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Monday, 30 April 2012

April FOTM Winners!

The winner of the April 2012 Fish of the Month Competition is Benjamin Wagner with this picture of his first ever Salmon! As usual, the judging of the competition was left to our thousands of genuine Facebook fans, who vote on their favourite pictures by hitting the Like button, and although it was a close finish, Benjamin was the clear winner with 207 Likes on our Facebook Gallery!
Benjamin wins £100 to spend at the Glasgow Angling Centre on fishing gear of his choice! We would like to thank everybody that took part, especially all the youngsters who are proving to everybody that the future of angling is in safe hands, and you can see all the entries here.
Benjamin with his winning fish - 207 Likes!
Every month our FOTM competition gets bigger and better with amazing pictures of  many different fish species from around the world being sent in by our customers and we now get so many great entries we have decided to give a GAC Cap to the entrants that came in 2nd and 3rd place as well, so here are the runners up, John McGowan and Aidan Brown who amazingly had just one vote between them!
John McGowan - 194 Likes!
Aidan Brown - 193 Likes
If you would like to enter our April 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 in the entries album 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!

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Fish of the Month April Entry - Clyde Brown!

John McGill caught this Brown Trout on the river Clyde during a Graying trip it weighed 4lbs 2oz and was caught on Pink Bug, using a 4lb leader, then returned.
A nice early season Brownie!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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, 25 April 2012

Andy Mill Does Steelhead!

Hardy consultant and Tarpon expert Andy Mill tests out the new Hardy Zenith Double Handers on some Skeena Steelhead!

Fish of the Month April Entry - Gryffe Grayling!

Steven Reid caught this Grayling from the River Gryffe using Maggot bait.
Stevens Gryffe Grayling!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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 April Entry - Annan Salmon!

14 year old Benjamin Wagner was out with his Dad on the Annan, practising with the double handed Salmon fly rod got at Christmas when he hooked a fish which turned out to be this 34 inch fish with long tailed sea lice weighing approximately 16lb. The fish took a Cascade variant tied on a size 7 Salar hook and was returned.
Benjamin and his first Salmon
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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, 22 April 2012

Fish of the Month April Entry - Sunart Spurrie!

Young Robert Fyfe with a 15lb 8oz Spurdog caught in Loch Sunart on a Mackerel bait presented on a de-barbed hook. The fish was returned after a quick photo!
A big Spurrie for Robert!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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!

Preloved Tackle Goes Live!

This weekend sees the launch of Preloved Tackle, a place where you can find top quality used and ex demo fishing tackle backed up by the acclaimed customer service standards and delivery network of Glasgow Angling Centre!
Preloved Tackle is where you will find used game, sea and coarse fishing tackle, trade ins and ex demo gear from Glasgow Angling Centre. We have literally hundreds of used fly reels from Rimflys to Abels, a mountain of second hand fly rods from all the top brands like Hardy, Guideline and Wychwood and loads of sea angling gear - plus plenty of pike and coarse tackle as well. Receive regular updates by Liking the new Preloved Tackle Facebook Page where many items will appear first and also check out the Preloved Tackle eBay store, which will feature many items of tackle for auction all starting from just 99p!

Our used stock will change daily and every item will be available to view before purchase instore. Remember if there is something in particular you are looking for, or if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask - just email us preloved@fishingmegastore.com or send us a message through the Preloved Tackle Facebook Page!

Used fishing tackle, trade ins and ex demo gear from Glasgow Angling Centre. If you are looking for something in particular, modern or vintage, just ask!

Friday, 20 April 2012

Fish of the Month April Entry - First on the Fly!

Young Paul Dorrian with his first Salmon caught on the fly, which was also the first Salmon caught on the Lomond system this year. The fish weighed 8lb 8oz.
Pauls first on the fly!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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, 19 April 2012

Fish of the Month April Entry - Hill Loch Brownie!

Robbie Dunlop caught this 5lb 8oz Brown Trout from a small hill loch while spinning with a Tasmanian Devil lure.
A big hill loch Brownie!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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 April Entry - Marshlands Pike!

Paul Cressey with a big Pike from Marshlands, North Lincs, caught on a deadbait.
Paul's big Pike!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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 April Entry - Naver Springer!

