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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Ron Thompson Neo-Force Waders for Even Less!

For anglers who like to keep warm and comfortable during those cold winter days, or anglers who like to keep dry when the elements are not favourable, Ron Thompson Neo-Force Waders offer a solution that's priced within everyone's reach!
Neo-Force Waders are ideal for Fresh or Saltwater use and feature durable 4mm thick Neoprene to provide total insulation.  These reliable waders also feature a front hand warmer pocket, adjustable Neoprene suspenders and reinforced knees.  There is also the option to buy either felt or cleated sole styles to suit the under-foot conditions you intend to fish.

Now you can buy these outstanding waders for ONLY £45.00, so you better act quickly as they are sure to sell out fast!





Wednesday, 24 December 2014

First Look - The Greys 2015 Tackle Line Up!

There can't be many anglers in the UK who can say they have never owned any Greys fishing tackle! Since the late 90's they have dominated the UK fishing tackle market and here at the Glasgow Angling Centre we sell 100's of Greys items every week so they must be doing something right! So it is always exciting when Grey's announce new gear and we now have the info on some amazing new rods, reels, waders and fishing tackle that will be available in early 2015 in plenty of time for next season!

Greys GR50 Switch Rod
The GR50 range has been hugely successful since its launch in late 2013 and is one of the biggest selling fly rods ever at Glasgow Angling Centre. As Switch style rods gain in popularity it makes perfect sense to add one to the GR50 range and the new GR50 Switch delivers a fast action, high performance switch style rod to compliment the rest of the phenomenal Greys GR50 range at a great price point!
The Greys GR50 Switch rods features the same non-flash ice grey paint finish as the original rods with nice touches like section ID's and line up marking's. Other features include a full anodised aluminium reel seat with twin up-locking rings, a hybrid handle design with hard wearing composite cork tippings and high grade full cork main grip, a convenient 4 section design and light single leg guides in black nickel finish. Comes supplied in a protective partitioned cordura tube.

Each rod in the range is 11ft1in long, available in AFTM ratings #5/6, #6/7, #7/8 and #8/9.

Features:
  • Black nickel stripper guides with single leg snakes
  • 2 tone anodised aluminium reel seat
  • Section line-up marks
  • AAA grade cork handle
  • 4 piece construction
  • Supplied in partitioned rod tube

As always, the new Greys GR50 Switch will be available to buy first here at GAC, and they will be available to pre-order now by clicking HERE for delivery in early 2015!

Greys GTS700 Reel
The all new GTS700 fly reel from Greys is the much anticipated replacement for the best selling GX700, with a modern tri-spoke frame design made from bar stock making a lightweight and strong cassette reel. The extra large arbour spools have the same line ID system as the older Greys reels and the reels comes supplied with two spare spools and a neoprene case. The Greys GTS 700 fly reel comes in two sizes - a 5/6/7 and a 7/8/9 - that will cover most Trout rods and all the way up to switch and small Salmon rods.

Features:
  • Bar stock 6061 frame and die-cast spool carrier
  • Unique line ID system, with coloured pegs supplied
  • Captive spool release screw
  • Large arbor design
  • Dual Rulon disc drag system
  • Tool less left to right conversion
  • New clear polycarbonate cassette spool
  • Supplied with 2 additional spools in Neoprene reel case
As always, the new Greys GTS700 will be available to buy first here at GAC, and they will be available to pre-order now by clicking HERE for delivery in early 2015!


Greys GTS500 Reel
Based on the new GTS700 design and features, the Greys GTS500 fly reel features a full die-cast construction to keep costs down and replaces the popular GX500 reel - probably the best selling trout fly reel ever in the UK! The extra large arbour design spools have the same line ID system as the older Greys reels and the reels comes supplied with two spare spools and a neoprene case. The Greys GTS 500 fly reel comes in two sizes - a 5/6/7 and a 7/8/9 - that will cover most Trout rods and all the way up to Switch and small Salmon rods.

Features:
  • Unique line ID system, with coloured pegs supplied
  • Captive spool release screw
  • Large arbor design
  • Dual Rulon disc drag system
  • Tool less left to right conversion
  • New clear modified polycarbonate cassette spool
  • Supplied with 2 additional spools in a Neoprene reel case
As always, the new Greys GTS500 will be available to buy first here at GAC, and they will be available to pre-order now by clicking HERE for delivery in early 2015!

