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Thursday, 20 January 2022

Tying a Clouser Minnow with Davie McPhail

Today we are looking at the Clouser Minnow, tied by Davie McPhail. Originally created in the late 80's as a Smallmouth Bass fly Bob Clouser, a fishing guide, fly tier and tackle shop owner in Middletown, PA. The Clouser Minnow has caught all over the world. Lefty Kreh once said, “If I had to choose only one fly to fish, for any species, anywhere in the world, it would be the Clouser Minnow.” In 1994, he wrote that when he had caught 63 species of fish on the Clouser. These flies are incredibly popular amongst Saltwater and Destination Fly Anglers, many of which use this fly for targeting Bonefish! It's a simple fly to tie, however many modern fly tyers don't utilize some of the original techniques created by Bob Clouser, the man behind the fly pattern. Get a few of these tied for your next day at the coast fishing for Pollock, they'll be an instant hit!

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 Clouser Minnow, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the head after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Thursday, 6 January 2022

Tying a Tippet Octopus 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. The Variant that Davie is tying today is a take on the Octopus Fly but adding Golden Pheasant Tippet and Olive Badger Hen hackles.

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 Tippet Octopus Wet Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the head after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Thursday, 23 December 2021

Tying the Red Legged Bibio with Davie McPhail

The Bibio is a classic bushy wet fly, very effective when fished as part of a team of flies for traditional loch style fishing. It represents many terrestrial insects, especially Hawthorn and Heatherfly. The Bibio wet fly will catch both Brown and Rainbow Trout. You can tie these flies in various colours and on larger or smaller hooks. Get a few of these tied for the new 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 Red Legged Bibio, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the head after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Thursday, 16 December 2021

Tying the Irn Bru F.A.B with Davie McPhail

The FAB or the Foam Arsed Blob is a colourful, vibrant variant of the popular Blob fly, except this fly features a buoyant tail end. These flies can be fished year round and their versatility allows them to be fished using Floating, Intermediate or even Sinking line. Funny fact, The FAB was originally designed for when fisheries declared a ban on Boobies being used on their waters.

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 Irn Bru F.A.B Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the head after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Thursday, 9 December 2021

Tying a Hackled Mop Fly by Steve Cullen

Mop flies or the "Junk Fly" to those across the pond are a simple flies that have become incredibly popular. This popularity stems from their simplicity and the fact that they can be fished all year round. These flies come in a variety of colours and sizes, as well as some featuring a Bead in different parts of the fly, depending on what you want the fly to do. If the bead is near the head of the hook, the intention is to "jig" the fly to entice a strike, but others prefer to place the bead at the centre of the hook shank to allow a slow, uniform sink rate that flutters in the water column.

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 Hackled Mop Fly, with the guidance of Steve Cullen. 




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Dubbing: Black

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Tying the Hare's Mask Midge Pupa/Buzzer with Davie McPhail

Today we are looking at the Hare's Mask Midge Pupa, tied by Davie McPhail. This Hare's Mask Midge Pupa sits somewhere between two classic Trout Patterns Hare's Lug Nymph and a Buzzer. Usually fished as part of a team, this "buggy" pattern looks a bit like everything and is perfect for fishing on the droppers of your three fly team when the fish feeding sub surface.

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 Hare's Mask Midge Pupa/Buzzer, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the head after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

Thursday, 11 November 2021

Tying a Magenta Dabbler with Davie McPhail

If you've ever fished in Irish Loughs or with an Irish Trout angler you'll know all about Dabblers, they are a classic Irish lough pattern which was devised to fish high in the water to represent everything from olives and mayflies to Duckfly. The speed of the retrieve means the fish, if curious, has to chase and take hard right in the surface. Often fished on the top dropper the takes can be spectacular often coming right at the boat as you hang the flies before casting again. Davies Magenta version tied with a dyed Mallard cloak is an excellent variant for Wild Scottish Lochs and Rainbow Trout waters when trout are looking to feed near the surface.

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 Magenta Dabbler, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the head after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!
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