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Saturday, 15 December 2018

Tying a Bob's Bits Claret CDC Hopper with Davie McPhail

The classic Hopper has been given the CDC treatment. Originally inspired by small craneflies blowing onto the lake and hopping from wave to wave, this style has become a modern classic effective as a general representation of many different terrestrial and aquatic insects.

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie a Bob's Bits Claret CDC Hopper, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.


Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill, All-purpose Medium size 12 Thread: Uni-8/0 Black Rib: Pearl Tinsel Body: Dyed Claret CDC Legs: Pre-Knotted Pheasant Tail Fibres Wing: Roe Deer Thorax: Claret CDC Dubbing
Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

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

Friday, 14 December 2018

Product Review: The Preston Innovations Absolute Compact Seatbox

The Absolute Compact Seatbox from Preston Innovations is the an updated version of the popular Absolute System. The design has been improved by Preston Innovations by making the integral base of the seat box, deeper. The legs are 30mm thick allowing for a more stable and solid structure. The Structure now has a re-designed carbon-friendly pole retaining strap and new captive internal leg designs. The best feature, however, is that the seat box is compatible with all current and previous Absolute Units allowing for complete modification. These Seatboxes are designed for anglers who are conscious of space but still want the premium build and quality of a premium modular seat box.

Preston Innovations Absolute Compact Seatbox

Features:

  • Carbon Friendly Pole Retaining Strap
  • Integral spirit level
  • Removable, covered footplate
  • Anti-snag handwheels
  • Captive, telescopic 30mm diameter legs (2 with threaded inserts)
  • Under seat storage for hook length boxes
  • Integral Deep Base
  • Articulated mud feet


  • The Absolute Compact Seatbox comes equipped with 1 Deep Frame Mounted Base and 1 shallow unit complete with 18cm winders. It is supplied with a 40mm Deep side Drawer Unit which will allow you to store winders and other bits of tackle, 3 Hooklength boxes, 2 small and 1 large and features a seat box cover to keep the seat box protected from the elements. When the Seatbox is not in use, it has a durable carrying strap allowing for easy transportation.

    Box choice is perhaps the thing most anglers struggle with the most. They seem to fancy something new every other month and never really ‘settle’ on anything for too long. There are so many brands and so many choices that choosing a Box to settle on is tough. However,  Preston Innovations Absolute Compact Seatbox is probably one of the best SeatBoxes on the market due to it's price and the fact it can add several modules. The super simple setup, the solid structure and the colour are appealing and makes for a great seatbox, one that you won't need to replace anytime soon.

    The storage available is unbelievable for such a small seatbox and even Alex Bones also uses one of these seat boxes. Small float tubes and accessory trays make for a super-tidy box. Even though it harks back to bygone days, the deep storage tray at the base of the box is a beautiful thing! Imagine being able to store items like a catapult or a 250ml pole pot in your seatbox, yes it might seem like a pipe dream to others, but it’s a reality with the Compact. These are must-see boxes if you are in the market for something new, and judging by the number of them seen on the banks and Commercial fisheries, many anglers agree.

    Deep Modular Side Winder Draw Unit

    Do you need a Seatbox that is durable, modular and reliable? Consider the Preston Innovations Abolsute Compact Seatbox and if that's not good enough, this Seatbox comes with a free Deep Modular Side Winder Draw Unit from Preston Innovations. Available in-store and online at fishingmegastore.com.

    Need more information? Scott Geens from Preston Innovations sheds more light on this awesome Seatbox:

    Thursday, 13 December 2018

    Keep It Simple When Pike Fishing


    Whenever you plan to do a bit of pike fishing, this mantra will keep you in good stead: "keep it simple." Yes, you heard it right. The biggest challenge is locating big pike so don't complicate things even further.

    In terms of pike fishing tackle, start with a 12ft pike rod and a big pit reel loaded with 60lb braid. In terms of bait, 'live baiting' is effective, but put that aside for the moment. A simple running, resistance-free leger covers a lot of situations, but never freeline a bait because bite indication is just not quick enough.