Richard Davies with his first spring Salmon, caught on Pot Bellied Pig Flamethrower tube fly and weighed at 17lb. The fish was caught from the Syre pool on the Naver and tagged and returned.
Richard with his first Springer
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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!

Hardy Fin & Fly April 2012

Jean Marshall talks about her 29lb Deveron fish!
The April edition of Fin & Fly for 2012 is now available online! If you haven't seen it before, Fin & Fly is Hardy and Greys monthly e-zine where you can read about fishing tactics and tips, and Hardy Academy members share their latest fishing experiences. It's always filled with awesome photography, up to date information and great competitions.

This month it features six new articles that focus on all aspects of the fly fishing world, with contributions from some of the top names in the sport! In the second of his country life series, Chris Ogborne looks at topical issues in the countryside, John Bailey looks forward to a busy April, Mark Roberts offers an insight into choosing the right fly for the right fishing conditions, Spring Salmon fishing by Patrick Cleere, Proprietor of Cleere's Angling Centre, Dublin and Academy member, Jean Marshall reflects on her recent annual trip to the River Deveron where she landed a 29lb Hen fish.

Click here to read the latest edition! 

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Fish of the Month April Entry - Urban Koi!

Daniel Fothergill caught this Koi Carp from a small urban pool using a simple float setup and bread as bait.
Daniel's urban Koi!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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 April Entry - First Springer!

Ashley Hay with his first ever Springer caught on the fly from the Border Esk. The Salmon weighed in at 16lb and took a Pot Belly Pig tube fly fished on a Guideline Triple D shooting head.
Ashleys first Springer!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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 April Entry - Lomond Pike!

Jordan Grant caught this Pike from Loch Lomond, weighing 25lb and measuring 44 inches long, on a Brown Trout style Rapala fished with a fast retrieve.
Jordan with a nice Lomond Pike!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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!

Spotlight on Simms at Glasgow Angling Centre

Hywel Morgan talks to Jon Anders Walle from Simms Europe about some of their latest products, including the BOA Wading Boot, Cold Weather Trouser and Headwaters Gear Bag, at the GAC Open Weekend Event in March 2012.

Don't miss the next GAC Open Weekend Event, to be held in September 2012, and check back on this blog, our Facebook page, or Twitter for more updates!

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Fish of the Month April Entry - First Wild Brown!

Carl McDonald caught this 2lb 8oz Brown Trout from Bassenthwaite Lake, his first wild Brownie of the season.
A nice Trout for Carl!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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 April Entry - Bradwell Double!

James Coleman caught this 5lb Thornback and 5lb 8oz Cod while fishing from the Daphne Carole from Bradwell on Sea within 20 minutes of anchoring up, both on Squid baits!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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 April Entry - Arkaig Brown!

Declan Edwards caught this 17lb Brown Trout on his first trip of the season to Loch Arkaig. It fell to a CD09 Brown Trout Rapala whilst trolling and took about 15 minutes to land. The fish was then carefully weighed and returned to the loch none the worse for the experience. The fish beat his previous best by almost 14lb!
An awesome Brownie for Declan!

You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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!

GAC Open Weekend Video!

If you didn't make our last Open Weekend Event then check out some of what you missed in this video teaser, presented by Hywel Morgan, or if you did make it, see if you can spot yourself!

Make sure you keep your diary free for the end of September 2012 when we will be doing it all again - keep an eye on our website, Blog, Facebook or Twitter for more info nearer the time and watch out more of the stuff filmed by the guys from Bearleft appearing soon!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Fish of the Month April Entry - Calder Pike!

John Hoyle caught this nice Pike from the river Calder, two days before the end of the season.
John with his prize Pike
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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 April Entry - Pistyll Point Huss!

Mark Nelson caught this 14lb Bull Huss on a Squid bait while fishing from Pistyll Point in North Wales.
A nice Huss for Mark
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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 April Entry - Danebridge Rainbow!

Michael Newman caught this 12lb 8oz Rainbow Trout at Danebridge Fishery on a Yellow Dancer fished slowly on a floating line.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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, 11 April 2012

Wychwood Flow Fly Reels - Now in Stock!

Flow - Beyond Expectati­ons
The latest range of fly reels from top tackle designers at Wychwood have finally arrived!

