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Thursday, 15 October 2020

Tying a Barney Google Midge Pupa with Davie McPhail

The Barney Google Midge Pupa is a fly designed by Richard Walker who wrote a book in the 70's called 'Fly Dressing Innovations' and this was one of his featured Midge flies. He based this design off of the Phantom Midge or otherwise known as the 'Glassworm'. The reason it's called the Phantom Midge is that the larvae are actually transparent and can be found in every type of water, up and down the UK. These flies are excellent all year round and have been found to be quite effective when targeting Grayling!

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 Barney Google Midge Pupa Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Czech Nymph size 14 or something similar Thread: Uni-8/0 White Body: Uni-Mylar Clear No.14 or a narrow strip of clear Polythene Throat: Mallard Flank or similar Eyes: Veniards Red Bead Damsel Eyes

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, 8 October 2020

Tying a Small CDC/Comparadun with Davie McPhail

Comparaduns are one of the most versatile Dry Fly patterns in existence. They imitate low-riding mayflies to near perfection and most commonly used during a Pale Morning Dun hatch. However, many anglers refuse to tie this pattern due to the perceived complexity of tying the deer hair wings. Through Davie McPhail's video, you will find it's not really that difficult and to add to this, Davie adds CDC to the body and the wing of the fly to create a CDC/Comparadun. Davie's variant can be tied on different size hooks and in different colours, so it's probably a great idea to tie a few in an assortment of colours and sizes, ready in your fly box!

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 Small CDC/Comparadun Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry size 16 Thread: Uni-8/0 Lt-Cahill Tail: Coq de Leon Fibres Body: Light Olive CDC Feather Wing: Light Olive Roe Deer and Natural CDC Feathers Thorax: Light Olive CDC Fibres

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, 1 October 2020

Tying a Rough Olive Dry Fly with Davie McPhail

The Rough Olive, a traditional Dry Fly which has found great popularity amongst new and experienced fly anglers alike. This fly is a year-round favourite but finds most of its success in Scotland around Autumn, just towards the end of the Season. As Davie explains, there are many big hatches of insects during this time and a Rough Olive is perfect for imitating all of these flies. Regardless of where you are, on the bank of your local river, a reservoir or a wild stream, the Rough Olive Dry Fly will provide results time, after time. 

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 Rough Olive Dry Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry size 14s and 16s Thread: Uni-8/0 Olive Tail: Coq-de-Leon Fibres Body: Dark Olive Squirrel Dubbing Hackle: Grizzle Cock dyed Olive Wing: Roe Deer Hair or Similar

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 September 2020

Tying an Undertaker Muddler/Skater by Davie McPhail

Today we take a look at a fly of Davie's own invention, The Undertaker Muddler/Skater fly. As Davie explains in his video, this fly is a variant or mix of two different style flies: The Undertaker and the Muddler. You can recognise the parts of the fly where Davie has mixed them in, the long fine wing featured on a classic Undertaker Atlantic Salmon fly. The bright, bulbous head which can be seen on various different Muddler patterns. Mixing them together creates a fly which Davie explains, has found great success on Rivers in the UK, Canada and even in Argentina. They can be tied on different size Salmon singles with different coloured heads, which allows for a variety to be tied, ready for your fly box.

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 Undertaker Muddler/Skater Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Size 8 Salmon Single or Bomber Hook Thread: Chartreuse Uni-8/0 or 6/0 Tag: Small Oval Silver Tinsel, Chartreuse and Chinese Red Neon Uni-Floss Rib: Small Silver Oval Tinsel Body: Black UV Diamond Brite Dubbing Wing: Dyed Black Deer Hair Head: Bleached and Dyed Chartreuse 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!

Friday, 28 August 2020

New Hardy Fly Fishing Tackle for 2020 - Special Preview!

Every year we always look forward to those first exciting whisperings about next seasons new fishing gear from Hardy and just when you thought the most respected brand in fly fishing couldn't top their previous advances in tackle they drop a new line up of rods and reels that even a pandemic couldn't stop!