    Stillwater BPX Compact Big Pit Reel
    If weed is a problem, it is preferable to use a loaded float and fish the deadbait just overdepth, so the moment it's picked up a take is registered.

    CJT Loaded Pike Float
    For all other bite indication, use a drop-off indicator at the rear and an bite alarm to the front. There are many good quality bite alarms on the market, but some of the favourites include Optonic and Delkim.

    Delkim EV Plus
    Trace material and hooks are the same as for river fishing but for stillwaters, lakes, lochs etc, Smelts and Sardines are at the top of the list - especially with some of the UK's top pike anglers - with Herring and Mackerel in close contention. The key thing to remember is scent and where you cast.  You can inject bait oils to create an enticing slick.

    Daiwa Black Widow Deadbait Rod
    Deadbaiting requires patience. If you are pike fishing in a river, there is a greater need for mobility, but unless you have pre-baited your swim it's worthwhile moving swims regularly. It can be difficult to predict the hotspots year-on-year. Lure fishing with soft lures can be used to locate the hotspots but livebaiting under a drifter float can be deadly. With this tactic, so much water can be covered, and quickly, as the big sail pulls floating braid off the pike reel.

    Pike Drifter Float
    When using a drifter float, set the depth well off the bottom so you don't snag in the weed - a pike will easily see a silhouette bait - and then cast at the tail of the wind. Point the rod into the air, open the bail arm and the whole width or length of the water can be covered. There are few better signs than watching a distant float slide sideways and then disappear from view.

    Fox Compact Unhooking Mat
    When you are fishing through winter, don't be despondent about reaching for the thermals. It's this time of year where pike fishing is at its most exciting, therefore don't let a few layers get in the way of the fish of a lifetime.

    To summarise, here are 5 Top Tips, which are simple, but highly effective in your pursuit of big winter Pike:

    1. Believe it or not, the best colour for a drifter float, for 90 per cent of the time, is black. 
    2. With livebaits always use an uptrace to avoid line bites. Using 40lb seven-strand wire is very effective.  
    3. Always use strong tackle and fishing line- 60lb braid or 18lb monofilament at a minimum.  Use good quality swivels and links.
    4. Stay mobile, especially if you are fishing rivers. This means leaving the fishing chair at home, so if you need to sit down, use your unhooking mat
    5. The prime times of the day for catching pike are dawn and dusk. This is especially true on a cold, clear day.

    This article was brought to you in association with Angling Times.

    Saturday, 8 December 2018

    Tying the Zug Bug Nymph with Davie McPhail

    The Zug Bug is an older pattern that bears a striking resemblance to it's a younger cousin, the Prince Nymph. This bug is very popular due to its fish catching peacock herl and is just a little something different from the now commonplace Prince Nymph. The great thing about the Zug Bug is that it can be fished just as you would normally fish a Nymph.
    All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie a Zug Bug Nymph, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.


    Materials Used:
    Hook: Fulling Mill All-Purpose Medium size 14
    Thread: Uni-8/0 Black
    Hackle: Furnace Hen
    Thorax: Cover Mallard Flank dyed Lemon Duck
    Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

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

    Friday, 30 November 2018

    It's Back! 12 Days of Deals 2018 - Christmas Angling Gifts at Fishing Megastore!

    After the enormous popularity of the last few years' festive promotions at Fishingmegastore, we will once again be slashing prices on some of the fishing gear that we think will make great gifts for the anglers in your life for this Christmas 2018!
    As always we like to keep it simple; 12 Days of Deals, 4 new deals everyday encompassing all types of angling, and some truly amazing bargains to be had in the run up to Christmas! To give you more time to get involved, every day from the 1st to the 12th of December 2018 we will launch 4 new and amazing offers that will run (as long as stocks last) right through until Christmas Eve - simply subscribe to our newsletters to get the deals straight to your email inbox or watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds to see the deals of the day - and you can see all the offers we have revealed so far on our website!


