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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry July 2017 - Bardowie Perch!

Anna Kolodziej with a nice Perch from Bardowie Loch that took a jelly worm lure! The fish was safely returned after a quick photo.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 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 July 2017 - Leven Perch!

Matthew Laidlaw caught this cracking Perch from the River Leven using a half worm fished drop shot style!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 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 July 2017 - Brownie on Bait!

Adan Fergusson with a cracking Brown Trout that took a single maggot bait fished on a size 18 hook!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 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 July 2017 - Rainbow on the Midge Tip!

Edward McKillop caught this nice Rainbow trout on a size 12 Kate McClaren fished on a Midge Tip line!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 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 July 2017 - Portishead Sole!

Mark Wiltshire caught this nice Sole on a Ragworm bait while fishing aboard Ruby-D out of Portishead!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 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 July 2017 - Tyne Salmon!

Jason Walls with a cracking Salmon from the River Tyne, one of two he caught and returned on a small Cascade pattern during an early morning session!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 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, 19 July 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry July 2017 - Clyde Brown Trout!

Billy Hunter with a cracking Brown trout from the River Clyde that took a nymph fished 4ft down NZ style!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 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 July 2017 - First Salmon!

Dale Fawcett had been fly fishing for Salmon for 2 years without success when this nice fish took a Ness c pattern fished on a 10lb tippet!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 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! 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry July 2017 - Boat Trip Cod

Young Jacob Stanford with a nice Cod he caught while on a boat trip off Pembrokeshire!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 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 July 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry July 2017 - Loch Earn Trout!

Adriaan Reyneke with a huge Brown Trout caught from Loch Earn on Maggots fished on a size 8 hook!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 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 July 2017 - White Cart Salmon!

Brian Fleming caught this nice Salmon from the White Cart on a yellow Flying C lure fished on an 8ft spinning rod! The fish was safely returned after a quick photo!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 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 July 2017

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry July 2017 - Faughan Salmon!

Mark Young with a nice Salmon from the River Faughan that took a fly of his own tying and was safley released to fight another day!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our July 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! 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Leaders for Salmon Fishing


When Salmon fishing, you should always be highly conscious of how your Salmon fly is presented, but never more so than during the warmer months when low and clear water conditions can make salmon highly cautious of the surface disturbance created by the fly line and fly entering the water.

However, your tackle can play its part in making the difference between enjoying some good sport or enduring a frustrating day. In summer conditions, fishing with floating fly lines and small dressed flies, size 6 and smaller can be useful but consider using them with long knotless tapered leaders. A leader of 12ft to 15ft, will help to improve the fly’s turnover and, ultimately, its presentation.

12ft Rio Salmon Leader
Using manufactured leaders of this length has the the advantage of increasing the distance between the Salmon fly line and the fly, but it can also help your spey-casting. When using momentary contact casts like the single spey and snake roll with a shooting-head line, it’s possible to use the long leader instead of the fly line and leader as the anchor for the D-loop. Because the leader is significantly lighter and thinner than the line, it releases from the water’s grip with ease and minimal surface disturbance on the outbound cast. This results in good line speed as the forward cast extends across the stream and greater distance is achieved.

Greys Platinum Shooting Head Kits
Similar to the front taper of a fly line, these extended leaders have a continuous taper from their thick butt, connected loop-to-loop to the fly-line, through to their thinnest part, which is knotted to the fly. The main benefit of this tapered profile is an improved transition of power from the fly line to the fly. With the leader’s extended length and continuous slim profile, the fly will not only turn over with improved efficiency but equally important, will enter the water with minimal disturbance in low water conditions.

Loop-to-Loop Connection
To further enhance presentation, maximise the movement of your fly by using a loop-type knot, such as the Rapala. This popular knot frees the fly as it swings through the stream and will give your favourite pattern a distinctive and highly attractive oscillating motion.

Seaguar Ace Hard Fluorocarbon
In contrast to knotless tapered leaders, making up your leader by knotting together level lengths of monofilament line or fluorocarbon can have its advantages too. With a knotted approach, you can quickly customise the profile of the leader to suit the conditions. For example, try lengthening the tippet section nearest the fly for calm days and clear waters.

Hardy Fluorocarbon Tippet Material
When it comes to construction, keep things simple and stick to just three sections on most occasions: thin, thick and thicker. For floating fly line fishing with a medium sized fly on an AFTM 9-10 double-handed salmon fly rod, this might be something like three 1.5 m lengths of 0.35 mm, 0.55 mm and 0.65 mm nylon. Of course, the lengths and diameters will vary according to the type of line you are fishing, and the size of Salmon fly.

Airflo Salmon Polyleader
Incidentally, you can imitate the presentation characteristics of the highly popular intermediate or slow-sinking polyleaders (commonly used with a floating line) by using heavy fluorocarbon for the butt section of the leader, and the slower-sinking Maxima for the middle and tip.

If you would like more advice about choosing the right leader set-up for your next Salmon fishing trip, you can visit us instore at Glasgow Angling Centre or Edinburgh Angling Centre.  Alternatively, you can call us on 0141 212 8880 where our friendly, helpful staff can advise you.

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

Friday, 7 July 2017

Fishingmegastore's June 2017 Fish of the Month Winners!

The winner of the Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition for June 2017 is young James Milton with this picture of a huge Rainbow Trout from Loch Earn! As 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 James was the clear winner with 1077 votes in our June 2017 Fishingmegastore FOTM Facebook Gallery!
1st Place - James Milton - 1077 Likes!
James wins £100 to spend at Glasgow Angling Centre on fishing gear of his choice plus a nifty GAC cap! We would like to thank everybody that took part, especially all of the youngsters who entered. It's always great to see all the amazing different species from up and down the UK and around the world we get sent in as well! You can check out all the entries here.
2nd Place - Rehman Malik - 346 Likes
Every month our world 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, Rehman Malik and Ross McKeen, both with cracking fish pics that got a lot of Likes from the voting public - well done folks!
3rd Place - Ross McKeen - 287 Likes
If you would like to enter our July 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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