Greys Strata CT Waders and Boots
Ideal for the casual angler or if you are travelling and want to keep the weight of your kit down. The new CT breathable chest waders from Greys feature Climatex3L™ fabric technology and won't let you down. They feature a neat flip out pocket for all your bits and bobs and an adjustable waist. Plus, they come with a FREE pair of matching CT Wading Boots with a choice of Felt or Rubber soles.
CT Wader Features:
  • Climatex3L™ lightweight hardwearing and highly breathable upper
  • Internal flip-out zipped security pocket with keyclip
  • Adjustable waist cinch
  • Self fabric gravel guard
  • 4mm CR Rubber Neoprene Sock

When the top blokes at Greys were working on the rugged and reliable Greys CT Wading Boot, comfort and durability were their priorities. The lightweight and abrasion resistant ripstop upper is fast draining and quick drying. Available in both Felt soles or cleated Rubber to suit all terrains and they can be studded for extra grip if required using the supplied studs!
CT Wading Boots Features:
  • The support around the ankle and through the mid-sole mean you'll be comfortable all day no matter how tough the terrain.
  • Lightweight and abrasion resistant textile upper.
  • Padded tongue and ankle area for extended comfort.
  • Reinforced toe and heel cap for improved protection against rocks.
  • Flexible yet supportive EVA mid-sole
  • Drainage holes.
  • Screw in studs are included that can be fitted if required

The new Greys Strata CT Waders and CT Wading Boots will be available to buy first right at GAC, and they will be available to pre-order now by clicking HERE for delivery in early 2015!

Greys Strata CTX Waders and Boots
For the more demanding angler, the new Greys Strata CTX Wader features Climatex4L™ fabric technology in the upper to bring maximum breathability, and therefore comfort, whilst Climatex5L™ in the lower leg means they are more puncture and abrasion resistant where you need it most. Plus these top end waders come with the new CTX wading boots FREE OF CHARGE - an amazing deal!
CTX Wader Features:
  • The outer check pocket doubles as storage and a convenient hand warmer
  • Climatex4L™ highly breathable and durable upper
  • Climatex5L™ heavier, puncture and abrasion resistant lover leg
  • Internal flip-out zipped security pocket with key clip
  • External double chest pocket. Velcro fastening stash pocket for handy storage and fleece lined hand warmer pocket
  • Anatomically shaped leg for improved maneuverability
  • Neoprene gravel guard
  • 4mm CR Rubber Neoprene Sock

Greys new top of the range CTX Wading Boot is a stylish and technically advanced bit of kit. The additional longevity gained by the synthetic nubuck leather upper and a boost to the padding and support around the ankle, make these the perfect choice for the more fanatical angler who likes to spend many hours in their waders!
CTX Wading Boot Features:
  • Fast drying and capable of withstanding a serious battering from rocks, gravel and thorny undergrowth.
  • Water shedding and extremely durable synthetic nubuck leather upper.
  • Padded tongue and ankle area for extended comfort.
  • Reinforced toe and heel cap for improved protection against rocks.
  • Flexible yet supportive EVA midsole.
  • Drainage holes.
  • Screw in studs are included that can be fitted if required

The new Greys Strata CT Waders and CT Wading Boots will be available to buy first right at GAC, and they will be available to pre-order now by clicking HERE for delivery in early 2015!

To keep up to date with the latest news on these and many other new Hardy and Greys products make sure you subscribe to the Fishingmegastore Blog or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to receive regular updates!

Buy The Daiwa Sweepfire AG Spinning Reel with Line

If you are looking for a lightweight, reliable spinning reel, that is very reasonably priced, then you must consider the Daiwa Sweepfire AG!

The Sweepfire AG might be small but certainly makes up for this in performance. The reel comes preloaded with good quality Daiwa mono and is perfect for a range of fresh and light saltwater lure fishing.
More outstanding is the price.  You can get this reel, with it's solid drag system and reliable gearing for only £12.00!!  That's a bargain you don't want to miss so grab yours today while stocks last!