    Remember folks, please don't leave your Chrimbo shopping to the last minute, get your orders in to us as soon as you can to avoid disappointment, we have loads of stock of all of these deals in our warehouses at the moment but there is always the chance that these deals will sell out before the cut off date and we also need to get it delivered to you at this busy time of year too!!!
    To check the last date for Xmas delivery in your area CLICK HERE or contact us by email - please check back regularly as these dates will be reviewed on a daily basis, our mail order team is already working extra shifts to get between 400 and 600 packages out to our customers daily!
    Stuck for what to buy your favourite angler? Ask our team of expert anglers instore at our Glasgow or Edinburgh locations, by phone or email for suggestions - we just need a few clues as to what kind of angler you are buying for to help you choose the ideal present, and if they are a regular customer we will have a good idea of the kind of gear they like - or play safe and check out our range of Gift Cards HERE!
    Our online Christmas Gifts section has gone through a massive overhaul to make it even easier to navigate an expanded range which also includes the Just Fish and Shoot Gifts range - click HERE to see hundreds of great ideas to suit any budget! We have also extended our Christmas returns policy, so that orders placed between the 27th of November and the 24th of December may be returned up until the 14th of January 2019 - just follow our usual returns procedure when returning items for exchanges or a refund!
    All of our popular instore services will run throughout the festive period, so please take full advantage of our Click and Collect service, our Price Match Promise, 0% Finance Option to help spread the cost, FREE postage on all UK mainland orders over £50 and our hugely popular Reward Card Scheme to earn points to spend at a later date - if you need help with any of these services then please don't hesitate to ask any member of staff!
    Our new updated Christmas and New Year opening hours for both our Edinburgh and Glasgow stores can be found HERE! Don't forget we are open late until 9pm every Thurday and yes, we will be open on Boxing Day and the 2nd of January for when the cabin fever starts to bite and you can't sit through yet another re-run on TV!

    To subscribe to our newsletter and be kept up to date with new products and promotions at all times CLICK HERE!

    Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for even more updates and cool stuff and don't forget, we are a REAL tackle shop with a world famous store in Glasgow and our newest store in Edinburgh that you can visit in person, so why not come and see us!
    All offers are available instore and online on a first come first served basis and while stocks last. Please check the website regularly for the latest order date for guaranteed Christmas delivery!

    Thursday, 29 November 2018

    Tying a Chocolate Brown Balloon Caddis with Davie McPhail

    The Balloon Caddis is a versatile and effective pattern that can be fished in either an upstream or downstream dead drift presentation just as you might fish an Elk Hair Caddis or other Dry Caddis patterns. During a hatch, when Trout are aggressively chasing pupae, it's best to skate the Balloon Caddis across the surface. Be ready for the strike as any Trout that have been enticed by your fly, won't let it get away.

    All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie a Chocolate Brown Balloon Caddis, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.


    Materials Used:
    Hook: Fulling Mill Short Shank Special size 12 Thread: Uni-8/0 Dk.Brown Rib: Uni-Mylar Clear No.14 Body: A Mix of Dark Brown CDC Fibres, Seals Fur or SLF in the same colour. Wing: Elk Hair dyed Brown Head: Yellow Foam

    Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of  Glue which he used for securing the thread and foam balloon.

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

    Friday, 23 November 2018

    Tying the Straggler Kate McLaren Dabbler with Davie McPhail

    Need a competition grade fly? Get your materials ready for tying the Straggler Kat Mclaren Dabbler with the guidance of Davie McPhail. Originating from the Loughs of Ireland this wet fly has become as equally popular for Rainbow Trout as they are for Browns.

    All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie a Jig Head Peeping Caddis Nymph, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.


    Materials Used:
    Hook: Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweight Black Nickel size 10 Thread: Uni-8/0 Black Tail: Marabou dyed Sunburst Body: Black UV or Pearl Straggle Fritz Wing and Throat: Bronze Mallard

    Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of  Glue which he used for securing the thread.

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

    Friday, 2 November 2018

    Tying a Jig Head Peeping Caddis Nymph with Davie McPhail

    Grayling become a key part of many Game Angler's fishing calendars, as Winter approaches and the Brown Trout season ends the Lady of the Stream comes to the fore. Grayling shoal up in the colder weather and nymphing techniques with the right fly to hand is key to hunting them down, This  Peeping Caddis Nymph should definitely be part of your arsenal of flies to land that PB Grayling!

