last couple of winters. That's why we always stress how important it is to get your orders into us as early as possible, and why we show the latest delivery information on our website throughout December!
We always work hard to get your goods delivered on time!
This year the last day for guaranteed Christmas delivery is Monday the 19th of December, for items that are in stock and are going to an address on the UK mainland. We will of course strive to get all orders after that date to their destinations on time and in many cases we will succeed with some couriers delivering right up until the 23rd of December, but please don't leave it too late! Remember that the next day delivery option is available on most items on the website too and please take extra care when entering your details on our website to save any delays when we are processing your order!

We have also extended our mail order exchange/return policy for Christmas Gifts ordered before the big day. Our usual 14 day Returns Policy will start on Christmas Day rather than from the date of purchase, meaning that you have until the 7th January 2012 for us to receive back any items purchased as Christmas gifts. Please note that all our standard returns policies apply. Click here for our standard returns policy.
Our Festive Opening Times - Click to Enlarge
The festive opening times for the store are as shown, please note we are open on Boxing Day, but during this busy period, we will be unable to process returns or exchanges instore. Normal service will be resumed on the Tuesday 27th December.

Finally, Everyone at Glasgow Angling Centre and Glasgow Field Sports would like to wish all our customers a very Happy Christmas and a fantastic New Year. Thank you for your custom and support throughout 2011 and for making it such a great year for angling and shooting. We look forward to serving you in 2012!

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Fish of the Month December Entry - Festive Pike!

Matt Welsby was Pike fishing under the watchful eye of Savage Gear consultant Anthony Glascoe when he caught this cracking 21lb 8oz fish his new personal best and a very festive picture!
Matt's festive Pike!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!
If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Fish of the Month December Entry - Camel Salmon!

15 year old Tom Pearce caught this 8lb Salmon from the river Camel while fishing the worm.
Toms Camel Salmon
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!
If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Tying the Haystack Emerger by Davie McPhail

Davie ties a proven emerger pattern that is effective on both rivers and stillwaters and can be tied in many colour combinations to match various hatches throughout the season.



Materials used:
Hook - Kamasan B160 size 12
Thread - Olive Uni-Thread 8/0
Rib - Uni-Mylar Pearl #14 or #16
Body - Medium Olive SLF Dubbing (any colour can be used)
Thorax - Medium Olive SLF Dubbing (any colour can be used)
Wings - Coastal Deer Hair or natural Roe Deer Hair

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre - if you need any help finding them or choosing substitutes we will be more than happy to help!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Choosing Running Line for Shooting Heads

One the the questions we get asked the most about shooting head systems is about choosing the running(or shooting) line. Your choice of running line can change your whole experience of fishing with a shooting head and Jan Erik Granbo of Guideline has written this article which was first published on the Guideline website.

"Shooting lines are important because they affect casting not only in terms of distance but also efficiency and ease of use. There is nothing more frustrating than fishing with a badly kinked, worn-out shooting line that tangles every other cast. And whilst there is often a lot of reference to how slick shooting lines are how much they can improve casting distance, there is not a great deal of appreciation of some of their other features and how different shooting lines vary
between manufacturers.
Always choose the correct running line for a situation!
Over the years I have tested many different shooting lines. Indeed, I have fished with a shooting head system and shooting lines for the last 20 years. This has given me good experience about what works and how the differing shooting lines affect fishing. You may be interested to know that when I set up my fishing gear for a new season I always have at least 2 different shooting lines installed on my fly reels.

I will explain the difference between shooting lines in a slightly different way than the manufacturers, in this article we will take a practical view.

There are 2 different groups of shooting lines:

1) Classic shooting lines with coating like a flyline.
2) Smooth shooting lines, produced by various mixtures of nylon.

These shooting lines work very differently and your choice should depend on where and how you fish.

Shooting Lines with coating:
Many anglers prefer this type of shooting line, the main advantage being that it is easier to grasp because it is thicker being very much like a traditional coated fly line. Another advantage of the increased diameter over slick nylon lines is that unpicking casting knots is much easier. Certainly, if you suffer from any dexterity problems with your fingers, this line is the best choice for you.
Guideline LRL+ Running Line
Coated lines are also very good from boat or bank when damage might be a problem. Rocky banks and being trodden on in boats is harsh on shooting lines and whilst none will withstand limitless abuse, the coated versions will absorb more damage. Since these lines float they also work well when wading. The drawback is that there is more friction against the rod guides, so you cast shorter with this type of shooting line in comparison to the slicker nylon lines. Guideline LRL+ and LRL DC fall into this category.

