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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

New Mackenzie FX1 Single Hand, Switch and Travel Rods Launched at GAC!

We are very excited to announce some exiting additions to the ground breaking Mackenzie FX1 Graphene rod range! The long awaited addition of single hand models, Switch rods and 6 piece travel Spey rods will introduce this amazing rod material to a whole new demographic of anglers! We have very limited initial stock of the new models now, with more available early next year - so be quick!
When the team from Mackenzie DTX teamed up with Professor Gary Savage, former Formula One World Team Champion and one of the world’s leading experts in carbon and composites, to bring to market what has to be regarded as the most advanced fly rod ever made they could only dream a how big an impact it would have on the Salmon fly rod market! With Professor Savage's help, Scott Mackenzie and his team designed and built a world first - a fly rod incorporating a new super material called Graphene - and it was soon a worldwide success with rods being sold much faster than they could be built and a long waiting list formed to get one.
We have been lucky enough to test the new FX1 rods on the water this autumn and were instantly amazed at the performance of the single hand rods. The 9'6'' # 6 was an instant favourite, even as we took it from the luxury cloth bag it felt as though we had picked up a much shorter lighter model by mistake and once it had a line in the air we were immediately impressed! Laser sharp loops and a feeling of control meant we could place a line anywhere you pointed the rod tip and even when under or overlined we found the blank to be very forgiving, allowing for a quick recovery when going from a short cast to a long one and vice versa. The fittings and cosmetics on the FX1 single hand rods are high quality and give the rod a very modern look, and so they should - this material is after all at the very cutting edge of technology today!
A pair of 11'2'' #7/8 Switch rods will fill a gap in the summer salmon anglers armoury, or for those who haunt the smaller rivers in the UK and further afield. These two rods may share the same size and line rating, but have very different actions, each identified by their F and MF annotations. A Fast rod that loves overhead casts and longer lines, and the more forgiving Medium Fast rod that can perform the most intricate spey casts in tighter spots with ease and play big fish out on light tippet without fear - a rod that both novice and expert casters will appreciate. Both FX1 Switch rods work well with the latest crop of switch lines on the market, in particular of course the Mackenzie Switch line, and our old favourite the Airflo 40+ line.
The Mackenzie DTX Atlas Travel rods are the best selling 6 piece Spey rods of all time so it makes good sense that the new Graphene material is put to use on a rod that you are most likely to need to depend on when fishing in remote areas of far off lands! The FX1 Atlas rods share the same fittings and cosmetics as the original FX1 rods but in 6 sections, and cover all the rod sizes you will ever need - 12'7'' #8, 13'7'' #9 and 14'9'' #10!
So what is Graphene? The Mackenzie FX1 flyrod is the Spey rod to use Graphene, a Nobel Prize winning material that is set to revolutionise carbon-composite engineering. Discovered at the University of Manchester in 2004, Graphene is the strongest and stiffest material known to man. It is up to 300 times stronger than steel, even stronger than diamond, and 30 times stronger than Kevlar - the material used for bullet proof vests! Graphene recently revolutionised the tennis world after Head launched a new tennis racket using the material, now used used by Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.
Single walled Graphene Nanotube                     Multi walled Graphene Nanotube
The way it is used in the manufacture of the Mackenzie FX1 blank is in the form of multi-walled carbon nanotubes - 1 atom thick sheets of hexagonally bonded carbon formed into tubes and added to a state of the art resin. Being 32 times stiffer than steel per unit mass. The sub-microscopic cylinders of carbon on a weight-for-weight basis are at least 120, and up to 300 times stronger than steel and 30 times stronger than Kevlar!
Scanning Tunnel Electron Micrograph of Graphene Nanotubes - red dots are carbon atoms!
Approximately 1/50,000th the width of a human hair, Graphene nanotubes can stretch considerably rather like plasticine before breaking, up to 14 percent of their normal length. Their aspect ratio (length/diameter) can be up to 130,000,000:1. To illustrate this, if we think of a carbon nanotube as a piece of spaghetti (typically 2mm in diameter) then, at this scale, the tube would be 66km long!
The Mackenzie FX1 rod blank is impregnated with this resin incorporating a weave of this new Graphene nanotube material. The rod flexes deeply during the cast and recovers quickly and powerfully. This fast recovery makes it easier to cast further with little effort, yet retains the 'feel' that is so important in a fly rod, especially if your casting is not on top form.