As always, here at Glasgow Angling Centre, we aim to be first with the latest products and developments so let's take a look at the new Hardy rods and reels for 2020!

2020 will be the year that you will see Hardy take the carbon hybrid fly reel concept to the next level, further development of the game-changing SINTRIX material in rods for all types of anglers - not just at the top end - and a great new lower price point in saltwater fly rods. Plus a welcome comeback from one of our favourite Hardy names of the past - the Zane - named after legendary adventurer and angler Zane Grey!

Hardy Ultralite Sintrix Fly Rod


The all-new Hardy Ultralite series of fly rods features Sintrix NSX, the latest incarnation of Hardys industry-changing Sintrix technology that is now combined with a secret secondary additive that allows much lower carbon prepreg weights to be achieved. This lighter weight material allows targeted modification of the blank design without affecting the strength of the blank. The net result is lighter, more responsive blanks that allow the angler to "feel " the line more during the casting stroke giving a greater degree of control than ever before. The reel seat on the new Ultralite rod is a masterpiece of form and function - moving more of the rods weight behind the hand and giving an incredible sensation of balance, single start threads on the locking rings resist the reel loosening under extended heavy use and a keyed spacer body further ensures a snug fit for your reel.
New Hardy Ultralite Rod Features:
  • Sintrix NSX - the highest grade refinement of the industry-changing Sintrix material
  • Ceramic lined titanium recoil guides
  • Bespoke keyed reel seat spacer
  • Laser engraved reel seat with line size
  • Fully redesigned blanks
  • Available in 16 models from 8' #3 to 10' #8 and everything in between
Be the first in the UK to own one of these amazing new rods by Pre-Ordering now from Glasgow and Edinburgh Angling Centres both instore and online HERE!
Hardy Ultradisc UDLA Fly Reel
The scaled multi-pad drag system is also unregulated, meaning fine adjustments of the drag pressure over a large window is possible. Available in two colourways, Gunmetal and Black and a mid-range price point, this reel takes the modern Hardy performance fly reel to the next level!
A lightweight disc drag reel in its purest form, the all-new Hardy Ultradisc UDLA features everything you need and nothing you don’t in a disc drag fly reel. With an innovative new frame design, this reel sets a new standard in lightweight performance reels whilst allowing the use of ultra-thin fly lines and running lines as well as leader - systems popular in modern fly fishing for Trout and Salmon. 
New Hardy Ultradisc Features:
  • 2020 ICAST Online Best of Category Winner – Fly Fishing Reel
  • A new standard in lightweight Disc drag reel design
  • Multi pad scaled disc drag system
  • Unregulated drag system for fine adjustments
  • Enclosed line guard frame design for use with leader only systems and thin running lines
  • The lightest Disc drag reel ever produced by Hardy
  • Available in 8 sizes to suit #3 to #12 weight lines
Be the first in the UK to own one of these amazing new reels by Pre-Ordering now from Glasgow and Edinburgh Angling Centres both instore and online HERE!
Hardy Ultralite LL Sintrix Fly Rod
Never before have light line and river specific fly fishing techniques been so popular and had so many advanced techniques to choose from. The surge in popularity around advanced European nymphing and competition style techniques has to some degree left rod design behind - but not any more with the new Hardy Ultralite LL Fly Rod series. These new technique-specific rods have been designed, developed, and tested by some of the leading exponents of modern light line methods - a current world champion no less - to represent the most refined and usable actions on the market for these modern demanding styles of fishing.

New Hardy Ultralite LL Rod Features:
  • Sintrix NSX combined with a greater ratio of high and high intermediate modulus carbon fibre
  • Lightweight blank design maximises line feel and sensitivity
  • Down locking reel seats on key sizes for balance improvement
  • Ceramic lined titanium recoil guides
  • Rod of choice for highly technical situations
  • Available in 8 models from 9'2'' to 11'2'' lengths rated from #2 to #4 depending on application
Be the first in the UK to own one of these amazing new rods by Pre-Ordering now from Glasgow and Edinburgh Angling Centres both instore and online HERE!

