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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Best Travel Spinning Rods For Fishing

Travel Rods are the perfect solution when you fancy an impromptu visit to your local canal or river when you are on your way home from work. They are also fantastic for sticking in the back of your car so you have a rod handy whenever you get the opportunity to fish.  Alternatively, If you like to fish on holiday or when hiking, a travel rod will easily pack into your suitcase or rucksack.


Travel rods come in all shapes and sizes but fundamentally they solve a key problem: the ability to fish without having to lug a load of fishing gear about.  So owning a travel rod is a great investment because you might find yourself staring over at the set of rocks near your holiday accommodation and think 'that would be an awesome spot to fish.'  Alternatively, you might be on a family day out near a pier or a bit of water, giving you the perfect opportunity to give your kids their first try at casting or reeling in. Therefore owning a travel fishing rod gives you endless possibilities to fish new places and catch new species.

Advantages of Travel Rods


Travel rods come in all shapes and sizes.  For example, telescopic travel rods are popular because they pack down to a small size and are not too bulky.  They are quick to assemble and will have you fishing in no time with minimal fuss.  However, if you prefer a travel rod with a bit more sensitivity or a better action, a multi-piece travel rod is a great option. Take for example the Ron Thompson Tyran NX-Series Travel Rod. As a travel spinning rod, it comes in 10ft length, 4 pieces and has a 2-12 gram casting weight so it's great for casting a variety of lures, shads and baits. But what's really special about the Tyran is the rod's composition.  It's built on a 30-ton Korean carbon material that was developed by the Japanese and American Governments to be used in strategic materials and shielding.  You can also expect other cracking features like heavy duty EVA handle with cork endings, soft palm easy grip, screw down rubber fishing reel seat and a quality, protective rod bag.  So it's a tough, powerful, slim and extremely lightweight rod, making it compact yet powerful enough to fish for species such as Pike, Trout, Perch and Salmon.  It's also a great rod for light, in-shore sea fishing both at home and abroad where all you need is a couple of lures, a half decent spinning reel, some line and you are good to go!  

Therefore, whatever you needs are regarding a travel spinning rod, it's definitely a worthwhile investment.   Yes, you may have your 'go-to' commercial fishery, favourite species or style of fishing - there is nothing wrong with that - however having a travel rod will give you the opportunity to roam, to explore and re-connect with that feeling of adventure that fishing gave us when we were kids.  It's time to discover that again and experience what else is out there, and having a Ron Thompson Tryon NX-Series will give you plenty of opportunities for adventure because the best travel spinning rods are the ones that create great fishing memories.



Monday, 24 April 2017

Switching Fly Lines When Fly Fishing



Picture the scenario: you are standing on the bank of your favourite Trout stillwater, fishing with what you believe is the right fly line for the job - in this case a weight forward floating fly line - but there are a couple of guys fishing either side of you catching fish. You kindly ask what they are catching them on and they happily share this information. 'A Diawl Bach mate,' replies the gentleman to your right, 'about 4ft down.' Confused and frustrated, you realise that you actually have the same fly on your leader as the guys at either side of you, however, being the highly perceptive fly fisherman that you are, you further notice that your contemporaries don’t have a long, bright green or orange fly line in front of them. They are fishing a sinking line. In that moment you realise that you only have one fly line handy, the weight forward floater because you believed that was the only line you would ever need.

This is an all too common scenario, particularly with beginner fly fishermen. As you start out, you are told you only need a 9.6ft for a #7 fly rod, so you go out a buy a fly rod at this recommended length and a nice weight forward 7 fly line. This is perfectly suitable when you are learning to cast and fish for Trout but as you develop as a fly angler, you realise that having minimal kit is restricting. Conditions change, fish behaviour can be unpredictable, there may not be any visible fly activity or there may be conditions unique to the particular water you are fishing. In reality there are a multitude of variables you need to contend with but if you have a range of fly lines at your disposal, you can significantly increase your chances.