The new additions to the Mackenzie FX1 range will be available from late December and will initially include 9' #5, 9' #6, 9'6'' #6, 10' #6, 10' #7 models, covering almost any situation the Salmon angler will find in the UK and abroad. The rods have been designed to handle all types of lines, from longer traditional Spey lines to short Scandi and Skagit style shooting-heads. The rods themselves feature the very best craftsmanship and fittings money can buy! Top grade Portuguese cork handles have been specially chosen and are made to a length and style to allow casters of all styles and abilities to use the rod in comfort.
Genuine Fuji SiC stripper rings with an ultra hard, ultra smooth, silicon carbide coating that will never wear and Titanium recoil snake guides that spring back into shape if knocked or bent grace the blank with smart orange tipped, gloss black whippings. A unique custom made ALPS reel seat keeps your favourite reel securely in place. The finish on the FX1 Graphene blank itself features a self healing PTFE silicon coating meaning any scratches can simply be rubbed smooth, and with the addition of the Graphene resin system to the blank, you wont find a better, stronger blank on the market today!
Come and see the new FX1 rods for yourself at Glasgow Angling Centre and Edinburgh Angling Centre or buy online from www.fishingmegastore.com



Monday, 11 December 2017

How to tie a Blow Fly Humpy - with Davie McPhail.

This week, Davie ties the Blow Fly Humpy, a pattern based on the Blow fly family (otherwise known as the Calliphoridae family) that is exceptional for fishing trout and works amazingly in New Zealand and Australia.
Blowflies are a family of insects that are noisy in flight, average a size of around 8-10mm and are often metalic blue, green or black in colour.
Other Humpy patterns include the American-style Yellow Humpy and Royal Humpy.
An Australian Sheep Blowfly, similar to the pattern below
in it's metallic green/blue colour.
All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Demonstrating the tying of a Blow Fly Humpy, it's Davie McPhail.



Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill 31510 Short Shank Special - Sz10
Thread: Uni Thread 8/0 - Black
Tail: Dyed Black Cock Fibres
Back: Black Foam
Body: Uni-Mylar Peacock/Orange #14, which Davie tied on with assistance from some Fulling Mill Super Glue.
Legs: Pre-Knotted Pheasant Tail Fibres dyed Black
Wing: White CDC Feathers
Hackle: Black Cock
Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of some Varnish to coat the "head" of the fly and finish off this wonderful pattern.

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

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Fishingmegastore's November 2017 Fish of the Month Winners!

The winner of the Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition for Novenber 2017 is young Danny Bain with this picture of his first double figure Pike! As always the judging of our competition was left to our 43,000+ Facebook fans, who voted on their favourite pictures by hitting the Like button, and Danny was the clear winner with 238 votes in our November 2017 Fishingmegastore FOTM Facebook Gallery!
1st Place - Danny Bain - 238 Likes
Danny 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. 
2nd Place - Nicky Cassidy - 192 Likes
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.
Every month our world famous FOTM competition grows bigger and better, 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 well done to the runners up, Nicky Cassidy and Greg Forrest, both with cracking fish pics that got a lot of Likes from the voting public - well done guys!
3rd Place - Greg Forrest - 71 Likes
If you would like to enter our December 2017 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!

Friday, 1 December 2017

Daily Advent Deals this Christmas at Fishingmegastore!

After the massive popularity of our last few years' festive promotions at Fishingmegastore, we will once again be slashing prices on some of the fishing tackle and accessories that we think will make great gifts for the anglers in your life for this Christmas 2017, but this time it's we are making it much bigger - now it will be over 24 days instead of 12!
As always we like to keep it simple; 24 Days, a new deal everyday, and some truly amazing bargains to be had in the run up to Christmas! To give you more time to get involved, every day from the 1st to the 24th of December 2017 we will launch a new and amazing offer that will run until right through until Christmas Eve - simply subscribe to our newsletters to get the deals straight to your email inbox or watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds to see the deals of the day!


