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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Fishing Presents & Christmas Gift Ideas for Fishermen



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

Great Christmas Fishing Gifts for Men

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

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

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

Fishingmegastore Christmas Gift Guide

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

Fishing Kits for Christmas

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

Let us help you choose the best Christmas Gift

Like most people, when buying online from a tackle shop, it's important that you know the gift will be delivered in PLENTY of time for Christmas, therefore fishingmegastore will keep all our customers informed about the best delivery dates to ensure your gift arrives in time, and to avoid disappointment. Alternatively, our Fishingmegastore website has a popular Click and Collect function. Simply select the in-stock item you wish to reserve and your order will be sent directly to our team who will pick your gift which can then be collected in-store at your leisure. You can then pay in store if you wish to save time - we'll even keep the item reserved until the next day.

So if you want to take the hassle out of shopping online for Fishing Gifts and Presents this Christmas, we've made the process as simple as possible. We have everything for every category: gifts for her, mum, girlfriends, boyfriends, outdoorsmen, fly fisherman, gifts for dads, presents for teen boys, gifts for friends, gifts for husbands and fun gifts. Our committed team of customer service and mail order staff are only a phone call away if you need any more help. You can call us on 0141 212 8880 or email sales@fishingmegastore.com and we will quickly and efficiently deal with your questions.


Friday, 24 November 2017

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

Nicky Cassidy with a nice Pike caught on a legered Mackerel deadbait from a small water in Renfrewshire.
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our November 2017 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition and have the chance to win £100 to spend at GAC, simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

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

Greg Forrest with a Lahontan Cutthroat Trout caught on a recent trip to Pyramid Lake in Nevada USA was caught using a Fario Fly Blue Flash Damsel fished on an Airflo DI7 line!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our November 2017 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition and have the chance to win £100 to spend at GAC, simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Friday, 17 November 2017

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

Young Danny Bain with his first double figure Pike, caught on a legered Smelt deadbait!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our November 2017 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition and have the chance to win £100 to spend at GAC, simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry November 2017 - Carp on Corn!

Young Mark Sheerin with a nice wee Carp caught on Sweetcorn from Greenhill Fishery whilst on holiday in Dumfries!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our November 2017 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition and have the chance to win £100 to spend at GAC, simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry November 2017 - Fadden Trout!

Lee Hill caught this cracking big Rainbow Trout from Lough Fadden on a Suspender Buzzer pattern! The fish was returned safe and well after a quick photo!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our November 2017 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition and have the chance to win £100 to spend at GAC, simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Top Tips for Winter Stillwater Trout Fishing


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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



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

Fulling Mill Hot Head Damsel


Fulling Mill Taddy Hot Viva


Fulling Mill Bead Bug Bloodworm
Fulling Mill Black Buzzer



Fulling Mill Target Pink Beetle


Fulling Mill Hare's Ear

Fulling Mill Cats Whisker Gold



Fulling Mill Griffiths Gnat

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

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



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Fishingmegastore's October 2017 Fish of the Month Winners!

The winner of the Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition for October 2017 is Robert Melville with this picture of a monster Brown Trout from Loch Earn! As always the judging of our competition was left to our 43,000+ Facebook fans, who voted on their favourite pictures by hitting the Like button, and Robert was the clear winner with 785 votes in our October 2017 Fishingmegastore FOTM Facebook Gallery!
Robert Melville - 1st Place - 785 Likes!
Robert wins £100 to spend at Glasgow Angling Centre on fishing gear of his choice plus a nifty GAC cap! We would like to thank everybody that took part, especially all of the youngsters who entered. 
Eric Doogan - 2nd Place - 364 Likes
It's always great to see all the amazing different species from up and down the UK and around the world we get sent in as well! You can check out all the entries here.
Every month our world famous FOTM competition grows bigger and better, with amazing pictures of different fish species being sent in by our customers. We give an awesome new GAC Cap to the entrants that came in 2nd and 3rd place as well, so well done to the runners up, Eric Doogan and James Glass, both with cracking fish pics that got a lot of Likes from the voting public - well done guys!
James Glass - 3rd Place - 290 Likes
If you would like to enter our November 2017 FOTM competition, simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The winners will be voted for by our customers, simply by hitting Like on the image on Facebook in the entries album and will be chosen on the last day of each month. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries. Submit your entry here ...

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