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Thursday, 25 February 2021

How To Create The 'Indestructible' Squirmy by Steve Cullen

Worm flies are ideal flies to use, post rainfall or snowmelt runoff. Engorged streams with increasingly fast currents will dig into the mucky banks and churn up the burrowed worms. Trout feed on worms out of a natural reflex to eat what looks familiar or they mistake the shape and color for an extremely large midge larva. Either way, that’s good news for u. Therefore the Squirmy Wormy fly is an ideal weapon to use, the only issue with them is that after prolonged use, the tails or heads seem to fall off, rendering the fly useless. Through Steve Cullen's video, you'll be able to keep those wormy heads/tails on and if they fall off, you'll be able to replace them in no 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 create an  'Indestructible' Squirmy Wormy, with the guidance of Steve Cullen.


Materials:
Hook: Jig Hook, size 14 Thread: Red Loop: 8lb fluoro Bead: 3mm copper

If you are looking to try the Squirmy fly out, you will also require a Squirmy Wormy. You can find teh Squirmy Wormy on our website in a range of different colours, including the pink pattern that you seen in Steve's video.

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Tying the Pearly Headed Hare's Ear by Steve Cullen

To make a good Hare's Ear is down to the fur that you use when creating the body of the fly, that's according to Steve and you can see why. Today we look at one of Steve's take on the Hare's Ear. This fly has actually caught a lot of attention from locations where he has used this variant. He mentions that he uses this fly in teams of 3 and it provides results, especially on big waters like Grantham and small Stillwater venues.

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 Pearly Headed Hare's Ear, with the guidance of Steve Cullen.


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Thursday, 11 February 2021

How to Tie the Furled Buzzer by Steve Cullen

It’s unusual to see a huge variation in buzzer patterns, this Furled Buzzer is Steve’s take on a Spectral Worm and it definitely stands out from the crowd. Unlike normal Buzzer patterns that have a tapered profile, this fly has a bulbous head and straight body that better imitates a natural Chronomid. The Spanflex furled body has an even segmented look that’s really easy to achieve, mix up different sizes, vary the colour of threads or thorax and you’ve got a simple durable pattern that’s effective all year round.

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 Furled Buzzer, with the guidance of Steve Cullen.


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Thursday, 28 January 2021

Tying a Toady McToad Face Worm by Steve Cullen

Today we are looking at the Toady McToady Face! Crazy name, but you'll soon understand why. This fly is a cross between two popular stillwater flies, The Pinky and the Apps Bloodworm. The Pinky being a very vibrant and colourful fly mixed with the appendages of the Apps Bloodworm. Combine both together and you get Steve's invention, the Toady McToad Face. The small black blobs on either side of the fly give it a very 'toad' faced impression, further justifying it's name. This is a killer pattern and you'll get takes across the UK, especially if you present it on a Stillwater venue.

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 Toady McToady Face, with the guidance of Steve Cullen.


Materials:
HookFulling Mill 31180 All Purpose Light Size 10
Floss: Globrite no.1 Legs: Pink Flexi-Floss Thorax: Floss built up and coated with Gulff Classic Eyes: Gulff Black Magic

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Tying the Mosaic Dabbler International Size by Davie McPhail

Today we are looking at the Mosaic Dabbler International. This fly is a competition fly, which is quite heavily used in the UK and across the globe. Mosaic is one of the deadliest Fly Materials ever, particularly popular with Stillwater Trout anglers it adds something special to lures, wets and nymphs. Based on a flat Lurex Tinsel, with a unique printed, holographic-type pattern/colour combination which that is very attractive to trout. As Davie explain in his video, the hook size he is tying to is technically a competition sized hook, however he adds that outside of competitions, these patterns can be tied to larger or smaller hooks. Since both Brown and Rainbow Trout love this fly, it'd be a great idea to have a few colour variations in your fly box, ready to go.

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 Mosaic Dabbler International Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweight Black size 10 Thread: Uni-8/0 Black Tail: Bronze Mallard Fibres Body: Mosaic Flash Throat: Mosaic Flash and Bronze Mallard Under-Wing: Mosaic Flash Wing: Bronze Mallard Eyes: Jungle Cock

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

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

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Tying a Blue Montana Nymph with Davie McPhail

The Montana Nymph is one of the most well know nymph flies out there. The traditional Montana Nymph was a Yellow and Black mix, however, Davie has changed it up and is using a Teal Blue and Black pattern. Browns and Rainbows will take these flies, so long as you have the right pattern on the go. They are simple and look like any other Nymph, however their fish catching history is unrivaled and its a must have fly for your fly box, especially in different pattern variants.

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 Montana Nymph Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:
Hook: Size Standard Lure Thread: Black Uni-8/0 Tail: Black Hen or Cock Fibres
Body: Black Chenille Thorax Cover, Black Chenille Hackle: Black Hen or Cock Thorax: Teal Blue Chenille

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, 12 November 2020

Tying the Doobry Wet Fly with Davie McPhail

The Doobry Wet Fly, a pattern devised by a well known Orkney Angler, Stan Headley. It's a classic bushy wet fly designed to catch fry feeders or daphnia feeders. Usually fished as a top dropper; the fibers of the hackle tug at the surface film in imitation of an insect’s leg just as it hatches. This makes this fly ideal for loch style fishing, easily targeting both Brown and Rainbow Trout when the sun is out. Get a few of these excellent wet flies tied up in both bright and dark colour variants, ready for a day of fishing!

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 Doobry Wet Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweight size 12 Thread: Uni-8/0 Black Tail: Flu-Red Wool Rib: Gold Wire Body: Brassy Gold Tinsel Body Hackle: Black Cock First Hackle: Hot Orange Hen Front Hackle: Long Black Hen

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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