Slick Nylon Lines:
These shooting lines are produced in various mixtures of nylon material and they are not all the same as is commonly believed. The way they cast is determined by the material mix, shape (in cross section) and floating or sinking properties. Nylon lines are definitely my favourites: they shoot off at great speed (because of the hard nylon material), and the nature of the material increases precision at long and short range. In short, these lines produce the longest and most accurate casts. It is important to stretch these types of running lines before use to remove any memory coils. Within the category of smooth shooting lines, there are actually two different variants.
Guideline Compline
Guideline Compline:
Compline has a slow sinking density and its cross section is flattened. If you are wading deeply and fish with such a shooting line, you will find that the line can get stuck in the water or there is extra drag on the cast. This is especially the case in slack or slow water where the sinking density and flattened shape provide extra resistance to a “clean shoot.” Therefore, these lines are actually designed for fishing from shore and faster current areas. When fishing from the shore line is vulnerable to damage by rocks / roots etc, and it is noticeable that this running line type can withstand much more punishment than the "hollow" types. In the right environment, the oval shape of the shooting line improves casting distance and gives great turnover. This is due in no small part to the oval cross+section of the line because it reduces the contact area with the rod guides and reduces friction as a result. Compline is my first shooting line of choice when fishing off the shore or in medium to fast paced water.
Guideline Shooter
Guideline Shooter:
Guideline Shooter casts well and is excellent for wade fishing. It is hollow with internal cells that run along its full length and this design feature, along with its round shape ensures that it does not “lock” into the water. Friction against rod guides is minimal, so this line will deliver long casts when wading deep and in slow or slack water. It is a poor choice when fishing from the shore because it is not so abrasion resistant and because the line shoots too quickly when cast off dry land and has a tendency to destroy the cast because it moves at a greater speed than the fly line.

Perhaps the final consideration for choosing between a slow sinking shooting line and a floater is how it may affect the speed of the fly. On smaller rivers, a floating line will pick up more current drag and will speed up the fly while a sinking shooting line will slow it down. The speed difference may be fractional but we all know how important subtle differences in fly speed can be in salmon fishing.

It is because these shooting lines behave differently that, where possible, I like to have reels with both types on my fishing sessions so that i can choose the type best suited to the conditions on the day. There are those whom dislike the slick shooting lines because they are prone to tangling and display memory. Treated properly, however, they remain in good condition and they do deliver longer casts. When you first attach the line to the reel, stretch it thoroughly. You will notice a huge improvement immediately but the line will become more user-friendly after a few minutes of use.
Guideline LSL Running Line
A new type of shooting line for 2012!
In 2012 Guideline will launch a new hybrid line that bridges the gap between coated and slick nylon lines. It is called LSL and it is manufactured using a harder material. Guideline LSL is a coated line but the coating is much slicker than previous generations The result is a line that is easier to grip and yet has improved distance casting potential because of its slick coating. I like a shooting line that has fast energy transfer, as this is a great advantage when fishing on windy days and in tight spots because it is easier to get the leader to turn over. On initial inspection, LSL seems to offer this advantage. It comes with a complete loop at the front and is also tapered to be stronger against wear. I am quite sure that this line will become a favourite and may well prove to be the most popular shooting line of them all."

Jan Erik Granbo

We always have a wide selection of shooting heads and running lines in stock at the GAC and someone is always on hand if you need any advice before purchasing lines.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Tying the Holographic Grey Boy Buzzer by Davie McPhail

This Buzzer is a really easy tie and the materials used work together to give a really nice effect!



Materials Used:
Hook - Kamasan B110 size 10
Thread - UTC 70 Black
Ribs - White Uni-Flexx and Small Red Holographic Tinsel
WingBuds - Lite-Brite Hanks Silver Holographic and Red Marker Pen
Cover all with Lite Bug-Bond and then a coat of Fine Varnish to finish..

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre - if you need any help finding them or choosing substitutes we will be more than happy to help!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Deal of the Week! - Lineaeffe Vigor TJ Surf 70 Reel Now just £15

Deal of the Week! Save over 62% on the Lineaeffe Vigor TJ Surf 70 Reel - RRP £39.99 Now just £15!!!
A super value surf reel with 3 ball bearings, a long casting aluminium spool and a powerful 4.1:1 retrieve ratio. Comes complete with a spare spool - a bargain at the unbelievable price of just £15!

