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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Tying the "Carrot Nymph" with Davie McPhail

This week Davie McPhail ties a "Carrot Nymph".
An original form of this fly was listed under the section for panfish flies in Skip Morris' "The Art of Tying The Bass Fly" (ISBN 1-57188-076-3), where Morris elaborates; "For bluegills, I've long fished the Carrot Nymph just under the surface on a floating line, usually in the shallows, around cover. But I've done well with it down on a sinking line. It is simple and deadly."
Similar flies from Fulling Mill include the Andrzejs Hi-VisPink Hot Spot, and The French Nymph. These flies are excellent when deployed as the anchor point in a European Nymphing set-up.

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. Without further ado, here's the master at work.



Materials Used:

Thorax: Davie uses Peacock Bronze Diamond-Brite Dubbing, this can be substituted for several others such as Spirit River - Lite-Brite Fire Fox Peacock 

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

Representing Fulling Mill Davie will be in attendance at the Fishing Megastore Open Weekend, along with many the other stars of our sport, across the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of March 2018. Davie will be giving Fly-Tying Tuition for FREE!

Other guests at the Open Weekend include Mads Grosell from Savage Gear, Paul Young and more!

Be sure to attend, there's lots to see and do! Pick up your Golden Ticket for a FREE gift!


Flyfish Europe At The March 2018 Open Weekend


Flyfish Europe are one of Europe’s leading distributors of fly fishing tackle.  Their brands include Simms, Scientific Anglers, Waterworks Lamson, Scott Fly Rods and more.

Steve Peterson the UK representative for FFE will be in attendance as usual at the GAC Spring 2018 Open Weekend.

Steve Peterson - Flyfish Europe
You can usually find Steve at the impressive Simms wall where he can advise on all Simms products and help you get the best fit in waders and the right gear for your type of fishing.

Simms Wall at GAC
Steve will also have the new Waterworks Lamson Centre Axis Rod/Reel System. The Centre Axis reel seat gives a great feeling of control and balance to the outfit. Why not give it a test cast on the casting pool and feel the difference.

Centre Axis System
In addition Steve will have the latest Scott Fly rods including the new Scott G Series Fly Rods and the latest fly lines from Scientific Anglers including the world’s slickest fly line the Amplitude.

Amplitude Trout Celestial Fly Line
If you are looking for the best in fishing apparel, would like to try the latest rods from Lamson or Scott, or maybe discuss Scientific Anglers fly lines, then Steve would be delighted help you out during the Open Weekend.

How To Fish Buzzers For Trout


Techniques for Buzzer Fishing
Whether it’s the tightening of the line loop between rod tip and water, an indicator ducking under the surface or the brutal ‘line ripping from your fingers’ – the ‘take’ is undoubtedly the most exciting aspect of our sport. It is especially true when Buzzer fishing, and for that split second of the take, all of life’s worries get replaced with that anticipation of a hooked fish!

There’s a great sense of achievement having fooled a trout with a natural - although sometimes not so natural looking imitation. We’ve fooled the fish rather than winding it up so that it attacks out of sheer aggression. So what’s a buzzer?

What's a Buzzer?

Midges, the little buzzy things that we see around water are nicknamed buzzers. The lifecycle of the Chironomid, its proper name, is quite simple. Their early days are spent burrowing in fine silt and mud on the lakebed (bloodworm) when they are coloured red to green. But water temperature and sunlight prompt them to start a precarious ascent to the water’s surface. These are called the ‘pupa.’ The pupa kick and buck by flicking their abdomens, making their way up through the water column until reaching the surface. Having broken through the surface tension, the pupa sheds an outer skin called a shuck and breaks the surface as an adult insect complete with legs and wings. These are seen around water.

Chironomid or Midge Larvae
The best chance to catch trout on Buzzers is during the pupa stage. Trout have relatively easy pickings, and with such an abundance of the juicy naturals around, Trout can be preoccupied with them. It is very common to seeing Trout spewing pupa from their mouths when you attempt to retrieve your fly.

