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Friday, 25 April 2014

Sakura comes to GAC!

A range of the fantastic lure and spinning rods from top brand Sakura has landed at GAC! Sakura are specialists in modern lure fishing gear aimed at both salt and freshwater species.
With rods like the popular Shinjin series and the Sportism models being made in Japan, using the best carbon blanks and fittings available, these rods offer incredible value for money and have already set the Bass world on fire - and will no doubt soon catch the eye of Pike, Perch, Trout and Salmon anglers in the UK too!
Check out our website or see them for yourself instore! CLICK HERE TO BUY SAKURA RODS NOW!

April 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Syndicate Carp!

Young Lewis Clare with a cracking Common Carp, caught from a syndicate lake on a Banoffee boilie fished on a blowback rig!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 2014 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! 

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Deal of the Week - Daiwa Jointed Shallow Runner

Deal of the Week - 3 FOR 2 on all Daiwa Jointed Shallow Runner Lures!!  BUY 3 for £8.00!!
Deal ends 1st May 2014
Based on the already successful Shallow Runner, the Daiwa Jointed Shallow Runner introduces a jointed articulation in the middle to create a very distinct and enticing action!  Fish this lure near the surface, imitating an injured prey fish, for some seriously explosive action!
The Shallow Runner length is 13cm and weighs 22g.  It's available in a superb range of finishes and can be used for all Predator Species including Pike, Perch, Trout, Salmon and Bass.  Don't miss out on this fantastic offer!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

April 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Highland Ferox!

Derek Nicholl caught this nice Ferox Trout on a small Trout deadbait while fishing a highland loch, his new personal best!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 2014 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!  

Saturday, 19 April 2014

April 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - PB Carp!

Young Callum Lee with a PB Carp from a new venue he has just started fishing which has produced 3 fish over 20lb for him in a week!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 2014 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!  

Friday, 18 April 2014

First Look - The Hardy Shadow Fly Rod!

Our first look at the new Hardy Shadow Fly Rod!
The entry level of the Hardy range of fly rods over the last few years has been very impressive, offering amazing value for money complete with the prestigious Hardy badge - aspired to by millions of anglers worldwide! The long awaited replacement for the much loved and recently delisted Hardy Uniqua and Demon models is finally on our radar - but they have been replaced with just one range, the new Hardy Shadow! The Shadow looks like it boasts all the best features of both rods, so we just had to take a look!
A proper Hardy rod bag - we like!
Built on a high performance, fast recovering blank with an easy casting middle to tip action the Hardy Shadow seems to have been designed with a specification that reflects its intended use, the Hardy Shadow Fly Rod is unmistakably a Hardy but it is not a rod built for expert casters or the super rich - this is definitely a rod for everyone!
The 9' #5 Shadow has a good quality Half Wells Handle
Every rod in the Hardy Shadow range has an individually refined action that reflects its intended use. So for rivers, or lochs and anything in between the Shadow delivers an authentic Hardy fishing experience to anglers anywhere and everywhere.
A translucent olive blank with dark grey whippings - nice!
The rod from the Hardy Shadow range we tried out was a 9' #5 - the most popular size worldwide (although not in the UK where the 10' #7 still reigns supreme) and always a good rod to review if you want to get a feel for the whole range. On opening the black cordura tube (same type as the Uniqua came in we noticed) we were pleased to see a 'proper' Hardy rod bag - no corners cut here then.
The reel seat has a top end feel to it!
The 4 sections are finished in a smart translucent green and the top quality Fuji ringset is whipped in a dark grey silk, finished to the usual flawless Hardy standard. Discreet line up dots on the sections are a nice touch too. The handle on this model is a very decent reversed half wells affair, super smooth and with little filler and the reel seat is a smart grey anodised uplocker with a nice gloss finished burlwood spacer and twin locking rings. Models with a full wells handle will have a full anodised reel seat.
We reckon this will be a top seller!
On the first few casts of the rod it became very apparent that this was a very easy rod to cast, and the WF5 Rio Gold we had on it was soon zinging away to very respectful distances. Although not a particularly fast rod, it is certainly no slouch and as such would be up for any test the UK angler is likely to throw at it - or with it. We would be very happy to use this rod from the bank of any small to medium sized stillwater, for medium to large rivers and it would make a great tool for float tubing too. With prices starting at just £259 and coming in all of the most popular sizes from 8ft #4 to 10ft #8, Hardy are sure to be onto a winner with the Shadow!
The Hardy Shadow - Click to Enlarge
The Hardy Shadow Fly Rod Features:
  • Middle to Tip actioned, fast recovery blanks
  • Compact 4 section design
  • Light line models feature a reverse half wells handle with Burl wood spacer and anodised twin locking reel seat
  • Larger models feature a full wells handle with anodised aluminium fitting with twin up locking function
  • Lined butt guides and hard chrome single leg snake intermediates
  • Translucent olive green blank finish, with silver highlights
  • Section line up marks
  • Full ‘AAA’ grade cork handle
  • Supplied in a Hardy cloth rod bag and Hardy cloth covered rod tube