    All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie a Jig Head Peeping Caddis Nymph, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.


    Materials Used:
    Hook: Fulling Mill Jig Force size 14
    Bead: 3mm Black Tungsten
    Thread: Uni-8/0 Black
    Body: Hare's Mask Body Fur
    Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of  Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly and Glue which he used for securing the thread. If you do not wish to burn the end of the body material, optionally you can use Booby Eyes, tying into the body near to the Tungsten bead, this also provides a bit of lift in the water.

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

    Friday, 26 October 2018

    Tying the Perdigon Nymph with Davie McPhail


    Perdigon nymphs are small, heavily weighted nymph patterns designed to be streamline and to get down quickly in fast flowing water. They were developed for a specialist kind of river fishing known as Spanish nymphing, but they can be used with other nymphing techniques and are really effective for Grayling.

    All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. But now it's time to learn from Davie McPhail. Time to learn how to tie the Perdition Nymph.



    Materials Used:

    Hook: Fulling Mill Jig Force Size 12
    Thread: Uni Thread 8/0 - Orange and Brown Micro Glint
    Tail: Coq De Leon Fibres
    Bead: 2.5mm Gold Tungsten
    Tag: Fire Orange Uni Thread
    Body and Thorax: Brown Micro Glint
    Thorax Cover: Brown Marker Pen
    Coating: UV Resin
    Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of some Varnish to finish the fly using a dubbing needle for a more accurate application.

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

    Thursday, 25 October 2018

    Daiwa Interline Fishing Rods



    Guideless rod blanks have been around for a long time. They allow for longers casts, offer superior action, and have the strength to tame the hardest fighting species.

    As the line is distributed evenly along the entire spiral structure of the rod blank, this results in decreased torque, providing smoother retrieves, friction-free casting, and ultra-smooth even drag pressure.

    Interline Configuration
    With a linear interline guide structure, the line runs inside the blank, therefore requires no guides to provide torque stress points. With many contact points, (i.e. rod rings), torque friction is reduced. In contrast, without rings you have no extra weight, therefore the blank's true action is optimised.  You also have fewer tangles, no guide breakages, and achieve even line control with convenient no tangling storage.
    Daiwa Aird Interline Baitcaster Rod

    Decreasing line contact and drag increases casting distance and accuracy by drawing water off the line and keeping the line centred in the rod. By increasing the number of spirals and decreasing the spiral peak, interline rods are inherently more sensitive. These rods are specially designed with a carbon thread inside to make sure the line goes smoothly and will not touch the rod's side tightly.


    Daiwa Tournament Interline 7ft Rods
    So if you've not tried a Daiwa Interline rods yet, you will be pleasantly surprised by how much faster, smoother and much more sensitive the rod feels and performs. The Daiwa Aird Interline Baitcaster is particularly suited to Pike and Predator fishing, while the Daiwa Tournament Interline 7ft Rod is excellent for boat fishing for Cod, Pollack etc.

    Tuesday, 23 October 2018

    Winter Pike Fishing Tactics


    With the trees losing their leaves and temperatures dropping, predator anglers are prepping their pike fishing tackle in anticipation of some fantastic pike action. With razor sharp teeth, mottled camouflage, and lightning fast acceleration, pike sound more like something from Jurassic Park than a modern species of coarse fish. Sport from other species starts to slow down from November onwards, however, this freshwater predator can provide brilliant sport throughout the colder months. So in association with Improve Your Coarse Fishing Magazine, here are the simplest tactics that will reward you with plenty of bites.

    Find the Prey Fish
    Pike can live in any type of water from a weedy farm pond to a massive tidal river. The key to locating them is to find the prey fish – pike will never be far away. On canals, silver fish will begin to shoal up in certain stretches so start by targeting obvious holding areas such as boatyards, marinas, bridges, and ‘dead’ arms. The same rules apply on rivers. Find silver fish hotspots such as tributaries or any junction point between a main river and a tributary. Also look for slack water where pike can rest up out of the current waiting for prey fish to swim by.


