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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Limited Edition Hardy Hotspur Cascapedia Fly Reel - Now Taking Pre-Orders!

We are now taking pre-orders for the new Limited Edition Hardy Hotspur Cascapedia 10/11 Salmon Fly Reel. Contact us now or ask instore to reserve yours, a list of available numbers will be available very soon and the reels will be due for delivery by the end of June 2017! CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REEL NOW!
The new Hotspur Cascapedia is a limited edition Hardy reel made to celebrate 950th anniversary of the Percy family. Commissioned exclusively by the The Duke of Northumberland, The Hotspur is based on the legendary Hardy Cascapedia reel of the 1930’s. This reel is exclusively designed and built by Hardys in Alnwick, England.
Reel 001 of 150 was released to The Atlantic Salmon Trust to auction off at their Gala Dinner on the 25th May 2017, the reel fetched an amazing £55,000, a world record for a reel sold at auction! This phenomenal sum will go towards helping the charity continue their vital work. A proportion of the monies generated from the remaining 149 reels will also be donated to both the Atlantic Salmon Trust and Salmon & Trout Conservation.
  • Only 150 limited edition Reels will be created
  • The Hotspur Cascapedia will feature a brushed gold anodized cage and drum in bar stock 6061 aluminium
  • The drag wheel will feature the Percy Coat of Arms, a prancing lion, blue on gold
  • Modified side plates feature a three badge design and improved drag system
  • Badges to the outer will feature production number, fin and fly logo and reel makers mark (P Lundy)
  • Reels will be protected in rigid leather stud/slit closure case with debossed Percy Coat of Arms
  • Each reel is packaged in a premium presentation box.
  • The presentation box includes an inner tray box with 6 hand tied “Hotspur” fly's designed by The Duke of Northumberland's own Ghillie, Gerald Binovec,  
  • Exclusively designed and built in Alnwick, UK













William de Percy, a descendant of Viking raiders, left Normandy with William the Conqueror and started a dynasty in the north of England. In 1309 his descendants bought Alnwick Castle and, 708 years later, Percy’s continue to live there and play a major role in the town of Alnwick where in 1837 the  Hardy Brothers set up their now world famous fishing rod and tackle manufacturing business. Since then, Hardy's have played an equally important role in Alnwick as well.
The present head of the Percy family, the 12th Duke of Northumberland, a keen angler, teamed up with Hardy's to help design a very special Limited Edition fly reel to commemorate the Percy's 950th Anniversary. Aptly named after Harry 'Hotspur', Alnwick's great medieval hero, the reel frame is based on the iconic original Cascapedia design of 1930-31. It features a superlative fully functioning drag system and a resonating classic click check sound.
Decorated with the lion crest and colours of the Percy family, this new Hotspur Cascapedia reel was numbered 001 of only 150 of this model which will be made in the Hardy factory in Alnwick. The reel sits protected in a full leather hard reel case made exclusively by Pringle of Scotland, encased commemorative outer presentation box. As a final homage to the Percy family, Hardy have included 6 hand tied “Hotspur” Salmon flies bearing the colours of the famous knight, designed, developed (and tested) by the Duke of Northumberland’s North Tyne ghillie, Mr Gerald Binovec.

 A limited number of reels will be available from Glasgow Angling Centre and Edinburgh Angling Centre and will be sold on a first come first served basis, please click HERE to buy now.



Friday, 26 May 2017

Unique New Hardy Reel Sells for 55K at Charity Auction!

A unique Hardy fly reel has sold for a world record £55,000 in an auction for the Atlantic Salmon Trust this week. This is the first time Hardy have ever released a reel to the public with the serial number 001 in over 180 years!
The Reel – The Hotspur Cascapedia – Salmon #10
William de Percy, a descendant of Viking raiders, left Normandy with William the Conqueror and started a dynasty in the north of England. In 1309 his descendants bought Alnwick Castle and, 708 years later, Percy’s continue to live there and play a major role in the town of Alnwick where in 1837 the  Hardy Brothers set up their now world famous fishing rod and tackle manufacturing business. Since then, Hardy's have played an equally important role in Alnwick as well.
The present head of the Percy family, the 12th Duke of Northumberland, a keen angler, teamed up with Hardy's to help design a very special Limited Edition fly reel to commemorate the Percy's 950th Anniversary. Aptly named after Harry 'Hotspur', Alnwick's great medieval hero, the reel frame is based on the iconic original Cascapedia design of 1930-31. It features a superlative fully functioning drag system and a resonating classic click check sound. Decorated with the lion crest and colours of the Percy family, this new Hotspur Cascapedia was numbered 001 of only 150 of this model which will be made in the Hardy factory in Alnwick. The reel sits protected in a full leather hard reel case made exclusively by Pringle of Scotland, encased commemorative outer presentation box. As a final homage to the Percy family, Hardy have included 6 hand tied “Hotspur” Salmon flies bearing the colours of the famous knight, designed, developed (and tested) by the Duke of Northumberland’s North Tyne ghillie, Mr Gerald Binovec.