Advantages of Having Multiple Fly Lines


The solution is to have a selection of fly lines available so you can adapt to the conditions you are presented with when you arrive at your venue. Additionally, if you do your homework by researching the water you are fishing, find out what the top patterns are, how deep the water is, ask the fishery manager some questions prior to your visit and prepare accordingly, you can increase your chances. This approach alone can make the difference between a blank day and a successful one. Therefore in terms of fly lines, having a floating fly line, an intermediate fly line, a Di3 or 4 sinking fly line and a sink tip fly line will give you many options when you need to adapt your tactics to the conditions in hand.


When to Switch Fly Lines


Having a selection of fly lines is one thing however being able to 'assess' the water will determine which fly line you will ultimately choose. Typically when you arrive at your chosen venue, and you have done your homework, the first line you might pull out is an intermediate fly line because the fishery manager suggested that if the wind strength increases, the Trout like to cruise about a couple of feet below the surface scooping up black buzzers. So you follow this advice: you set up your fly rod, attach your fly reel and swap the floating line that was on the reel with your spare spool containing the intermediate. Lastly you attach your fly leader and fly - a black emerger as recommended by the fishery manager. You cast a nice long line, the leader turns over nicely and with it being an intermediate line, it slowly slips below the wave at around 1- 2 inches per second. You start your retrieve, a slow figure of eight with intermittent twitches to simulate the fly's natural behaviour and to stimulate a Trout to take. Suddenly after about 20 seconds of retrieving you feel a sudden pull in the line as it quickly straightens out and the lined shoots through your fingers – fish on!

 'The fishery manager was right,' you think to yourself and you are rewarded with a lovely 3lb Trout in great condition. As you safely return the fish to the water and continue to fish, suddenly the wind drops and fish start head and tailing on the surface of the water feeding on buzzers trapped in the surface film. Your knowledge and experience kicks in and you realise it's time to swap the intermediate fly line back to your floating fly line because it's turned into a classic CDC situation. So you make the necessary change and swap lines, change your fly fishing leader for a long knotless tapered job – which you de-grease - and attach a Fulling Mill Palomino Black CDC. Again, after one cast – BAM!  A Trout comes up and gently sips your black CDC off the surface and you quickly respond with a calm, controlled lift of your fly rod. Fish on, again! At the back of you mind you are thinking 'Im so glad I invested in a a few lines.'

Switching Fly Lines Infographic

Granted, these are just two typical scenarios: a bit of a wave and a flat calm but having the right lines gives you the ability to adapt and get your fly into the right position, either just under the surface or right on the surface. Ultimately though, not all Trout waters are the same. Sometimes you may find yourself trying loads of different flies and you may have swapped your fly line a few times and still no fish to show for it; sometimes fish are just out-with your casting range; you may be fishing from a boat into the margins with a Sink Tip Fly Line, or from a dam wall with a Di7 fly line; fish may be pre-occupied with a specific fly species and regardless of how many times you present your fly in the right position, you just can't entice them. It's your knowledge and experience, coupled with the right fly fishing equipment, which increases the probability of having what you define as a successful day.

It's not always about just the Fly Lines


The challenge is when you've followed all the advice, you're carrying all the essential fly lines, you've read the water and have the right flies at your disposal however this proves fruitless. This situation requires a little imagination with your fly fishing gear and a great question to ask yourself is 'what if.' 'What if I add a polyleader to my floating fly line,' or 'what if I put a suspender buzzer on the point and a very slim size 16 buzzer on a dropper 4 feet from the point fly?' It's thinking outside the box and stumbling upon a specific tactic or rig which may prove to be successful when ultimately you've matched the hatch or followed everything by the book. The Trout have probably seen it all before therefore presenting them with something completely novel and inventive can make the difference.

Therefore let's revisit our opening scenario, but this time you are prepared: you have a range of fly lines, load of flies, spools of fluorocarbon tippet of varying breaking strains and a little imagination. You switch from floating fly line to a sinker and fish the same fly, a Diawl Bach, and you catch a couple of fish. But after fifteen or so minutes the takes dry up and your fellow anglers are facing the same situation because you've not noticed any fly rods bending for a while. However this time you are more perceptive: 'is it possible the takes are drying up because the fish are sick of seeing Diawl Bachs,' you ask yourself?  Another possibility: 'could the fish be spooked by the constant fishing pressure?' Ultimately you decide to move to the opposite bank and fish a sink tip fly line with a single Pheasant Tail Fly. The result? You are looking across at the opposite bank where the anglers have chosen to stay and continue using the same tactics, but now they are looking across and seeing your fly rod bent over 4 or five times. Why? You are thinking outside the box!

