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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!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Look Sharp in the Weird Fish 1/4 Zip Drop Needle Top & Hot in the Polar Fur

This week only you can SAVE £29.99 on two great jumpers that will see you through the winter months!

The Drop Needle Top from Weird Fish features a unique knitted outside and soft inside making it both warm and hardwearing.  While the Polar Fur is a versatile jumper that can't be beat when it comes to heating you up on a cold day.

The Drop Needle top is available in Black or Khaki and the Polar Fur is available in Black or Navy.  Both are exceptional quality and would make an ideal Christmas Gift for the passionate fisherman in the family!  So don't miss out on this fantastic offer and grab yours while stocks last!


Choosing Christmas Fishing Gifts at Fishingmegastore is Easy


Choosing the perfect Christmas fishing gift for the passionate angler in the family can be a challenge.  As Christmas draws closer, it can be stressful rushing around trying to get that special gift in time.  However at Glasgow Angling Centre, we've taken the hassle out of shopping for Fishing Gifts for Christmas.  We've got a ton of great gift ideas online at Fishingmegastore that are sure to put a smile on any angler's face!

It's so easy, safe and secure to navigate our Fishingmegastore website's Christmas selection of gifts.  We've helped narrow your search by listing items in specific categories such as Novelty Gfits, Sea Fishing Gifts, Game Fishing Gifts, Coarse Fishing Gifts, Predator Gifts, Books & DVD's, Fly Tying Gifts and Shooting Gifts. Simply choose a category that's relevant to the type of fishing your family member or loved one does and click on the relevant category to reveal a host of gifts that are perfect!  And to make things even easier, click the labeled price buttons where you simply choose your budget and filter gifts by price accordingly.

We want to give our customers 100% satisfaction and excellent customer service when shopping for Fishing Gifts so we've extended our Christmas returns policy so that any orders placed between 12th of November & 24th December may be returned up until the 15th of January 2015!!

Like most people, when buying online it's important that you know the gift will be delivered in PLENTY of time for Christmas, therefore we will keep all our customer informed about the best delivery dates to ensure your gift arrives in time, and to avoid disappointment.  Alternatively our Fishingmegastore website has a new Click and Collect function.  Simply select the in-stock item you wish to reserve and your order will be sent directly to our team who will pick your gift  which can then be collected in-store at your leisure.  You can then pay in store if you wish to save time - we'll even keep the item reserved until the next day.

So if you want to take the hassle out of shopping online for Fishing Gifts this Christmas, we've made the process as simple as possible.  Our committed team of customer service and mail order staff are only a phone call away if you need any more help.  You can call us on 0141 212 8880 or email sales@fishingmegastore.com and we will quickly and efficiently deal with your questions.


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

November 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Pike on the Float!

Josh Ewan caught this cracking Pike on a Roach deadbait suspended 12ft below a float while fishing a Scottish Loch!
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! 

Monday, 17 November 2014

Click and Collect now Available at GAC!

We are pleased to announce a new Click and Collect function has been added to our website, making it even easier to shop with us here at Glasgow Angling Centre!

Simply use our fishingmegastore.com website to select the in stock items you wish to reserve and when you go to our web checkout select the Click and Collect option. Your order will be sent directly to our team instore, who will pick it for you within the hour - ready for you to collect at your leisure! You can then pay instore and save time when you know exactly what you need. You can use this service for any order, big or small, and we will reserve those items for you until the end of the next day. Please check out the terms of the service below and if you have any questions, please contact us!

CLICK & COLLECT TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Once you have placed your Click & Collect request, we will process your order and you will receive an order confirmation email once the goods are ready for collection - this will be completed within 1 hour of us receiving your order.
GAC will reserve the chosen goods and hold them for collection instore until the end of the next business day. After this time GAC cannot guarantee that the goods will still be available - if the goods have not been collected by this time they will be put back into stock and may be sold to another customer. 
Customers opting to use this service will be expected to pay for their goods instore at GAC before receiving their order. GAC accept cash, debit cards and most major credit cards in payment for goods. If you are purchasing knives, airguns or other controlled items please ensure you bring valid photo-ID such as a recent driving license or up to date passport and utility bill. Shop policy is not to sell knives to under 25s. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 
GAC will make every effort to ensure that selected products are available for collection as indicated. However, from time to time it may not be possible to locate a particular item instore. In such instances GAC staff will make every effort to contact customers by telephone at the earliest opportunity to advise them of the situation and where possible, offer an alternative. GAC cannot be held liable for journey costs or time lost in instances where a product is unavailable.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Stillwater Roving Stool with Backrest

A handy little fishing stool from Stillwater that's great for the angler on the go, relieving those long periods of standing at the bankside.  It features a handy Stora-Pouch attached under the seat to give you space to keep some gear handy for your session.