Notably, this is the first-time Hardy have released a 001 numbered reel to the public. A contribution of all sales of the remaining 149 reels will be made to The Atlantic Salmon Trust. If you are interested in owning one of these Limited Edition reels - for just a fraction of the price the first one sold for we might add - then please contact us now on 0141 331 6330 or sales@fishingmegastore.com to get on our reserve list as these will sell out very quickly!

The Atlantic Salmon Trust was Founded in 1967 in response to growing concerns about over exploitation of wild salmon in the Faroes and Greenland Coastal waters. Since then they have acquired a reputation as an influential advocate for salmon conservation within the United Kingdom. Traditionally our work has been in the freshwater environment, but more recently we have focused on the lives of wild salmon at sea.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry May 2017 - Luce Bay Tope!

Scott Lindsay with big Tope caught from Luce Bay whilst fishing aboard Onyer Marks. The fish took a fresh Mackerel bait and was safely returned to fight another day!
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 May 2017 - Oich Springer!

Young Jordon Grant with a cracking Salmon from the River Oich that took a Monkey 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 May 2017 - Menteith Trout!

Graeme ferguson with a nice Rainbow Trout caught from the Lake of Menteith on a Buzzer pattern fished on a floating line!
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! 

Friday, 19 May 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry May 2017 - River Pike!

Robert Cochrane caught this cracking Pike from a Scottish River on a float fished Smelt bait! The fish was safely returned 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 May 2017 - On the Dries!

Young Andrew Porter caught this Brown Trout on a small black dry fly, safely released after a 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 May 2017 - Loch Damph Trout!

Ben Mathieson with a big Brown Trout from Loch Damph, taken on a size 10 Silver Butcher!
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, 18 May 2017

Ticks, Tick Prevention & Lyme Disease

Ticks & Lyme Disease
Remember getting ticks at school? It helped reinforce what we were learning. For example, when learning to write you had to create sentences with a selection of words. So if your word was “fish,” in your best handwriting you would write something along the lines of “The fish swims in a bowl.” Sometimes the writing task was to reinforce a concept, idea or fact. This involved writing a word or sentence out 5 or so times to ingrain the concept.

In each case, if the standard was acceptable to the teacher you would receive a tick; a symbol of approval indicating you had grasped the word, learned the skill or accepted the concept. Therefore something that is really worth learning and needs reinforcing is that not all ticks are a symbol of approval! On the contrary. If you get a Tick bite in the countryside, you could end up getting Lyme Disease.


What is a Tick


Ticks are spider-like wee beasties that like to suck the blood out of you. They can be found in gardens, woods, moorland, grassland, heather, and vary in size. If you are an angler, dog-walker, hunter, camper or hillwalker, you should be aware that some Ticks - not all - carry Lyme Disease which is a serious bacterial infection with severe consequences.

Adult Sheep Tick


A Tick begins life as an egg which then progresses to larvae, nymph and then adult. Contrary to what you may believe, it's more common for the nymph to bite you, not the adult. To the naked eye, a nymph looks like a small seed and not far off the size of a full stop. As the nymph is so small, it's so easy for it to go undetected.  Therefore you should always be vigilant.

A Tick Nymph on the Skin

Contracting A Tick


Ticks like to hole themselves up on vegetation to await some unsuspecting victim on which to jump. This can be a mouse, bird, dog or human. They latch onto the host with their hooked legs. Once attached, they find a nice spot on the unfortunate victim's skin to feed before taking a bite. They then start gorging out on blood.  The Tick then swells in size and starts to resemble a slightly beige coloured, chocolate covered raisin.
Feeding Tick
Ticks are non-discriminatory. If its first unfortunate victim is an animal, it can pick up an infection from that animal and transmit that infection to the next animal or human it bites. You won't notice the bite as it's painless but once the Tick has latched on, it will feed for 5 or 7 days before they can't take any more. The longer they are attached, the greater the risk of infection to the host.