Thursday, 18 December 2014

Greys GX500 Fly Reel for a Lot Less

As a fly angler, sometimes its hard to remember what size and type of line is on your fly reel.  If you carry many fly lines, line identification can be a real problem.  However the Greys GX500, with it's new system of friction fit identification pins,  you can now clearly mark the spool with the line size, density type, sink type and core type at a glance - ingenious!

This is in addition to it's ported arbour design and superb drag system.  So if you are looking for a 'workhorse' reel that is light, comes with spare spools and can achieve a fast retrieve rate, the Greys GX500 Fly Reel is perfect.  

The reel normally retails for £59.99 but we've slashed the price and you can now get your hands on one of these superb reels for ONLY £35.00!  But hurry because at this price point we are going to sell out fast!




Wednesday, 17 December 2014

December 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Fishery Pike!

Martin McLaren with his new PB Pike from a Scottish fishery!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our December 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our 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! 

December 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Orchill Double!

Thomas Bramley caught this big Rainbow Trout from Orchill Trout Fishery near Braco!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our December 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our 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! 

December 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - London Pike!

Riccardo Costantini caught this nice Pike on a popped up Sprat deadbait fished just before dusk in central London!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our December 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our 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! 

Saturday, 13 December 2014

December 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Big Ferox!

Christopher Smith with a nice Ferox Trout caught from a Scottish loch earlier in the year!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our December 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our 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! 

December 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Winter Pike!

Gary Sinclair caught this superb Pike during a winter dead baiting session at a Scottish loch.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our December 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our 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! 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Bargain Rod and Reel Kit for Dropshot Fishing

Dropshot fishing or "Drop Shotting" has become very popular recently.  This is due to a number of factors: simplicity, light tackle, improved rod and lure design, and an ever increasing desire to explore the local rivers and canals that are right on our doorstep.

A Drop Shot rig simply comprises of a hook, lure and weight and the technique even simpler.  You don't cast and retrieve like traditional lure fishing, in contrast, the key approach is to cast and "bounce" the lure slowly along the bottom.  You also use small flicking movements of the rod tip to gently lift the weight off the bottom while slowly winding the reel.  This is where rod sensitivity is so important and the Lineaeffe Dropshot Rod and Sweepfire reel is perfectly balanced kit for Dropshotting for Perch, Pike and Zander with small shads, jelly lures and replicants.

Event better news is that if you are interested in giving Dropshotting a bash, you can now get the Lineaeffe Drop Shot Rod and Daiwa Sweepfire Reel for only £45.00!  But you need act fast because this kit is sure to sell out fast for Christmas!!



Tuesday, 9 December 2014

December 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - PB Pike!

Duncan Rough caught his new PB Pike on a legered Mackerel deadbait during an all night session on a Scottish loch!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our December 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our 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! 

Monday, 8 December 2014

December 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Record Halibut!

Simon Smith was shore fishing in Norway when he broke the European shore record for Halibut with this beast! The fish took around 40mins to get to land on his Zziplex rod and Daiwa reel after it took half a Herring on a Pennel Rig.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our December 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our 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! 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Shakespeare Lure and Accessory Bag Savings

When you've got loads of gear to carry around, life is so much easier when you have a bag that has all the space, and pockets, to store that gear.  With lures, tackle boxes, even lunch, you need a bag that's got room for the lot.
The Shakespeare Lure Accessory Bag is packed full of features including a padded adjustable shoulder strap, ten clear rig wallets secured on a ring binder, padded carry handle, main double zipped compartment with an incorporated velcro pocket and an internal zipped pocket - oh and 2 external zipped mesh pockets - Phew!!  Basically enough pockets and space for LOADS of gear.

With Christmas just around the corner, the Shakespeare Lure Accessory Bag would make the ideal christmas fishing gift, and now with £50 OFF, this is a bargain you don't want to miss!  Get your bag today for ONLY £20 while stocks last!!!



Tuesday, 2 December 2014

GAC's 12 Deals of Christmas 2014!

