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Thursday, 7 November 2019

Tying an Olive Sculpin with Davie McPhail

Sculpins, or Bullheads which are found virtually everywhere that Trout swim and typically in large numbers. Small baitfish like these are an important food source for Trout, and especially for large Trout. It's for this reason that so many popular streamer patterns are intended to imitate or work well as imitations of Sculpins. The differences between a Sculpin and other baitfish is that they lack an air bladder, meaning they stick close to the bottom and do not move. However, when they do move, they dislodge themselves and drift freely in the current before darting in small bursts to where they intend to go. Due to this swimming behaviour, Trout will actively strike these bottom feeders as they drift in the current.

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 an Olive Sculpin Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Tiemco TMC811S size 6 Thread: Uni-6/0 Olive Tail: Barred Olive Rabbit Strip Body: Wound Barred Olive Rabbit Strip Fins: Dyed Olive Grey Partridge Head: Fish Skull Olive Sculpin Helmet

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, 1 November 2019

Hardy Bros Limited Edition Perfect Salmon Rivers Series Reels!

We are excited to announce a fantastic new Limited Edition set of reels from the famous Hardy Bros factory in Alnwick! This series of brand new 4 ½in Salmon size Perfects will be individually numbered and engraved with one of six of the world’s most iconic Atlantic Salmon rivers. We are now taking orders for the Limited Edition Hardy Perfect 10/11/12 Salmon Fly Reel for the Tweed and Gaula rivers. Contact us now or ask instore to secure yours, contact us for a list of available numbers here!                                      CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REELS NOW!
The six rivers recognised by this Limited Edition reel will be the Tweed, Tay, Spey, Dee, Gaula and Alta. Each river will have just 100 individually engraved and serial numbered reels. Each reel is hand built in the original factory built by the Hardy family in the mid 1960’s and home to some of the finest fishing tackle ever made!
Ever since Forster Hardy was first granted a full patent for the Perfect reel design in 1889, Hardy’s skilled craftsmen,  engineers, product developers and angling consultants have been constantly striving for ways to improve on perfection, tweaking and adjusting these reels to bring you what they believe are the best reels in their class to date. And this version is no different with a host of new and unique features, some new and some harking back to innovations from the past.
Each of the Perfect Rivers Series will be fitted with dual polished nickel rotating line guards to prevent line wear and allow the reel to be used either right hand wind or left hand as preferred. An ambidextrous, fully adjustable click check mechanism using an improved version of the time proven 1972 central line check system can be found on these limited edition Perfects, which works by lengthening the regulator spring wire to increase the range of resistance means you can easily set the reel up to suit your individual need, whilst retaining that traditional ‘Hardy sound’ that every reel manufacturer has been trying to replicate for the past 100 years or more.
The frame and spool of each reel is engineered and hand crafted from bar stock 6061 aluminium, deep anodised for strength and durability with a polished gunmetal grey finish, and at the heart of the reel you will find a one piece naval brass spindle and stainless steel ball bearings for frictionless running that will require only minimal maintenance – built to last a lifetime! To aid in the care of the reels inner workings, a handmade turnscrew tool made with a matching Ivorine handle means the spool can be dismounted without marking the finish on the flawless German nickel retaining screw.
The standard arbor design and wide spool mean this reel has the largest line capacity of all the Hardy Perfects, for tackling the biggest Salmon in the deepest and fastest rivers on the planet! It also makes it great for balancing out your longer Spey rods too, making for a less tiring day casting long lines and often big flies in the search for a migratory giant!
Every one of the Limited Edition River Series Perfects will be supplied in presentation box with a black rigid leather reel case with stud/slit closure and red felt lining, embossed with the classic Hardy Bros. ‘Castle and Fly’ emblem. Also included is a certificate of authenticity, signed by the craftsman who built the reel, a booklet on the history of the Hardy Perfect fly reel, reel manual and care directions plus warranty card.
Perfect Salmon Rivers Specs:

  • Commemorating six iconic Salmon fishing rivers - Tweed, Tay, Spey, Dee, Gaula and Alta
  • Individually engraved and serial numbered 1-100 pre anodizing
  • Takes Spey lines in the 10/11/12 category with plenty room for backing
  • Reel width 2in - Diameter 4 1/2in
  • Dual polished rotating line guards
  • Made in Alnwick, England
  • The all time classic fly reel for the discerning traditional fly angler
  • Engineered and hand crafted from bar stock aluminium with a naval brass 1 piece spindle
  • Ivorine handle and stainless steel ball bearings
  • Standard arbor design and large line capacity
  • Time proven, adjustable check system with that traditional ‘Hardy sound’
  • Deep anodised for strength and durability; polished gunmetal grey finish
  • Easily changed from left to right hand wind
  • Supplied in limited edition leather presentation box with a unique Hardy turn screw tool


A limited number of reels will be available from Glasgow Angling Centre and Edinburgh Angling Centre and will be sold on a first come first served basis, please click HERE to buy now - don't forget to ask what numbers we have available. The Tweed and Gaula reels are available to buy now with the other reels to follow in the coming months - Tay and Dee in February 2020, then Spey and Alta in May/June 2020 -  watch this space for updates as they come in!

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Tying a Blue & Partridge Wet, Soft Hackle Fly with Davie McPhail

The Blue Partridge originated as a river pattern in the North of England but using the original’s blueprint this fly has changed and evolved into a small stream and Stillwater favourite. The book that Davie McPhail references is Pritt’s 1985 "Yorkshire Trout Flies", where he remarks that this pattern is “A first-rate killer in biggish water any time after the middle of May.’

