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Thursday, 23 June 2022

How to tie The Craft Foam Biscuit FAB by Steve Cullen

Today we are checking out Steve Cullen's version of a FAB. The Craft Foam Biscuit is similar in appearance to a FAB, however Steve excludes a lot of the material that makes a FAB buoyant. The reason for this exclusion is to allow you to fish it a little deeper during the warmer days of the Summer. This pattern is fantastic as you can tie in the Frtiz in a variety of colours and in a range of different size hooks!

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 the Craft Foam Biscuit FAB, with the guidance of Steve Cullen.




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Thursday, 16 June 2022

How to tie the Popper Mayfly by Steve Cullen

Today we are having a look at the Popper Mayfly tied by Steve Cullen. The Popper Mayfly as Steve talks about in the video is a unique fly that does well on flat glides and does an excellent job of mimicking a crippled Mayfly. He also mentions in the video that twitching this fly is also a great way to trigger a strike. Some unique features added by Steve are the Triggers he ties into the body using Pheasant Tail, making this stand out from the crowd.

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 the Popper Mayfly, with the guidance of Steve Cullen.




Materials Used:
Hackle: CDC Feather

Thursday, 9 June 2022

How to tie the Damsel Diawl Bach by Steve Cullen

The Damsel Diawl Bach is a killer little pattern. Mostly used between the months of May and July, these little nymphs will catch anywhere that has a Damsel hatch going on! Steve also mentions that the best way to fish these flies is to tie them onto floating line and cast out, allowing it to slowly sink in the water, slowly stripping back. Steve also mentions that he uses a Kingfisher blue Tail, which would normally be an Olive Green Tail, this adds a little more flash to the pattern, making it even more appealing. A solid little fly for the likes of the Brown and Rainbow trout on rivers, still waters and 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 the Damsel Diawl Bach, with the guidance of Steve Cullen.




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An Introduction to Coarse Angling

After scrolling through various photos on social media platforms and watching many videos, you've probably caught the itch for Coarse fishing. The trouble is, where do you start? What's the easiest ways to target fish and what do you need exactly? All these videos and photos you've liked feature loads of gear and equipment! A bit overwhelming, but it's actually quite straight forward, so here's some tips to get yourself started!

One of the easiest and most effective ways to target fish on match ponds through the summer months is with a method feeder set up. The following items are all that you require to get set up and provided you can continually hit the same area with your feeder you'll eventually build up a small bed of bait to keep the fish feeding on your spot, consistency is key with this method!



The Rod

The Daiwa Ninja Feeder Rods - These rods are built for performance and reliability, the attention to detail is second to none. Each model of the Ninja feeder range is built to Daiwa's exacting standards. With unrivalled performance, these rods are excellent value for money and will serve you well.


The Reel

The Daiwa Ninja Match & Feeder Reel - Continuing with the Daiwa brand, the Ninja Match & Feeder Reels are the perfect companion for the Ninja Feeder Rod. Built to an incredible standard and come featuring some of the latest tech, these value for money reels will exceed all expectations!


The Setup

To get set up, run your main line through your in-line method feeder and tie off to a quick change bead on the other side, then attach a ready made rig as detailed below - add your soaked pellet to the method feeder and a hookbait to your rig and you're ready to fish. After casting ensure you sink your line and stay tight to your feeder, as this will help with bite detection.








  • 2mm pellet
    • Tip: expander pellets are used for method feeder fishing, fill a tub full of 2mm pellet and let them soak for 2 minutes, when your time is up drain off your pellets and allow them a few minutes to sit, before moulding them round your method feeder and lastly gently placing your hookbait into the feeder too - then you're ready to fish! 




  • Hookbaits (There's no wrong answer to Hookbaits, everyone has their favourite)


The only other items you'll need are a net, an unhooking mat, as well as a chair to sit on and some rod rests to put your rod in. If you're fishing the method feeder be sure to stay near your rod as takes will generally be very aggressive! 


The Location

Many Lochs are full of coarse species, but if you don't feel like heading to a loch, there are various Commercial Coarse Fisheries that you can visit! Below we have listed a couple of ideal Fisheries that you should consider visiting:


You can also join the SFCA. The SFCA is the Scottish Governing Body for the sport of Coarse Angling. It was established in the early 1970’s and is committed to the protection of coarse fish stocks in Scotland. They cover a wide range of waters, including the Lowland Canals.

Thursday, 2 June 2022

How to tie a Royal Cruncher by Steve Cullen

It is argued that the Cruncher is one of the most productive nymph patterns of all time. It is such a great imitator of nymphs for Rainbow and Brown Trout. They share some similarity to Spiders with the hot spot behind the hackles but that's where the similarity ends. The best time to fish this pattern is when a buzzer hatch is on. Ideally fished on the top dropper of a leader where the hackles create a better disturbance on the water. If paired with a Buzzer or Diawl Bach, you'll see some great results!

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 the Royal Cruncher, with the guidance of Steve Cullen.




Materials Used:
Body Thread: GloBrite Red
Hackle: Hen Fibre

Thursday, 26 May 2022

How to tie a Super Simple Sedge Pupa by Steve Cullen

Today we are having a look at Steve Cullen's Super Simple Sedge Pupa fly. This is an easy pattern to tie and doesn't require a great deal of Materials to create. As Steve mentions in his video, this pattern is deal of size 10 hooks but can also be tied on smaller size 14/16 hooks for the Grannom. They work very well when targeting both Stillwater and River Trout. Patterns like this are generally regarded as Searching patterns, but this one holds it's own.

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 the Super Simple Sedge Pupa, with the guidance of Steve Cullen.




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Thursday, 12 May 2022

How to tie a Hill Loch Muddler by Davie McPhail

The original Muddler flies designed by Don Grapen have spawned 100s of variants that all share the clipped deer hair head and they catch fish all around the world. The head is tied with natural deer hair and then clipped into shape. The deer hair is hollow and the trapped air makes it buoyant. As Davie explains in his video, this Hill Loch Muddler is designed to be pulled through the waves and is usually fished as the top dropper in a team of flies.

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 the Hill Loch Muddler, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




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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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