It's so easy to be complacent and falsely believe in, too much, what others are using and not willing to break free from your comfort zone. Yes the tried and tested tactics work up to a point but what happens then? How are you going to adapt and start catching again? Don't be afraid to experiment because you may just stumble upon a technique that's unique but highly successful, and having the right fly lines at your disposal gives you that flexibility. Tight Lines.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Okuma Polaris PLR-55 Spinning Reel

If you are looking for the perfect spinning reel for Pike, Salmon or Inshore Sea Fishing, the Okuma Polaris PLR-55 Spinning Reel fits the bill nicely.


Cosmetically it's a stunning spinning reel with an attractive white finish and ergonomic design. In terms of functionality it will exceed your expectations with features such as Okuma's rigid, extremely tough and corrosion-proof graphite body and rotor which increases the reel's longevity.  This is especially useful if you use it extensively for inshore sea fishing.

Under the hood, the Polaris shines like it's namesake: there's an elliptical gearing system where two non-circular gears pivot around on focus to create a smoother turn of the spool. The benefit of this type of gearing in fishing reels is that it produces better speed and torque from a constant rotation - no matter what the pressure.  The Polaris PLR 55 also features an infinite anti-reverse bearing which eliminates slop from the drive train, an anodised braid ready spool and a multi-disc oiled felt drag system that pays out smoothly.  

Performance-wise, it's a very smooth reel, even under extreme pressure.  For example if you find yourself playing a rather large Salmon or Pike, the Polaris can and will win the fight with less fatigue.  So you really are getting a quality product in the PLR-55 reel from Okuma and it epitomises Okuma's philosophy of creating great products which are out of this world.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Tying the Goose CDC Iron Blue Dun with Davie McPhail

Davie ties his version of the Iron Blue Dun, but using Goose CDC instead of the usual Duck. A very effective dry fly pattern on rivers, these little flies hatch throughout the season and imitative patterns can be found in the fly boxes of most regular river anglers!



Materials Used;

Hook: Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry Fly size 18
Threads: Uni-Thread 8/0 Wine
Tag: Uni-Thread 8/0 Wine
Tails: Coq de Leon Fibres
Body: Uni-Mylar Clear
Thorax: Natural Rabbit Grey Underfur
Wing: Cul De L'Oie (Goose CDC)

Davies preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre - if you need any help finding them or choosing substitutes we will be more than happy to help!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry April 2017 - New Haylie Trout!

Sam Hirschfield caught this Brownie while fishing at New Haylie Fishery near Largs!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 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 April 2017 - Aire Brownie!

Wesley Barnes caught this nice Brown Trout while fishing the River Aire!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 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 April 2017 - Canadian Pike!

Max Molinero caught this bumper Northern Pike while fly fishing in Canada!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 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 April 2017 - Cumbrian Brown!

Peter Brown with a nice Brownie caught on the worm from the river Rothay in Cumbria, his new PB!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 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 April 2017 - Loch Awe Pike!

Tomasz Chlodek caught this fine Pike from Loch Awe on a Mackerel deadbait! The fish was safely released after a quick photo!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 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 April 2017 - Roughrigg Brownie!

Mark McGovern was fishing Roughrigg Reservoir for the first time when this cracking Brown Trout took his Yellow Dancer pattern!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 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! 

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry April 2017 - Monster Scottish Pike!

Mark Wishart with a huge Pike caught from a Scottish Loch on a float legered Pollan deadbait!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 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, 12 April 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry April 2017 - PB Tench!

Richard Chippendale with a smashing Tench from Birkacre Lodge, caught on hair rigged corn fished with a feeder over groundbait and a nice end to a slow session.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 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 April 2017 - Tay Springer!

Ryan McShane with a cracking spring Salmon caught from the Glendelvine beat of the river Tay on a Park Shrimp pattern!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 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 April 2017 - Golden Trout!

Steven Murray with a nice Golden Trout, caught from Broomhill Trout Fishery on a floating line and Buzzer combo and safely released!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 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 April 2017 - Record Bream!