Remember folks, please don't leave your Xmas shopping to the last minute, get your orders in to us as soon as you can to avoid disappointment, we have loads of stock of all of these deals in our warehouses at the moment but there is always the chance that these deals will sell out before the cut off date and we also need to get it delivered to you at this busy time of year too!!!
To check the last date for Christmas delivery in your area CLICK HERE or contact us by email - please check back regularly as these dates will be reviewed on a daily basis, our mail order team are already working extra shifts to get between 400 and 600 packages out to our customers daily!

Stuck for what to buy your favourite angler? Ask our team of expert anglers instore, by phone or email for suggestions - we just need a few clues as to what kind of angler you are buying for to help you choose the ideal present, and if they are a regular customer we will have a good idea of the kind of gear they like (or already have) - or you can play it safe and check out our range of Gift Cards HERE!
Our online angling Christmas Gifts section has gone through a massive overhaul to make it even easier to navigate an expanded range which now includes the Just Fish and Shoot range - click HERE to see hundreds of great ideas to suit any budget! We have also extended our Christmas returns policy, so that orders placed between the 15th of November and the 24th of December may be returned up until the 28th of January 2018 - just follow our usual returns procedure when returning items for exchanges or a refund!

Our new updated Christmas and New Year opening hours for both our Edinburgh and Glasgow stores can be found HERE!
To subscribe to our newsletter and be kept up to date with new products and promotions at all times CLICK HERE!

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for even more updates and cool stuff and don't forget, we are a REAL tackle shop with a world famous store in Glasgow and a new store in Edinburgh that you can visit in person, so why not come and see us!

All offers are available instore and online on a first come first served basis and while stocks last. Please check the website for the latest order date for guaranteed Christmas delivery!

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Fishing Presents & Christmas Gift Ideas for Fishermen



Finding a great Christmas Gift for the fisherman in the family or loved one can be tricky because there are so many questions to ask. For example, what does he/she need? Do they need a new fly rod, fishing tools, tackle bag or fishing gloves? Will this spinning rod be suitable for catching Pike or will this spinning reel be strong enough for Salmon Fishing? Confusion can certainly set in when you try to find a gift, especially if you are not confident that you are buying the right thing. However at Glasgow Angling Centre, Fishingmegastore, we want to help you find the perfect Christmas gift for him or help you with great gift ideas for her so you don’t leave everything to the last minute.  We have everything from unusual fishing gifts for men, the coolest gifts for boyfriends, gifts for your dad, fishing gear for her, gifts for guys and keepsake gifts.

Great Christmas Fishing Gifts for Men

As Christmas gets nearer and you are struggling to find the perfect gift for Christmas, we have loads of Novelty Fishing Gifts that make fantastic stocking fillers. For example, if you are looking for something quite small and don’t want to spend a lot of money, ornaments, pictures, mugs, bottle openers and fishing socks are quirky but make awesome gifts. You can easily spend a fiver and still get a Christmas gift to remember. Other unique fishing gift ideas for him include pewter lapel pins, keyrings, coasters, flask, placemats or framed prints. If you are looking for an unusual gift then cufflinks, a wallet or fishing tech gifts including a Freeloader Solar Supercharger are perfect for your Christmas shopping basket.

Clothing makes a great fishing gift for him. Fly fishing jackets and rainwear for example come in all shapes and sizes and levels of waterproof fabrics and breathability.  You can also get shirts that wick moisture away from the body and look great when on or off the water. Other perfect clothing gift ideas for xmas include floatation suits, sweatshirts, hoodies, waders and wading boots, fly fishing vests, camo trousers and bib & braces.

The list is endless but we want to make selecting gifts for Christmas as easy as possible.  The angler can be a hard one to please sometimes, so when you are really stuck, gift vouchers are ideal!  They come preloaded with any amount you want so your loved one can buy whatever they want: fishing flies, a baitcasting reel, a spey line, bit alarms, saltwater rods, landing net, a fishing tackle box or stuff for saltwater fishing.

