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Friday, 17 January 2020

Quick Codding


Gordon, who works in the Edinburgh Angling Centre to the chance to squeeze in a local Cod fishing session with his fishing buddy Alan on his day off last week.

Due to time constraints they decided on a mark within an hours drive from Edinburgh. After some thought and a suggestion from a friend, they headed down the coast to Cove, Berwickshire to fish the harbour and adjacent headland. 

Cove Harbour (image from Walk Highlands)
 LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
Access to deep water close in and a series of gullies made it a likely looking spot on google maps but you can only tell so much from overhead views, some hints and a bit of digging around online.

The forecast weather hadn’t materialised so conditions were far from ideal and as the tide was halfway through the ebb so they quickly chose a mark and set their gear. 

The pair’s first casts resulted in a lost rig each and they were soon to discover that this was a very snaggy mark. Gordon’s second cast resulted in a thumping bite and after a brief fight, he was rewarded with a 5lb Cod. 


Gordon's Cod


After the rush to set up and the disappointing conditions this was a result and the session looked like it was going to be a productive one. That might have been counting your chickens though and for the next few hours only a Rockling was caught before it was time to pack up.

Gordon was using his Century Kompressor paired with a Penn Fathom 25 reel, loaded with 40lb Berkley Trilene to get his baits out there over the snaggy ground. 

BAITS
His rig of choice was a 3/0, 2/0 Pennel rig baited with a selection of frozen baits Mussel, Peeler Crab and Black Lugworm. The worm baits require long-shank hooks especially if you're making up cocktail bait to add flavour and tempt Cod in and you need the extra shank to hold and manoeuvre. There are lots of different types of baitingneedles Gordon favours the blunt, long type for large Lugworm baits. 

Preparing Lugworm
Ready for Hooking Up

Cove is definitely a mark Gordon is keen to try again ideally under different conditions as it shows great promise to produce some excellent Cod fishing with some more scouting out and hopefully better weather. 

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Tying a Grouse & Yellow and a Grouse & Orange with Davie McPhail

This week we have a double whammy from Davie McPhail where he makes use of leftover Grouse Feathers. The flies Davie Mcphail is tying, closely resemble Northern Country Spiders, with a threaded body and a soft hackle. Simple and effective flies that require very little material to be made. North Country Spiders and Clyde Style Spiders have been around for over a hundred years and have been a favourite amongst fly anglers across the world. Excellent flies for using on Rivers and Streams. With Trout Season fast approaching its definitely worthwhile having a few of these flies, in different colours tied, ready for March.

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 Grouse & Yellow and a Grouse & Orange Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:

Grouse & Yellow:
Grouse & Orange:

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!

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Tying a Dunkeld Octopus Wet Fly with Davie McPhail

This week Davie is combining the elements of traditional flies from both sides of the Irish Sea to make a superb variant on the Dunkeld. The Dunkeld is a firm favourite of any Loch or Reservoir angler. The Dunkeld is a great attractor fly for Brown Trout, especially when Orange Buzzers are hatching or in late June, when Trout are actively feeding on Perch Fry. As well as being an attractor for Brown Trout, Dunkelds are regularly used for targeting Salmon and Sea-Trout in Rivers and Estuaries after a spate, leaving the water heavily coloured. Davie McPhail's adds in a little colour and tied in the Octopus style that was perfected on Irish loughs like Melvin. This is a fantastic fly to have in your box all 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. Time to tie a Dunkeld Octopus Wet Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweight size 10
ThreadUni-8/0 Fire Orange Tag: Medium Gold Holographic Tinsel Tail: No.11 Chartreuse Glo-Brite Floss Rib: Small Oval Gold Tinsel or Wire Body Hackle: Hot Orange Cock Throat: Dyed Hot Orange Golden Pheasant Rump or Breast Wing: Bronze Mallard Collar/Front Hackle: Dyed Blue Grey Partridge or Guinea Fowl Eyes: Jungle Cock

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!

