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Saturday, 27 June 2015

June 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Welsh Sole!

Bill Gronow caught this big Sole while fishing the Cardiff Bay Yacht Club competition, breaking a 26 year old Welsh record and winning the competition!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Perfect Pike!

Allan Bucannan caught this cracking Pike on a Joey Mackerel deadbait fished on the bottom in 6ft of water!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Prize Perch!

Zek Klietz caught this cracking Perch on a crankbait at Bristol Docks during the British Lure Angling Championships, getting him through to the final and a new PB to boot!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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! 

Deal of the Week - Daiwa Wilderness XT 15ft Salmon Fly Rod, RRP £200, Now Only £100

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

June 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Topwater Bass!

Kieran Doran caught this nice Bass on a Savage Gear Panic Prey lure on the first day of the Bass season - his first ever on a topwater lure!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Top Tope!

William Hutchison was on his first trip sea fishing with On Yer Marks off Drummore when he caught this cracking Tope!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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, 20 June 2015

June 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - PB Bass!

Richard Ball caught his new PB Bass on a afternoon session using peeler crab for bait!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - First Pike!

Emma Quigley caught her first Pike from Loch Lomond on a deadbait!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Polish Pike!

Peter Szymusik caught this cracking Pike from Rudyard Reservoir on a classic old  Polish spoon! The fish was safely returned after a quick photo!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Grafham Brown!

Duncan Ayre with a fine Brown trout caught during the practice day for the RAF vs Emergency Services Competition at Grafham Water on a Diawl Bach fished on an Airflo DI3 line! The fish was returned after a quick pic!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Norway Coalie!

John Agnew caught this impressive Coalfish while fishing in Norway for the first time. The fish was returned to fight another day.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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, 18 June 2015

Deal of the Week - Fisheagle Nook Folding Beach Shelter, RRP £79.99, Now Only £40.00

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The Fisheagle Nook Shelter is a fantastic fishing shelter that delivers superb performance and unbeatable value.
The Nook Shelter features a tough nylon fabric construction with really heavy duty stitching, ensuring it can stand up to the stresses and strains of all sorts of inclement weather conditions. The material features an extended lower skirt for securing with rocks, sand, shingle etc. and features pegging points for use with the included pegs.
The Nook gets its shape and strength from the sturdy yet lightweight snap-together aluminium frame, which will hold true in the toughest wind, but still allows the Nook to collapse far smaller than most similar shelters on the market. Full height when erected is around 5ft tall, and collapses down to around 4ft for convenient transport.
Internally, the Nook has plenty of space for a chair and the rest of your gear, ensuring only your rods need face the elements. The nook comes packaged in a durable, robust storage bag made form the same tough material as the shelter itself, and the Nook is available in a choice of Blue and Red.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

June 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Drain Pike!

Neil Pikett with a cracking Pike, caught on a trip to the Lincolnshire drains!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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! 

How To Catch Trout During A Caenis Hatch


Kown as the ‘Angler’s Curse,’ our smallest upwinged species, the Caenis, begin to appear throughout June. Equating to a hook size of about 20-24 (depending on species) these white upwinged flies are positively tiny. Their emergence strikes fear into many fly fishers, and when you factor in the blizzard-like hatches, you can see where their reputation came from.

A Natural Caenis
When there is a hatch of Caenis, the trout gorge themselves and become pre-occupied, making it difficult, nigh on impossible to tempt them with anything. Fly anglers try everything in their arsenal but it's as if the fish have been hypnotised to reject anything else!

Greys Platinum Stealth Fly Line
Thankfully, armed with a suitable imitation and a high riding floating fly line, it’s not all doom and gloom. Unassuming and straightforward it maybe, and contrary to your belief that "nothing works," trying the small hackled Caenis Dun pattern generally unlocks the door to seemingly fussy fish come Caenis time.

