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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Deal of the Week - SureCatch Battriox 400 Reel

Deal of the Week is the SureCatch Battriox 400 Spinning Reel with an RRP of £19.99, now only £8.00!
Deals 05/09/2013
This superb value SureCatch Battriox 400 Reel is lightweight, durable and features a shock-resistant plastic body with striking black/chrome-blue styling.  It also comes supplied with a cloth bag and 215yds of 10lb mono.
This is an exceptional reel for the money and is suitable for many fishing situations and species. Don't miss out on this fantastic offer!!
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Saturday, 24 August 2013

August Fish of the Month Entry - Cornish Conger!

Sue Rule with a Cornish shore caught Conger Eel that took a fresh Mackerel bait on an 8/0 hook after the smallest of bites. The Conger is a new Club and Cornish Ladies record as well as a PB for Sue!
Sue with her Cornish Conger!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook. 
 

August Fish of the Month Entry - Luce Tope!

William Gray was fishing with Onyer Marks 2 on a windy day when he hooked this cracking Tope took his fresh Mackerel baited Lynx Tope rig! After a great scrap the fish was quickly photographed and is Williams biggest fish in all of his years sea angling!
William and his Tope!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Glasgow Angling Centre and not to Facebook. 
 

Knotting Pheasant Tail Legs with Davie McPhail

Davie demonstrates how to tie legs for your fly patterns from Pheasant Tail fibres, an extremely useful tip that lets you fine tune your tying to suit your own ideas. Of course if you find it too fiddly you can always buy them already knotted!


As ever, if you need any help finding everything you need for your fly tying we will be more than happy to help!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Deal of the Week - Shakespeare Trion XT 10ft #6 Fly Rod

Deal of the week is the Shakespeare Trion XT 10ft #6 Fly Rod with and RRP of £64.99, now only £30.00!
Ends 29/08/2013
The Shakespeare Trion XT Fly Rod is superb value for money.  Featuring lined guides, snake intermediates and tip guide, full wells handle and aluminium gunsmoke reel seat.  The rod has a lovely action which will suite both beginner and intermediate casters.  Grab yours today at this fantastic price while stocks last!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

August Fish of the Month Entry - Freestyler Pike!

Steve Bell was fishing a local private water when he hooked this cracking Pike on a Savage Gear Freestyler using his Jerkbait rod and Abu reel combo. The fish is his new lure caught PB!
Steve with his new PB on a lure!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

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August Fish of the Month Entry - Perthshire Pike!

Andy Gatiens with a perfect Perthshire Pike, caught in 12ft of water on a Lamprey section! The fish was carefully released to fight another day!
Andy with his Pike!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

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August Fish of the Month Entry - Magiscroft Carp!

Gordon Diak took his Grandson Kyle fishing to Magiscroft where he caught his first Carp!
Kyle with his first Carp!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

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Friday, 16 August 2013

August Fish of the Month Entry - Monster Mackerel!

Graham Finn with a massive Mackerel he caught while boat fishing off Caithness on a home tied rig! As you can see, it dwarfs the more average sized specimen on the left!
Grahams Mackerel dwarfs a more regular sized specimen!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

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August Fish of the Month Entry - Wear Sea Trout!

Carl Templeton landed this fine Sea Trout from the River Wear on a Black and Silver aluminium tube fly!
Carl with his big Wear Sea Trout!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

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Thursday, 15 August 2013

Deal of the Week - Rapala Sportsman Sunglasses

Deal of the week is a pair of Rapala Sportsman Sunglasses with an RRP of £34.99, now only £15.00
Deal ends 22/08/2013
These Rapala Sportsman Sunglasses are ideal when you need to spot moving fish on bright days.  Normally sunlight bounces off water and creates an agitating layer which polarised sunglasses help to reduce.  Polarised sunglasses contain a laminated filter which allows vertically oriented light to pass through while blocking horizontal light, therefore eliminating glare.  They reduce eye strain, improve comfort, contrast, visual clarity and also allow true perception of colours. 
So if you want to experience the benefits of polarised sunglasses at a very reasonable price, these Rapala Sportsman Sunglasses are ideal.

Hardy Ultralite CLS - Now in Salmon Sizes!

