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Thursday, 13 February 2020

Tying the Organza Traffic Lights Diawl Bach with Davie McPhail

Translated from Welsh as "little devil", the Diawl Bach Nymph is a deadly Trout Fly Pattern. In Britain and some areas of Northern Europe, the Diawl Bach fly pattern has become one of the most popular Stillwater flies of recent times, amazing for such a drab, non-descript trout fly. Davie McPhail's version of the Diawl Bach includes a specific material called Organza Ribbon, which he uses instead of a gold or silver wire. It gives a more life-like appearance, especially with the fibres sticking out from the body of 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 Blue Dun Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Kamasan B175 size 10 Thread: Uni-8/0 Black Tail: Black Hackle Fibres Rib: Black Organza Back: Red Holographic Tinsel and Pearl Throat: Black Hackle Fibres Wing-Buds: Jungle cock Head: Black Uv Diamond Brite Dubbing

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, 7 February 2020

Tying a Blue Dun Dry Fly by Davie McPhail

With less than a month, until the Trout Season opens in the UK, it's time to get your fly boxes stocked and ready to go. What better fly to start with than the Blue Dun? The Blue Dun is considered an excellent early Season fly between open Season Spring through to late Summer, but due to their general upwing fly appearance, they can be used throughout the year. When matching the hatch as well, these flies can work well when Blue Winged Olives, Compara Dun, Dark Olives, and Iron Blue Duns are on the hatch. These flies can also be tied in an Iron Blue or Olive colour, so it'd be handy to have a few of these flies tied ready to go in a variety of sizes.

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 Dun Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Partridge SLD or SUD Thread: Grey Uni-8/0 Wing: Mallard Quills Tail: Grey Cock Fibres Body: Grey Turkey Hackle: Natural or Grey 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!

Thursday, 30 January 2020

How To Tie The Clydesdale Stealth Jig Pike Fly with Paul Clydesdale

This week we have something different, from another well known Fulling Mill Fly Tyer: Paul Clydesdale. He is tying the Clydesdale Stealth Jig which is a Pike Fly, designed for going slightly deeper than normal Pike Flies. The Stealth Jig gives an exaggerated jigging action which both Pike and Zander will find hard to resist. Cast out allow the fly to sink then strip gently through the water. Pause and allow to drop again and "hold on". The Stealth Jig is a great fly to use when all other methods have failed and an alternative approach is needed.

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 Clydesdale Stealth Jig Pike Fly, with the guidance of Paul Clydesdale.




Materials Used:
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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.
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