You can be one of the first in the UK to own one of these stunning rods by pre-ordering yours from Glasgow Angling Centre for delivery in June 2014. Ask instore or CLICK HERE to order yours now!

April 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Record Pike!

Young Jacob Walker had never caught a Pike before but on his second session of the year he had a double run, resulting in this fish which is a new record for the lake and another smaller Pike too! So he went from never catching a Pike before to a double hook up and most surprisingly of all both fish took a boilie bait intended for Carp! Both fish were safely released.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 2014 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!   

April 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Pike on a Perch!

Ross Gilmour caught this cracking Pike from a Scottish loch using a Perch deadbait, one of 5 double figure fish from that trip! After a quick photo the fish was safely released!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 2014 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!   

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Deal of the Week - Daiwa Sweepfire Spinning Rod

Deal of the Week - Daiwa Sweepfire Spinning Rod - RRP £19.99, now only £10.00!
Deal ends 24/04/2014
The Daiwa Sweepfire Spinning Rod delivers fantastic performance at a superb price point. They may be short, but with their superb 2 piece carbon blanks and progressive action, you have a rod that is ideal for light lure fishing or general use.  The rod features fully lined guides, reliable screw down reel seat and dependable EVA handle.  A cracking rod if you are just starting out or perfect as your son or daughter's first fishing rod.  Grab yours today while stocks last!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Spey Casting Tips with Andrew Toft - MacKenzie Double Handed Spey Rods

Last month we teamed with Andrew Toft, World Champion Spey Caster, AAPGAI Master instructor and part of the MacKenzie product development team to offer Spey Casting tips, instruction and information

The goal of the series is to help you recognise the symptoms and common faults associated with Spey Casting and to present a range of techniques for you to implement and subsequently become a more efficient caster. The series also aims to make you more aware of your equipment, materials used and how this affects performance.
Spey Casting with Andrew Toft
In the second article of this series Andrew talks about MacKenzie Fly Rods, thought processes that underpin the rods, why they are so good and how to care for and maintain a MacKenzie Rod.

MacKenzie Double Handed Spey Rods

Before I venture into Spey casting tips and techniques I think it is important to talk about the Mackenzie products and explain why we make our rods and lines the way we do. As mentioned in a previous post I became involved with the development and design of Mackenzie products a few years back but I had used the equipment prior to this. I remember the first time I used one of Scott’s DTX Classic Rods. There was an immediate familiarity with the excellent balance and action of the rod. It reminded me of my thought process and the frustrations I experienced when trying many different rod actions while competing. Over time, I had learned that not only the rod action, but also the balance and weight were of equal importance. It was easily recognisable that all the other successful competitors seemed to be using rods with similar characteristics. The rods were not stiff, they flexed progressively and deep into the blank with fast recovery. These rods were naturally more efficient as more of the rod was working at its optimum level. Similarly in Scott’s range of DTX Spey Rods I had again noticed these familiar characteristics. The rods were excellently balanced with a smooth, progressive, powerful action and very fast recovery, which generated excellent tip speed.

Importance of Rod Tip Speed in Spey Casting

Rod tip speed is one of the most critical things in efficient Spey casting but tip speed is only efficient when mainly generated from the action and balance of the rod. Tip speed is vital, but how it is achieved is equally important. When we make our casting movements and decelerate the rod in an attempt to stop it in the final stages of the cast, the energy we have created continues to thrust up from the bottom of the rod progressively throughout, finally resulting in tip speed. This is achieved as the weight and balance of the rod naturally contributes to it’s action. It is also no coincidence that we have chosen not to overly reduce the weight of the rod as this would also affect part of the rods own balance and performance. The Mackenzie range of Spey rods is carefully manufactured to our own specification with fibre type, tapering etc. all being controlled carefully by us. Making quality products is very rewarding and our samples and prototypes are tested rigorously in the most challenging conditions over the course of many months with fine tuning and cosmetic detailing taking place before the completion of the product range.