Due to very popular demand and at long last the best selling Hardy Ultralite CLS cassette reel is in stock in a Salmon size - the CLS 9000! As we said in our Hardy 2014 Preview, these reels are hotly tipped to become one of the biggest selling Salmon fly reels of all time!
The Ultralite CLS 9000 Salmon reel is now in stock!
The CLS 9000 boasts the same dependable drag system and Spey line swallowing capacity as found on the Hardy Ultralite DD series but with a unique cassette design offering economical spare spools (2 included) and saving on space if, like us, you have too many different fly lines that you need to carry around! And all of this come at the amazing price of just £249 - a lot cheaper than the Demon 9000 reel it replaces!
The unique cassette spool system on the CLS
The Hardy Ultralite 9000 CLS is available to buy now from Glasgow Angling Centre, but be quick as the first batch of these reels are sure to sell out quickly! If you have pre-ordered yours from us it will be with you very soon and spare spools are also in stock at just £9.99 each!

Ultralite CLS 9000 Specifications:
  • Capacity - Spey Floater #11/12 + 150m
  • Weight - 10.5oz / 299gm 
  • Diameter - 12.0cm / 4.7in
  • RRP - £249.00

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

New World Record Greenland Shark Caught!

A new record Greenland Shark has been caught by Norwegian anglers Asgeir Alvestad and John Olav Floro-Larsen in Nedstrandsfjorden in Norway. The monster fish was measured at 4.46 metres long with a girth of 2.66 metres giving it an approximate weight of over 1100kg - making it possibly the second largest fish caught on rod and line in history!
The huge 16/0 Mutu hooks on the shark traces!
On their third attempt at the record the lucky anglers had been aiming to beat the 500kg mark, using heavy stand-up gear and Penn International reels loaded with Berkley Fireline and 3mm steel wire rigs armed with two Owner Mutu 16/0 Circle hooks at the business end!
The shark had an estimated weight of over 1100kg!
The team went through 60kg of bait on the trip, consisting of Cod, Pollack, SeaTrout, Mackerel, Squid and even Whale and Seal meat! Around 2kg of bait was loaded onto each hook and was changed hourly as it is attacked by Hagfish and smaller Shark species and to keep the baits as fresh as possible. Baiting was hard work as it took around 15 to 20 minutes to reel the baits up from a depth of 700 metres every time!
Asgeir gets ready to release the shark back to the depths!
At the moment Asgeir, who is a representative of Pure Fishing in Norway,  is not certain if he will make it into the official record books but releasing the fish was more important to him than any accolade. The Greenland Shark is very slow growing at around 0.5cm a year and this specimen is estimated to be between 500 and 800 years old - making it one of the oldest living creatures on the planet, and captures are quite rare with only 5 or 6 reported annually. Asgeir said 'We will try to register it, until there are changes in this section of the world of sport fishing, no one gains anything from the large specimens getting killed.'

Check out the video of this amazing capture below!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

August Fish of the Month Entry - Whipped Carp!

Young Jamie Duxfield was fishing with his Dad for the first time and after catching a Gudgeon and a couple of small Rudd the float when under and something much bigger pulled almost all the elastic from his 4m whip! When it finally ended up in the net it was this Carp, and Jamie is now hooked for life!
Jamie and his big Carp!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

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August Fish of the Month Entry - Surprise Skate!

David Craig was fishing for Spurdog, Huss and Dogfish using a baited Muppet rig when his rod bent into something a bit bigger than expected! This female Common Skate measuring 65in x 83in was brought to the surface and was quickly tagged and photographed before being safely returned to the depths!
David with his unexpected Skate!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

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August Fish of the Month Entry - Highland Pike!

Colin Machray caught this monster Pike while fishing a Highland loch using a Mackerel deadbait!
Colins big Scottish Pike!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

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August Fish of the Month Entry - Tay Salmon!

Stephen Bett caught this Salmon while fishing the Dalguise beat of the River Tay on a Silver Toby lure!
Stephen with his Tay Salmon!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

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Monday, 12 August 2013

2014 SGAIC Course - Have You Got What It Takes?

Have you got what it takes to be a qualified Scottish fly fishing instructor?