After the huge popularity of the last few years festive promotions at GAC, we will once again be slashing prices on some of the fishing gear that we think will make great gifts for the anglers in your life for this Christmas 2014!
12 Deals over 12 Days - Don't miss it!
As always we like to keep it simple; 12 days, 12 deals, and some truly amazing bargains to be had in the run up to Christmas! To give you more time to get involved, every day from the 3rd to the 14th of December 2014 we will launch an awesome offer that will run until right through until Christmas Eve - simply subscribe to our newsletters to get the deals straight to your email inbox or watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds to get the deal of the day!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE DEALS!

Remember folks, please don't leave it to the last minute, get your orders in to us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, we have loads of stock of these deals in our warehouses at the moment but there is always the chance that these deals will sell out before the cut off date and we need to get it delivered to you at this busy time of year too!!!

To check the last date for Christmas delivery in your area CLICK HERE or contact us by email - please check back regularly as these dates will be reviewed on a daily basis, our mail order team is already working extra shifts to get between 400 and 600 packages out to our customers every day!

Stuck for what to buy your favourite angler? Ask our team of expert anglers instore, by phone or email for suggestions - we just need a few clues as to what kind of angler you are buying for to help you choose the ideal present, or check out our new range of Gift Cards HERE!

Check out our new and improved Christmas Gifts section HERE for hundreds of great ideas to suit any budget! We have also extended our Christmas returns policy so that orders placed between the 12th of November and the 24th of December may be returned up until the 15th of January 2015 - just follow our normal returns procedure when returning items for exchanges or refund!

Our new updated Christmas and New Year store opening hours can be found HERE!

To subscribe to our newsletter and be kept up to date with new products and promotions at all times CLICK HERE!

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for even more updates and cool stuff and don't forget, we are a REAL tackle shop with a 30,000sqft store in Glasgow that you can visit in person, so why not come and see us!

All offers are available instore and online on a first come first served basis and while stocks last. Please check the website for the latest order date for guaranteed Christmas delivery!

November 2014 FOTM Winners!

The winner of our November 2014 Fish of the Month Competition is Jason Tumath with this picture of a monster Salmon from the River Tay! As usual the judging of our competition was left to our 27,000+ Facebook fans, who voted on their favourite pictures by hitting the Like button, and Jason was the clear winner with 383 votes in our November 2014 FOTM Facebook Gallery!
1st Place - Jason Tumath - 383 Likes!
Jason wins £100 to spend at Glasgow Angling Centre on fishing gear of his choice plus a nifty GAC cap! We would like to thank everybody that took part, especially all of the youngsters who entered. It's always great to see all the amazing different species from up and down the UK and around the world we get sent in as well! You can check out all the entries here.
2nd Place - Dane Wood - 237 Likes
Every month our renowned FOTM competition keeps getting bigger and better, with amazing pictures of different fish species being sent in by our customers.  We give an awesome new GAC Cap to the entrants that came in 2nd and 3rd place as well, so here are the runners up, Dane Wood and Brian Saundersboth with excellent captures as you can see from the pictures - well done guys!
3rd Place - Brian Saunders - 190 Likes
If you would like to enter our December 2014 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 winners will be voted for by our customers, simply by hitting Like on the image on Facebook in the entries album and will be chosen 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 the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!  Don' forget to read our Terms and Conditions - please click HERE to see them!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Keep Fishing in Winter with The Stillwater Drytherm Suit and Hot Lite Boots

With winter upon us and temperatures dropping, its easy to put off going fishing.  "It's too cold for fishing," "wait till it warms up a bit," are common excuses.  However when you are properly insulated and protected from the inclement conditions, there's no excuse to get out fishing (unless there is no water or it's frozen over of course).
With the Stillwater Drytherm 2pc Suit and Stillwater Hot-Lite Boots, you have the perfect combination to keep you warm and dry.  The suit is thermally lined, features storm flaps and has a velcro adjustment on the sleeve cuffs to prevent moisture from leaking in through the arms.  The jacket also boasts a high collar for all-round performance whatever the conditions.

The Stillwater Hot-Lite boots keep you warm and comfortable all day long.  Featuring a super cosy fleece lining and 100% EVA rubber construction, cleated sole and tie top to offer superb grip and protection on the bank.