Hardy Ultraclick UCL Fly Reel
Aimed at the obsessive river angler, and setting a new standard in ultralight fly reels, the new Hardy Ultraclick UCL series is Hardy's lightest ever fly reel, featuring a fully enclosed line guard for use with ultra-thin line designs and leader only systems this series of fly reels is the ultimate for the light line aficionado. Fitted with an adjustable all-metal click system this is the perfect reel for the lightest of applications and come in at an amazing price point.

New Hardy Ultraclick Reel Features:
    • A new standard in lightweight reel design
    • Adjustable all-metal clicker system
    • Enclosed line guard frame design for use with leader only systems and ultra-thin Fly lines
    • Push off spool release
    • The lightest Fly reel ever produced by Hardy
    • Available in 4 sizes to suit line weights from #1 to #5
    Be the first in the UK to own one of these amazing new rods by Pre-Ordering now from Glasgow and Edinburgh Angling Centres both instore and online HERE!
    Hardy Zane Sintrix Fly Rod
    Based on the original blank design of the legendary award-winning Proaxis Sintrix series of Rods the all-new Hardy Zane rod series baked with Sintrix 330 bring performance, durability and refinement in a range of lengths and line sizes to suit all saltwater and predator anglers including two all-new 8ft 8# and 9# weights ideal for Bass, Pollack, Predators, or even streamer eating Trout in our rivers. These will be our new goto Pike fly rods and are keenly priced for a rod of this class!
    New Hardy Zane Sintrix Rod Features:
    • Totally re-designed blanks based on the award-winning Proaxis series
    • Ceramic lined Titanium frame guides
    • Salt safe Anodised reel seat 
    • strength to weight Ratio of Sintrix 330
    • 4 section design for the ultimate in performance and convenience
    • Available in 9 sizes from 8ft #8 to 9ft #12 weight
    Be the first in the UK to own one of these amazing new rods by Pre-Ordering now from Glasgow and Edinburgh Angling Centres both instore and online HERE!
    Hardy Zane Pro Sintrix Fly Rods
    Introducing the saltwater game changer 2.0 - the UK built Hardy Zane Pro! So Why? Why redesign possibly the greatest saltwater fly rod ever built? Why reduce the shaft diameter on selected sizes for better wind penetration and reduced weight? Why redesign the mandrels and pattern layups to squeeze every last drop of performance out of the aerospace-grade carbon fibre and advanced Sintrix 440 resin system? Why upgrade the guides to the latest generation in ceramic lined titanium recoils? Why upgrade to a single start scratch resistant hard anodised reel seat? The simple answer is why not. If you are serious about saltwater fly fish then this is the rod for you!
    New Hardy Zane Pro Sintrix Rod Features:
    • 2020 ICAST Online Best of Category Winner – Fly Fishing Rod
    • Low profile, more responsive blank design
    • Ceramic lined Titanium recoil guides
    • Hard anodised reel fitting
    • legendary strength to Weight Ratio of Sintrix 440
    • 4 or 1 section design for the ultimate in performance or convenience
    • Available in 11 variations from 8'10'' #8 to 9ft #12
    Be the first in the UK to own one of these amazing new rods by Pre-Ordering now from Glasgow and Edinburgh Angling Centres both instore and online HERE!
    Hardy Zane Carbon Fly Reel
    Designed for the flats angler, but equally at home on a Spey rod or trophy Trout rod, the new Hardy Zane Carbon reel is a lightweight Carbon Hybrid, large arbour sealed disc drag reel capable of handling anything that’s thrown at it. Perfectly at home Taming Bonefish or Seatrout in its smaller sizes to Permit and Tarpon in the 10000 and 12000 sizes. The regulated hard indent drag system allows accurate drag settings to be applied quickly in the heat of battle. It also looks a million dollars - but wont cost the earth!
    New Hardy Zane Carbon Reels Features:
    • Barstock 6061/ Carbon with non-flash salt-safe anodised finish
    • Fully sealed multi-pad disc drag with 10lb+ stopping power
    • 340 degree regulated drag control with hard indents for fast accurate adjustments
    • Available in 4 sizes to cover line weight from #3 to #12+
    Be the first in the UK to own one of these amazing new rods by Pre-Ordering now from Glasgow and Edinburgh Angling Centres both instore and online HERE!