This deal ends 15/12/2011, Get them while stocks last!!!

CLICK HERE to buy now!!!

Fish of the Month December Entry - Magiscroft Bag!

Young John Rushforth entered the Magiscroft Fishery Sunday Open at Cumbernauld which is a four and a half hour match. He fished Pellet over Micro pellets and caught on the pole at 13 metres fishing the bottom of the shelf for the whole of the match. At the weigh in his catch, which consisted of all Carp, weighed 51lbs 10oz and this won him the match and was his personal best Match Weight in the two years he has been fishing at Magiscroft.
John with his bumper bag of Carp!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!
If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Hardy's Latest Flagship Reel has Arrived!

The all new flagship model from Hardy, the Fortuna X has arrived instore and is available from today!
The stunning new Fortuna X reel
In a collaboration between some of the finest reel designers in the world and expert saltwater fly anglers like Andy Mill, Hardy have produced a lightweight, waterproof sealed, beast of a fly reel producing up to 32lb of smooth stopping power. The Fortuna X is a strong and surprisingly light reel designed to perfectly balance the Proaxis Sintrix Saltwater fly rods.
Massive capacity!!!
Stunning in design the Fortuna X features multiple carbon brake pads, 7 point waterproof sealing, and a secure yet rapid spool change that requires no tools. With all that power to stop hard fighting saltwater species, this would also make a great Salmon reel with plenty of capacity for the bulkiest of Spey lines as you can see below.

Capacities with Salmon Spey lines (for normal capacities see main table below)
X2 - Mach 65 #8 +135m 30lb, Mach 65 #9 +98m 30lb
X3 - Mach 65 #10 +236m 30lb, Mach 65 #11 +208m 30lb
X4 - Mach 65 #11 +382m 30lb, Rio Grand Spey #12 +270m 30lb

The name Fortuna was actually brought out of the old Hardy brand archive, the previous model being a big game fishing reel with a star drag and a loud spring and pawl clicker made in the 1920s and 30s for fishing the North Sea off Scarborough, when Tuna were caught there. They were soon used all over the World wherever big game fish were to be found, and the literal “for tuna” name is still pretty much on the mark.
The original Fortuna was designed for Tuna!
The Fortuna X was designed in collaboration with Andy Mill and Tom Evans, who both know a thing or two about fighting big saltwater fish on the fly. And while the performance aspect is key, it’s also very easy on the eye, made from top grade 6061 bar stock aluminium, and easy to convert from right hand to left hand retrieve. Available in four sizes to suit line weights from #8 to #14, Fortuna X reels cost from £599 to £749, and as such, they’re definitely for anglers who are serious about their sport. Other features include...
  • Low start up inertia
  • Largest sizes generate up to 32lb of top end drag
  • Large backing capacities
  • Multi Carbon disc brake system
  • Top grade 6061 anodized bar stock aluminium
  • Simple left to right hand wind change with tool supplied
  • Secure, quick release, interchangeable spools
  • 7 -Point sealed drag system - Saltwater safe
  • Supplied with neoprene pouch
HousecodeSupplier codeModelCapacity
Price
HR1523HREFORX1Reel : Fortuna X1WF8 + 201yds 20lb Micron
£599.00
HR1524HREFORX2Reel : Fortuna X2WF10 + 187yds 30lb Micron
£649.00
HR1525HREFORX3Reel : Fortuna X3WF12 + 274yds 30lb Micron
£699.00
HR1526HREFORX4Reel : Fortuna X4WF14 + 557yds 40lb Micron
£749.00
HR1527HSPFORX1Spool : Fortuna X1N/A
£249.00
HR1528HSPFORX2Spool : Fortuna X2N/A
£269.00
HR1529HSPFORX3Spool : Fortuna X3N/A
£289.00
HR1530HSPFORX4Spool : Fortuna X4N/A
£299.00

December Clearance List Now Online!

Everyone loves a bargain!
The new sale lists for December are now on the website! With new products arriving in stock daily we need to make room so once again even more products are reduced in price! We have added loads of new products with up to 80% off list price! There's lots to choose from in there that will make great Christmas gifts as well!

We have added some more click through links too that take you straight to the product on the website so you can buy it instantly! Just click on the code if it is blue. Plus you can view all the sale items in our website now by using the new CLEARANCE & OFFERS section on the left hand side of the homepage.