    Find The Prey Fish
    Fish Multiple Swims
    If there are pike in your swim, you’ll get bites fairly quickly. If you haven’t had any action after an hour, move pegs, even if it’s only 100 yards along the bank. At this time of year, pike will still be found in shallow areas such as bays and close to dying weedbeds. As the temperatures continue to drop, they will start to head to deeper water. To make moving swims easier, carry only the essential items. One pike rod, a landing net, an unhooking mat and a rucksack carrying your end tackle and unhooking tools including short and long-handled forceps is all you need.

    Make Sure You Carry The Right Tools
    Good quality forceps and Long nose pliers are essential.  This will allow you to remove hooks and lures safely.  Pike are more sensitive than you would imagine, so make sure you know how to handle a them properly

    Forceps & Pliers
    Pop Up Your Deadbaits
    There is still likely to be plenty of blanket weed on the bottom which has yet to die off. Pike will use this as cover to ambush prey so fishing in or near the weed is an excellent place to target.

    Pop Up Deadbait
    To prevent your bait becoming masked by the weed, you will need to add buoyancy so that it sits above the detritus. You can use either a naturally buoyant deadbait such as pollen, or you can make baits such as sardine or mackerel waft above the lakebed using a pop-up trace. If you are using a big bait, two bait poppers might be required. Test your bait in the margins before casting to check how it sits.

    Preparing Mackerel
    How To Safely Unhook a Pike
    Pike are incredibly fragile and must be handled properly on the bank. Failure to do so can result in both you and the fish coming to harm. Always carry a selection of forceps and the use of semi-barbless trebles will make the job much easier. These only have a barb on one of the three hook points which is placed in the deadbait to secure it. If you are unsure, try and fish with an experienced pike angler until you feel confident.
    Unhook A Pike Properly
    Step 1 Place the pike on a padded unhooking mat. Make sure its fins are flush to its body and gently sit astride it to prevent it thrashing about 

    Step 2 Run your fingers into the underside of its jaws avoiding the gills. Apply light pressure with your thumb to secure a firm hold 

    Step 3 Lift the jaws gently upwards towards you and the pike’s mouth will open. You can now carefully remove the trebles with forceps.

    Always Carry Some Lures Sometimes pike are only interested in moving baits. For this reason it is always worth carrying a small selection of hard lures and soft lures. A simple copper spoon is one lure every pike angler should have. They can be cast long distances and, once sunk to the bottom, they can be twitched and reeled in at various speeds. The other advantage of spoons is that they don’t cost a fortune.

    Carry Some Lures
    Add Flavour in Coloured Water
    If your chosen venue is still carrying a tinge of colour, boosting your bait with flavours or colour will help to draw pike to your bait. The simplest way to boost your bait is to inject it with bait oil. Look for winterised oils which are thinner and will release attraction in the coldest of conditions. When it comes to colours, red is one of the best. Simply brush on red food dye, or use liquid predator plus additive prior to casting.

    Coloured Water

    How to Hook A Deadbait Place the first (below) treble into the root of the deadbait’s tail. This provides a firm hold.


    Extend the trace to its full length, and then put the second treble in the flank of the fish



    Twitch Before Reeling In When it comes to reeling in, instead of retrieving your deadbait all the way, pick up the rod, strike softly and wind a couple of turns on the pike reel before putting the rod back in the rod rest. This burst of activity will often entice a take.

    Use Resistance Rings Pike will quickly drop a bait if they pick it up and feel something is awry. Setups that produce minimum resistance will therefore result in more positive bites. A pike float rig is hard to beat when fishing at distances of less than 50 yards. To fish at longer range you will need a straight leger presentation. Running rigs with a minimum lead of 2oz and a large bore ring will provide excellent bite indication whether a hooked fish swims towards you or away from the bank.