The fantastic news is that this combination of suit and boots normally retails for £119.98 but you can now get hold of the suit (in either green or blue) AND a pair of Hot-Lite Thermal Boots for only £60.00.  This could easily make an excellent Christmas Fishing Gift!  However we anticipate this deal to sell out fast with Christmas approaching, so you need to ACT NOW to grab your size while stocks last !



Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The GAC Winter Fly tying Weekender!

The dark nights are here and it's time to get tying to get those fly boxes replenished for next season! We've got fly tying experts, Davie McPhail and Dougie Loughridge, tying instore at Glasgow Angling Centre over the weekend of the 6th and 7th December, to take you through the latest techniques and materials or just to help you out with the basics.

Whatever your skill level, or even if you haven't started to tie your own flies yet, you can't miss this opportunity to get up close to see how it is done by some of the most talented tyers in the world! Plus we will be offering 10% of all fly tying materials, tools and accessories AND you will earn double reward points on all fly tying gear too! Not got a Reward Card yet? Don't worry, we will be waiving the usual £5 joining fee over the two days so you can start collecting point right away!

Davie McPhail
Classed as one of the very best tyers in Europe and a GAC favourite, Davie McPhail has been tying flies since 1982 and has more recently become a YouTube sensation with millions of hits. He will be instore giving help and advice to solve all your fly tying problems. Davie will be tying instore on Sunday the 7th of December 2014, covering patterns of all styles and types! Check out his YouTube Channel here -  http://www.youtube.com/user/DavieMcPhail

Dougie Loughridge
Dougie has been tying for over 18 years. He cut his fly fishing teeth on lochs, rivers and small stillwaters chasing Rainbows, Brownies and Grayling but his true passion these days is for Pike on the fly. This has become his main focus over the last few years and he likes nothing more than drifting in his float tube stalking the big, hard fighting Pike from waters big and small all over the country. Dougie will be tying Trout and Pike patterns instore on the 6th of December 2014. You can see and buy the flies Dougie designs for Fulling Mill here.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates on this event and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us here at the Glasgow Angling Centre!

Monday, 24 November 2014

November 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Fat Brownie!

Gordon Maybury caught this big Brown Trout on a Orange Fritz, his new PB and safely returned to the water after a quick photo!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our November 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our 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! 

The Jump Roll Cast by Andrew Toft

Glasgow Angling Centre has teamed up with Andrew Toft, World Champion Spey Caster, AAPGAI Master Instructor and part of the Mackenzie product development team to offer spey casting tips and instruction to help you become a much more efficient caster.

Andrew has already talked about his casting background, competing and his association with Scott Mackenzie in part one.  In part two, the focus was on double handed Spey Rods and the importance of rod tip speed.  Part three was all about Mackenzie Spey Lines and in part four, touched upon the basic, but very important, roll cast!

The Jump Roll Cast
In this latest article, Andrew talks about the Jump Roll cast which shares many similarities with the static Roll Cast in terms of forming an efficient D-Loop, however it's much more dynamic which will soon be highlighted!

The Jump Roll Cast 


Also known as the forward Spey, Switch cast, accelerated roll.

The jump roll cast is not very practical as a standalone cast in fishing terms without any additional adaptations, as it does not incorporate a change of direction. The jump roll does however form a natural progression from the basic roll cast. It is also useful while learning the Single Spey Cast as many of the general rules are applicable. The jump roll will also be the cast of choice while learning or improving technique on the non-dominant casting side. Many fishermen will often use this cast to practice correct loop formation and to make various adjustments. So, if you are learning to Spey Cast or aiming to improve your technique, time invested in understanding the key areas of this cast will be time well spent.

The Jump roll cast and the static roll cast share many similarities in that we have to form an efficient anchor and D loop. However, rather than sliding the line along the water’s surface, we will encourage the line to momentarily jump into position and form the anchor. In other words, we will speed up our movements and combine a few subtle differences, which will be covered in the following sections.

So why is this necessary?

The basic Roll Cast is very important in practical terms and is often described as one of the key foundational skills when learning to Spey cast, but it also has its limitations in that the line is static. Therefore, we can only place so much line within the D loop; this also leaves a lot of line on the water’s surface, the anchor. Although the static roll cast is very necessary when fishing, it is restrictive in terms of efficiency, hence the reason for speeding up our movements and jumping the line into position in a controlled manner. This enables us to maximise the amount of line within the D loop, and in doing so minimise the amount of line on the water’s surface creating a smaller anchor. The cast then becomes more dynamic and efficient due to the larger rear-ward moving D loop and less line stick on the surface of the water.


