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Friday, 27 June 2014

June 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Clyde Brown!

Douglas Baxter with a stonking brown trout he caught from the upper river Clyde on light tackle!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 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! 

June 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Galloway Tope!

Ross MacRae caught this nice Tope while fishing with Onyer Marks in the Mull of Galloway. The fish took a Mackerel head bait with a kilo of lead to hold bottom in a very strong tide!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 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, 26 June 2014

Deal of the Week - Stillwater SFX Sunglasses Combo

Deal of the Week - Buy 2 Pairs of Stillwater SFX Sunglasses - RRP £59.98, Now only £14.99.
Deal ends 03/07/2-14
These superb Stillwater SFX Sunglass feature durable frames, side lenses and come packaged in a protective case with cleaning cloth. Offer includes a pair with grey lenses and a pair with brown lenses, saving £44.99 so buy now while stocks last!!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

June 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Tinto Brown!

David Baird caught this nice Brown trout while fishing at Tinto Trout Fishery! The fish took a dry Sedgehog pattern fished on his Hardy #6 weight outfit and was returned to fight another day!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 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, 24 June 2014

June 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Record Gurnard!

Iain Murray was fishing his club championships off Carloway on the West side of the Isle of Lewis when he landed this cracking Tub Gurnard which was weighed and verified and as a new club record and just 2oz short of Scottish record!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 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! 

June 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Pike on a Lure!

Robert Farrell with a cracking Pike, caught on a lure from a Scottish loch!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 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! 

Monday, 23 June 2014

June 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Undulate Ray!

Connor Morley with a cracking Undulate Ray, taken on a Pouting fillet mounted on a 6/0 running leger rig!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 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, 21 June 2014

Savage Gear 3D Line Thru Trout - Coming Soon to GAC!


In the past few years, Savage Gear have dominated the lure fishing market with a stream of amazing products such as the Real Eel, the 3D Herring Shad, 3D Crayfish and of course the recently added 3D Trout series - all of which have sold in their thousands here at GAC and most importantly of all, have caught UK predator anglers thousands of Pike, Perch, Zander and other species!
Mads Grosell, the lead designer behind almost all of Savage Gears creations is obsessed with swimbaits. This type of lure should closely represent the natural prey of predators, both in profile and swimming action, so Mads took an actual trout and 3D scanned it to replicate create the new Savage Gear Line Thru Trout profile, just like the best selling 3D Trout Rattle Shad. He then set about the task of developing how it would swim in the water at various speeds, slow and fast, stopping and starting, in order to make this lure come alive and behave just like a real Trout!
The 3D Trout Line Thru swim bait was born and quickly became a must have lure on the American Bass scene where it had a limited release onto the market. Mads wanted it to work for his passion though, the Pike, and spent hundreds of hours working on how best to rig the Line Thru with a wire trace and better hook placement specifically for Pike fishing - not quite as simple as the Bass version! The new lure was almost launched in the UK in late 2013, but it wasn't quite perfected so was postponed until Mads was completely satisfied with it!
Now Mads has cracked it and the European version of the Line Thru 3D Trout will hit the shelves at GAC in late September. The lure now sports an innovative line thru Y-system that allows you to put the hooks either on the back or on the belly, depending on how you want to fish the lure. When the fish attacks the lure and is hooked, the lure will shoot up the line and away from the fish – so the fish cannot use the weight of the lures body to throw the hooks! If the whole lure is engulfed it can completely collapse in the fishes mouth to ensure a good hook hold too!
The swimming action of the SG 3D Line Thru Trout is as close to the real thing as you can imagine - it literally swims like a live trout and it can trick even the most clever predators to attack! It comes in three Sizes - 15cm, 20cm and 30cm, and in two sink rates, a Slow sink (SS) version with the line coming thru the mouth for a more shallow presentation and a moderate sink (MS) with line coming thru the forehead – to create a “stay down" swimming pattern so you can fish the lure at depth all the way to the boat or bank! Both sink rates have horizontal Balance on the drop for those devastating static takes!
The Line Thru Trout comes in three colour patterns, Rainbow Trout, Golden Albino Trout and a new improved Brown Trout version, all with superior 3D detailing in the tails, fins and eyes. The joints are all reinforced with mesh and can take as much as 20lb of pressure without pulling out and a plastic internal hook harness means the damage caused by casting soft lures is a thing of the past. Each lure comes pre rigged with 49 strand wire, a tournament treble, and the 20cm and 30cm version sports a unique double spiked stinger hook that was developed for this application.
As always demand will be high for the launch of these lures in the UK and here at Glasgow Angling Centre we want to give you the best chance to be at the very front of the queue when they are released to the public. That is why we are opening up Pre-Orders for the Savage Gear 3D Line Thru Trout on our fishing tackle website today so you can order them now and relax until they are delivered sometime in late September 2014 (or maybe even sooner!) - and if you remember the chaos of the SG Real Eel and 3D Trout launch days then you will know it pays to get in early, and hundreds of our customers have benefitted from our pre-sale system already!