In humans, the common place to get a Tick is on the legs so if you are wearing shorts and walking through vegetation, a Tick will see you as a tasty meal. For small children, the most common site of contraction is above the waistline or scalp.

What is Lyme Disease


Borrelia Burgdorferi, more commonly as Lyme Disease, is a bacterial infection which is contracted from a Tick Bite. Many people with early-stage Lyme Disease develop a distinctive circular rash at the site of the bite, usually around 3 to 30 days after being bitten. The rash can resemble a red-like spot with an outer red ring that looks more like a target. The rash can expand over several days or weeks but can also be much larger or smaller than this.
Tick Bite

Symptoms of Lyme Disease


The symptoms of Lyme Disease are complicated. Besides a rash, some people with Lyme Disease also experience flu-like symptoms in the early stages. Other symptoms include tiredness, fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, headaches, fever, chills and neck stiffness.

If untreated in the early stages, things can get serious after several weeks. In this case, symptoms to look out for include pain and swelling in the joints, problems affecting the nervous system including numbness, paralysis of facial muscles, memory problems and difficulty concentrating. Other serious issues include heart problems, heart failure and meningitis.

In the long term, a few people with Lyme Disease can go on to develop symptoms of Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Consulting your Doctor


The seriousness of Lyme disease cannot be underestimated so if you think you have been bitten, and are experiencing the above-mentioned symptoms, you should consult your GP immediately. Because Lyme Disease symptoms are like everyday medical conditions such as flu, diagnosing it can be very difficult. So it may be necessary for your doctor to carry out a blood test to confirm the diagnosis. If the symptoms are long lasting, you may need to see someone who specialises in infectious diseases.

Treating Lyme Disease


In the early stages of Lyme Disease, patients are treated with appropriate anti-biotics and usually recover rapidly and completely.  Therefore in treating Lyme Disease early diagnosis is critical.  However more serious cases may require the use of intravenous treatment.

Tick Repellent


If you do go outdoors and don't want to be a Tick's dinner, it's important to cover your skin and apply Tick repellent such as Care Plus Anti Tick Repellent to uncovered skin. Care Plus Tick contains Citriodiol which is the essential oil of the Lemon Eucalyptus tree. Citriodiol is DEET-free and blocks the Tick's olfactory receptors (sense of smell to you and me) that are attracted to a substance found in human sweat and breath. So basically, to a Tick, you look and smell like a big lemon and are invisible.

Care Plus Anti Tick Repellent

Ultrasonic Tick Prevention


If you don't fancy smelling like a big lemon, and don't want to be a Tick's lemonade, you can opt for a Tick Less Pet Ultrasonic Tick and Flea Repeller or a Tick Less Hunting Ultrasonic Tick and Flea Repeller. These devices emit a series of multiple sounds on different frequencies that are harmless and imperceptible to both people and animals. These sound impulses disturb Ticks and repel them away from people thus preventing bites.

TICK LESS Pet Ultrasonic Repeller

The ultrasonic approach is non-toxic, non-chemical, odourless, harmless to people and animals but target Ticks and keep them at bay. Ultrasonic devices such as the Tick-Less can operate between 1.5 to 3 metres and are very effective in Tick prevention.
TICK LESS Ultrasonic Tick & Flea Repeller

Tick Removal


If the necessary precautions have been taken: you've covered the skin, applied Tick repellent or have invested in an Ultrasonic Tick Repelling Device, this will reduce the risk of contracting a Tick and receiving a Tick bite. Yet, if you do find yourself in the situation where you find a Tick on the body, it should be removed immediately. The goal is to remove ALL parts of the Tick's body to prevent it releasing more saliva or regurgitating its stomach contents into your bite wound.
Care Plus Ticks 2 Go Tool

If you do try to remove a Tick, it is advisable to use a special Tick removal tool such as a Care Plus Tick Out Remover. The Care Plus Tick Removal Tool removes Ticks with minimal risk of damage to the Tick and thus any exchange of fluid. The tool is simple to use and operates like tweezers. Depress the button at the top to open the jaws and grab the Tick by the head without squashing the body. Next, pull the Tick out slowly without twisting it. It must be noted that perseverance is required as the Tick may offer considerable resistance.  Another Tick removal tool that does the job is the Care Plus Ticks 2 Go.  This removes Ticks quickly and safely with just a simple sliding motion.

