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Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Tying a Stickle Dub Sparkle Deer Hair Emerger with Steve Cullen

Today we are looking at the Sparkle Deer Hair Emerger, tied by Steve Cullen. The Deers Hair Emerger or DHE is an incredibly popular pattern that has found great success around the world. Originally designed by Bob Wyatt, this fly was created to be simple and effective. The reason this pattern has found great success is that the fly itself can match various hatches in the early and late seasons. You will definitely get some good results from this fly, especially if tied in various sizes and colours!

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 Sparkle Deer Hair Emerger, with the guidance of Steve Cullen. 

Thursday, 9 September 2021

How To Prevent Damage To Your Fishing Rods - Rod Tips

We sell 1000s of rods every year, inevitably there are accidents and faults but there are some common breakages we see all the time and some simple steps to avoid them that will could keep you fishing and save you time and money down the line.

Rod tips are the weakest point of any rod, generally, if there is a break in the top quarter of a rod it is likely the rod has been bent at a very tight angle, and not on the natural curve of the rod. This is easy to spot and in most cases the manufacturer will be able to tell when they're checking the rod or replacing sections under warranty. Most genuinely faulty rod section will break the first time they are put under load - usually first cast or first fish!

Avoid Common Tip Breakages

*If pulling line through the tip of your rod, please do so by using the widest angle possible to prevent the rod tip breaking. Holding the rod by the handle and pulling the line down towards you from the tip eye can snap the rod tip incredibly easily, as the angle is too tight and does not allow the rod to bend on a full natural curve. Be especially careful if you have just threaded the rod eyes and the line is still dry as the guides can grip the line and cause a "ratcheting" effect near the tip of the rod!

*When landing a fish, try to use a landing net where possible. If a fish is splashing around at your feet as you try to land it, this puts maximum pressure on the rod tip, as the tip of the rod is at a very tight angle with the fishing constantly pulling down on the tip.

*Using a scoop net is a convenient net to use whilst wading in rivers, but they do cause you to stretch to reach the fish you wish to land and are not suitable for every fishing situation.

*LRF rods, Quiver tip rods and other very fine-tipped sensitive rods are designed specifically to improve bite detection, but this also makes them easier to break and special care must be taken when using these rods. Be extra wary of getting your line wrapped around the tip of these rods - a sure fire way of breaking the tip off!

*Be wary of impacts from beaded headed flies, jigs and lures, as well as overhanging  branches and snags, all of which contributed greatly to fractures and ensuing breakages. When using swivels or clips on your line take care not to engage any ceramic lined rod guide with them as they can shatter or crack the inserts.

*Casting weights, AFTM ratings and Grain or Gram weights stated on the rod should be followed, overloading and in some circumstances underloading the rod can cause breakages.

*Ensure rod sections are put together correctly at all times, as a slipped section will often crack the rod blank at the female joint. When Spey casting consider taping your rod sections with low tack insulation tape or amalgamating tape and check the rod joints at regular intervals during the day. Carfully remove all tape from the sections at the end of every session to prevent damage to the rod finish from the adhesive.

*If you get into a snag, pulling the rod into a full bend hoping to free the hook, lure or fly can end with the rod breaking before the line breaks or the line becomes free. In a snag try to point the rod at the snag and slowly walk away facing the other direction for safety keeping a low body position so that if the end tackle springs back it should stay low to the ground and not injure you or anyone else close by.

*Please don't set up your rod indoors, as it is very easy to hit the tip of the rod off the ceiling or a wall etc, which again can cause a breakage of the tip of the rod which is not usually associated with a manufacturing fault. If you wish to test or flex a rod do so outdoors with a line through the guides to allow the rod to flex as it should on the natural curve of the rod.

Please Note: This is especially common when someone just receives a new rod, and is eager to give the rod a quick flex to test the rod. Please take the rod outside, where there are no obstructions that the rod could collide with.

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

First Look at the new Savage Gear SG Reel Range!


Introducing the New Savage Gear Reels!

Check out this in-depth video with Mads Grossell, the genius behind the Savage Gear range and Robert Valkeneer the head of Product Development.


More than two years of development and intensive testing across the world - and now it’s finally here: The all-new range of Savage Gear Spinning reels.

The range is available for Pre-Order NOW on our website with stock due in November

We got a sneak peek at the range and they are a really impressive family of reels. There's been a lot of thought put into them and they feel fantastic straight out of the box.
We're going to spool them up and put them through their paces this Autumn, just ask instore if you want a look at these cracking Front Drag reels before they come to market.