Jasper Osborne with the new Alderney record Gilthead Bream, caught from Plattes Saline Beach on a Pennel rig baited with Cuttlefish!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our April 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 April 2017 - Tweed Trout!

Andrew Paterson with his best Brown Trout to date, caught while nymph fishing on the river Tweed!
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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, 7 April 2017

Jim Lees' Essential Fly Patterns for April!

GAC team member, Jim Lees, takes a look at April, the month when the rivers finally start to come alive after a long winter! 
Although it’s always weather dependent our hopes are high for improved hatches and surface activity in April with Trout now starting to look up for a meal. That said, we ignore nymph patterns at our peril as on many days, especially when the weather gods are feeling cranky, nymphs will still out fish dry flies.
March saw the first of the Large Dark Olives and March Browns hatching and these two insects are still the dominant fly hatches throughout April, with the intensity of the hatches picking up as the month goes on.
On the rivers across the central belt of Scotland in April, the March Brown is king. Here at fishingmegastore.com we carry a range of patterns online and in both our Glasgow and Edinburgh superstores, from traditional split wing flies through to more modern dressings using CDC and even a range of Klinkhamer style patterns, but our favourite March Brown dry fly has to be the Jingler, an 'everything and nothing' pattern covering the hatch from emergers through cripples and duns. It’s one of those flies that just works - we like those ones the best!
The Large Dark Olive is the ever dependable undercard to the more impressive March Brown hatch. While the March Browns can be erratic and will often come in large bursts with long gaps between them the Large Dark Olive will often trickle away throughout the warmer hours of the day and can go unnoticed by anglers, but not the Trout. In the faster broken water a Compara Olive CDC can be very effective as the high buoyancy keeps it riding high through the choppy water. It can work just as well in the slower glides but you may prefer to use something like a Parachute Olive with CDC, as they will hang in the surface film well and give Trout an easy target that even the fussiest of fish can home in on.
With your surface flies patterns well covered it always pays to keep a couple of favourite nymphs to hand, what we think of as “bankers” or even as our security blanket. These nymphs will work throughout the season and as much as anything else it’s the ones we’ve grown confident in over time rather than anything that’s highly imitative. Variations of Pheasant Tails are difficult to beat. We like the Pheasant Tail Hot Spot and the Pheasant Tail Jig patterns, a copper or gold colour bead on the nymph works well when the rivers are still carrying a bit of colour while a black bead on a jig pattern really comes into its own on the upper reaches of rivers where the water tends to be a lot clearer and a bright bead can sometimes put the fish off. Both styles of nymph can be fished in a range of sizes to suit the depth or speed of the water they are fished through.

Look out for further posts later in the Month where we’ll talk about the exciting new hatches including the first major Sedge hatch of the season and also the bounty to be had from fishing terrestrials.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Fishingmegastore's March 2017 Fish of the Month Winners!

The winner of the Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition for March 2017 is Lukasz Wrobel with this picture of his new PB PikeAs usual the judging of our competition was left to our 42,000+ Facebook fans, who voted on their favourite pictures by hitting the Like button, and Lukasz was the clear winner with 553 votes in our March 2017 Fishingmegastore FOTM Facebook Gallery!
Lukasz Wrobel - 1st Place - 553 Likes!
Lukasz 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.
Martyn Elliot Jnr. - 2nd Place - 422 Likes!
Every month our famous FOTM competition gets 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, youngsters Martyn Elliot and Louis Hope, both with cracking fish pics that got a lot of Likes from the voting public - well done folks!
Louis Hope - 3rd Place - 199 Likes!
If you would like to enter our April 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!

Scierra EDP Fly Reel #7/9 Weight

Scierra EDP Fly Reel
The Scierra EDP Fly Reel may have a budget price tag but it's packed with the essential style and functionality you would expect from a fly reel at much higher price point.  This particular model, #7/9 weight, is perfect for stillwater Trout fishing, small rivers for Salmon and Pike fly fishing.  In terms of balance, it will suit a multitude of fly rods and has a generous capacity of 90yds of 20lb backing with a WF8.  It has a solid, easy-to-use, reliable drag and features a die-cast construction.