Care & Maintenance of your MacKenzie Fly Rod 

A good Salmon Rod is an investment and taking care of it will not only keep it in tip top shape but extend it’s life and cosmetic appearance. Mackenzie rods are supplied with their own cloth bag and protective tube. It makes sense to replace your rod correctly within the tube at the end of your day, many people put their partially made up rod it the car while traveling to save time. This is sure to end in damage and even possible breakages. The rod blank will naturally pick up dirt and debris throughout it’s use. It is recommended to wipe over the blank with wax based polish using a soft cloth to remove this and restore the surface of the rod. Your rod will inevitably get wet during use. It is very important to not to store the rod if the handle has not been allowed to dry naturally as this will cause damage. Over time the cork handle may slightly darken with use, this can be easily restored back to the natural light colour by hand using mild soapy water only; do not use chemicals or solvent based products as these can cause damage.

Andrew Toft is an AAPGAI and FFF Master certified instructor providing Spey Casting Instruction from beginner to advanced levels.  Contact Andrew here for more information.

The full range of MacKenize Fly Fishing Products are also available instore or online from Glasgow Angling Centre.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

April 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Trout on a Herring!

James Cunningham was fishing a popped up Herring deadbait for Pike in a Scottish loch when this monster Brown Trout picked up the bait! After an epic fight the fish was carefully unhooked and returned to fight another day!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 2014 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!   


Saturday, 12 April 2014

April 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Damsel Caught Tiger Trout

Steven Reid caught this Tiger Trout on a Red Headed Damsel from an Swanswater Trout Fishery.  It was Steven's first fish of 2014 on the fly!
Damsel Caught Tiger Trout
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 2014 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!   


Friday, 11 April 2014

Deal of the Week - Daiwa Sweepfire Fixed Spool Reel

Deal of the Week - Daiwa Sweepfire Fixed Spool Reel - RRP £24.99, Now only £12.00!
Deal ends 17/04/14
The Daiwa Sweepfire Fixed Spool Reel shares some of the same build features as the Crossfire including the same drivegear.  It punches well above its weight and is available in 3 sizes therefore able to handle anything from freshwater lure fishing to light saltwater use.   The Sweepfire also comes with a free aluminium spool, so don't miss out on this fantastic offer. 



Wednesday, 9 April 2014

First Look - Kamasan B120 and B130 Fly Hooks!

It's been a very long time since we have seen anything new added to the best selling Kamasan range of fly tying hooks (over 20 years in fact!) but this week sees the launch of two new patterns that are set to become super popular in 2014!
The new hooks may look familiar to some tyers, and the names on the boxes could be a clue to where the patterns may have originally come from - the closely related but now discontinued Drennan Wet Fly Supreme and Wet Fly Traditional!
The new Kamasan B120 Wet Fly Supreme is a down eyed hook with a sproat bend in a medium gauge wire, ideal for Wet Flies, Nymphs and Mini Lures. Available from Glasgow Angling Centre in sizes 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 and packed in boxes of 25, 100 or 1000 hooks.
B120 Wetfly Supreme
The new Kamasan B130 Wet Fly Traditional is a shorter shanked, down eyed hook with a sproat bend in a heavy gauge wire, ideal for Wets, Nymphs and Buzzers. Available from Glasgow Angling Centre in sizes 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 and packed in boxes of 25, 100 or 1000 hooks.
B130 Wetfly Traditional
You can buy these hooks and indeed the full range of Kamasan fly tying hooks from Glasgow Angling Centre both online and instore - CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW!

Tying the Midge Hopper with Davie McPhail

Davie ties the Midge Hopper, a cracking still water fly that's great for Trout and can be fished top of the water or just under the surface, as conditions dictate.
) Materials used:
Hook: Kamasan B160 Size 12
Thread: Red Uni 8/0
Breathers: Veniard Skein Wool White
Rib: Uni Wire Small Gold
Body: Red Seals Fur
Legs: Pre-Knotted Pheasant Tail
Hackle: Ginger Cock Hackles
Thorax: Hare's Ear or Fox Squirrel

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!

April 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Olive Damsel Rainbow Trout

10 year old Andrew Lindsay caught this Rainbow Trout from a fishery in Northumberland.  It was caught on an Olive Damsel on a wild and windy day yet Andrew was able to punch the fly line into the wind and get his fish.
Olive Damsel Caught Rainbow
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 2014 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!   

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

April 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Common Skate

Mark Fishwick caught this Common Skate off Jura from his own boat.  The fish fell to Mackerel and Squid on a Mustad bronzed hook, 25lb leader and 80lb braid.  After a quick photo the fish was returned unharmed.
Common Skate
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 2014 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!