Fishingmegastore Christmas Gift Guide

It’s very simple to shop for fishing gifts at fishingmegastore. Our bespoke Christmas fishing gift guide lets you filter by price, brand and category. So if you are looking for fishing DVDs and books, fly tying kits, stockingfoot waders or sea luggage, just click the category button and this will narrow your search to display each product in that category. Alternatively, if you are more focused on budget, simply click on the price range button to filter by £10.00 - £50.00, £50 - £100, £100 - £150, £200 - £250 or £250 and over. Or if you are after a high-value item, say an expensive surf rod, fishing pole or expensive fishing waders and want to spread the cost, we have many fishing products available on 0% Finance. Finally, to make things even easier, you can filter by brand and you can easily see our fantastic Christmas selection from the likes of Hardy, Greys, Abu Garcia, Shimano, Airflo and Guideline to name but a few.

Fishing Kits for Christmas

Maybe you want to introduce a loved one to fishing? What about a fishing buddy? If so we have a fantastic range of Christmas fishing kits and fishing tackle boxes for all fishing techniques with everything you need to get started. From Spinning Kits, Carp Fishing Kits, Pike Fishing Kits to Fly Fishing Kits, there’s a combo to fit everyone’s budget and level of experience. For just £59.99 you can get a Fisheagle Fully Monty Pier Combo which has everything you need including a 10ft Rock and Pier rod, 10 sea fishing rigs, Vigor Front Drag Reel with Fishing line and fishing lures supplied and a selection of terminal tackle. Or why not a brand new fly fishing kit? For just sixty quid you can get an Airflo Fly Fishing Kit that is suitable for a number of situations: reservoirs, lakes, small to mid-sized rivers, predator or stillwater fly fishing.

Let us help you choose the best Christmas Gift

Like most people, when buying online from a tackle shop, it's important that you know the gift will be delivered in PLENTY of time for Christmas, therefore fishingmegastore will keep all our customers informed about the best delivery dates to ensure your gift arrives in time, and to avoid disappointment. Alternatively, our Fishingmegastore website has a popular 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 and Presents this Christmas, we've made the process as simple as possible. We have everything for every category: gifts for her, mum, girlfriends, boyfriends, outdoorsmen, fly fisherman, gifts for dads, presents for teen boys, gifts for friends, gifts for husbands and fun gifts. 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.


Friday, 24 November 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry November 2017 - Legered Pike!

Nicky Cassidy with a nice Pike caught on a legered Mackerel deadbait from a small water in Renfrewshire.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our November 2017 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!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry November 2017 - Nevada Cutthroat!

Greg Forrest with a Lahontan Cutthroat Trout caught on a recent trip to Pyramid Lake in Nevada USA was caught using a Fario Fly Blue Flash Damsel fished on an Airflo DI7 line!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our November 2017 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!

Friday, 17 November 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry November 2017 - First Double!

Young Danny Bain with his first double figure Pike, caught on a legered Smelt deadbait!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our November 2017 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 November 2017 - Carp on Corn!

Young Mark Sheerin with a nice wee Carp caught on Sweetcorn from Greenhill Fishery whilst on holiday in Dumfries!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our November 2017 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 November 2017 - Fadden Trout!

Lee Hill caught this cracking big Rainbow Trout from Lough Fadden on a Suspender Buzzer pattern! The fish was returned safe and well after a quick photo!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our November 2017 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!

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Top Tips for Winter Stillwater Trout Fishing


The Brown Trout Season may be finished, however, don't put away your fly fishing gear just yet! A few tweaks here and there, and armed with a solid selection of Winter fly patterns, it's definitely worth wrapping up and taking a stroll around your local trout fishery.

Focus On Key Times
One of the first things to consider when stillwater trout fishing in winter is to focus on key times. The action of continuous casting, watching the water, and tending your line makes fly fishing very demanding, as you’re always on the go. However, rather than slog away regardless, a far better approach is to focus on anticipated key times.