Click here to see the lists

Remember the stock levels are not live, and if you're not fast...you're last!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Exciting News from the Gaula!

Matt Hayes with a typical Gaula Salmon
Winsnes Fishing Lodge, run by world famous angler Matt Hayes, has taken control of the famous Flaskholen fishery on the River Gaula in Norway. From 2012, this exclusive piece of fly water, one of the best on the Gaula, will be exclusively available to guests of the Winsnes Fishing Lodge. Rods will be limited to six per week.For more details, availability and pricing check out www.gaulasalmon.co.uk

Download the PDF version of the brochure here - Flaskholen 2012 Brochure

Fish of the Month December Entry - Loch Ken Pike!

Ian Calder with a Loch Ken Pike weighing 22lb 5oz, which was his new personal best and his second PB of the day after his first run of the session produced a 13lb 5oz Pike.
Ian with his new PB Pike
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!
If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Fish of the Month December Entry - Scottish Pollack!

Mick Exley with a nice Pollack caught in the south west of Scotland on a float fished Mackerel strip.
Mick with a cracking shore caught Pollack
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!
If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Fish of the Month December Entry - Highland Pike!

Jonny Lawler caught this 23lb 6oz Pike on a popped up deadbait while fishing a new swim in a remote Highland loch. The fish fought like a true Highland Pike!
Jonny's Highland Pike
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!
If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Fish of the Month December Entry - Kayak Cod!

Hampshire kayak angler Michael Jones-Price finally landed his first ever Cod in the Solent after trying for many weeks with no success. The fish weighed 16lb 12oz and took his running ledger with a 6/0 Pennel Rig loaded with 3 whole Squid. The fight was truly amazing and when the fish eventually surfaced he couldn't believe his luck.
Michael's first Cod from his Kayak
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!
If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Fish of the Month December Entry - Big Brownie!

Brian Alderdice was fishing for Pike on a loch in Central Scotland when he caught this 16lb Brown Trout! The fish fought like a demon and he was thinking it was a high 20lb pike but was over the moon to see the Trout surface realising it was a fish of a lifetime. The fish was unhooked,weighed,photographed and returned to fight another day.
Brian with his big surprise Brownie!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!
If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Fish of the Month December Entry - Swansea Bass!

Dai Crocker caught this Bass on his first cast using a light Bass outfit and Ragworm for bait. The fish weighed just under 11lb.
A cracking Bass for Dai
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!
If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Fish of the Month December Entry - Awe Pike!

John McCrossan starts us off this month with a 32lb 14oz Pike he caught while fishing Loch Awe using 15lb mono, on a Shimano rod, Shimano reel, and Fox buzzers and rod pod. The fish took a popped up Mackerel injected with Tuna oil.
John with a quality Loch Awe Pike
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the December gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!
If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Friday, 2 December 2011

Tying the Fox Squirrel Nymph with Davie McPhail

Davie ties the Fox Squirrel Nymph, originally tied by Dave Whitlock, a great fly for Trout on rivers and stillwaters and can e tied in many different styles to match various aquatic insects.



Materials Used:

Hook - Kamasan B175 size 14
Thread - Uni thread 8/0 Tan
Tail - Small Bunch of Fox Squirrel Guard Hairs
Rib - Small Gold Tinsel or Wire
Body - Belly Fur from the Fox Squirrel
Thorax - Fox Squirrel Body Fur
Hackle - Brown Partridge
Head - A tiny bit Fox Squirrel Body Fur

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre - if you need any help finding them or choosing substitutes we will be more than happy to help!

Deal of the Week! - Gamma High Performance Copolymer Line Now just £2!!!

Deal of the Week! Save over 80% on Gamma High Performance Copolymer Line - RRP £11.99 Now just £2!!!
Patented and proprietary steps alter the molecular structure of the polymer in Gamma® High Performance Copolymer Fishing Line for a unique combination of strength, tenacity, castability, and sensitivity. Available in Moss Green and Clear on 330yd spools - a bargain at the unbelievable price of just £2!

This deal ends 08/12/2011, Get them while stocks last!!!

CLICK HERE to buy now!!!

Thursday, 1 December 2011

November FOTM Winner!