The Caenis Dun

Hook: Size 18-20 Partridge Patriot
Tail: Three Tail Fibre Fibbets
Thorax: Natural mole's fur
Hackle: Grizzle Cock

Tying the Caenis Dun
Most people shy away from small hooks as fear surrounds beginners and even seasoned tyers when it comes to dressing flies on them. Where most people go wrong, however, is attempting to tie fussy, intricate patterns on the tiniest of hook shanks, which is asking for trouble.  The secret is keeping things simple and uncomplicated. This pattern merely consists of tail, body and hackle, that’s it.

In the interest of keeping bulk down, Trico 17/0 thread certainly helps, but all tying procedures should be kept to a minimum too. For example, after initially catching in your thread, trap the tailing fibres in as you lay down a thread base. These are then separated and locked in place with a tiny dab of Superglue.

A thread body eliminates bulk, which means you can afford to create a slight taper to the abdomen by a slight build-up of fly tying thread. This is protected with a coating of fine varnish that instantly soaks into thread turns.

You could get away without a thorax as such and just rely on hackle turns instead. That said, the thoracic region of Caenis duns is often quite dark, making it more pronounced. Therefore it's worth imitating with a small amount of dubbing. Dubbings don’t come any finer than mole’s fur and it’s exactly the right colour too! Keep the hackle relatively sparse and remember to cut a ‘V’ in the underside, to render it low riding.

Equally, with the hackle clipped flush on the underside, it doubles up as a spinner pattern when female Caenis return to egg lay.

How to Fish the Caenis Dun
Generally speaking, a Caenis hatch in full swing sees trout topping everywhere. Understandably, it’s easy to adopt a scattergun approach by simply casting out with your floating fly line in the hope that sooner rather than later a trout will find your offering. This does work to a degree, but a far better ploy is to single out individual fish and try to target these.

Granted, it's easier said than done, however, the most intense activity usually occurs over calm water where duns littering the surface are easy pickings for trout. Try moving to where a light breeze ruffles the surface. Here, fewer flies and consequently trout tend to exist. Chances are these will track into the wind, making it easier to anticipate their path of travel. Equally, more broken water helps mask a landing fly and ultimately any leader indentation often making fish that bit more tolerant of our presence.

Knotless Tapered Leader
Always fish the Caenis Dun on a knotless tapered leader with a very fine tippet - the finer the better.  A thick leader on a small, size 18-20 is not going to look natural to the fish.

The dreaded "Angler's Curse" is a challenge and triggers an automatic 'defeatist' response, however, if your are willing to be a bit more tactical in your approach, willing to remain positive, and choose to be confident in your Caenis Dun, you will engage with more fish.

This article was brought to you in association with Trout Fisherman Magazine.


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

June 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Double Trouble!

Blair Davidson and Calum Johnston on a great trip that saw 14 fish landed including this nice double hook up with a nice pair of Pike. Both fish were safely returned after a quick photo!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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! 

Sunday, 14 June 2015

June 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Deepwater Ferox!

Alex Lawson hooked this amazing Ferox Trout in 170 feet of water in a Scottish Loch! The fish was safely released after a few photos.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2015 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 to spend at GAC, simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used through this page of our website. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page! 

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Scierra XDP+ Cassette Fly Reel with 3 Spare Spools

A serious fly angler likes to be prepared for any type of condition, be it flat calm, big wave or light ripple.  It's also important to be equipped with the right range of sinking lines: Di 3, 4, up to 7 when the conditions dictate a deeper approach.  So a fly reel that gives you the flexibility to change fly lines quickly and easily is a big advantage and the Scierra XDP+ with it's 3 spare spools is just the job!
The XDP+ features a carry case, lightweight construction, water-proof break system, saltwater proof and allows the fly angler to change fly lines in an instant.  It's the perfect reel for all your lines and now you can get this excellent fly reel, which normally retails for 160 quid for just £70.00!  But you better hurry because this deal is sure to sell out fast!