Care Plus Tick Out Remover

After the Tick has been removed, clean the bite site immediately with an alcohol wipe and clean the Tick Out removal tool with an antiseptic solution. You must also wash your hands thoroughly afterwards to avoid further spread of the infection.

Do not try to remove a Tick with your fingernails as Lyme Disease can enter through breaks in the skin near the fingernail.

Summary


So as discussed, Ticks are nasty little blighters that transmit Lyme Disease which can be serious. So if you do spend time in the outdoors, don't be a Tick's dinner. Make sure you are protected by either covering your skin, using Tick repellent or an ultrasonic Tick device. And if you do find a tick on you or your dog's skin, immediately remove the pesky thing with a Tick tool such as the Tick Out before it does some serious damage. And don't Twist the thing. Pull it out slowly!

If you follow this advice, you will receive a big healthy tick from fishingmegastore for keeping yourself safe in the outdoors.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry May 2017 - Cloybank Double!

Greg Hamilton with a big Rainbow Trout caught on a Diawl Bach nymph while fishing at Cloybank Fishery near Banknock!
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 May 2017 - Syndicate Common!

Peter Kirk with a nice Common Carp, his first from a new syndicate after prebaiting a quiet corner for three days!
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 May 2017 - Annan Brownie!

Steven Norris caught this stunning Brownie from the River Annan on a home tied dry fly!
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 May 2017 - Esk Trout!

James Clark caught this cracking Brown Trout from the River Esk on a size 16 hook and 3lb line! the fish was safely returned 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! 

Friday, 12 May 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry May 2017 - Wigton Bass!

Young Ross Lee with a cracking Bass caught off a rock mark near Wigton Bay on his first cast! The fish took a Peeler Crab bait fished on a Wessex rig and was safely returned 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 May 2017 - Awe Pike!

Young John Jack with the biggest of 4 Pike he caught in a short session at Loch Awe!
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 May 2017 - Don Trout!

Alistair McEwan caught this stunning Brown Trout on a nymph fished upstream on the river Don in Aberdeenshire - his second PB this year!
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! 

Monday, 8 May 2017

Fishingmegastore's April 2017 Fish of the Month Winners!

The winner of the Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition for April 2017 is Mark Wishart with this picture of a huge Pike caught from a Scottish LochAs 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 Mark was the clear winner with 435 votes in our April 2017 Fishingmegastore FOTM Facebook Gallery!
Mark Wishart - 1st Place - 435 Likes!
Mark 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.
Ryan McShane - 2nd Place - 311 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, Ryan McShane and Steven Murray, both with cracking fish pics that got a lot of Likes from the voting public - well done folks!
Steven Murray - 3rd Place - 308 Likes
If you would like to enter our May 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!

Monday, 1 May 2017

Trout Area Fishing In The UK

Trout Area Fishing in the UK
As anglers we are always fascinated by the latest tackle and techniques. Like when a new ultralight spinning rod comes on to the market that's built with a revolutionary new material, or a braid which has fibers that are so high tech that it is stronger than steel. Or who would have thought that inspiration would come from hanging your clothes on a washing line? But sure enough, it did and grew to become one of the most effective methods for Trout Fishing.  LRF and its explosion onto the UK fishing scene is another great example. The list is endless. By challenging concepts, adapting simple rituals and pushing the boundaries of science, fishing is ever evolving. In fact, there is a method of fishing which is grabbing everyone's attention right now and is growing exponentially in Japan and Italy. It's called 'Trout Area' and it's going to be big in the UK!

What is Trout Area


Initially, Trout Area was conceived as a commercial fishing method in Japan where people needed to fish ponds of reduced size. The logic behind this was to ensure consistent catches and to allow many fishermen in one small space. However, it soon grew to become a highly specific technique that sits halfway between fly fishing and spinning. It involves the use of short rods and lightweight equipment. There are parallels with LRF fishing but diverges away from LRF on a lot of levels. LRF, is a light approach and the target is to catch multiple species in saltwater. Trout Area, in contrast, focuses on one species and is predominantly done in small freshwater ponds and requires very specific rules to be followed and respected. For example, the most basic principle is Catch and Release, therefore the use of light braids, non-rubber lures, ultralight spinning rods and minimal fish handling are paramount. Ultimately the focus is on respecting the fish at the highest level, incurring minimal damage and having a lot of fun. Additionally, to release the fish with the greatest possible care, which is one of the principles that underpin the practice of Trout Area, single barbless hooks and landing nets with rubber mesh are used. Stiff rods, heavy lines and treble hooks are out of the question.