Monday, 6 January 2020

2019 Fish of the Year Winner!


As you know we look after the Daily Record's Daiwa Fish of the Week competition, we get to see catches from across the country and beyond. From people's first fish to their fish of a lifetime it's fantastic to see unusual catches, and happy anglers every single week.

We let you vote for 2019's Fish of the Year and we are happy to announce the Fish of the Year Winner is... William Kiltie with this beautiful Salmon that was entered into our Fish of the Week competition back on the 16th August 2019.

William Kiltie with his beautiful Salmon

We'd like to thank everyone who entered and voted! For your chance to win our 2020 Fish of the Week competitions, check out our Fish of the Week Competition for info.

Monday, 30 December 2019

Recycling Centre

Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme Renew Products

The ANLRS have been working to take out MILLIONS of meters of fishing line from the environment. Working alongside innovative recycling manufacturers ReWorked they are developing a range of products as well as providing raw materials. Making use of vast knowledge and experience than spans decades in all aspects of waste collection treatment and its end use.


 RECYCLED LINE PRODUCTS

These Rod Racks made out of Recycled Lines and Spools are available through our website HERE with the proceeds going to fund the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme they're perfect for your fishing layer.

More than a talking point, these are well made industrial quality racks that would look superb in your garage or fishing hut.



600 YEARS 
The amount of time it takes for heavy mono filament to degrade in landfill. Fluoro, Braid, plastic spools and flylines can all be around for centuries.

THREAT
Discarded line poses a threat to wildlife and the image of the angling sector. Fishermen care about the places they fish, we are the river keepers, club members and caretakers on the bank so it's our responsibility to dispose of our line safely.

LANDFILL
Currently the only options for the disposal of used line. The Line Recycling Scheme are working to establish recycling and reusing materials a viable alternative and particularly into Angling Related Products.

GET INVOLVED
About 400 million meters of line discarded annually. Here at Fishingmegastore we've been collecting line in our recycling bins, this season they've started taking Flylines and Plastic Spools too, if you're respooling your reels this winter, gather up the line and come along to customer services.




Would your club be interested in a litter bin made from recycled fishing lines and spools? The award winning ANLRS are working to create more products to help keep even more discarded fishing line out of landfill and off our river banks in years to come.













Fish of the Year 2019



As you know we look after the Daily Record's Daiwa Fish of the Week competition, we get to see catches from across the country and beyond. From people's first fish to their fish of a lifetime it's fantastic to see unusual catches, and happy anglers every single week..


Each week all the entrants get put through to a panel with the Winner picking up £150 worth of Daiwa Fishing Tackle
We thought this year we'd like to throw it across to a public vote and crown our inaugural Fish of the Year winner who'll pick up the plaudits and a £100 Fishingmegastore Voucher.


Check out the winners folder HERE show some love to your favourite fish of the year and an Monday the 6th January the angler with the most likes will pick up the prize!





Click HERE to read the Daily Record's Angling Column


Remember for your chance to win email entries in to fotw@fishingmegastore.com or fill our our form online HERE





















Friday, 27 December 2019

Tying a Sunburst Olive Kate Muddler with Davie McPhail

The Kate McLaren is a Scottish wet fly invented by William Robertson in the 1930's. It is a very effective wet fly when fished on the bob as part of a team of flies for traditional loch style fishing. It is also extremely effective for Rainbow Trout as well as Brownies. The difference between a traditional Kate McLaren and the variant that Davie McPhail is tying is that he adds a small, Muddler style head to the fly, using deer hair. This small change allows you to fish it nearer the surface and it also allows you to add floatant to the fly and pull it across waves.

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 Sunburst Olive Kate Muddler, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweight size 10 Thread: Uni-8/0 Chartreuse Tail: Light Sunburst Marabou Rib: Gold Oval Tinsel Body: Olive Seals Fur or SLF Body Hackle: Olive Cock or Hen Throat: Ginger Cock Hackle dyed Yellow Head: Dyed Olive Roe Deer

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!
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