The SGAIC organisers are now taking applications for the next round of assessments in both single and double handed disciplines. Their next course starts in October 2013!
Fancy becoming a fly fishing instructor?
SGAIC is the home of Scottish Game Angling Instruction and the aim of the Scottish Game Angling Certificate is to improve the quality and number of instructors available to game anglers in Scotland.

There are many benefits of being a SGAIC trained instructor, including...

  • SGAIC is the only instructor qualification where candidates receive training/coaching, and development plans aimed at getting them to pass. Other qualifications just require that you pay the fee and turn up on assessment day.
  • Quality instruction and assessment. All lead instructors are all qualified to AAPGAI advanced level, and most also hold level 2 Sports Coach qualifications. They always use independent assessors to ensure fair and consistent assessments; these assessors are AAPGAI Masters (the highest qualification in the UK).
  • An active community of instructors across Scotland. Meet great people with like minds. Share ideas and experiences.
  • Continuous Personal Development. SGAIC hold a minimum of one CPD day a year aimed at ensuring SGAIC instructors continue to develop their skills and learn new things
  • An opportunity to progress. Holders of the SGAIC qualification automatically have equivalence with AAPGAI's provisional level. This means, should you wish to progress you can go straight to taking the AAPGAI advanced assessments.
  • Once you complete the course you can get an instructors license from SANA. This makes it easier to work with schools/local authorities (should you wish) and means you are insured as an instructor

Learn from the best!
To join the course you need to be a reasonably competent caster to begin with, and of course an experienced fly fisherman. An inexperienced angler and poor caster will struggle to make the improvements necessary to reach instructor standard in the time required. You can sit either one or both the Single Hand (Trout) or the Double Hand (Salmon) assessment but it is usually recommended that you do them one at a time! More info on the course content can be found HERE!

To find out more, or apply for a place on the next course, check out the SGAIC website for more details!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

August Fish of the Month Entry - Accidental Perch!

Ross Stewart caught this cracking Perch while lure fishing for Pike on his local water!
Ross with a nice lure caught Perch!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

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August Fish of the Month Entry - Stour Barbel!

Ben Wrathall has fished the Kentish Stour for year and had only caught small Barbel until recently when a change of tactics to night fishing led to him landing this beauty!
Ben's night time Barbel!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

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August Fish of the Month Entry - Super Stickleback!

Douglas Park caught this fine specimen of an unusual, and hard to hook, Fifteen-Spined Stickleback!
Douglas's 15 Spined Stickleback!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

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Thursday, 8 August 2013

August Fish of the Month Entry - Magiscroft Carp!

Declin Graham from Paisley caught this cracking Carp from Magiscroft Fishery in Cumbernauld on Sweetcorn using 6lb mainline! After a brilliant fight the fish was quickly weighed and returned!
Declin with a cracking Scottish Carp!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our August 2013 FOTM 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 any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

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Deal of the Week - Okuma Carbonite Baitfeeder Reel

Deal of the Week is the Okuma Carbonite Baitfeeder Reel with an RRP of £29.99, now only £20.00!!
Ends 15/08/2013
The Okuma Carbonite Baitfeeder CBF Reel features a graphite spool with pre-spooled nylon camo line, Precision Elliptical Gearing, graphite spare spool, computer balanced rotor system and water tight drag seal that gives the angler fantastic ability and power at a great price point.  Use this reel for a number of fishing situations including: Specialist and Predator fishing.
Buy yours here ...

A Guide To Shooting Heads


If you are looking for a fly line 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. Shooting heads are incredibly adaptable and offer an interchangeable line solution for the broadest range of water heights and weather conditions. Over the years they have enjoyed widespread popularity on rivers throughout Scandinavia and are increasingly finding favour with UK salmon anglers. Armed with one fly reel loaded with running line and a selection of heads of various densities, salmon anglers can fish with significant effect in the highest or lowest water. With the head supplying the casting weight and the thin running line reducing friction, shooting heads can be cast huge distances with minimal effort, making them ideal for casters of all abilities for increased water coverage.