CLICK HERE TO PRE ORDER NOW and let us take care of the rest! 

Friday, 20 June 2014

Deal of the Week - Fisheagle Rig Wallet and Rigs Combo!

Deal of the Week - Fisheagle Rig Wallet and Rigs Combo - RRP £47.48 - Now only £15
Just in time for the Mackerel season getting into full swing, and with summer sea fishing at it's best, we have this amazing offer for all you sea anglers! Get 2 Fisheagle Rig Wallets, stuffed with 10 Feather Rigs and 10 Bait Rigs for just £15 - amazing value! This deal ends on the 27/06/2014

June 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Drop Shot Perch!

Rory Parker with a cracking Scottish Perch, caught while drop shotting from a boat!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 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! 

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

June 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Clyde Brown!

Alex MacGregor caught this nice Brown Trout on the upper Clyde on a home brewed variant of a Pheasant Tail nymph. As big Clyde troot so often do, it charged downstream and was played out in the tail of the pool. After a quick photo the fish was released.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 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! 

Begin Saltwater Fly Fishing - Part 1: Fly Rods


For many anglers, the first experience of fishing was catching Mackerel on feathers from a pier or jetty; for others, it may have been catching Perch using a small float and maggots on the local river. However, regardless of the method used, early experiences are very much characterised by simple tackle. LRF (light rock fishing) is a fantastic example of this. The focus is on using minimalist tackle to catch a variety of species using light rods and reels, light braids, small jig-heads, and artificial baits such as worms. It's great fun and very productive if you hit the right time and spot. So it's no wonder that Saltwater Fly Fishing is becoming increasingly popular these days. Like when you first started fishing, its allure is in its simplicity.  In this series of articles, we discuss all the essential gear, starting with fly rods.

The term 'fly' is commonly associated with Trout or Salmon fishing, but for the saltwater fly fisher, it's something of a misnomer. The 'fly' in saltwater fly fishing generally falls into the category of mimicking small baitfish, crustaceans or even worms, and rarely insects.
In contrast to shore fishing with surf rods, pendulum casting, and three hook flapper rigs, Saltwater fly-fishing is an extremely lightweight fishing method, and gives you an unparalleled feeling of connection with fish, particularly as playing one often involves controlling the saltwater fly line literally by hand, rather than off the reel. Of course, with saltwater flies weighing only a few grams, and no separate weight to load the rod to launch the lure towards the waiting fish, fly fishing has evolved a different method of casting. In fly casting, the line itself provides the weight that loads the rod for the cast, not the end-tackle.

Pollack on the Fly
‘Normal’ beach rods are designed to work within a specified range of weights with some variation to cope with different fishing conditions. Fly-rods are a far more specific and balanced affair. Because the line itself is weighted, a classification system was devised to standardise the different weights of lines and match them precisely to a suitable rod. In matching saltwater fly rods to fly lines, both are attributed with ‘weights’ ranging from ‘0’ (ultralight) to ‘16’ (big-game!), and are often displayed with a ‘#’ symbol in front. So an ‘#8’ denotes an 8-weight rod or line, therefore, matching an #8 rod to the equivalent line gives you the optimum casting performance.

UK Saltwater Fly Fishing
For UK saltwater fly fishing, rods in the #6-9 range are common. If you had to pick the optimum all-rounder, then a #8 rod is ideal. While these fly rods can handle large fish, they are susceptible and will readily transmit the enthusiastic fizz and rattle from the tiniest school bass.