It also features a tough frame and durable cordura construction and is perfect as a Christmas Gift.  With very limited stock available, you don't want to miss out on this excellent offer!  

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Introducing the UK made Hardy Duchess Fly Reel!

We at GAC are very proud to announce a brand new fly fishing reel from Hardy, and the first new design from Hardy in over a decade to be handmade in Alnwick by skilled craftsmen! The new Hardy Duchess features innovative design concepts including a split frame format and dual line guards within a classically styled high quality reel, complete with a click check system that will be music to any fly fishers ears - and if it's sound makes you smile, then you will be grinning from ear to ear when you hear the price, because this Hardy click check reel, designed and made right here in the UK, will retail from just £249 - a truly amazing price!
Built using a base material of  6061T6 Bar-stock Aluminium, which is cut using Hardy CNC Machines at Alnwick from raw billets, each Hardy Duchess reel is assembled and polished by hand and utilises a new Hardy innovative concept of ‘Split Frame’ design to offer lightness with strength and complete line control.
The spool on the Duchess reel series is secured by a nickel silver latch bar to a hollow recessed stainless steel spindle which offers a lighter spindle with supreme strength and also acts as a lubricant reservoir to help maintain a smooth reel action. The reel also features a newly improved version of the original 1972 central line click check system, which lengthens the regulator wire and increases the range of resistance for each reel in the range.
Each Hardy Duchess frame and spool is hand polished before architectural anodisation. This is a slower and deeper form of anodisation which protects against abrasion, corrosion and even UV rays from the sun! The Duchess reels also feature wooden handles from Permali - fully treated to prevent swelling and fitted to in-house machined brass spindles which are used for superior strength and impact resistance.
The Hardy Duchess reel is available in four sizes, to suit everything from light Trout fishing to Salmon fishing with full Spey lines. The compact little Duchess 2 3/4" reel weighs just 88g and will easily take a WF3 floater with almost 40m of backing - more than enough for light Trout fishing! The Duchess 3" will swallow a WF5 line and comes in at 105g while it's bigger brother, the Duchess 3 1/4", sports a higher capacity for bigger Trout rods, taking a WF6 flyline and 60m of backing and slightly heavier at 110g to balance those longer outfits. The Duchess 4" Salmon  fly reel is the daddy of them all and we are sure this will be a top seller, comfortably taking an #11 Spey line and well over 250m of backing - enough to tame a big fish anywhere in the world while its 218g weight counterbalances most modern rods just enough to make them less tiring to cast all day!

Hardy Duchess details:

Made in Alnwick, England by Hardy craftsmen.
Engineered and hand crafted from 6061T6 bar stock Aluminium.
Distinctive 'Titanium Grey' architectural anodised finish.
Ambidextrous, fully adjustable click check mechanism.
Vented frame and spool.
Unique ‘Split frame’ design.
Twin line guides for full LHW/RHW compatibility.
Nickel silver spool latch bar
New and improved click check drag mechanism.
Hollow recessed Stainless Steel spindle.
Permali treated wood handle.
Interchangeable spools.
Reel supplied in a Hardy Neoprene case.
Spare spools available separately.

The new Hardy Duchess Reel is available to order now from Glasgow Angling Centre, both online and instore - please CLICK HERE for more details!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Revive The Clyde Campaign Angler Meetings!

The Firth of Clyde's fish stocks are under threat. Help us change the way the marine environment is managed, and help local communities bring back an economically viable and diverse fishery in the Clyde. Find out more and show your support at www.revivetheclyde.org
Following on from a meeting held by Ayr Sea Angling Club back in June the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network (www.ssacn.org) and Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (www.sift-uk.org) are pleased to announce a series of angler meetings to discuss the “Revive The Clyde Campaign” (www.revivetheclyde.org) that is being run by SIFT to highlight the state of the Clyde fishery.