The winner of Novembers Fish of the Month Competition is Aaron Connors with this picture of a Pike, caught on a Copper Spoon in Co Cavan, Ireland. The judging of the competition was left to our Facebook fans as usual and Aaron was the clear winner with 214 likes on our Facebook Gallery!
Aaron Connors with his winning Pike - 214 Likes!
Every month our FOTM competition just keeps growing with amazing pictures of  many different fish species from around the world being sent in by our customers and we have had so many great entries the last few months we have decided to give a GAC Cap to the entrants that came in 2nd and 3rd place since they did so well!

Aaron wins £100 to spend at the Glasgow Angling Centre on fishing gear of his choice! We would like to thank everybody that took part, and you can see all the entries here.
George Lett's Dog was 2nd - 167 Likes
John Tobin's River Earn Salmon was 3rd - 129 Likes
If you would like to enter Decembers FOTM competition simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The winner will be chosen by our customers, simply by hitting Like on the image on Facebook and will be announced on the last day of each month. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries.

Submit your entry here... 

If you are having difficulty using the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Tying a Grayling Bug with Davie McPhail

Davie demonstrates how to tie a Grayling Bug, ideal for this time of year when we turn our attention to the lady of the stream!



Materials Used:

Hook - Czech Nymph or Czech Nymph Fine Wire size 10
Thread - UTC 70 Yellow Olive
Rib - 3lb Clear Nylon or extra fine Ultra Wire
Back - Scud Back Light Olive 1/8
Under Body - Lead Foil
Body - Olive Hares Mask Fur and Light Olive UV Ice Dub
Thorax - Natural Fur Dub Fox Squirrel and Brown Olive Ice Dub
Colour Thorax and Head with a Brown Marker Pen

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre - if you need any help finding them or choosing substitutes we will be more than happy to help!

The New Hardy and Greys Double Handers are here!

With deliveries of the latest Hardy Marksman 2 and Greys XF2 Salmon fly rods just around the corner, many customers have been asking us to explain the differences between S and the T models that essentially give us two concepts in one rod range! The T series rods are designed with full Spey lines like the popular Hardy Mach Spey line in mind. For those who like casting a full line, these rods fit the criteria perfectly and will suit those who favour a more traditional rod and style of casting. The S series rods are designed with versatility in mind - the ultimate in user friendly rods for use in conjunction with modern short or shooting head lines.
The all new, user friendly Hardy Marksman 2 Spey Rod
Who better to explain the concept than Spey casting and Salmon fishing expert Ian Gordon, who helped develop these two ranges of rods...

"As the full range of both Hardy and Greys rods reach the market, I’d like to offer those who may not be familiar with this concept exactly what it’s about.

Having seen the success of previous rods and having a good idea of where the market was going, back in 2009, we decided on a more “Holistic” approach to the design of both rod and line. Basically, ensuring we have something to fit all. That is – All fishing and casting scenarios and even delving into the murky waters of casting technique. Although it has its sceptics, this approach will, I believe set the precedence moving forward.
The XF2 "S" model has a shorter handle
Across both brands the new Hardy Marksman 2 and Greys XF2 Ranges of double handed rods will support either “S” Scandi style, and “T” Traditional style. So in each range we have two separate rods with very different actions and cosmetics, providing the angler with something which best fit’s their personal approach to both fishing and casting. It is also designed provide those giving casting and fishing tuition an easier platform to help customers make the correct decisions when purchasing a rod.

Generally speaking, “S” Series rods are slightly softer in the butt, but much stiffer than their “T” cousins in the tip. Handles, both upper and lower, are shorter on “S” rods than those of the “T”. Specifically designed to encourage casters to hold, not the cork, but the ball at the end of the handle, “S” series rods will have a familiar feel to most people familiar with the underhand technique. Those more used to longer, more traditional casting strokes will feel much more at home with the longer handles found on the “T” series rods. The action of each has also been designed with what I know to be the most popular/common casting techniques in mind. Of course this leads to murky waters and grey areas, but for the most, I know this will prove to be positive, rather than a negative step.
The XF2 "T" model with its more traditional styling
Extensive testing with High speed cameras working at 200 fps, also provided us with what were optimal ring spacing’s on each series. Most “S” series rods have 11 rings whilst for the “T” series this is 13.