Trout Area Fishing Rods



Trout Area Rods

Specifically, Trout Area Fishing Rods range from a minimal length of 5ft6' (167cm) to a maximum of 6ft6' (198cm). If the Trout area venue is a bit larger, you can get away with a 7ft rod but this tends to be the exception rather than the rule. The general consensus seems to be settled on 6ft being the safest option and staying within the parameters of the Trout Area Philosophy.
6ft ultralight spinning rods for Trout Area are preferred because the small length is regarded as a mirror of the water in which the technique is practiced. It's also to promote the accuracy of launching your small lure and increasing the mobility of the lure in the water. The other compromise on 6ft is the ability to move around easily and to allow you to carry 2 or 3 rods to your preferred Trout Area venue. Super-light is not unheard of when it comes to these rods because the goal is to 'feel' every single touch. Therefore it makes sense that soft and progressive is the preferred action for smaller sizes of Trout Area micro spoons and lures. A soft, slow action also makes it easier to unhook the fish with minimal fuss. Typically, a Trout Area rod is made of carbon fibre and features an EVA handle, fast action, a light and sensitive tip, SIC guides which are ideal for use with braids, and an ultralight reel seat. Most rods come in a protective rod bag or sock. A Trout Area Rod must be capable of handling lures of weights up to 5g.

Trout Area Spinning Reels


When it comes to Trout Area Spinning Reels, the smaller and lighter the better. Large spool capacity is not a big priority because it's not necessary to cast small lures long distances. It's all about minimalism, finesse and a light touch, therefore drag-wise the reel should ideally handle the thinnest of braids and allow for epic fights with large and small fish. Modern style Trout Area reels include features such as:
  • Digigear
  • ABS
  • Air Spool
  • Light Drag
  • Anti-Twist
Trout Area Spinning Reel


Trout Area Fishing Technique


The technique for Trout Area Fishing is mainly spinning, therefore, retrieval rates can vary from very slow to twitchy and vibrant. The objective is to trigger curiosity and a response; especially timid fish. It's not a difficult technique which means that it's highly accessible and easy for anyone to have fun. The beauty of this technique is that it's easily adaptable to other species too!

Trout Area Fishing Tackle


As highlighted, the fundamental approach is lightness, therefore, you do need gear that's not in your typical spinning outfit therefore if you want to stay true to the Trout Area principles you will need the following:

Trout Area Lures


Micro-spoons and blades with single barbless hooks weighing up to 5 grams are predominantly used. These typically come in a range of colours, shapes, and sizes.



Trout Area Lures


Braids for Trout Area Fishing


Braid is preferred for Trout Area Fishing because it has a higher strength to weight ratio, is stretch resistant and wear resistant. Breaking strains of 3-6lb are the most common to accommodate the handling that is required for small fish and small Trout Area Lures.

Trout Area Nets


When it comes to landing nets, small, hand-held nets are just the job but must have rubber mesh! This is to minimise damage to the fish and to release the fish with the greatest of care.

Trout Area Rubber Mesh Landing Net

Will Trout Area Catch on in the UK?


Trout Area is big in Japan and growing exponentially in Italy; it's definitely a great innovation in terms of respecting the fish and fishing philosophy, and the equipment is ultralight and sensitive so fun is guaranteed. However, as a method, Trout Area can and will undoubtedly be adopted in the UK to target other species such as Perch and Pike in small rivers, ponds, and canals. It will also appeal to existing Trout Anglers who fish lochs and where permitted, Trout Stillwaters.

As anglers, we are constantly adapting and changing to gain the maximum level of pleasure from fishing.  LRF is a perfect example.  It exploded onto the UK Sea Fishing Scene with loads of anglers embracing its simplicity and the opportunity to catch a wide variety of species.  Trout Area is sure to follow suit and become the next big thing in the UK lure fishing scene.