Chironomid Life Cycle

There are so many ways to fish Buzzers, but you need to do what works for the fish. You’ll hear time and time again that ‘no retrieve’ is the best retrieve when you’re fishing with Buzzers. But as with most ‘wise words,’ there are times when they just don’t hold true. It’s often a good idea to impart a little movement in your flies, a slight lift of the rod tip or a swift one-foot tug at the retrieving hand, can work wonders. Plus, doing nothing is nearly as dull as watching a bung!

Adult Midge

Floating Line, Straight Line Technique

It is not essential to fish with many flies, but three or even four Buzzers offers advantages. More flies creates more chances of catching but, with a fly spaced at intervals on your cast, you have a fly at all depths. More flies also provide the ability to get everything down deeper – more flies, more weight.

Fishing with 3 Buzzers

Whether you’re fishing two, three, or four flies, it’s crucial to get the presentation right as soon as they land on the water. On every cast, make sure flies turnover properly. Start fishing with a straight line, so that all takes can be felt. If casts land in a heap, you’ll get tangles but, as they sink – with no line tension – a fish could take and eject your fly without you knowing.

Fishing with a Bung and 3 Buzzers
Contact is crucial! If your flies don’t land in a perfect line in front of the fly line, then draw the line taut until you feel that they’re falling through the water, correctly. This will ensure you will feel takes.

The distance you’re able to cast has a bearing on the depth your flies fish. If you cast only 10 -15 yards, your flies won’t have time to sink to a great depth. It’s hindered even more by a strong sidewind, blowing line and keeping your flies up – this can be a hindrance during early season when trout are on the lakebed. So, to get deep, cast long and fish flies slow.

Fishing with 4 Buzzers

Distance of Cast & Depth

Always be mindful. If you get takes straight after casting out then the trout are obviously high up in the water and so short casts are all that’s needed. You may also want to get a speedier retrieve working, again keeping the flies up.

Reservoir Trout Fishing

Mix up the Retrieve

It’s a myth that Buzzers should be fished static. This can often be the case, but you can have success when moving them on the retrieve. Try a short draw on the line followed by a steady figure-of-eight…then a long pause. Remember, the faster you retrieve, the higher in the water the flies will fish. The stop, during the retrieve, is crucial to allow the flies to drop back into the depths. It’s also when many takes occur as not many trout can resist a fly falling vertically past their noses.

Selection of Buzzer Patterns

Floating Line & a Bung

You can use the bung. It’s simple to use, and it lets you change the fly spacing, that’s about it. Cast it out, and if the bung goes under, strike. You may want to twitch the bung making the Buzzers rise and fall below it.

Fario Fly Bung

Sink Tip, Straight Line

An excellent way to fish Buzzers at depth is with a sink-tip line, the point of which sinks below the surface, so you have a better connection with the flies.

Placing your heaviest Buzzer on the top dropper gets flies deep fast. The heavy top dropper and the sink-tip pull the other flies down at an angle. For some reason, this angle can be effective.

Cortland Sink Tip Fly Line
The heavy top dropper hinges the cast, pulling the other flies down at a steady, even pace. It also acts as a bolt rig, fish taking the higher Buzzers are pulling against the heavy Buzzer and the subsurface tip section of your line, so trout hook themselves!

Sink Tip, Hedge your Bets

This method is similar in many respects, but you’re increasing your chances of catching by enticing fish in to see what the fuss is all about. I prefer to do this with four flies. On the point goes a small but bright Booby or FAB to pull the fish in. Above it on the dropper goes a very heavy Buzzer, just to keep the buoyant fly down there, then two standard Buzzers are placed on the droppers above. For water between 12 and 18 foot deep, this is such a good way of fishing.