    Resistance Rings
    Strike Quickly
    Set your float no more than 12in overdepth and strike firmly as soon as the float moves away. If the float is bobbing about and not moving away, it’s likely a pike is sat on the spot engulfing the bait. Tighten up to the rig gently and if you can feel movement at the other end, strike firmly. When legering, use a standard bite alarm at the front and a drop-off indicator at the rear.

    Strike Quickly
    If you fancy giving pike fishing a try for the first time or simply need to upgrade your kit, check out the awesome products available instore at Glasgow Angling Centre, or online at fishingmegastore.

    Thursday, 18 October 2018

    Tying a Floating Fry Fly with Davie McPhail

    Autumn is the season of the fry. During the Autumn months, Trout become aggressive feeders in an attempt to fatten up for the coming Winter. Baitfish flies are known to be a favourite during this time of year on rivers, streams and even Stillwater reservoirs. This Floating fry is sure to make Trout turn their heads towards the surface and strike!

    The materials used or equivalent alternatives needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre check out the links below, but as always if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie his Floating Fry fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.



    Materials Used:
    Hook: Fulling Mill Barbless Size 8
    Thread: Uni-8/0 or 6/0 Fire Orange
    Tail: Pearl Krystal Flash
    Body: Egg White and Safety Orange Fritz
    Wing: Olive and Black Tip Rabbit Zonker
    Eyes: Small Silver and Black
    Foam: 8mm Yellow Booby Cord

    Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of  Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly and Glue which he used for securing the eyes.

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

    Thursday, 11 October 2018

    Greys All Weather Jacket - Tackle Testers Choice


    This three-quarter length jacket is ideal for bank anglers as it can be worn over thigh or waist waders or waterproof trousers to give a perfect shield against the winter weather.

    The Greys All Weather Wading Jacket has a heavyweight Climatex (Polyester) outer layer with a DWR finish to maintain a high level of waterproofness. It is also breathable and windproof. A breathable Thermatex Polyester-fibred insulated layer is next, trapping and retaining body heat. The third layer is a Polyester lining which allows the jacket to slide seamlessly over your base or mid layers.

    Velcro Cuffs
    The full-length double zip is protected by a wide baffle behind it and a deep storm flap over the top which secures with Velcro closures. The zip tucks into a fabric chin guard to prevent chafing. The integral hood has toggle lock and cord adjustments around the face and on the back of the head to give a custom fit. A stiffened material peak gives excellent protection from the wind and rain without obscuring too much of your peripheral vision.

    Double Cuffs
    The sleeves taper down to the wrist with a slight articulation at the elbow. The double cuff design consists of a soft neoprene inner with a Velcro tightener to give a good seal around the wrist, and then the outer cuff pulls over the top and can be tightened with another rubberised tab and Velcro closure.

    Tapered Sleeves
    There are two vertical zipped hand warmer pockets set at a comfortable height. These have a fleece lining on one side and benefit from the Thermatex lining on the other so are very warm. Inside the chest pocket, which has a vertical water-resistant zip, is a short webbing lanyard and quick-release clip for keys and accessories. In addition, there are two large waist pockets with zips and protective storm flaps. These pockets will easily take a large pocket fly box and a few other accessories.

    Elasticated Cord
    There are elasticated cord and double toggle lock adjusters around the bottom hem and on the inside of the jacket around the waist which can be pulled tight to exclude draughts and chills. Additional features include an internal open top pocket with Velcro closure and a large D-ring on the back of the shoulders. Available in M-XXL.

    Trout Fisherman Testers Choice Verdict:
    The combination of the substantial outer shell and the insulating layer does make this jacket quite heavy, but you’ll reap the benefits on those bitterly cold and windswept autumn and winter days. It is quite a stiff material to start with, but this may soften with use. Good hood and cuff design.

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

    Thursday, 4 October 2018

    Tying A Chartreuse Baitfish Fly with Davie McPhail

    Autumn is the season of the fry. During the Autumn months, Trout become aggressive feeders in an attempt to fatten up for the coming Winter. Baitfish flies are known to be a favourite during this time of year on rivers, streams and even Stillwater reservoirs.

