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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Daiwa Strikeforce Spinning Reel with Free Fishing Line

Daiwa's great looking Strikeforce Reel with Free Fishing Line is perfect if you want a great quality spinning reel but don't want to break the bank.  It's got a cracking new body design, Twist Buster line twist reduction, Digger digital gear design, aluminium spool, folding handle and smooth ball bearing drive.

If you need to add an additional reel to your existing gear or you're a beginner looking for a decent reel that will be suitable for a variety of scenarios, the Strikeforce is ideal.  You can now get your hands on this superb reel for only £15.00 while stocks last!



Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry June 2016 - Brighton Bream!

Mally Baxter caught this cracking Black bream on Black Lug and tipped with Squid while fishing out of Brighton aboard Grey Viking on a flooding tide!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2016 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry June 2016 - PB Perch!

7 year old Charlie Coyle with his new PB Perch, taken on float fished sweetcorn!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2016 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry June 2016 - Linlithgow Brownie!

Craig Brown caught this fine Brownie on a Nomad while fishing Linlithgow Loch!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2016 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry June 2016 - First Carp!

Young Jayden Canavan with a cracking Carp, his first fish ever caught on a trip to a local venue with his older brother!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2016 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry June 2016 - Dee Salmon!

John Wingate caught this fine River Dee Salmon on a home tied Silver Stoats Tail fly, fished on a 15ft Greys outfit while fishing at Crathes Castle!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2016 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry June 2016 - Peachy Carp!

Frazer Magee with a nice Carp taken on a Peach and Mango pop up boilie!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2016 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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 2: Fly Lines


Saltwater fly fishing is becoming increasingly popular these days. Its allure is in its simplicity, and an increasing number of anglers are expanding their repertoire of skills and giving it a go. In this series of articles, we will be helping you get into "swiffing" (saltwater fly fishing) by discussing everything you need for a successful days fishing in UK waters. In part 1, we discussed saltwater fly rods. In this part, we discuss saltwater fly lines and explain concepts such as 'line density,' 'weight forward,' line weights and identification.

So now you understand everything you need to know about Saltwater fly rods, it’s now time to choose a fly line – which may seem weird if you are a shore angler who is used to fine braids or mono. A Saltwater fly line, in contrast, is short, very thick and tapered to distribute the ‘weight’ of the line along its length and to give it particular casting characteristics. Ultimately, it is the weight of the fly line, in conjunction with your casting stroke, which bends the rod and propels the fly.

Hardy Coastal Flats Series Fly Line
The fly line is attached to backing - usually, braid - which sits on the Saltwater fly reel. Fly lines may seem expensive for what they are, but let go of your preconceptions for a moment. This isn’t just 30-40 yards of high-tech string, but a precision-engineered product, as vital as the rod itself. Indeed, think of it as an extension of the fly rod. It’s also very strong, so there’s no fear of breaking it while playing a fish.

The best advice is not to scrimp on your fly line. A good one can make your swiffing (saltwater fly fishing) a whole lot easier, and if properly looked after, it should last you many years. At the business end of the fly line, a short length (usually 9-14ft) of clear tapered nylon or fluorocarbon leader is attached, terminating in the fly itself.

Airflo Polyfuse XT 40+ Sniper
As discussed in part 1, if you have a #8 saltwater fly rod, you will need a #8 line to go with it. However, beyond the weight, there are a few more decisions to make about the line. When you look at the labelling you will find some additional information. First, there are some letters in front of the weight, ‘WF’ for example. This describes the general taper pattern of the line and stands for ‘Weight Forward’. This line has the weight concentrated towards the front (or ‘head’), which helps to load the rod more quickly without having to aerialise too much of it during casting.

Secondly, the ‘belly’ is the middle section of the line, and the thinner diameter back-end of a WF is called the ‘running line’. Another type to watch out for is a DT, which stands for ‘Double Taper’. Here we find an even taper on both ends, effectively making it reversible. However, for swiffing, it is predominantly WF lines that you need to give you that all-important cast-ability.

Guideline Coastal Fast Intermediate Fly Line
Most fly lines, not all, are manufactured with a core of braided nylon.  The core is then coated with PVC, or in some cases, Polyurethane which has been treated with various substances to deliver the appropriate buoyancy.

What depth to fish at?
So, we’ve got so far as ‘WF8, but there’s more. Fly lines come in different densities too, which basically controls their buoyancy. As in any lure fishing, you need to be able to deliver your imitation to wherever the fish are in the water column.  Lures usually come in different weights which allow them to sink to the appropriate depth.

In contrast, saltwater flies will incorporate a little weight (or buoyancy) to help them get to where you want them, but it is principally the fly line that does that. The basic types are Floating, Intermediate, Sink-tip, and Sinking. Floating and Sinking is obvious, although Sinking goes further, with gradings according to their speed of descent. These gradings are in inches-per-second of sink rate, such as di5, di7, allowing you to count down to the depth you want to fish.

Using A Stripping Basket
Intermediate lines offer neutral buoyancy and ‘hang’ in the water below the surface, in reality, sinking very slowly. Sink tips are a combination, usually having a floating head but with an end section (often clear) that is intermediate/sinking. The letters at the end of the line code correspond to its density, so F for floating, S for sinking, I for intermediate, and F/I or F/S for a sink-tip.

For most shallow water UK shore swiffing, a floating or intermediate fly line is sufficient, and certainly best for Mullet and Bass. As time goes on you may well add to your collection to give you more versatility, allowing you to cover those deep, clear rock marks as well.  Your chosen venues will dictate what is most suitable.The colour of fly lines vary from clear (usually intermediate lines) to Day-Glo greens, oranges and yellows. This is more to help you see the line when fishing and casting, and indeed where swiffing is concerned, you don’t need to fear a bright colour.