Get them Deep

Conditions and fish location might dictate that Buzzers must be fished deep. In these situations, you should change your leader set-up radically. Increase the length of leader from fly line to the first dropper to 10-foot and reduce the distance between flies to three feet. This way the team works better and sinks freely due to the additional line between fly-line and first dropper. But the key to fishing Buzzers is to think how your patterns will work together as a team and not as individuals!

The Washing Line Technique

When conditions are favourable, the washing line technique can be deadly. This technique involves fishing with a point fly, such as a booby, with nymphs or buzzers on the droppers. By altering the density of the fly lines, this will essentially allow your buzzers to fish in the killing zone for much longer.

Where the fish are feeding will determine the optimal depth to fish your buzzers. For example, if trout are feeding just under the surface, use a floating fly line such as a Wychwood Connect Series Rocket Floating Line so that your buzzers will 'hang' near horizontally between the booby on the point and the floating line. Alternatively, if fish are feeding deeper down, use a sinking line of varying densities to find the feeding zone.

Washing Line with a Floating Line
When fishing a sinking line with a booby on the point, the buzzers will get pulled down by the line and the floating booby will 'hold' the buzzers in a vertical hang. And if you give you fly line a tug or pull, the booby will pull the buzzers up in down - a deadly technique.

Finally, when fishing with Buzzers, an important consideration is the diameter of leader material you use. This plays a huge part as to how your flies fish in the water. Some recommend using co-polymer tippet when fishing higher up the water column or subsurface. For deeper work, Fluorocarbon is very effective. It's invisible, heavier, and has a lower diameter.

So fishing with Buzzers is a fantastic method of fishing for Trout.  There is always that element of surprise.  The takes can be aggressive, and watching the line straighten out suddenly can give you a wake up call!

And if you would like to try Buzzer fishing, don't forget that fishingmegastore has all the fly fishing tackle you need for a great days trout fishing.  Alternatively, if you would like more advice on choosing the right set-up, call us on 0141 212 8880 and one of our expert staff will be glad to help.

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

Monday, 26 February 2018

Catching Winter Cod on Rough Ground

Improve your Winter Cod Fishing
When it comes to Cod, fishing from the shore can have great results.  However, depending on the type of ground, it requires strong tackle and a fair bit of muscle. It also requires a longer cast and baits that give off a stronger scent.

There is no denying that standard beach fishing tackle will catch you a winter cod, but it must be capable of casting a big fishing bait and heavy lead weight.

Rough Ground Cod Fishing
Our advice is to avoid any outfit that can’t cast at least 6oz (170g), that’s sinker and bait combined, and if there’s a headwind, go for one that can chuck 8oz (210g).

Rods rated 4oz (130g) and 5oz (150g) may be fine for field casting with only a 5oz sinker, but that doesn't mean they can handle that same lead weight and a heavy load of whole calamari squid plus lugworms or crab cart on a size 6/0 Pennell.

Crab Cart
Squid

So for the roughest weather, biggest baits and the longest distances go for an outfit capable of hurling 8oz.




The weight of the bait and terminal rig has a dramatic influence on casting distance.

It's a fact often forgotten by rod designers and distance-obsessed shore anglers. If you want to reach the fish and retain the effectiveness of your bait you will have to compromise and accept the limitations that bait size, wind and weather put on casting distance.



Cast too short with an over-large bait and even its scent may not be capable of attracting a fish into the shallows where they will not venture, while achieving long distances with a tiny scentless bait may only attract tiddlers. The aim must always be to cast a decent-sized bait as far as possible.

The first essential for casting large baits long is to streamline the bait and rig so that it offers the least resistance to casting. Do this by clipping down the baited hooks close behind the sinker and within its slipstream.

A Simple Baited Rig
There's a range of lead weights and bait clips available, with the best being Breakaway’s  Impact Lead or Imp bait clip. Others include the Gemini Splashdown and the now old-fashioned Impact shield.
Rig and snood length can also have a small effect on the potential casting range and again you are looking for a compromise. Short snoods cast further, but they may also restrict the fish from taking the bait. Long snoods reduce casting range, but allow the bait to move more naturally when in the water.