SIFT are in the process of formulating a shellfish regulating order which will be submitted to the government. SIFT’s aim is to promote the sustainable management of Scotland’s inshore waters so that they provide the maximum long term benefits to all coastal communities. These meetings for anglers will give an update on how SIFT’s regulating order is progressing … they also give anglers a chance to have some engaging discussions with them on the Clyde.

We would all love to see the Firth Of Clyde back to the former world class fishery that it once was, although it may well never be that good again we do believe that there is a genuine desire from many of the stakeholders to see change and only through collaboration and dialogue is there any chance of the government taking the necessary action by putting measures in place that will allow a sustainable recovery of the Clyde Ecosystem.

The events which are open to all anglers will be held on the following dates...

WEDNESDAY 12TH NOVEMBER 14 AT 7.30PM
ARGYLL INN, 69 LOCHNELL STREET, LOCHGILPHEAD PA31 8JN

WEDNESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 14 AT 7.30PM
ROSSLEA HOTEL, FERRY ROAD, RHU, HELENSBURGH G84 8NF

WEDNESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 14 AT 7.30PM
CARLTON HOTEL, 187 AYR ROAD, PRESTWICK KA9 1TP

GET INVOLVED
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We want to encourage Clyde Champions to spread the word in their local community. Why not contact us to find out more about how you could help the campaign in your area by providing information and generally helping out the campaign even giving talks to local Clyde organisations. Each champion will receive a campaign pack to help spread the message. If you're interested drop the Campaign coordinator, Morven Robertson, an email at revivetheclyde@sift-uk.org

Thanks for your help reviving the Clyde. Revive the Clyde is a campaign ran by SIFT (Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust) which aims to work to restore the Clyde and help make the changes which will once again lead to the Clyde becoming a diverse and healthy fishery. You can pledge your support by signing the Clyde Charter by clicking here, and follow the campaign on Twitter and Facebook.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Pike and Predator Fishing Open Day @ GAC - Saturday the 15th of November 2014!

As part of our biggest ever November Sale we have arranged a Pike and Predator fishing day instore in conjunction with the Pike Anglers Alliance of Scotland on Saturday the 15th of November!


We will be joined instore by representatives from PAAS who will be on hand to demonstrate safe and successful Pike rigs for bait and lure fishing, trace making, lure tank demos, safe fish handling and the best methods of bite detection. They will also be explaining the benefits of joining PAAS and you can join up on the day if you wish! Plus we will be demonstrating the new Water Wolf HD Camera in the Lure Tank, showing you how to set it up for various types of fishing and situations!

We will also be running some amazing one day only special offers on Pike fishing gear and FREE GAC Reward Card membership too - on top of the thousands of bargains we already have in our November Sale!


November 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Chew Forty!

Michael Heyes with a huge Pike caught from Chew Valley Lake on a Mackerel Tail deadbait fished about 50yds out in 10 feet of water! The fish obliterates his previous low double PB!
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! 

November 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Lucky Lobster!

Brian Saunders was fishing off Greenock Pier when registered a strange bite on one of his rods! After reeling in what felt like a dead weight he found this Lobster on the end of his line! Not many of these landed off the pier on rod and line!
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! 

November 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Line Thru Pike!

Jason Vorster with a cracking Pike taken on a Savage Gear Line Thru Trout in his local river!
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! 

November 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Baltic Sea Trout!

Michael Aagaard Jensen with a nice Sea Trout caught while fishing the Danish Baltic coast!
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! 

November 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - PB Pike!

Steven Reid with a big Pike taken on a float fished deadbait, the biggest of three for the session and a new PB!
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! 

Friday, 7 November 2014

Savage Gear Adrenaline Super Braid Savings

Adrenaline HD, Savage Gear's ultimate braid is perfect for lure fishing.  100% Super HD PE, zero stretch, silky smooth Teflon formula, incredibly strong and UV resistant.


