Email Signup

Do you want to be emailed about our latest offers?





Subscribe

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Tying the RA Green Peter with Davie McPhail

The Green Peter is an old classic sedge pattern, and a deceiver which imitates the natural (Phryganea Varia). It works really well in Irish loughs & highland lochs for wild browns. This varient is called the RA Green Peter, (Red Arsed).

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 Black Midge Hopper.



Materials Used:
Hook: Kamasan B175 size 10
Thread: Uni Thread 8/0 - Black
Rib Oval Gold Tinsel
Tag Red SLF and Red Seals Fur Mixed
Body: Olive SLF and Olive Seals Fur mixed
Body Hackle: Natural Red Game Cock
Wings: Hen Pheasant Quill
Front Hackle: Natural Red Game Chinese Cock
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!

Tying A Black Midge Hopper with Davie McPhail

The hopper is a very versatile pattern and can be used in a variety of situations: during a hatch of buzzers, as a searching pattern, or when you are not quite sure what the fish are feeding on. The hopper is also useful when the Daddy Long Legs is around as the legs will tempt Trout to strike.

Fish the hopper static on a floating line and periodically 'twitch' the line to impart some life into the fly. You can also fish a light buzzer or Diawl Bach New Zealand style, underneath the hopper.

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 Black Midge Hopper.



Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Short Shank Special size 12
Thread: Uni Thread 8/0 - Black
Rib Silver Wire
Body: Black Pheasant Tail Fibres
Legs: Knotted Pheasant Tail Fibres - Black
Hackles: Grey Hen Hackle and Dyed Black Cock
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!

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Scottish Government Pike Conservation Consultation 2018


The Scottish Government wish to consult on new potential pike conservation measures which would introduce a maximum size limit on individual Pike taken from inshore waters in Scotland, a bag limit of one Pike to be retained by each angler per day and include a provision making the sale of any rod-caught pike illegal.



The Scottish Government wishes to hear views and receive any further evidence associated with these potential measures which exists, especially from salmon and freshwater fisheries stakeholders, such as District Salmon Fishery Boards, Fisheries Trusts, game and coarse anglers, angling clubs, angling associations and riparian proprietors.


Once the consultation is closed Scottish Ministers will review the responses when considering whether they believe it is necessary or expedient to make regulations for the conservation of pike. If they consider it is, we would anticipate that a Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI) could be introduced in 2019.

The online consultation will take you around 2 minutes to complete and is set up so it can be completely anonymous. If you you care at all about the future of recreational angling in Scotland it is very important that you have your say! In the past these consultations have had a very low response from the very anglers that ultimately these new laws will have the most effect on - there is no point complaining about them later if you haven't bothered to respond to the consultation in the first place! You only have until the 31st of August to complete the consultation - SO DO IT NOW!
Follow this link to go straight to the consultation page on the Scottish Governments website - https://consult.gov.scot/marine-scotland/pike-conservation/
To follow the discussion on this topic on our Facebook page, click here - 

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Tying an F-Fly Olive Hopper with Davie McPhail

Hoppers are a vital pattern for any Stillwater Trout angler, they're a hugely adaptable pattern that performs as a pulling wet or a dry fly.
Davie's F-Fly Variant of the Hopper pushes this adaptation one step further and it's a proper killer when the midge are hatching on Rivers or Lochs. Try a few in a variety of colours to keep you catching through the season.

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.



Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill All-Purpose Medium size 10
Thread: Uni-8/0 Chartreuse
Rib: Uni-Pearl No.14
Body: Olive Seals Fur or SLF Dubbing
Legs: Pre-Knotted Pheasant Tail Fibres
Wing: CDC Feathers
Thorax: Flu-Orange Seals Fur or SLF Dubbing
Head: Olive Seals Fur or SLF Dubbing

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of  Varnish, which he applied to the thread before whip-finishing. Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!
Copyright 1998-2018 Glasgow Angling Centre ltd.