This new sub-brand of Wychwood fly fishing tackle redefines value without compromise on performance through pioneering design & high-quality manufactu­ring. Portraying a product at a far superior price-point, the new Flow reels are offered for an inconcei­vable price to consumers. The final design is uncompromising with perfectly balanced symmetry creating an unparalle­led smoothness in operation. As well as captivating aesthetics these fly reels are built around one core element - the braking system, consisting of a patented Rulon drag system housed within a semi-sealed protective casing to keep the drag elements free from dirt and grime. The reels are constructed from pressure-cast aluminium offering weights significan­tly lighter than any cassette fly reel on the market. With full aluminium spools competiti­vely priced in a choice of colours, these reels offer value beyond expectati­ons!
Low cost spare spools are sure to be popular!
The new reels are available in two sizes, #5/6 and #7/8 and are extremely lightweight at 158 and 166 grams respectively. The low cost Flow spare spools come in two colours - Jade or Copper - which help you quickly identify different lines. Wychwood says its new FLOW fly reels define value without compromising on performance.

“FLOW reels portray a product at a far superior price-point and are offered for an inconceivable price to the consumer.”

Coming from the brand that energised the game market through its commitment to design, it is easy to see why this range has become the most anticipated release for the 2012 season.

“The design aesthetic of the FLOW remains in harmony with the award-winning Truefly SLA reel and together they form a partnership, creating a signature design language for Wychwood in the fly reel market. The final design offers a perfectly balanced symmetry that creates an unparalleled smoothness in mechanical operation.”

The company adds: “Wychwood understands the need to make fly fishing accessible to all, encouraging newcomers into the sport whilst still offering them brilliant quality; our stunning new range exactly achieves that.”

Wychwood FLOW fly reels are priced at £49.99 and are available to buy from Glasgow Angling Centre, both online and instore.

Fish of the Month April Entry - PB Carp!

Lloyd Dunwell with his PB Carp of 19lb 7oz!
Lloyd with his biggest ever Carp!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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 April Entry - Pompano!

Stephen Fraser with a Pompano, caught while fishing in Guinea-Bissau.
Stephen with the exotic Pompano
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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 April Entry - Rio Grande Sea Trout!

Dee McColgan with an awesome 26lb Sea Trout, caught while fishing the Rio Grande using a 12ft Mackenzie DTX Shooting Head rod and a Heather Shrimp tube fly tied by Ross MacDonald.
Dee with his awesome Sea Trout!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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!

Hardy Zenith does it again!

The Hardy Zenith SINTRIX rod has triumphed yet again in a Yellowstone Angler Rod Shootout - this time in the #4 weight class!
The Hardy Zenith wins another accolade!
George Anderson's Yellowstone Angler rod tests are widely regarded as the most in depth and detailed rod reviews in the business and his #5 and #8 weight tests from last year make very interesting reading.
Yellowstone Angler Rod Shootouts make compelling reading!
The 8'6'' #4 Zenith took the top spot, with the Winston BIIIx and Sage TXL-F close behind. Also featured in the top ten were the Sage ONE, Orvis Helios and Scott G2 rods. You can read the full rod review here, and most of the rods featured are available to buy from Glasgow Angling Centre!

Fish of the Month April Entry - Big Koi!

Chris Harvey with a 7lb Koi Carp he caught on a floating bread bait.
Chris with a nice Koi!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Fish of the Month April Entry - Stag Cat!

Lee Saunders had his new PB Catfish weighing 50lb 15oz during his stag weekend on an English lake, with other Catfish caught in the same session weighing 3lb, 21lb and 42lb all on Chod rigs.
Lee with his biggest Cat yet!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Tying a Cinnamon & Gold Traditional Wet Fly with Davie McPhail

The Cinnamon and Gold is a great representation of a small Sedge or Dung Fly, the Cinnamon and Gold is a great fly for Trout and Sea Trout on stillwaters and river and can be very effective when fished on the point of a wet fly cast.



Materials Used:

Hook - Kamasan B175 size 12
Thread - Dark Brown Uni Thread 8/0
Tail - Golden Pheasant Tippet
Rib - Small Gold Uni Wire
Body - Gold Mylar Tinsel
Hackle - Natural Red/Brown Hen
Wing - Fiery Brown or Cinnamon Duck Quills

Davies preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

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 April Entry - Wrasse Lured!