Performing the Jump Roll Cast (35 to 50 feet of floating line)


Stance and Grip

As with many other casts, stance is very important and can make or break how effective our technique is. I always advise people to place their leading foot forward corresponding with the same side and pointing in the same direction that they are casting to. This provides adequate range of movement, but more importantly it helps maintain alignment of our body and prevents over rotation of the shoulders. As a general rule our grip should be around roughly shoulder width apart, placing the upper hand at the very top of the rod handle is something that should be best avoided, as it often encourages excessive pushing during delivery. (An over dominated top hand push)

The Lift

As mentioned above, the following movements will be adequate for around 35 to 50 feet of line from the rod tip. Adjustments in movements and timing will have to be made, as the line length increases or decreases for example.

It is worthwhile learning the Jump roll cast in two parts, practice forming the anchor, then move onto the forward delivery when more familiar with the correct anchor placement and timing.

Start with the rod tip fairly low to the water’s surface, leading foot pointing to the target. Lift slowly to around 45 degrees. This angle of the rod should be maintained throughout the initial movements of the sweep - avoid raising the rod to high! It is also important that we use the bottom hand efficiently during the sweep and avoid excessive pulling with the top hand. The upper hand should only tease and guide the rod back as the lower hand is pushed out smoothly. Casting becomes much more natural when we can feel the rod flexing correctly. The movements should be progressive with only a little increase in speed, as the rod passes our body to encourage D loop formation. The rod tip path and speed is very important and it should be traveling on an incline. It may take practice to become proficient at this movement, but by observing where the anchor is landing helps us to better understand the required timing. As mentioned, the jump roll cast is very reliant on smoothness of movement and timing; this is greatly helped by correct use of our hands. We learn quickly by a combination of observation and feeling. Watching and observing the lower section of the D loop and anchor will provide valuable clues as to the speed and path of the rod tip. Feeling the flex of the rod throughout the sweep will help us understand what influence it has on the line and anchor. It is worth practicing this movement until it becomes relaxed and consistent.

The Key Casting Postition

We can then practice repositioning our hands (drifting upwards) into the key casting position just before the anchor touches down. The aim is to arrive in the correct and efficient position to make the forward delivery immediately as the anchor touches as this is the most effective, (touch & go). We are then able to use the rear-ward energy of the D loop and maximum tension in the line to our advantage. If there is too much of a delay or we are not in the correct key position, then it becomes difficult to be efficient, there will often be excessive line stick and a poorly timed forward delivery as a result.


The key casting position is a reference point or term used to describe the position of our hands and arms. The upper hand is positioned at around 90 degrees with the heel of our hand around eye level. The lower hand is positioned out from the centre of the body to allow adequate movement. The rod will be canted slightly to the side.

The Forward Delivery

We want to make the forward delivery as the anchor momentarily touches down. Too much hesitation can make the difference between a good cast and a bad one. It is also important to use the slight body movement as we flex the rod and accelerate with the hands in a forward and slightly downward movement. I often refer to this as lead before speed; we have to lead with our upper body and hands before we apply the most speed. The speed I am referring to is the sharp push/pull movement made right at the end of the casting stroke. This combined with an efficient stop is what kicks the rod tip over at speed, the more efficient we stop the rod, the faster it turns over. I often describe an efficient stop as one of the most critical parts of the cast, if we do all other areas of the cast correctly but cannot stop the rod properly, then we will always get a similar result with poor line speed and loop formation no matter what cast we do. In general terms, fly casting is mainly about effective energy transfer, and without an efficient stop this is greatly reduced. After the rod is brought to a firm stop, we can immediately relax our grip on the rod to allow it to correctly recover. The rod will then be lowered sympathetically to allow the line to fully straighten.