With the EDP Fly Reel you won't get a better fly reel for the money with features like: large arbor design, Scierra branding, stunning silver finish and supplied in a protective cloth bag.  It's a smooth reel that stands out from the crowd cosmetically and offers reliable performance when you need it most.

If you are looking for a fly reel with a stable drag system and don't won't to pay a fortune, look no further than the Scierra EDP Fly Reel.  It's not just not just a reel for the budget conscious!



Monday, 3 April 2017

Hodgman Jackets, Wading Boots & Waders

As anglers, we encounter varying degrees of weather and ever increasing occurrences of weather anomalies. Obviously seasonality plays a major factor; in the British Isles for example winter can be a mixed bag of arctic winds, sleet and snow - we are also experiencing greater periods of mild weather during winter! However regardless of the conditions, angling clothing has evolved dramatically so that you can have a great day out on the water.

Hodgman have recently entered the UK market with an exemplary line of angling clothing which ticks all the boxes for a typical day’s fishing during the UK fishing season. The brand originated in 1838 in Massachusetts and evolved with new technology to create premium waterproof rubber products. Since then the company has been acquired by various companies that specialise in marine and outdoor clothing ranges. Significantly, Hodgman was acquired by Pure Fishing in 2011. Pure fishing is one of the world’s largest makers of fishing tackle and is the owner of brands such as Hardy, Greys, ABU Garcia, Shakespeare, Berkley and Mitchell to name but a few. And as Pure fishing are deeply committed to being at the forefront of innovation and technology, each of it’s brands are highly regarded worldwide and associated with quality, style and durability. Hodgman are arguably one of Pure Fishing’s premium brands when it comes to clothing.


Hodgman’s philosophy is to exceed boundaries and go the extra mile to develop fishing gear that can stand up to the toughest conditions. Their motivation? To allow anglers to have the best possible experience in terms of comfort and safety and consequently, a more memorable outdoor adventure. Therefore in their line of jackets, stocking foot waders and wading boots, hours and hours of testing, both in term of research and development and field testing has resulted in total certainty that the product won’t let you down. However Hodgman are even more ambitious than that. They are so confident in their products that they have reached a level of absolute confidence that you won’t find a better garment on the market!

Hodgman Fishing Jackets
Hodgeman products are constructed of the highest quality and made to keep you focused on fishing. In the Hodgman Jackets range there is a garment for every conceivable situation including insulating shells that offer warmth and waterproof/resistance, or water-resistant/breathable shells that protect you from light, short-term precipitation. Additionally you can also get a jacket that will keep you warm in very cold days.  

The Aesis Jacket range will keep you warm and dry in winter, protect you in the windiest of conditions and dry when the heavens open up. The Hodgman Aesis 3-in-1 Jacket combines an outer shell jacket and an inner insulating jacket to give you optimal protection in the coldest days on the bank. The shell layer is made from a 2-layer waterproof and windproof V-Tech breathable fabric and features a warm micro-fleece lining and fully taped seams. There’s plenty of pockets for keeping all your essential gear, stormproof watertight cuffs, adjustable brimmed hood and YKK, water repellent zip chest pockets. The Aesis-3-in-1 Jacket inner layer is removable and features moisture wicking Thinsulate, YKK zip hand pockets and an inner security pocket. The Aesis inner shell can be zipped inside the outer shell therefore giving you the flexibility to increase or decrease the layering when the conditions dictate. However one of the most salient features the the Aesis 3-In-1 Jacket is that it utilises Optimised Range of Motion (ROM) which allows you to move freely and cast efficiently.

Hodgman Aesis 3-in-1 Jacket

When the conditions are mild, particularly in mid to late Spring, early Autumn or Summer, the challenge is to manage over-heating or to stay dry when it pours. The main factor is layering. Too many layers and you get too hot and depending on the material of your jacket, base layer or mid-layer, it can be quite uncomfortable. So if it’s just a shell layer you are after, the Hodgman Aesis Shell Jacket is perfect. The Aesis Shell Jacket has a 3-layer waterproof/windproof V-Tech breathable fabric with fully taped seams giving you triple water-shedding. It also has a 3-way adjustable integrated wire brimmed hood, two large front pockets, YKK water repellent zip chest pockets and storm tight cuffs. The Aesis Shell is the perfect jacket if you like to store fly boxes and other gear and like to keep on the move, and like the 3-In-1 Jacket, the Aesis Shell features ROM so you confidently move and cast without restriction.
Hodgman Aesis Shell Jacket