Perfect for fitting on multiplier reels where round profile limits bedding-in on retrieve under pressure.  Even more exciting is the price!  From £5.00 a spool, our limited stock will get decimated like a Pike smashing a shoal of baitfish! So grab your spools today!





Thursday, 6 November 2014

November 2014 Fish of the Month Entry - Pollan Pike!

Chris Lees caught this nice Pike on a Pollan dead bait, his new personal best!
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! 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Water Wolf Camera is Now in Stock @ GAC!

The Water Wolf HD has arrived at Glasgow Angling Centre, just in time for Christmas - but only a limited number of cameras are available and orders are coming in thick and fast so don't delay! Get in early and reserve yours now instore or online buy clicking HERE to guarantee Christmas delivery!




The Water Wolf started out as a hobby project amongst a group of dedicated anglers that really wanted to explore and understand more about the way fish react to lures and baits! They shared a common love for fishing and engineering, cameras and gadgets – so they never lacked mutual motivation for the project!

After trying for more than a year to work with existing cameras on the market they finally realised they would have to had to build their own cameras to succeed and get the recordings they wanted. Total waterproofness, long battery life, easy operation,  light sensitivity and a discrete presence in the water was the goal they were seeking and the Water Wolf Camera is all of these - and more!
Welcome to the world of underwater recording and discovery! The mystery of what goes on below the surface has always intrigued anglers and as soon as footage from the Water Wolf HD began to appear online we were inundated with requests about how these shots were taken and what camera was used! Danish designed in conjunction with Mads Grosell, the man behind the highly successful and innovative Savage Gear brand, and protected by 3 different patents, the Water Wolf UW1.0 is the worlds first angling specific, line mounted camera - waterproof to 100m, and in clear water able to show you how fish behave and respond to your bait or lure in amazing detail.
What's in the box?
1. Water Wolf UW1.0 Underwater Camera
2. Stainless Steel Boom
3. EVA Float
4. Neoprene Pouch
5. Brass Weights (3 pcs)
6. USB Charging Cable

The Water Wolf HD is mounted to your line via a stainless steel boom, and it's sink rate and angle can be adjusted using the supplied interchangeable brass weights. The cameras operation is simple - on or off! The internal battery lasts for around 4 hours and is recharged via a USB cable. This is long enough to fill a16gb Micro SD card with high quality 720p 30fps fishing footage! The camera is perfect for casting, trolling, lure fishing or using static baits with or without the included EVA float attachment - you can even stick it to your hat!
Already we have had a lot of interest from Pike and sea anglers, Ferox Trout hunters, even ghillies who Harl for Salmon and not least Carp anglers who will buy these in their droves! Check out this short tutorial video that explains how to set up and operate the Water Wolf HD Camera - plus some stunning footage!

The Water Wolf HD has arrived at Glasgow Angling Centre, just in time for Christmas - but only a limited number of cameras will be available at the launch price of £119.99 and orders are coming in thick and fast so don't delay! Get in early and reserve yours now instore or online buy clicking HERE to guarantee Christmas delivery!
Don't forget to buy a 16gb Micro SD memory card for the camera and also available for the Water Wolf HD will be an Accessories Pack featuring some useful mounts to suit most recording situations, enabling you to attach your Water Wolf to boat hulls, railings, windows, tripods and much more - plus in the new year a special Carp Fishing Accessory pack will be available as well, perfect for all types of static bait fishing and more.
1. Locking plug
2. Camera holder
3. Tripod adaptor
4. Ball joint
5. Railing/pole mount
6. Suction cup mount
7. Ball joint adhesive mount

We have had a lot questions from customers worried that they might lose the camera in a snag - we don't see this being a very common occurrence provided you are fishing with properly balanced tackle, just as you would use without the camera anyway!

Your rig, hooklength or lure trace should ALWAYS be of a much lesser breaking strain of line or wire than your main line, meaning if your hook or lure gets snagged you can easily break it off and get you camera back safe and sound - this is just common sense and should be part of every anglers rig building routine. 

Having a reel loaded with heavier line, preferably braid, will also help if you need to pull the camera free from weed and protect you from break offs when casting. Double check all of your knots and connections BEFORE you start fishing. 