Tuesday, 9 June 2015

June 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Motoriki Snapper!

Heather Murphy wit a Snapper caught off the rocks at Motoriki Island, Mount Mauganui in New Zealand!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Lomond Pike!

Danny Agnew with a nice Pike from Loch Lomond, taken on a Savage Gear 4Play lure!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Young Double!

Young Halle Scott with a nice Pike caught on a Joey Mackerel legered on the bottom.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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 2015 Fish of the Month Entry - Awe Pike!

Ian Kinloch with a cracking Pike caught from Loch Awe!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2015 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 to spend at GAC, 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! 

VOTE TO​​ SAVE OUR SALMON!


In May 2015, Trout and Salmon magazine launched Save Our Salmon – a campaign that seeks to highlight the plight of wild Atlantic Salmon and raise funds to return the species to abundance. Last month they invited interested parties to pitch ideas that they believe will help reach that goal. They received many proposals for funds, the best eight of which were publish here. Now Trout and Salmon readers are being asked to read each pitch and decide which they think is most deserving. You can then vote for your favourite pitch by completing the form on the 'vote now' page.


How serious is the problem? As Trout and Salmon magazine celebrates its 60th birthday, the reality is that wild Salmon populations have declined by more than 60 per cent on most UK rivers.

Here are just a few of the threats face by Salmon stocks: sea-lice from fish farms, commercial netting operations, growing populations of Goosanders, Mergansers, Cormorants and seals, the increasing peril posed by in-river and tidal turbines and fracking, pollution from pesticides and fertilisers and arable and highways run-off, over-abstraction, weirs, dredging, commercial fishing by-catch and the great unknown: global warming and survival at sea. Our Salmon are having a torrid time.

Many of these threats are being addressed to some degree, but much more could be done. So in which direction should we turn to achieve our common goal? Who can make a difference? This campaign not only gives you the opportunity to do your bit by donating to a good cause, but you can also influence how and where money is spent.

Pitch 1 - To appoint an independent scientist to assess evidence used by Natural Resources Wales to justify its decision to close hatcheries

Proposer: Campaign for the Protection of Welsh Fisheries Cost: £15,000 - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


Pitch 2 - To campaign for UK, Welsh and Scottish governments to save wild salmon by taking action in seven key areas.

Proposer: The Angling Trust Cost: Unlimited, but the Trust will match the money raised by Trout and Salmon readers - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


Pitch 3 - To launch Spey Track, a project that will tag migrating smolts during the early stages of their migration from the Spey

Proposer: The Atlantic Salmon Trust & Spey Foundation Cost: £60,000 - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


Pitch 4 - To monitor the effects of fish-farm-derived sea-lice on West Coast wild salmon.

Proposer: Argyll Fisheries Trust Cost: £10,000 - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


Pitch 5 - To influence politicians by employing a lobbyist to gain the support of MSPs.

Proposer: Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland): £12,000 - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


Pitch 6 - To establish a fund to compensate all remaining netsmen in the South West for never fishing again.

Proposer: South West Rivers Association & North Atlantic Salmon Fund: £250,000 (£10,000 per net) - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


Pitch 7 - To install an innovative video camera to capture salmon migration data, analysed by volunteer anglers.

Proposer: Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association and Ribble Trust: £6500 - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


Pitch 8 - To independently assess river management operations where smolt stocking is showing increases in salmon numbers.

Proposer: Jon Gibb (hatchery manager for the River Lochy Association): £20,000 - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
VOTE NOW! Choose the pitch you think will make the biggest difference...

In the September issue of Trout and Salmon the most voted-for pitch will be announced and readers, tackle companies, riparian owners and other commercial organisations will be invited to donate to the winning cause. All the donors’ names will be published in Trout and Salmon and those donating £10 or more will receive a special car sticker to show their support. In the meantime you can follow the voting and debate on the dedicated SAVE OUR SALMON Facebook Page!
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