If you want to go even lighter, there are two other jackets that Hodgman have on offer which strikes the perfect balance between form and function. Firstly the Hodgman Aesis Sonic Wadelite Jacket is designed for lightweight use, protecting you from light showers and wind. The Wadelite Jacket is the perfect layer when it’s just not warm enough to wear a shirt or when you need a good breathable jacket that will not let you sweat too much. The Wadelite Jacket also features a 3-layer waterproof/windproof V-Tech fabric, and for added ventilation there are laser cut underarm perforations to enhance breathability. Secondly, for going ultra-light, the Hodgman Aesis Soft-shell Jacket is a fantastic windproof, fleece lined, water-shedding shell jacket for favourable weather conditions.  The Aesis Soft Shell features YKK zips and cinch cuffs.  Wear the Aesis Soft Shell when you need to keep warm on those chilly mornings or when you are fishing on a remote river or lake where despite the mild conditions, is exposed to a breeze.
Hodgman Aesis Softshell Jacket
Hodgman Aesis Sonic Wadelite Jacket

When the Jet Stream decides to go on holiday down south forcing colder northerly airstreams to circulate  around the UK, in terms of layering, you need something a bit more heavy duty.  In mountain environments, Goose Down has been the primary insulating material for years because of it's lightweight properties, however Hodgman have went a step further to create a jacket the utilises the warmth of Down but with decreased weight, increased water repellency and quicker drying time.
Hodgman Aesis Hyperdry Down Jacket
The Hodgman Aesis Hyperdry Down Jacket offers optimal insulation thanks to Allied HyperDRY pure Goose Down, which utilises nanotechnology to create the perfect water barrier. The shoulders and arms also feature V-TecH shell fabric to further decrease the effect of cold on your core temperature.  The HyperDry also features YKK zips and hand warmer pockets if you want to protect your hands from the biting wind.  The beauty of the Aesis Down Jacket is that it will allow you to fish on the coldest of days and because of the styling, it's perfect as a general-wear winter jacket.  The outer shell layer of the Hyperdry Jacket is coated with a Durable Water Repellant (DWR) treatment which causes water to bead on the outside of the garment and is showerproof.

When it comes to layering, you can't forget the legs and Hodgman have a range of breathable stocking foot waders to suit all conditions. In warmer conditions breathable waders are much more effective because in contrast to Neoprene or PVC, they allow sweat to escape but still remain waterproof. Hodgman Aesis Sonic Zip Front Stocking Foot Waders are particularly effective because they feature a fully waterproof front zipper which can be opened to increase ventilation. Aesis Sonic Stocking Foot Waders utilise Sonic 2.0 technology to create double welded seams which decreases the number of stitch holes required.  Each seam is then reinforced with a waterproof seam tape for maximum leak protection. 

Hodgman Aesis Sonic Zip Front Stocking Foot Waders

The upper features a breathable 4-layer shell fabric and a Durable Water Repellant (DWR) coating to shed water away from the waders.  Other features include two micro-fleece lined pockets, a suspender system that converts the waders from chest to waist high without removing the suspenders and a stretch wading belt with a low profile DuraFlex buckle and belt loops.  

For colder days, Hodgman have created a line of stocking foot waders that eliminates the need for an extra base layer.  Hodgman Aesis Sonic Stocking Foot Wader works in conjunction with Hodgman Core INS Wader Liner and also features double sonic welded seams, reinforced taped seams, breathable 4-layer upper for moisture vapour transfer and like the Aesis Zip Front, a suspender system that converts the waders from chest high to waist high.  

Hodgman Sonic Aesis Stocking Foot Waders

Hodgman Core INS Stocking Foot Wader Liner
By adding the Core INS Wader Liner to your Aesis Sonic Stocking Foots, you have the ultimate insulating system.  The liner is also designed to slip in and out of the wader easily in minutes and reduces the build up in sweat vapour, again making it a much more effective system than Neoprene.