Usually, in winter, there can be a burst of activity not long after dawn, followed by a lull. The best window is more likely to be late morning through to early afternoon. Often fish will come on the feed again when the light fades.

Obviously, if you’re getting any interest, or catching trout, then remain fishing. However, if 40 or so minutes pass without incident, take a coffee break to warm up and refresh yourself.

Keep On The Move
Unless fish can actually be seen, or you’re getting knocks to your fly, parking your backside in one spot for long periods is never a good idea. Far better is to busy yourself by moving frequently. It is advisable to give it no more than 30 minutes in one area before upping sticks to try elsewhere.

When To Fish The Exposed Bank
Any wind blowing in from the south or the west is likely to be warmer. These breezes often increase the temperature of surface water that is carried on the undertow to mix with potentially colder water at depth. Depending on the air/water temperature relationship this often means warmer, more comfortable, water will be found on the exposed bank where fish will hopefully be more active. Bear in mind too, this is where any surface insects will accumulate.
Exposed Bank
When To Fish The Sheltered Shore
Winds from the north or east are generally much colder, especially in winter when they often carry an Arctic blast. Such a breeze not only chills the surface, but it drags frigid water down by the undertow on the windward (exposed) shore.
Sheltered Shore
As water circulates back towards the leeward (sheltered) bank, it mixes with deeper water that is usually warm, theoretically making water close to the sheltered shore a few degrees higher than elsewhere. Naturally, you should make a point of starting here first.

When To Use Lures
When little stirs at the surface and no fly activity seems evident, then starting with some sort of lure might not be a bad idea. Generally speaking, the advantage here is water can be covered quickly, making it more likely you’ll run into fish sooner rather than later. Nips and jarring takes that aren’t converted doesn’t necessarily mean that trout won’t take a lure, and a change of size, and or colour usually does the trick.


Starting off with a lure is also great as a searching tactic if it is not evident where the fish are moving, what depth they are holding, and how active they are.

Try Nymphs
Beginners understandably shy away from nymphing tactics in winter as they feel they’re getting nowhere fast, especially when inching a team of flies back.

However, it’s worth remembering freshwater shrimps, Corixa and hoglice are available to trout right through the colder months. Chances are a few chironomids (buzzers) will be hatching off too, particularly between the hours of 12 pm and 3 pm. Even on the coldest of days, this perceived window is when fish are likely to respond to the more imitative approach.  Just make sure you adjust your retrieve rate appropriately for the imitative pattern you are using.  For example, when fishing buzzers, allow the current to drift them naturally and give a short, occasional pull to let the flies rise and fall.

Dry Fly Tactics
More than once in November through to January/February, small, dark brown beetles have been observed on the wing, that have tumbled to the water and have triggered trout's interest. These tend to be active on the milder, sunnier days when a little bit of warmth can be expected. While not obvious, chances are any dimpling trout will be taking these, or small emerging midges.

Evidence of both can usually be found in the foam on the windward (exposed) bank where insect casualties will be washed up. It goes without saying that rising fish should be tackled with the dry flies outlined above.

Useful Set-Ups
Fish the sinking line with a single lure to reach trout quickly at depth, or ‘digging in’ when
casting into the breeze from the exposed shore.



Fish the floating line with a nymph when trout are holding high in the water column, for exploring shallower bays.


Try the floating line with two nymphs for nymphing from the bank where a breeze might be more of an issue.



Fly Choice
As fly anglers, we’re guilty of carrying far too many flies. Do bear in mind that there are fewer naturals about in winter, so we can streamline our selection somewhat. This selection should help get you started.

Fulling Mill Hot Head Damsel


Fulling Mill Taddy Hot Viva


Fulling Mill Bead Bug Bloodworm
Fulling Mill Black Buzzer



Fulling Mill Target Pink Beetle


Fulling Mill Hare's Ear

Fulling Mill Cats Whisker Gold



Fulling Mill Griffiths Gnat

Floating Line Set-Up With 3 Nymphs
For deep nymphing from a boat, or when a favourable breeze blows from the bank (behind).

Floating Single Dry
For targeting trout quickly and dealing with a headwind.