Peter Brown caught this male Cuckoo Wrasse from a friends boat off the coast of Sussex on a lure fished vertically.
A beautifully mark Cuckoo Wrasse
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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 April Entry - First Brown!

John McGowan has just started fishing and this is his first Brown Trout, caught from Roughrigg Reservoir and weighing 6lb!
Johns first Brownie
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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, 6 April 2012

Now Available at GAC - The Ultraspey Shooting Head System!

The Ultraspey - designed by Eoin Fairgrieve
Glasgow Angling Centre is now a stockist of the Ultra Spey Shooting Head System, designed by Eoin Fairgrieve to take the hassle and guess work out of Spey casting with modern rods and lines. These lines come with everything you need to get going, including a running line, two bellies - a full float and a float/intermediate, and 5 tips - floating, intermediate, sink 3, sink 6 and sink 8 and come in three line weights - 8/9(39g), 9/10(42g) and 10/11(44g).

The box contains everything you need!
As Spey casting has evolved, short-headed Spey, shooting head and Skagit techniques have dominated the sport. With this in mind, the Ultraspey Shooting Head System has been designed for all forms of modern Spey casting techniques in the pursuit of Salmon on small, medium and large sized river systems. Developed for long distance casts without compromising fly presentation, each head length is calculated to allow a range of casting styles whilst in use. This system offers the perfect balance, allowing both compact casters to favour a compressed power stroke as well as giving the more traditional angler the opportunity to apply power over a longer casting stroke.

If you’re looking for a fly line system that offers excellent water coverage and at the same time versatility in depth control for various fishing situations, you should seriously consider investing in a shooting head system. This is an extremely adaptable system that offers an interchangeable line solution covering the broadest range of water heights and weather conditions. Over the years shooting heads have enjoyed wide spread popularity on rivers throughout Scandinavia and are becoming increasingly popular with UK Salmon anglers. Armed with one reel loaded with a running line and a selection of heads of various densities, Salmon anglers can fish effectively from the highest to the lowest of river conditions. With the head supplying the casting weight and the thin running line reducing friction as the line is cast out through the rod rings, these lines can also be cast huge distances for minimal effort, making it easy for casters of all abilities to increase water coverage.
World class casting instructor - Eoin Fairgreive
Developed by Eoin Fairgrieve, the new Ultraspey Shooting Head system is the ultimate interchangeable shooting head system for Salmon fishing. The line system utilizes the very latest in fly line technology and includes Airflo’s patented ridge running line, two bellies and five attachable tips. The Ultraspey running line is not only ridged in profile, but also slightly stiffer than mainstream running lines. This allows for reduced contact friction as the line shoots through the rod rings, resulting in unparalleled line speed on the forward delivery.

The shooting head taper’s are calculated to offer optimum power transfer as the fly line extends during the casting cycle, with the floating/intermediate offering additional depth control in cold water conditions. Regardless of which head is used, the interchangeable tips allow for complete flexibility in fly presentation by quickly changing tip density depending on the fishing situation. At the centre of the head system is Airflo’s famous Power Core braid. With only 6% stretch, this braided core technology allows for improved casting control and line stability in flight. The Power Core braid also enhances sensitivity as the fly swings through the pool. This allows for early detection of the take and ultimately, better hook ups and more chance of a landed fish.

The Ultraspey Shooting Head System is available to buy from Glasgow Angling Centre HERE or instore.

Fish of the Month April Entry - Big Grayling!

Young Aidan Brown with a nice Grayling he caught while trotting a small float and red maggot bait.
Aidans new PB Grayling!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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, 5 April 2012

Trout In Dirty Places

Trout In Dirty Places by Theo Pike is now in stock at GAC!
Now in Stock!
Trout In Dirty Places is a guide to the most exciting development in British angling for many years: fly-fishing for Trout and Grayling in the very centre of towns and cities throughout the United Kingdom.

From Sheffield to South London, from Merthyr Tydfil to Edinburgh, this is the cutting edge of 21st century fishing. Nothing is more surreal yet exhilarating than casting a fly for iconic clean-water species in the historic surroundings of our most damaged riverscapes – centres of post-industrial decay, but now also of rediscovery and regeneration.