Also compatible with Core INS and perfect for colder days is the Hodgman H5 Stocking Foot Wader.  The  H5 has all the same features as the Aesis Sonic Waders however they have utilised a 5-layer construction on the leg and seat for exceptional puncture resistance. Other unique features of the H5 Stocking Foots is that Hodgman eliminated inside leg seams in high abrasion areas but still allowed for greater flexibility and mobility.  They also fitted comfort fit gravel guards to eliminate a bulky and uncomfortable connection point at the top of the booties.

Hodgman H5 Stocking Foot Waders
Lastly in the Hodgman Waders department is Hodgman Aesis Sonic Stocking Foot Wader Digi-Camo.  Again like the H5 and Aesis Sonic, the Digi-Camo Stocking Foots are perfect for cold weather and offer optimal insulation and breathability.  The Digi-Camo is also compatible with the Core INS system, features 5-layer seat and legs, Sonic 2.0 double welded seams, waterproof taped seams, Durable Water Repellency (DWR) and a DuraFlex buckle and belt loops. However the Hodgman Aesis Digi Stocking Foots offer a more contemporary styling in the upper.

Hodgman Aesis Sonic Digi Stocking Root Waders
Having the ultimate layering system for your body and legs can make the difference in having a great day or an miserable one, however if you don't have stability when wading it can prove fatal.  Therefore when selecting wading boots it's important to choose the right sole for the type of conditions you are wading to prevent slipping.  Whether the conditions are rocky or muddy, it's important to know what sole is appropriate.  Felt soles are suitable for algae covered rock bottom rivers and banks to give you grip on slippery rocks or stream beds.  Rubber soles are useful when the terrain is gravely, muddy or grassy.  Rubber soles also give good traction when conditions underfoot are snowy or icy therefore make an excellent choice for winter wading.  Lastly, studded soles increase traction even further on hard surfaces, riverbanks and shorelines.

In the Hodgman Wading Boots range, there is a pair to cover all eventualities.  Hodgman utilise advanced closure systems, abrasion resistance and cushioning to give the wading angler's feet comfort and warmth regardless of the external environment. 


Hodgman Aesis Lock Wading Boots

Hodgman Aesis H-Lock Wading Boots are one of the most advanced wading boot systems available.  They feature Hodgman's H-Lock removable sole system that allows you to swap soles for the appropriate traction control, in any terrain or aquatic environment.  The dual lock system holds the sole securely in place and once engaged, the sole will not come off.  Hodgman H-Lock Soles can be bought separately including: Studded Wadetch or Studded Felt Sole.

Hodgman H-Lock Soles

Aesis Lock Wading Boots also feature BOA M2 closure system, corrosion resistant outer, reinforced toe for added protection, lightweight shock-absorbing EVA mid-sole and integrated drainage ports to remove excess water weight quickly.  

Hodgman H5 H-Lock Wading Boots offer the same benefits as the Aesis Lock Wading Boots, including removable sole system, reinforced upper and EVA mid-sole etc but come in lace-up instead of a BOA closure.

Hodgman H5 H-Lock Wading Boots
Lastly in the Hodgman wading boot range is the Hodgman Vion H-Lock Wading Boot.  Again, featuring the very impressive H-Lock removable sole system, integrated drainage system, reinforced toe guard, and corrosion resistant components and hardware, however these boots are are a bit special.  The Vion H-Lock Boot is Neoprene lined for added warmth, incorporates waterproof Nuckbuck leather in the outer and offers exceptional durability and comfort.  They are a saltwater ready and features double-stitched panel construction for longer term durability.  As wading boots go, they are pretty much as comfortable as they come and if worn in conjunction with a quality wading sock, will give you exceptional warmth and support when you need to spend hours on your feet.

Hodgman Vion H-Lock Wading Boots

So given our increasingly unpredictable climate in the UK, selecting the right layering system, waders and footwear can make or break your day. As highlighted, we encounter varying degrees of weather and ever increasing occurrences of weather anomalies, therefore it is important to be prepared for whatever mother nature throws at you.  However you can minimise the impact the weather has on your day by making smart decisions about layering, and Hodgman is one brand that will give you confidence to go out in even the nastiest days.  Wearing a Hodgman Jacket, Hodgman Wading Boots and Hodgman waders will give you the ultimate layering system and of course you can find all the latest Hodgman gear at Fishingmegastore.