This Partridge and Blue, sometimes know as the Gravelbed is featured in many North Country fly lists, it’s a versatile spider pattern that can be tied in a selection of different colours as shown by Davie with his variant collection to cover hatches all 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. Time to tie a Blue Partridge Wet, Soft Hackle Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill All-Purpose Medium size 14 Thread: Blue Pearsall's Silk or Sub Body: Grey Natural Dubbing Hackle: Grey Partridge

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, 24 October 2019

Tying the Morton & Gold Wet Fly with Davie McPhail

Fly fishing using Wet Flies is the most traditional and still very effective method of fly fishing for Trout and Grayling. Swinging or pulling wets will imitate a huge range of aquatic and terrestrial insects, from Beetles to Sedges but a number of the Silver and Gold bodied Wet Flies such as the "Morton & Gold" Davie is tying here are fantastic emulations of Small Fry.

If you're looking to tie up some winged wets for Grayling over the winter or filling your box ready for the Brown Trout next season, Davie's simple steps will help you get them just right.

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 Morton & Gold Wet Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill All-Purpose Medium size 12 Thread: Uni-8/0 Black Tail: Black Cock Hackle Fibres Rib: Gold Wire Body: Gold Tinsel Hackle: Black Hen Natural or Dyed Wing: Green Breast Feather from a Lady Amherst

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, 17 October 2019

Tying a Bootlace Dun Dry Fly with Davie McPhail

If you have ever wondered why it's called the 'Bootlace Dun' then Davie McPhail has answered your question. Post wing style patterns are commonly tied using polypropylene (sic) yarn or CDC these days but some were traditionally tied using brushed fibres from bootlaces to form the wing of the Dun. If you've got a bootlace going spare, Davie will show you how to turn it into a superb all-rounder, although they are simple in making and appearance, they are surprisingly effective, especially with Grayling in the Winter. As Davie McPhail explains, Trout will take these little flies and Grayling love them as well. With winter fast approaching, it's a great time to start tying a few colour variants of this little fly.

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 Bootlace Dun Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Tiemco 2487BL size 20 to 24 Thread: Uni -8/0 Lt.Cahill Tail: Yellow Micro Fibbetts Body: Yellow Dubbing Wing: Dark.Grey Boot or Shoelace
Alternative Wing: Polypropylene Floating Yarn

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, 3 October 2019

Nymphing on The River Tummel


So on a recent Monday morning Cuillin and Callum from our Edinburgh Store headed to the River Tummel in the hope of landing a few more Brown Trout before the season ends, and with a bit of luck, Callum’s first Grayling.


Long Run on the River Tummel


 They started off the day just outside Ballyoukan after picking up permits from the Ballinluig service stop, and with nothing rising they both decided to start swinging a team of wet flies down and across fairly fast flowing water. Callum was first off the mark with a beautifully coloured Brownie that took a liking to the hares ear spider he had as his point fly.




Cuillin didn’t take long to get amongst the fish either, landing two Trout and a nice Grayling in quick succession. His first fish came on swung wets, and the other two as he switched to another rod set up with the trio; a buoyant dry fly on the first dropper to act as an indicator, with two heavy tungsten nymphs spaced equally below.

This method can be deadly in the right conditions due to the fact that you’re able to drift your nymphs deep and at range, even in fast water, watching for the inevitable plummet of your dry as a Trout snatches one the nymphs below.





The trio had worked well for Cuillin and accordingly Callum switched over to the same set up. Shortly afterwards Callum had two nice Trout and was pleased with his success on a method that was new to him. 




As they’d now covered a good amount of water, they decided to walk downstream to see if they could find some faster water for Cuillin to run through on a French Nymphing set up.
Brownie Taken on French Nymph Setup


This method involves suspending a team of nymphs under a ‘sighter’, a coloured section of mono used for bite indication, and fishing them under the rod tip. This allows you to dead drift your flies through fast water, striking at any movement on your sighter.




Cuillin took another two small Brownies and dropped one, so they decided to walk back upstream to the slower water in the hopes of finding a few more fish for Callum before the end of the day.

Unfortunately the bite died off and interest in any tactics seemed to have disappeared by this point, with just one more one more fish coming to a wets swung down and across through faster water.

Overall it was a very enjoyable day, with success on a variety of methods, and Callum's looking forward to another chance at catching his Grayling over the winter period.

Setups:

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Tying a CDC Heather Fly with Davie McPhail

During the Spring, Hawthorn flies can be seen flitting across fields and hedgerows. Instantly recognisable by their long trailing hindlegs, these flies hatch in their millions and sometimes cause concern when they arrive in people's gardens. due to their large bodies and hindlegs, any gentle breeze can push them off course mid-flight and end up exposed on the surface of Rivers, Streams, Reservoirs and Ponds. The CDC Heather that Davie McPhail ties below is similar to that of a Hawthorn Fly, expect the hind legs are slightly different in that they have an orange flash near the centre and fish know the difference! Get yourself stocked up on these little flies for next season, as they are perfect for Rivers and Streams where wild Trout dwell, however on a Stillwater venue like a reservoir, it's recommended that you cast and slowly retrieve the fly.

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 CDC Heather Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill All-Purpose Medium size 10 or 12 Thread: Uni-8/0 Black Rib: Uni-Mylar No.14 Pearl Body: Black and Hot Orange Seals Fur or Sub Legs: 6 Dyed Black Pre-Knotted Pheasant Tail Fibres Wing: Dyed Black CDC and Roe Deer Hair

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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