This book guides readers towards relaxing, good value fishing on their own doorsteps as a viable alternative to more costly (and carbon-intensive) destination angling: a positive lifestyle choice in challenging moral and economic times. It even includes a profile on our own local urban river - the Kelvin in Glasgow!


Theo Pike is an angling/environmental writer. As Chairman of the Wandle Trust, he was instrumental in restoring south London's River Wandle to its former status as a world-famous chalkstream fishery.
This project's success inspired the Wild Trout Trust to establish a national Trout in the Town programme, with the Wandle as its flagship initiative. Theo has done much work advising groups on mobilising local support, motivating volunteers, and best practice for river clean-ups. He was awarded the Wild Trout Trust's Bernard Venables Award for services to wild trout conservation, and internationally honoured as a Sage Conservation Hero in 2009

Order your copy from Glasgow Angling Centre HERE or buy instore!

Fish of the Month April Entry - Lone Carp!

Lee Prime caught this Carp on a Pineapple Popup fished in the margins on his only run of the day.
Lee with his only catch of the day!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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 April Entry - Dungeness Bass!

Sam McCloud caught this 9lb Bass while fishing from Elizabeth Jane out of Dungeness.
Sam with a nice Bass
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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 April Entry - River Brownies!

Young Dylan Crook caught these two Brown Trout on his first river fishing trip using worms as bait.
Dylan with his trout!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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, 4 April 2012

Fish of the Month April Entry - Boilie Chub!

Paul Florence caught this nice 5lb 7oz Chub while fishing his local water for Carp - it took a Strawberry Boilie bait!
A nice Chub for Paul
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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 Kite's Imperial with Davie McPhail

The Kite's Imperial is a classic hackled dry fly originally tied by Oliver Kite to catch wily Brownies on Welsh and English rivers. Although this is an old pattern it is still highly effective today and remains a very popular choice for the river angler.



Materials Used:

Hook - Kamasan B170 size14
Thread - Purple Pearsalls Gossamer Silk
Tail - Honey or Rusty Dun Cock Fibres
Rib - Fine Gold or Copper Uni Wire
Body and Thorax - Grey Turkey or Heron Sub
Hackle, Honey or Rusty Dun Cock

Davies preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

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 April Entry - Bluebell Carp!

Mark Boss with a 19lb 8oz Mirror Carp, his new PB, caught from Bluebell Lakes. The fish took a Pineapple Popup fished at 60 yards on a short Zig rig.
A new PB for Mark
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Fish of the Month April Entry - Big Brownie!

Mark Eddy sent us this picture of a cracking Brown Trout he caught while fishing at Shimano Felindre with a Montana Nymph and 6lb leader fished on a clear intermediate line. This fish is his best Brownie to date.
Mark with an awesome Brownie!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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 April Entry - Monster Cod!

Alan Howells caught this 37.4 kilo Cod in Norway using a giant jighead and 9 inch rubber shad fished on a Greys boat rod and Shimano TLD reel.
Alan's giant Cod!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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 April Entry - Crinan Skate!

Starting off Aprils FOTM with a monster catch, Gordon Goldie caught this 214lb female Common Skate from the Sound of Jura using a Penn rod and reel with an Octopus and Mackerel bait. The fish took 45 minutes to land in 420 feet of water!
Gordon's massive Skate!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in the April 2012 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!

Monday, 2 April 2012

March FOTM Winners!

The winner of the March Fish of the Month Competition is Bradley Chalmers with this picture of his Brown Trout caught while Pike fishing. As usual, the judging of the competition was left to our thousands of Facebook fans, who vote on their favourite pictures by hitting the Like button, and although it was a close finish, Bradley was the clear winner with 241 Likes on our Facebook Gallery!
Bradley 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.
Bradley Chalmers - 241 Likes
Every month our FOTM competition gets bigger and better with amazing pictures of  many different fish species from around the world being sent in by our customers and we now get so many great entries we have decided to give a GAC Cap to the entrants that came in 2nd and 3rd place as well, so here are the runners up, John McInnes and Kris Lee!
John McInnes - 134 Likes
Kris Lee - 133 Likes
If you would like to enter our April 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 in the entries album 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!