    Hardy Bros 1939 Bougle Heritage Fly Reel
    The classic 1939 Bougle Heritage reels are made in the UK and finished in a stunning Gunmetal colour scheme with an additional 3'3/4 size, ideal for use on light Spey and Switch rods. Available for a limited time only so be quick!
    New Hardy 1939 Bougle Heritage Reels Features:
    • Classic 1939 style Bougle
    • Stunning Gunmetal colour scheme
    • Special run series with limited availability
    • New 3'3/4 size for small Spey and switch rods
    • Made in Alnwick, England
    • Available in 3 sizes
    Be the first in the UK to own one of these stunning new reels by Pre-Ordering now from Glasgow and Edinburgh Angling Centres both instore and online HERE!
    Hardy Bros Narrow Spool Perfect Fly Reel
    Hardys classic Narrow Spool Perfect reel has been reintroduced on a limited basis for 2020. Hand-built in England and fitted with hand specific polished rotating line guard and available in both Left or Right wind configurations, these are sure to be quickly snapped up by Hardy collectors and retro enthusiasts worldwide!
    New Hardy Narrow Spool Perfect Reels Features:
    • Rotating polished line guard
    • Available in both LHW/RHW options
    • The classic reel for use on Bamboo / Retro glass rods
    • Comes in 2 sizes, #3/4 and #4/5
    • Made in Alnwick, England

    Be the first in the UK to own one of these stunning new reels by Pre-Ordering now from Glasgow and Edinburgh Angling Centres both instore and online HERE!

    As ever we are very impressed with the new Hardy fishing line up and all credit goes to Hardy brand manager Howard Croston (current World Champion BTW) and his talented team of tackle developers who consistently produce the goods year on year to keep the best-known name in fly fishing at the top of the game! 

    Thursday, 27 August 2020

    Tying a Green Peter Octopus Irish Wet Fly with Davie McPhail

    The Octopus Fly is essentially a wet Mayfly pattern that is particularly popular on Irish Loughs. These flies vary greatly in colour, some bearing little resemblance to the hatching natural fly. Most of the popular patterns include classics such as the Lansdale and Lough Erne Gosling as well as modern flies with muddler heads and bodies of gold and pearl. Fished in teams of three on floating or intermediate lines they are all proven fish catchers during the Mayfly season and beyond. Davie's variant takes on a more colourful approach with more Orange in the body and a bright Chartreuse tail.

    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 Green Peter Octopus Irish Wet Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




    Materials Used:
    Hook: Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweight size 10 Thread: Uni-8/0 Chartreuse Tail: Glo-Brite Floss No.11 Chartreuse Rib: Small Oval Gold Tinsel Body: Red and Green Seals Fur or Sub Body Hackle: Hot Orange Cock Throat: Golden Pheasant Rump dyed Golden Yellow Wing: Roe Deer Dyed Golden Yellow

    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, 20 August 2020

    Tying a Blacknose Dace (Fry Pattern) with Davie McPhail

    The Blacknose Dace is one of those special fly patterns that fly anglers have favoured for years on end. This streamer pattern was created by Art Flick in the early 1950s and works when nothing else will. Many large trout across the country get caught by this sultry streamer as it is swung near their feeding zone. Aside from its immediate attraction to fish, the Blacknose Dace is also a great-searching pattern as anglers fishing the swing can cover large amounts of productive water over the course of a day. The Blacknose Dace that Davie is tying is based off the patterns and methods seen in Keith Fulsher's book, Thunder Creek 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 a Blacknose Dace Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




    Materials Used:
    Hook: Streamer Hook size 4 Thread: Uni-6/0 White Flanks: Silver and Pearl Krystal Flash Badger Cock Hackles Back: Ginger or Brown Bucktail Belly: White Bucktail Sides: Black Bucktail Eye's: Should be White with a Black Dot

    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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