What is a Shooting Head System
A shooting head system comprises two main components - a head section and an independent running line, which are attached to each other by a loop-to-loop connection. Although available in a variety of lengths, the head length for a standard 15ft salmon rod usually is 10-20 metres, or 33ft-40ft. The heads are available in a large choice of densities, from floating right down to super-fast sinking. With developments in line design and construction, manufacturers now offer heads in dual densities (floating belly/slow-sinking tip, slow-sinking belly/fast-sinking tip etc) and even interchangeable front sections of various densities like a multi-tip spey line. Most heads have no back taper but benefit from a front taper to aid efficient turnover of the head on the forward delivery. One advantage of purchasing a manufactured head is that these tend to have good-quality welded loops at each end for easy loop-to-loop connection to both the running line and the tippet material or leader.

Shooting Head System
Running Line
The running line's principal function is to allow the head to travel long distances on the forward cast with minimal friction as the thin line shoots through the rings. It does, however, have to generate enough friction to keep the lower part of the extending loop under tension. If the running line is too efficient, slack will form in the lower leg of the loop and the line will bunch up in the air and extend in a mass instead of an unfolding loop.

When it comes to choosing a running line there are basically three options. Originally, the first running line was simply monofilament nylon used by competition casters in the United States during the 1940's. Today monofilament running line is still a very good option for a shooting head system. It has excellent shooting qualities and can be beneficial when fishing fast-sinking heads as the thin line cuts through the water. As manufacturing procedures have improved over the years, the inherent memory that made this type of line prone to tangling on the forward cast has been greatly reduced. That said, it's well worth taking a few minutes at the start of the fishing session to stretch about 20 yards of the running line in order to remove even the slightest memory.
Rio Slickshooter Running Line
Braided monofilament line can also be used as a running line and has good shooting properties. Due to its woven construction, it tends to be slightly less prone to tangling than standard monofilament. In theory, it also has less contact with the rod rings as it shoots out on the forward delivery. The only real problem with braided monofilament is that it can feel abrasive to the touch and can be hard on the fingers with prolonged stripping.
Hardy Running Line
The last option is a plastic or PVC-coated running line. This running line is quite popular and offers good shootability, low memory and is relatively hard wearing. Depending on the weight of the shooting head, this line can be bought in different diameters for single-handed and lightweight double-handed shooting heads.  You can get .029in for light shooting heads, .032 in for medium, and for heavier shooting heads, .035in. As well as different diameters, some manufacturers also produce running lines in intermediate as well as floating versions for additional depth control with sinking heads.
Guideline TSL Evolve
What casts can I use with a shooting head?
There is no doubt that Scandinavian salmon anglers have been instrumental in popularising shooting heads throughout the world of salmon fishing during the past few decades. Miran Andersson developed a style of casting using shooting heads called 'Underhand Casting.' Moran developed the technique to give him the ability to make long casts in confined casting areas on his native river in Scandinavia. Underhand casting utilises short shooting heads powered on the forward delivery with a dominant lower-hand power application - hence the name. The head is suspended momentarily in the air with only the long leader and the fly supplying the anchor before the forward delivery. With 100 per cent head energy suspended in the "D" loop and only the weight of the leader and fly gripped by the water, great line speed can be generated on the forward delivery.




Shooting heads can also be used with more traditional Spey casting techniques. As standard shooting heads are relatively short, the casting style has to be more compact than when using longer-headed spey lines. Using a crisper, more compressed power stroke on the forward delivery, it is possible to use distance casts like the single spey to cover large sections of water. Bearing in mind that the concept of attaching a thin running line to a section of fly-line was first developed for competition distance casting, overhead casting techniques also excel with a shooting head.
Guideline Xchange Tri Tip
What are the advantages?
There is no doubt that the main advantage when using a shooting head is distance. These lines will cover large sections of the river with relative ease. Due to the short nature of the heads, they can also be cast good distances in confined spaces, making them ideal for heavily wooded riverbanks or when fishing with restricted space on the backcast. The fact that the heads are also available in a large cross-section of densities, from full floating to super-fast sink, allows the salmon angler great flexibility by changing the head's sink rate to accommodate different depths of various pools. The other great benefit of a shooting-head system is the ability to improve how the fly works through the pool. Shooting-head users have long since reaped the rewards of fishing this type of line set-up for salmon for one simple reason —they fish the fly for longer through the pool. When using a shooting head, the relatively short head section must be retrieved to within a few feet of the rod tip before re-casting. As a result, when fishing a mid to long line, the angler may have to retrieve 20 yards or more of running line before re-casting. As the line swings through the stream, hand-lining until the head is just outside the rod tip increases the fly's "swim-time" and ultimately, the coverage of the pool.