Sage Salt HD Fly Rod
So to begin saltwater fly fishing, why go to an #8 rod? Because of the generally breezy conditions that prevail around the UK coast, extra weight is required in the lines to help and improve casting control and distances. It provides the best balance between sport and coping with our blustery, changeable coastline conditions.

Greys GR50 9ft #8 Fly Rod
At this point, it’s worth dispelling another preconception. Fly fishing gear does not have to cost the earth. Perfectly capable fly rods start for as little as £60. However, you do need to make sure it’s suitable for saltwater exposure though, as most fly rods are designed for freshwater rivers and reservoirs, so are often not very corrosion-resistant.  This is a similar story with saltwater fly reels.
Redington Path II 9ft #8 Fly Rod
It's also worth noting that if you plan to fish for Bonefish, Permit or Tarpon, which are rather large, the same principle applies. You need a saltwater fly rod, fly line and saltwater fly leader setup that's suitable for the conditions and target species you will be fishing.


Saltwater Fly Fishing in the Tropics
However, for UK saltwater fly fishing, you need a 9ft rod, which gives you the optimum length for casting without tiring. It's an active pursuit involving constant casting and retrieving, so the lighter, but stronger, the better. The rods are generally four-piece in construction, which makes them ideal for holidays too.
You are also looking for the ability to generate higher line speed so you can achieve good turnover in exposed, windy conditions.  You also need a rod that is strong enough to withstand the rigours of hard fighting fish. Look for fast action blanks, saltwater safe, anodised reel seats, and ideally, a fighting butt.

Greys GR70 Salt Powerlux Fly Rod

In part 2, we talk about fly lines and fly reels for saltwater fly fishing.

This article was brought to you in association with Sea Angler Magazine.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Tying the Ghillies Fly (Salmon Fly) - Fly-Tying with Davie McPhail

This week, Davie McPhail ties the highly-regarded pattern originated by Tony Black, the Ghillies Fly is known as one of the most effective Salmon flies that work across seasons. The fly takes it's name "Ghillie" from the Gaelic word, which stands for man-servant! Similar to that tradition, this Ghillie’s job to be on hand to help you catch the Atlantic Salmon that migrate up the Scottish rivers.

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help.
Here's Davie McPhail's "Ghillies Fly"


Materials Used:
Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

June 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Cloybank Double!

John Telfer caught this cracking double figure Rainbow Trout from Cloybank Trout Fishery near Banknock, on an Orange Bloodworm pattern fished on an 8ft #4 fly rod!
 You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 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! 

June 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - PB Skate!

Jason Walls with his new PB Common Skate, caught while fishing on Ronnie Campbells boat Laura Dawn 2! The fish took a whole Octopus and Mackerel cocktail bait fished in 580 feet of water and took 30 mins to shift off the bottom and another 30 mins to land before being carefully photographed and released.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 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, 13 June 2014

Fishing Britain GAC Gear Guide - Hardy Fortuna X3 Drag Test

Watch as Fishing Britains Hywel Morgan and Aaron Jones put our demo Hardy Fortuna X3 reel to the ultimate test! The Fortuna X series is a collaboration between some of the finest reel designers in the industry and top angler Andy Mill, the ultimate saltwater predator. As a result, Hardy has produced a lightweight, waterproof sealed, beast of a fly reel producing up to 32lb of pure smooth stopping power. A strong and surprisingly light reel the Fortuna X features multiple carbon brake pads, 7 point waterproof sealing, and secure yet rapid tool-less spool change, with all the power to stop hard fighting saltwater species, also makes a great Salmon reel. But can it stop Hywel Morgan and his many modes of transport! Watch the video to find out!


Don't miss Fishing Britain every Friday at 7pm on Youtube, covering all types of fishing in a new location every week! Click here to see past episodes!

June 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Pukka Perch!

Brian Smith caught this nice Perch while lure fishing at a small Scottish loch!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 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! 

June 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Local Rainbow!

Young Sean Mullen caught this cracking Rainbow Trout from his local water on a worm!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 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! 

June 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Highland Ferox!

Alex Lawson with a cracking Ferox Trout caught during a 12 hour trolling session on a Highland och. A new personal best for him, caught on a wobbled Trout deadbait!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 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! 
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