Whilst at the heart of the concept is my own perception of what are the most common casting and fishing styles, the addition of the optimum weight of fly-lines present us with system where, no matter what line type the customer asks for, the shop owner will know instantly what is optimum for that particular rod. This of course is where we find those “grey areas”, however, when I use the word “Optimum”, I’m of course talking about how the rod will perform when using the most common casting techniques.
The new OWL line rating guide - Click to enlarge
There are many of us who, because we fish a great deal, can adapt our technique to suit almost any weight of line on any rod, but for those walking into a shop and asking for a rod and line set up for a particular size of river, our “optimum line weight and length” [OWL], will prove invaluable to both them and the people in the shop.

Both “S” and “T” series rods have the “OWL” marked discreetly on the underside of the blank just above the cork. Each rod has marked similar to this -

e.g. - SH 32g, SS 38g, MS 44g LB 54g, showing the range of weights optimum for that rod. This also points out, although designed for a short or mid head line the “T” series rod, will also perform with a Short or Long Line depending on the ability of the caster.

SH =[Short Head], SS =[Short Spey], MS = [Mid Spey] and LB = [Long Belly]

Of course there will be those who like to pick holes in this concept, it’s the nature of the beast, but for whom it is aimed at, “Mr Average”, I know it will make things a whole lot easier than they are right now…."
The full range of Hardy Marksman 2 and Greys XF2 Salmon fly rods are available to see and to buy from Glasgow Angling Centre now!

Friday, 25 November 2011

Worlds Oldest Fish Hooks Found in East Timor

Australian archaeologists have found what they think is the world's oldest fishing hooks at a site at Jerimalai, near the eastern tip of East Timor.
The hooks are up to 23,000 years old!
In the journal Science, they said their research shows that people who crossed the open oceans to colonise Australia were also effective deep sea anglers. The remains they found of pelagic fish such as Tuna were 42,000 years old, pushing back the date for the earliest example of deep sea fishing by about 30,000 years. The oldest hooks they discovered were shown to be somewhere between 23,000 and 16,000 years old.

"This is the earliest definite evidence for fishing hook manufacture in the world" the scientists stated.

Read more HERE

Fish of the Month November Entry - Stroan Pike!

Darrel Wilson caught this 17lb Pike on a whole Mackerel bait while fishing his local water, Loch Stroan.
Darrel with a nice fat Loch Stroan Pike
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!
If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Fish of the Month November Entry - Kayak Bass!

Jordan Muir shows off a 6lb Bass he caught while fishing from his Kayak in Co Cork, Ireland.
Young Jordan shows off his Bass
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!
If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

David Bell's Monster Sturgeon!

Resident fly fishing instructor at the GAC and Hardy Academy member, David Bell, is a well known face in Scottish fishing and he has recently returned from one of his regular trips to the Fraser river system in British Columbia with an awesome tale to tell!
David is a regular visitor to BC
Although they mainly go to fish for Salmon on the fly David and his party always take a day out of their week to fish for the river systems largest resident - the White Sturgeon. Using Uptide style rods with Penn multiplier reels and baits made from Coho Salmon Roe they have landed a few 100lb plus specimens in the last few years and it always makes for a memorable day off from spey casting and swinging flies.
The huge Sturgeon launches itself from the water!
On this occasion however, David hooked a massive Sturgeon which ran him ragged for over 90 minutes in an epic battle in which the huge fish jumped spectacularly - propelling its entire body clear of the water in an awesome display of power and strength! The fish was finally beaten, leaving David exhausted, and was measured at over 8 feet long - giving it an approximate weight of almost 400lbs! The prehistoric beast was quickly photographed and returned back to the river.
Exhausted from the battle, David gets some help for the trophy shot!
If you need any advice on fishing in BC, or indeed any kind of fly fishing, you can contact David through the shop or his website www.speycasting-tuition.com

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Fish of the Month November Entry - Dartmouth Pollack!

Robert Bond caught this 22lb Pollack while fishing on the Gemini charter out off Dartmouth! The fish took a Red Gill Lure.
Robert with his big Pollack
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!
If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Fish of the Month November Entry - Lochter Trout!

This Rainbow Trout was caught at Lochter Activity Centre, Aberdeenshire, by Bob Campbell. It weighed in at approx 9lb 12oz.
Bob's big Trout!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!
If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Fish of the Month November Entry - Cuban Wahoo!

Jock Reilly with a Wahoo he caught while on holiday in Cuba. This was the best fish of the day and was taken back to the hotel where they cooked it for him and it was the best fish he had ever tasted!
Jock with a tasty Wahoo
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in November gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button!
If you would like to enter our FOTM competition and have the chance to win £100 simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!