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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!
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