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The Savage Reel Family (SG2, SG4, SG6 and SG8) come in sizes 1.000-4.000 and covers every need for the modern angler. Spinning, jerking, twitch or jigging – there is a reel for your fishing too!​
Designed from scratch to suit the exacting standards of Savage Gear The reels feature cutting edge tech, high-quality materials and are manufactured under strict quality control.​

SG2 Reel

Made from a super strong graphite composite material that offers strength, lightweight and corrosion resistant, the SG2 is an affordable spinning reel that’s built to last. It features many unique technological advances that you would not expect to find on a reel at this price point including the proprietary Dura Grease that protects against corrosion and wear, an aluminium handle with soft-touch knob, custom made T-clip that’s easy to use, and a spare graphite spool. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER

SG4 Reel


Constructed with a body and rotor made from a super strong graphite composite material, the SG4 spinning reels are tough, durable, lightweight and corrosion resistant. 
Check these reels on our website HERE
Besides offering you the power that you need when you need it; these reels include a host of other exclusive innovations. Proprietary Dura Grease, an aluminium spool and a spare aluminium spool and soft-touch handle. But the reel’s party trick is its ultra-smooth Friction Control drag system that uses washers made from carbon fibre offering unrivalled power and silky smoothness. It will make playing fish as much of a joy as it is to finally get them into the net.
 
SG6 Reel

To make a reel with peerless strength and power you have to make some compromises, right? Wrong. The SG6 is made with a Carbon Reinforced Composite (CRC) body and rotor, which is designed to increased stiffness and strength but with a much lower weight that standard graphite material. It can handle whatever extreme forces you throw at it, and it won’t weigh you down.

But it’s not all about strength, the SG6 is packed with other smart details such as a Braid-Ready spool that eliminates the need for mono backing, Savage Gear's proprietary Dura Grease for smooth and long-lasting operation, an aluminium spool, screw-in diecast handle and T-shaped line clip for easier operation.

Pre-Order Available NOW

SG8 Reel


The SG8 is a feature-packed monster constructed with a strong, stiff and lightweight Carbon Reinforced Composite (CRC) body and rotor. Excellent and long-lasting performance is guaranteed thanks to a sealed Friction Control drag system that uses carbon fibre washers, which deliver unrivalled stiffness, smoothness and fish-stopping power.


An impressive 10+1 stainless steel ball bearings (including two Japanese ball bearings) ensure reliable performance even under heavy use. It also has many characteristics that make it a pleasure to use, such a T-shaped line grip, non-slip spool eliminating the need to use mono backing and an ergonomic EVA handle.

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Whether you go target Pike, Perch, Trout, Bass, Salmon – or even Barramundi, Snakehead and Peacock Bass Savage Gear got a reel for you.​


Pre-Order available now at the Glasgow Angling Centre
Reels are due in from Savage Gear Autumn 2021





Thursday, 5 August 2021

Tying a Cinnamon Emerger Caddis by Davie McPhail

Today we are looking at the Cinammon Emerger Caddis, tied by Davie McPhail. A little about this fly, The Cinnamon Emerger Caddis is a great Emerger pattern for the Caddis hatch, but also a good allround pattern for stillwaters. Tied on small hooks, it imitates that of hatching Caddis, but larger hooks and trimming the the wing back a little more, it can imitate that of an egg laying Caddis.

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:

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, 29 July 2021

Tying an Olive Snatcher Wet Fly with Davie McPhail

Today we are looking at the Olive Snatcher, tied by Davie McPhail. The Olive Snatcher was originally created to be an imitation of a large buzzer pupae on Scottish  Lochs, however, it finds great results in still waters. These flies are very versatile and work very well when Trout are swimming around the upper layers of the water. Like Davie says in his video, this Snatcher can be tied in various colours on different size hooks. A great addition to any Wet 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 Barney Google Midge Pupa Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail. 




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill Sper Grub size 12
Thread: Uni-8/0 Olive Ribs: Small Gold Wire and Medium UTC Opal Mirage Tinsel Bidy: Olive Diamond Brite Dubbing Body Hackle: Olive Cock or Hen Front Hackle: Light Ginger Hen dyed Olive Eye's/Wing-Buds: Dyed Flu-Yellow Jungle Cock or Goose Biot

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, 22 April 2021

Tying a Sedgehog Bibio with Davie McPhail

Created by an angler named Stan Headley, the Sedgehog fly is a brilliant fly that can be fished anywhere across the UK and Ireland. The Sedgehog is a large, buoyant fly that creates huge amounts of disruption when retrieved. This wave of disruption will attract that attention of any lingering Trout to investigate as it submerges and pops back up. This pop up action is what catches you Fish. The Sedgehog is a favorite on a windy day.

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 size 12 Thread: Uni-8/0 Black Wing: Roe Deer Hair from back to front... Body: Black, Red and Black Seals Fur or Sub Hackle: Black 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!

Friday, 26 March 2021

How To Tie The Waterhen Bloa With Steve Cullen

As mentioned in Steve's video, a method of fly fishing that has somewhat fallen out of favour at the beginning of the Trout season is Wet Fly Fishing. It's unknown why, but those who do fish Wet Flies get some excellent results. One fly that will do well at the beginning of the Trout season is the Waterhen Bloa. The Waterhen Bloa fly is a traditional wet spider pattern, popular for cold wet weather days. It doesn't resemble anything specific, but it covers a wide variety of imitations which makes it a great all-rounder 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 Waterhen Bloa Fly, with the guidance of Steve Cullen. 




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