Of the cod hook configurations the Pennell is a front-runner every time and its effectiveness is proved by the fact that marauding shoals of whiting will take longer to chew the bait back to the bare hook. A whole cuttlefish on a size 8/0 Pennell rig is the minimum to keep off the dogfish and whiting in many regions. However, there is another rig that is becoming more practical, and that’'s a trace designed to fish a livebait.

https://www.fishingmegastore.com/bait-rigs/mustad-cod-pennel-rig~3061.html


There are several ways to construct a livebait rig, although in the main a mono paternoster is most effective. The essence of the idea is that you fish a small baited hook for a small whiting and leave it out until a cod comes along and grabs this smaller fish.

https://www.fishingmegastore.com/fixed-spool-reels/tronixpro-envoy-7000-fs-reel~29426.html

This rig uses a larger hook tied close to the small baited hook to snare the cod. There are a couple of ways to do this but in all cases the  bigger hook needs to be only a couple of inches away from the small one.

Some anglers tie a small size 2 hook on a short section of mono to a size 3/0 or 4/0 hook, while others tie a small hook above a large one in a fixed Pennell rig design. Either system works and in both cases the hooks should be clipped down for distance.
https://www.fishingmegastore.com/casting-multipliers/penn-515-gs-mag3-series~42197.html 

Our opinion is that two livebait hooks are better than one, although doing this involves using two hooks for each bait, meaning a total of four hooks on the rig, something not all anglers are prepared to do.


Obviously there is a degree of chance as to whether or not a cod takes the small fish and falls foul of the larger hook, so you might like to consider fishing with a second more traditional rig on another rod so that all the options are covered.

If you are planning your next Cod fishing trip, don't forget that we have a massive selection of beach fishing tackle at fishingmegastore.  And if you fish in the East Coast, don't forget you can shop for all your essentials at Edinburgh Angling Centre.

This article was brought to you in association with Sea Angler Magazine.




Friday, 23 February 2018

Daiwa XL Ruckstool for just £22!

Deal of the Week - Daiwa XL Ruck Stool


Some ruck stools are a compromise in terms of carrying capacity but this XL Daiwa model is a proper voluminous fishing bag as well as a comfy seat with the main compartment weighing in at 43cm x22cm x 20cm.

This style of  luggage is popular with Anglers, Bird Watchers and Ramblers anyone that loves to get out there to get a bit of peace and quiet in the countryside, as my folks said drinking it in!







Perfect for a roving angler that likes to take a break and savour the outdoors, carries all your gear for a roaming session and even has the all important flask holder for your coffee. 



Comfy Padded Seat with a Sturdy Steel Frame



Seat height 48.5cm, Rucksack has one front pocket and two side pockets with buckled closures to carry all your gear





Ruck straps for easy transport, Folded dimension 67cm x 33cm x 8cm




 



Thursday, 22 February 2018

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry February 2018 - Cuban Permit!

Ewan Clark caught this elusive Permit on a trip to Cuba! The fish took a Cuban Shrimp pattern fished on an #8 weight outfit and was subdues after several long runs before being released to fight another day!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our February 2018 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 February 2018 - Flood Grayling!

Jonathan James caught this nice Grayling from the River Tweed in high water conditions!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our February 2018 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 February 2018 - Ouse Pike!

Nick Baldwin caught this fine Pike on his first lure fishing trip of the year to the River Ouse! The fish took a Savage Gear Hard Eel and easily smashed his previous PB!

You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our February 2018 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 February 2018 - Tummel Springer!

Jordan Grant caught this stunning spring Salmon from the River Tummel on a Conehead Fly!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our February 2018 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 February 2018 - Trossachs Pike!

Scott Hannigan caught this nice Pike from a Trossachs loch on a popped up Mackerel 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 February 2018 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 February 2018 - Bulldog Pike!