    All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie a Baitfish fly in a Chartreuse colour, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.



    Materials Used:
    Hook: Mustad O-Shaughnessy Size 1
    Thread: Uni 6/0 Chartreuse
    Tail: Krystal Flash Chartreuse
    Body: Chartreuse Lite-Brite
    Throat: Flu-Yellow Hen or Cock
    Wing: Dyed Chartreuse Grizzle and Chinese Cock  and finish off with some Peacock Herl on top
    Eyes: Silver Chain Bead
    Head: Chartreuse Chenille

    Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of  Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly and Glue which he used for securing the eyes.

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

    Friday, 28 September 2018

    Try Family Fishing For FREE at the GAC Autumn Open Weekend 2018!

    Would you like your kids or friends to try fishing but not sure where to start? Then book in for a taster session with our Get Hooked on Fishing coaches and find out more about this amazing sport. Glasgow Angling Centre, and GHOF have teamed up to offer one on one coaching for kids on the Forth and Clyde Canal, just 2 minutes walk from the GAC, on the 29th and 30th of September 2018 as part of the GAC Autumn Open Weekend Event - Scotland's largest FREE angling event!
    Learn how to catch Roach, Perch and many other species using simple tackle and techniques and learn about waterside safety and fish welfare from qualified angling coaches. Each session is suitable for under 18's and places are limited so pre booking is recommended, all fishing equipment will be provided but suitable clothing should be worn - please wrap up warmly!
    Book now or find out more by ringing Heather Lauriston on 07544 066974 or visit the GHOF stand at the GAC Open Weekend between 10am and 3pm to sign up for your FREE SFCA annual membership and book your coaching session! Qualified angling coaches will be on hand all weekend to answer all of your fishing questions so don't be shy and come down to meet them!
    Get Hooked on Fishing is an angling programme which helps provide positive opportunities for young people and communities. They deliver fun and interactive training around the sport of angling and their programme is especially designed with the help of young people to give the participants more confidence and to demonstrate that there are alternative pathways and better opportunities available to them. For more information check out the GHOF website! www.ghof.org.uk
    There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one promises to be the biggest ever! With FREE parking and FREE entry, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!

    Wednesday, 26 September 2018

    Fishingmegastore Reward Card Members Only Pre-Sale @GAC Thursday 27th of September 2018!

    As a special thank-you to all our loyal shop customers who joined our rewards Reward Card Scheme, we will be offering all of our Autumn Open Weekend deals a day early to all of our Fishingmegastore Reward Card holders!
    Join the 1000's of customers already reaping the Reward Card benefits!
    From 5.30pm until 9pm on Thursday 27th of September 2018 Fishingmegastore Reward Card holders who come to the store will beat the crowds and still qualify for all of our amazing deals and offers that we were keeping for the weekend!
    Even if you haven't received your card in the post yet, simply show a staff member a recent receipt with your unique barcode on it, and they can quickly verify your membership so you can qualify for all the deals!
    Over 75,000 of our customers are already benefiting from the scheme by earning points every time they shop with us that soon add up to money off future tackle purchases!
    Don't have a Reward Card yet? You still have time to sign up, just ask any member of staff instore any time or apply online HERE! Beat the crowds and still benefit from the Autumn Open Weekend deals, plus you never know what angling celebrities just might be hanging around, setting up for this weekends big event!
    See below for just a few of the hundreds of deals we will be giving Reward Card holders exclusive early access to from 5.30pm until 9pm on Thursday 27th of September 2018, and of course these offers will be available to all of our customers instore on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Open Weekend Event, along with demonstrations, tuition and previews of this years up and coming products from all the big suppliers in what has become the UK's largest FREE angling event!
    There really is something for everyone at these events, that's why they are the biggest in Scotland - and this one promises to be the biggest ever! With FREE parking and FREE entry, there will be loads of things to see and do on the Open Weekend dates as well as some amazing bargains on all types of fishing tackle. Keep an eye out on FacebookTwitter and instore for more info on what's going on at this event! Plus don't forget to register for your FREE GIFT on the day! Click HERE for details!
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