Hardy Rocket Series Light Scandi Spey Tip Set
What are the disadvantages?
Although shooting heads can extend the time the fly is swimming in the water, this comes at a cost. The main disadvantage of these lines is the management of a large amount of running line that must be gathered prior to the forward cast. When using a shooting head, the angler has to retrieve the back of the shooting head to within inches of the rod tip. If the line is cast with too much thin running line overhanging from the rod tip, the lighter, thinner running line will not have enough energy to turn over the head. So you must retrieve a large amount of the running line, which if not properly managed is very susceptible to tangling as it travels through the rod rings. So, one of the best ways to manage the running line is to form loops as the line is retrieved. To avoid line bunching on the forward delivery, form two of three larger loops of the line rather than multiple loops, which will invariably tangle at the butt ring.

What is "overhang"?
Irrespective of which casting style you employ to fish your shooting head, one very important aspect of using this profile of fly-line is "overhang". "Overhang" is how much running line is outside the rod tip prior to the cast. Different head weights/lengths, rod action and the caster's ability mean there is no set length, but any more than 6ft of overhang will become difficult to control. To optimise the amount of overhang for your particular rod/line set-up, start by casting the line with the back of the head touching the tip ring of the rod. After a few casts, extend the overhang by a few inches and feel how the rod responds to the additional running line outside the rod tip.

Overhang
Continue the process until the rod starts to —kick" in your hand. This indicates the point where there is too much overhang and the thin running line can't turn over the weight of the shooting head. This will also be visible by how the casting loop unfolds in the air. Now reverse the process and shorten the amount of overhang every few casts until you reach a point where rod and line feel balanced and the loop on the forward delivery is not only tight but smooth as the line unfolds in the air. At this point, you've found the sweet spot! Consider using a black permanent pen to mark the running line with a reference point where the first finger of the uppermost hand touches the thin line.

What line size should I buy?
When it comes to buying manufactured shooting heads, there are two options. The most popular choice are heads of various densities that are looped at both ends and ready to use straight from the box. These heads are easily balanced to your rod by simply purchasing the recommended line rating for your particular rod. The other option is to buy a line that is designed to be cut to the angler's required length. These lines offer the opportunity to customise the head by cutting the back of the line until the preferred length and weight are reached. This can be done by feel, with the angler casting the line, cutting the line, casting the line and cutting the line until the set-up feels balanced. This, of course, is not without its inherent dangers! Be careful to cut only small sections from the back of the line each time. Although it's stating the obvious, take your time with the process - once it's out there's no going back! The other way to customise the line is to cut it to a set weight. Using a set of digital scales, the line can be very accurately cut back to a certain weight for a particular rod. For example, if you're looking to make a shooting head for your 10-weight rod, cut the line until it weighs 40 grams. If you want the head to load the rod slightly deeper, cut the line until it weighs 42 grams.

Greys Platinum Shooting Head Kits
The following gram weights are a general cutting guide for the head: 7wt= 25 grams, 8wt= 29grams, 9wt = 33 grams, 10wt= 40 grams and 11wt = 44 grams. Once the head has been cut, either attach a good-quality braided loop or, ideally, strip the plastic coating to expose the line's braided core to make a home-made loop. A good strong loop can be made by folding over the braided core and binding with fly-tying thread, then coating with waterproof glue or some form of varnish.

Summary 
Shooting-head lines are not only excellent for good water coverage, but they are a very portable system. As highlighted, armed with one fly reel loaded with running line and three or four heads, you are all set to travel light for a day on any water. A shooting-head system also offers as many depth-control options as any other fly-line profile available to today's salmon-fisher.

A quick loop-to-loop connection system makes it easy to change head density depending on the depth of water and the strength of stream for any given pool. When using shooting heads, an angler is not confined to one method of casting. These lines perform well within the various disciplines of double-handed casting techniques. Casters of all levels enjoying not only an effective method of salmon fly presentation but also a system that is great fun to use.

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