D Loops and V Loops

The ability to form an effective V loop is an essential tool in gaining more distance with any of the Spey Casts. More often than not a D loop will suffice, but when we want to shoot line and gain more distance then some adjustments will have to be made. The speed path and trajectory of the rod tip is what influences the shape of the line during the rear-ward sweep. If we require a D loop then the rod tip must blend into a fairly steep incline as it passes our body on the sweep. This, if done correctly, will provide a more rounded shaped D loop. When we want to increase efficiency this sweep will become slightly longer and faster; the rod tip path should travel in a longer more gradual Incline. This in turn will influence the line shape as it travels rear-ward. The D loop will start to become more oval in shape rather than rounded. However, in order to fully form a V shaped loop, the rod can be swept back on a straight incline, this produces the sharpest of V loops as the energy is concentrated in the one overall direction, and the line travels back further into a fully compressed V shape. In order to do this correctly, we must use the flexible nature of the rod and avoid excessively pulling with the upper hand. The ability to adjust the shape of our rear loop greatly increases efficiency and distance.

Jump Roll Faults and Fixes


The Jump roll cast is very reliant on technique and timing. The following list of examples, is by no means exhaustive, but they cover the most common and most likely faults. It is also worth remembering that nearly all faults originate from our inappropriate hand and body movements. Also, variations in timing and movements will change when wading, using longer or shorter rods or lines as mentioned previously.

Line is pulled along the water’s surface and fails to jump into position – Make sure the rod is raised to around 45 degrees and is not too low to the water’s surface, use both hands effectively and avoid pulling the rod mainly via the top hand. Gradually speed up the movement especially in the latter part of the sweep to encourage the line to jump into position.

Crashed or piled up anchor – Excessive dip from high to low during the sweep, is often a result of the rod being raised too high at the start of the lift and forming an excessive dip during the sweep. Skipping or missed anchor- inappropriate fast or erratic movement during the sweep, too high, too fast or aggressive.

Mis-alignment of the D loop (not within 180 degree to target) Over rotation of the shoulders which is often a symptom of pulling with the top hand that pulls the D loop slightly behind the caster and out of alignment. In some cases it may even hit the water behind. Check stance is in alignment and again, avoid using mainly top hand dominated movements. Using slight back and forth body movement can help maximise smoothness and range of movement. When this happens, it is unlikely that a good forward cast will be the result, as correct alignment is very important.

Line stick – Poor Timing- A badly formed large anchor – Can be caused by hesitating too long when the anchor touches down or positioning the rod too far back in preparation to make the forward delivery. Over rotation of the shoulders dropping line behind as mentioned above.

Audible crack from anchor – This is often caused by mistiming and can be cured by slowing down a bit. However most often it can, caused by raising the rod on an abrupt and steep incline towards the end of the sweep. When this happens, you will see the rear section of the anchor forms a shape upwards on a similar path, as soon as the forward movement is made the anchor breaks free, often with an audible sound.

Open climbing forward loop - Generally caused by inappropriate power application( power too soon) Accelerate smoothly and save the speed for the end of the cast.



Andrew Toft is an AAPGAI & Master certified casting instructor based in Glasgow and is also part of the design team for the very successful Mackenzie fly-fishing products. For more information on learning to Spey cast and to arrange one to one tuition please visit Andrew Toft Fly Sport or Andrew Toft Fly Fishing



Friday, 21 November 2014

Savage Gear 2015 Catalogue - Online Now!

The all new Savage Gear 2015 catalogue is now available to view online. As always, the new lineup for next year is packed with exciting new predator fishing gear as well as useful info on how to use it and awesome pictures of SG pro team catches - a credit to the hard working team behind Savage Gear. Among the many new products you will find an array of new Savage Gear clothing, the new Custom Rod range, and tons of new innovative lures such as the Line Thru Trout and Pike, 3D Bleak Real Tail and Paddle Tail and 3D Frogs - plus new colours in your old favourites like the 3D Bleak Glide Swimmer, Soft 4Plays and the Deviator as well the exciting new Water Wolf HD Camera! As usual you can buy the full range direct from Glasgow Angling Centre fishing tackle equipment store but if you don't see what you want online or in the shop give us a call or email and we can soon get it for you!
The catalogue will be available in print form instore very soon, or you can find the online version HERE. Also check out the official SG Facebook site http://www.facebook.com/savagegear

November 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Waterworks Pike!