Floating Line Two Dries
For boat, or bank fishing with a favourable wind.



Watch The Weather
Another thing to keep an eye on is the weather forecast leading up to your trip. Are the conditions set to change from mild to cold, or vice versa? A sharp drop in temperature will not only knock back any midge hatches, but is bound to affect the trout’s behaviour too when they often become lethargic. If you fish a water fed by several small streams, be mindful of heavy rain as this can result in a sudden injection of fresh, colder water, which again can switch trout off.

Isobar Chart
Conversely, a lift in air temperature can have a positive effect, especially if the thermometer has been hovering near freezing for several days. Granted the water temperature won’t increase overnight, but a sudden warm spell encourages buzzers to hatch and the trout won’t be too far behind. Attention should be paid to wind directions too (see above), particularly if you plan on visiting a larger body of water when getting the wrong location could involve an hour’s drive to put things right.

Wrap Up Warm
It’s surprising how much colder the conditions are when you’re away from built up areas. Due to residual heat, towns and cities are often a good few degrees warmer than the surrounding countryside. Those heading outdoors are often lulled into a false sense of security, as they believe the temperature to be higher than what it actually is. Even if it seems mild, be sure to take plenty of thin layers with you, as you’ll function much better when your body is comfortable. This extra clothing can be added or removed depending on the conditions of course.

Fingerless Gloves
Keeping your fingers warm so they remain nimble and sensitive is vital. Useless temperatures are several degrees below freezing, a pair of fingerless gloves should be adequate. While it’s tempting to go for a pair of thick, bulky gloves, that in turn affects dexterity when it comes to retrieving, especially for executing a figure-of-eight. Instead, look to those woven from polypropylene or similar as not only are these suitably thin, they can easily be wrung out when wet.

Make up Two Rods
Throughout the season, it's common to use a single fly rod, as changing methods isn’t much of a chore due to warmer conditions. However, in the depths of winter, swapping from a floating line to a sinker seems much more of an upheaval. Carrying a rod made up with a floating line and another using a sinking line means you’re covered for most eventualities in the blink of an eye. This will encourage you to change tactics more readily to hopefully get on the trout’s terms sooner.

Two Fly Rods Set Up
Preparation Begins When You Leave Home
It’s amazing how much easier leaders and knots are to tie in the comfort of your home as opposed to the windswept shore of an upland reservoir. Given this, make a point of preparing your line and leaders before leaving home. Emphasis should be paid to spare leaders too, so you can easily loop to loop a new one in the event of a tangle. Furthermore, it sounds obvious, but if you use commercially tied flies, check the hook eyes when you’re indoors and remove any varnish that might be blocking them. Attempting this with chilled hands when being buffeted by a strong breeze isn’t much fun and besides, it takes much longer outdoors to do this when it's very cold.

Don't let winter get in the way of enjoying some really good sport.  There are loads of excellent trout fisheries all over the UK, and by supporting them throughout winter, we are providing them with much needed revenue. If we don't support them, they simply will cease to exist and that will be bad for fishing.  Of course there are times when it's not possible to fish if the water has frozen over, but as soon as a thaw comes, the fish will not have seen a fly in a while and usually go crazy.  So get out there, fill your fly box up with a selection of winter patterns, wrap up, and don't let the cold come between you and some potentially fantastic days out.

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

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Fishingmegastore's October 2017 Fish of the Month Winners!

The winner of the Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition for October 2017 is Robert Melville with this picture of a monster Brown Trout from Loch Earn! As always the judging of our competition was left to our 43,000+ Facebook fans, who voted on their favourite pictures by hitting the Like button, and Robert was the clear winner with 785 votes in our October 2017 Fishingmegastore FOTM Facebook Gallery!
Robert Melville - 1st Place - 785 Likes!
Robert 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. 
Eric Doogan - 2nd Place - 364 Likes
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.
Every month our world famous FOTM competition grows bigger and better, 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 well done to the runners up, Eric Doogan and James Glass, both with cracking fish pics that got a lot of Likes from the voting public - well done guys!
James Glass - 3rd Place - 290 Likes
If you would like to enter our November 2017 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!
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