The Water Wolf camera weighs 66g on its own before adding the brass weights so be sure to use a rod that can handle the casting weight of your lure PLUS the camera to get the best cast possible and to avoid rod breakages! 

Taking these steps will drastically reduce the chance of you losing your camera and if you are still worried, refrain from casting it near known snags and other dangerous situations. With everything in life there is a little risk involved but we reckon the very best videos will come from the anglers with a sense of adventure! If you are concerned about losing the Water Wolf then maybe this gadget is not for you!

Some common Water Wolf questions answered!
Q: How do I open the camera?
A: Wiggle the plug back and forth, you can then put your nail in the gap and open it. This takes a couple of times to master, but then it is easy.
You can also tie a knot in a piece of string, put it through the small hole in the plug and gently pull, until it opens.

Q: How do I close the camera?
A: Push the plug in with a turning motion. Turning the plug makes sure the o-rings are absolutely tight. This is very important when fishing deep.

Q: Does the camera float or sink?
A: The camera floats. If the 6 gram weight is inserted, it still floats. If the 9 or 12 gram weight is inserted, it sinks.

Q: Will the housing scratch?
A: The housing and lens is made from polycarbonate, the same material used for riot shields, so it is very though. It can be scratched, but this will not affect the function or waterproofness , only the outlook.

Q: How do I clean the camera?
A: Rinse it in lukewarm water, and dry it off with a soft cloth.

Q: How do I store/transport the camera?
A: When you are done recording, put the camera in the neoprene pouch, and secure the Velcro to close it.

Q: Why does the camera wobble at high speeds?
A: The UW 1.0 comes with three weights (6g, 9g and 12g) the 12g weight makes the camera stable in the water to about 5 knots, at higher speeds it starts to wobble.

Q: How can I avoid that the camera tangles on the cast? 
A: Tie the line to the eye in the stick, do not use snaps or swivels.

Q: How far should the lure be from the camera?
A: The clearer the water is, the further away the lure can be. 40-80 cm is a good starting point.

Q: How can I tell if the water is clear enough for filming?
A: If you can see 1 meter down into the water you should be able to record. The deeper your camera goes the clearer water you will need, in order to get enough light.

Q: How deep can I record video?
A: If the water is very clear, there is lots of light, and the sun is high in the sky you can record video at 50-100 meters.

Q: Why is my video green?
A: Light has different wavelengths, because of this color disappears the deeper you record. Red color disappears around 5 meters, orange around 8 meters, yellow around 15 meters. This is why the recording ends up green.

Q: How can I tell if the camera is charged?
A: Connect the charger cable to the camera, and a power source. When the blue diode turns off, the camera is fully charged.

Q: Can I cast the camera?
A: Yes, the camera is shockproof, but casts longer than 40 meters may damage the camera.

Q: How far can I cast the camera?
A: 40 meters, casts longer than that may damage the camera

Q: What happens if the line snaps?
A: That depends on the setup. If the camera is setup to sink, it is most likely lost. If it floats it might surface.

Q: Can I order spare parts?
A: Please contact your local Water Wolf dealer.

Q: What micro SD card should I buy?
A: 16 or 32 GB. micro SD or SDHC card. 16 GB. will give you around 4 hours recording time, 32 GB. up to almost 5 hours, depending on water temperature.

Q: How deep does the camera go?
A: The camera is waterproof to 100 meters, if the camera is closed correctly.

Q: Can I use the camera as a web camera?
A: No.

Q: Can I film while charging the camera?
A:  No.

Q: Can I use the camera for ice fishing?
A: Yes.

Q: Does the camera record sound?
A: Yes, but through a small hole over the on/off button, so when the camera is closed you barely get any sound.

Once you get your camera home from a fishing trip, the fun really starts! The Water Wolf team have produced a short video showing how to download and edit your video - it's really easy and we can't wait to see your footage on our Facebook Page! Check out the video below and you can find lots more useful information on the WaterWolfHD.com website!

The Water Wolf HD can be purchased both online and instore at Glasgow Angling Centre, just in time for Christmas - but only a limited number of cameras are available and orders are coming in thick and fast so don't delay! Get in early and reserve yours now instore or online buy clicking HERE to guarantee Christmas delivery!