Conor Gallagher caught this nice Pike on a float fished Mackerel Tail from the Waterworks Fishery in Belfast!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our November 2014 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our 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! 

The Luckylaker WiFi Fish Finder Arrives @ GAC!

The LuckyLaker WiFi Fish Finder, priced at just £129.99, is a cheaper alternative to the Deeper and has its own unique features! Compatible with most iPhones, iPads and Android smartphones and tablets, the LuckyLaker uses a reliable WiFi connection to beam information back to your device. The unit can even be used with up to 5 devices simultaneously which can be a great benefit when fishing with friends!
The LuckyLaker works in fresh or salt water in depths from 0.6m up to 45m - thats almost 150ft - and also measures the surface temperature and displays it on your device. You can expect around 5 hours of operation from a single charge and it's wet switch means it only uses minimal power while out of the water. The robust sonar unit is designed to be tethered to your boat, float tube or kayak or you can tie a large snap swivel to your line, clip the unit on and cast it into your swim! Reeling the sonar unit in slowly with the rod tip in the air will send detailed info about the depth and bottom contours, temperature, structure, fish size and location back to your smartphone or tablet device - essential information for any serious angler!
The LuckyLaker Fishfinder is very easy to operate! Unscrewing the cap on the transducer will reveal the power button, charging port and operation LED's. The unit is charged using the supplied USB cable and can be plugged into any USB power source such as a computer. A red LED will indicate that the unit is charging and one it goes out it is fully charged. If you press the power button once, the unit will turn on and a blue LED will indicate this - it is best to wait 10 seconds or so before connecting your device to the units WiFi network just as you would do if you were connecting to a home or office WiFi network. Then screw the waterproof cap back on tightly and we are ready to go fishing! There is even a clear cap provided so you can see the bright blue LED indicator for fishing at night!
The LuckyLaker App is much simpler than the Deeper equivalent, but still has all the features you really need from fishfinder. Once the free WiFi Fish Finder App is installed on on your device, you will need to follow the simple steps in the instruction booklet to activate the sonar unit - you will need to do this just once with every new device you add the unit to for the first time. The App menu is very simple with an Operation Mode to use the fish finder, a very handy Demonstration Mode perfect for learning how to use the unit and a button for Parameter Settings so you can set up your fish finder to your own requirements. Your device needs to be running Android 2.1 and up or iOS 4.3 and higher to ensure that the App will operate correctly.
In the settings menu you will be able to adjust the sensitivity of the transducer, the depth range shown on screen, and a zoom setting if you want to concentrate on a particular depth. A shallow alarm can be set which will give an audible warning if you come into shallower water so you can save your boat and gear from loss or damage. A Fish ID setting turns sonar arcs into easily recognisable fish shapes and the fish alarm can be set to alert you to the presence of fish of all sizes - or just the big ones if you prefer! The displayed units of measurement can be set to Metres/Feet, Centigrade/Fahrenheit - or any combination you like, and the chart scroll speed can be set to match each fishing situation whether static, drifting or trolling.
The easy to read WiFi Fish Finder App uses the high quality display on today's smartphones and tablets to show clearly the water depth and temperature, battery status and signal strength, the contours of the bottom and of course any fish that might be there including their depth and comparative size. Everything the angler needs to see at a glance is on screen in a plain and simple format!
The LuckyLaker WiFi Fish Finder is available to purchase from Europe's largest fishing tackle store now but with limited stock arriving before the Christmas rush we will be selling these on a strictly first come first served basis! Order yours instore or online to beat the rush and guarantee you get one before the next delivery in 2015! Click HERE to order now!

Of course you should always be careful when using your expensive smartphone or tablet near water so we would always recommend you use a waterproof cover or case - there are loads on the market! It is also a good idea to carry a mobile power bank to recharge your gadgets while on the move too!
If you are interested in buying the Deeper or the LuckyLaker or just want to know more about them, please contact us here at the GAC! Please bear in mind that most of our top picks for Christmas this year are going to be in short supply so we recommend you act sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment! We also have hundreds more great gift ideas for the fisherman in your life on our website - or if you need help to find that perfect present just call us or ask instore for expert advice on what to buy your loved one!