Saltwater Fly Fishing From Rocks
If you are serious about saltwater fly fishing, and want to protect your fly line from getting damaged or snagged, then a stripping basket or line tray is a very useful piece of kit. The tide can carry loose coils of line away which can be inconvenient when playing a fish. When using a sinking line, a stripping basket will keep your line above water allowing you to cast and shoot line without obstruction.

FutureFly Coastal Line Basket
So to conclude, your best bet is to start with a saltwater-classed WF8F. Saltwater-classed? Well yes...partly this is tuned for buoyancy, and partly it’s a specific type of taper at the front end to be able to cope with heavier flies. Avoid ‘warm water’ or ‘tropical’ lines, which are for hot climates.

In part 3 we will be discussing fly reels, and other essentials for saltwater fly fishing.

If you would like some more advice about getting into saltwater fly fishing and choosing the right gear etc, don't hesitate to give us a call on 0141 212 8880.  Alternatively, you can visit us instore at Glasgow Angling Centre, or Edinburgh Angling Centre if you are through in the East.

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

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Greys GRXi Wading Boots for the Technical Angler

Greys GRXi Wading Boots are lightweight, hardwearing and offer the perfect solution to the technical angler who is looking durability, performance and value.
GRXi Wading Boots are manufactured from selected synthetics and feature a stitched and glued felt sole to provide excellent wet grip on a variety of surfaces.  They are also extremely stylish and functional and feature padded ankle support and cordura lace loops.

Now you don't need to pay a fortune to own a pair of these excellent wading boots.  Grab yours today for only £40.00 while stocks last!

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry June 2016 - Woodburn Brownie!

Francis Gillespie with a cracking Brown Trout caught off the top on a CDC dry fly from Woodburn Fishery! The fish was safely returned to fight another day!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2016 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry June 2016 - Strathclyde Pike!

Claire Wolloshin with a nice Pike caught on a Mackerel Tail while fishing at Strathclyde Park!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2016 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry June 2016 - Lagos Snapper!

Jamie Bolsher caught this Snapper while jigging out of Lagos, Portugal!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2016 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry June 2016 - Anton Brown!

Emma Whitehead caught this fine Brown Trout from the River Anton on a Silver Bead Nymph during a hectic Mayfly hatch after leaving her dry fly box at home! Safely returned to fight another day.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2016 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry June 2016 - Exe Valley Brown!

Mike Webster with a nice Brown trout from Exe Valley fishery, the fish took a Hares Ear Nymph fished on a #5 weight outfit and is a new fishery record!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2016 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry June 2016 - Springwater Roach!

George Radburn with a cracking Roach from Springwater Fishery, caught on a single maggot fished on a margin pole!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2016 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry June 2016 - Highland Pike!

Grant Ross caught this cracking Pike on the fly while fishing a Highland river! His third fish and biggest of the day, it put up a great fight before being photographed and carefully returned to the water.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2016 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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! 

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry June 2016 - Borland Beauty!

Young Owen Smith has not long started fly fishing and is already proving to be a natural! He caught this cracking Trout on a Yellow FAB at Borland Fishery!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our June 2016 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 Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month 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. 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, 7 June 2016

Fishingmegastore's May 2016 Fish of the Month Winners!

The winner of the GAC Fish of the Month Competition for May 2016 is Michal Wittstock with this picture of a nice Scottish Perch! As usual the judging of our competition was left to our 36,000+ Facebook fans, who voted on their favourite pictures by hitting the Like button, and Michal was the clear winner with 600 votes in our May 2016 Fishingmegastore FOTM Facebook Gallery!
1st Place - Michal Wittstock - 600 Likes!
Michal wins £100 to spend at Glasgow Angling Centre on fishing gear of his choice plus a nifty GAC cap! We would like to thank everybody that took part, especially all of the youngsters who entered. It's always great to see all the amazing different species from up and down the UK and around the world we get sent in as well! You can check out all the entries here.
2nd Place - Ewan Russell - 242 Likes
Every month our world famous FOTM competition goes from strength to strength, with amazing pictures of different fish species being sent in by our customers. We give an awesome new GAC Cap to the entrants that came in 2nd and 3rd place as well, so here are the runners up, young Ewan Russell and John Bellboth with cracking fish as you can see from the pictures - well done folks!
3rd Place - John Bell - 162 Likes
If you would like to enter our June 2016 FOTM competition simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The winners will be voted for by our customers, simply by hitting Like on the image on Facebook in the entries album and will be chosen on the last day of each month. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries. Submit your entry here ...

If you are having difficulty using the the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!  Don't forget to read our Terms and Conditions - please click HERE to see them!

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Shakespeare Omni Mackerel Fishing Combo Kit

The Shakespeare Omni Mackerel Kit is the perfect outfit for Mackerel fishing from rocks, piers or the bank.  Combining feather rigs, loaded spinning reel and a powerful rod, you don't need to spend a fortune to enjoy this fun and exciting style of fishing.


The Shakespeare Omni Mackerel Combo includes a Shakespeare Omni Mackerel 10ft 4-8oz 2pc rod, Lineaeffe Vigor Silk Line 50 Reel (loaded with line), Fisheagle 3 Hook White Cod Feather Rig, 3 Hook Mackerel Rig and 6 hook Mackerel Feather rig.  Simply tie one end of your rig to the mainline with a swivel and add a Dexter Wedge or Lead Weight to the other end of your Rig and you're all set!


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