Liam Campbell caught this cracking Pike on a Bulldog lure on a wild and windy day on a Scottish Loch!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our February 2018 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!

GAC Spring Open Weekend 2018 - Fly Tyers Row now Confirmed!


One of the biggest attractions at our Open Weekends is the FREE fly tying demonstrations, and our next one coming up March the 2nd, 3rd and 4th will be no different! Our improved instore format will be bringing you the best line up of UK fly tyers ever hosted in Scotland, sponsored as always by Veniard and supported by Partridge of Redditch and Fulling Mill - making the GAC Open Weekend Event the premier fly tying event in Scotland! All of these fly dressers are at the very top of their game and will gladly go out of their way to show you how to perform the latest techniques and how to tie any style of fly you can think of.
They will even take the time to guide you round our massive fly tying department during their scheduled 'floor time', helping you to choose the right equipment and best materials from our extensive range, plus you can take advantage of some great deals on hooks and materials as well as a few new product launches over the weekend, so don't miss out and come to Scotland's biggest FREE angling event!

Plus we will be running have a go fly tying sessions with John Hood from Get Hooked on Fishing so kids and grown ups alike can try their hand at tying their own flies for the first time - just ask instore!

Davie McPhail
Davie McPhail
Classed as one of the very best tyers in Europe and a GAC favourite, Davie McPhail has been tying flies since 1982 and has more recently become a YouTube sensation with millions of hits. He will be instore giving help and advice to solve all your fly tying problems. Davie will be tying instore on Saturday the 4th of March 2017, covering patterns of all styles and types! Check out his YouTube Channel here -  http://www.youtube.com/user/DavieMcPhail


Paul Procter
Paul Procter
Best known for his prolific writing and perfectly tied flies in Trout and Salmon and Trout Fisherman, Paul is a qualified AAPGAI instructor at Masters level and is regarded by many to be one of the top fly tyers and casters in the UK. Based in Cumbria, with over 30 years fly fishing experience, Paul provides first class guiding, fly casting & fly fishing tuition to all levels and abilities and as well as offering knowledge of his home waters, he is equally experienced on rivers, stillwaters and saltwater throughout the UK and abroad. Paul also specialises in hosted trips to destinations all over the world, targeting species such as wild Brown Trout, Grayling, Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit in locations as diverse as Poland, Slovenia, Iceland, Bosnia, Mexico and New Zealand. http://paulprocter.blogspot.com/

Peter Gathercole
Peter Gathercole
Peter is a photographer and writer specialising in fly fishing and fly tying. He has written articles for magazines not only in the UK but also in Germany, France, Sweden, Italy and Australia. He has also written a number of books including three on fly tying. Fly fishing is more than a passion for Peter, and through photography and writing it has become a major part of his life. It has also given him the opportunity to fish in some wonderful parts of the World. Apart from the sheer pleasure that this brings it has taught him just how important this natural environment is to us all and how vital it is to protect it. Peter actually learned to tie flies before he could cast one. A few months later saw him on the banks of Eyebrook Reservoir where he learned to fly fish under the tutelage of a physics teacher from his Grammar School and a couple of old Scotsmen who had retired from the local steelworks. He soon became fascinated by the link between entomology and fly fishing to the extent that, in addition to the angling photography, a large part of his income came from taking photos for Oxford Scientific Films. Taking the photos for so many articles means that Peter gets to fish in a wide range of locations, giving him such a well-rounded take on all things to do with fly fishing so he can quickly adapt from casting a 12-weight for Sailfish to a four-weight toothpick for Trout! http://www.petergathercolephotography.com/


Matthew Pate
Matthew Pate
Matthew Pate has been fishing in the small waters and rivers of Wales since the age of eleven. He has also tied flies from the very beginning too. Being a self-taught fly tyer and a quick learner, tying flies became a massive part of his hobby and it quickly turned into an addiction, just as important as the fishing itself. In 2014 he gained his first welsh cap in the small Still Water International, which was one of his greatest honours. In close second was coaching the 2015 Team in their match in Ireland. Smallwater fishing is his passion. He learnt my trade on my club water which is just ten minutes from his home (Llyn Fawr) and this is where he spends most of his time fishing but he also fishes rivers and big waters regularly to keep things fresh. Mathew doesn't really have a specific type of fly that he likes to tie but he does cover a lot in his tying style, everything from big gory lures to little delicate dry flies, but given the choice his favourite type of fly to tie would be Nymph patterns.


Paul Clydesdale
Paul Clydesdale
Living in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire Paul started fly fishing at the age of 11, tying his first flies almost as soon as he picked up his fly rod. The obsession began with rainbow trout fishing then progressed on to fly fishing for salmon on the spate rivers around Ayrshire. As the obsession grew so did the species and the destinations, Bonefish fishing in Mexico, Hawaii, Christmas Island and the Bahamas to fly fishing for wild brown trout and Pollock in the north of Scotland. These days most off his time is now spent chasing pike on the fly. Enjoying all aspects of fly fishing for pike from fishing the huge wild waters of Scotland or walking the lengths off a Fenland drain or river, but his real passion is hunting monster pike on the southern trout reservoirs. To date, Paul's landed four pike over the magical 30lb mark on the fly, the biggest being 36lb in weight. The obsession with pike has lead him to designing a whole series of flies that are fit for purpose. He has also been a long standing member of the pike fly fishing association, this has seen him hold the role off Scotland RO and most recently take on the position as chairman. Pike fly fishing is a huge part of his life and he now find himself travelling further afield to satisfy the pike needs. The northern pike of Canada are firmly set in his sights. Paul is very excited about working along side such a well established company as Fulling Mill and looks forward to passing on his pike fly fishing knowledge. The first pike flies that will be available are his GO TO patterns that has landed himself and friends many large pike. www.pffa.co.uk


Ian Mckenzie
Ian McKenzie
Ian Mckenzie retired from the position of Technical Manager at Fulling Mill after 17 years at the end of 2010.  His position involved developing new patterns, turning people’s ideas into commercial propositions, sourcing all necessary materials and hooks, tying samples, and maintaining quality standards. Since his retirement he has continued tying flies for personal customers and has even found time to tie some for himself. An enthusiastic fisherman since the age of 10, living close to and fishing the Thames but graduating to fly fishing for Trout at Weirwood Reservoir in Sussex at 18, and subsequently fishing around the UK for trout, salmon, and Grayling, Ian has been tying his own flies for the last 40 years. Recently he has also taken to fishing for Carp on the fly – great fun! Ian looks forward to meeting many tyers at the show and will be happy to spend time with anybody who has specific problems and needs a hand.


Allan Liddle
Allan Liddle
Based in Morayshire Scotland, GAIA qualified Trout instructor Allan Liddle has been a regular contributor to Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazine since 2001. Allan specialises in wild Trout from wild places throughout the scottish mainland and the outer isles in both running and still water and is equally as happy on the largest rivers and lochs, through to the smallest streams and lochans. Although he enjoys all forms of fly fishing, Allan has a special passion for fishing dries, claiming 'The anticipation and visual thrill of the take is by far the most exciting and satisfying aspect of the sport.'


Darryl Mooney
Darryl Mooney
Darryl is the UK and Ireland Sales Director for Partridge of Redditch and has been tying for over 36 years. He grew up fishing for wild brownies on his local River Lagan in Northern Ireland and this remains his passion to this day. A committed advocate of catch and release, he has a particular interest in all aspects of Euro Nymphing and will be demonstrating tying his Woven Czech Nymphs as well as being on hand to offer advice on the range of Partridge Hooks and Sprite Hooks on all three days.  http://www.partridge-of-redditch.co.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!
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