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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.




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, 5 May 2022

How to tie a Detached Bodied Balloon Caddis (Grannom) by Davie McPhail

Davie is tying a version of the Balloon Caddis, a pattern developed by Roman Moser, it's a buoyant very productive pattern ideal for fast water and riffles or anywhere there's a Sedge hatch. If you ever had a chance to watch Caddis as they float downstream they shiver or skip across the surface film you'll know that the Trout can switch on to them and will aggressively take one on the drift or tweaked through the surface.

The Grannom is a small Sedge (or Caddis) that commonly hatches in April, This small sedge is seen as the start of the Dry Fly season in some parts of the world, as the Grannom is generally the first fly the trout "look up" for!

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 Detached Bodied Balloon Caddis (Grannom), 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!

Friday, 29 April 2022

Staff Picks - Best Value For Money Buys


We all like getting the most out of our fishing budget, our staff are anglers and they're always keeping an eye out instore for the best value for money buys. 

This month the Glasgow Front Shop Team have selected a bunch of things that have caught their eye.


Any fly angler knows you always need to be well-armed with flies for every situation. Bushcrafters and preppers say that if you've only got one then you've really got none and if you're fishing somewhere that's overgrown or snaggy then you know you're going to need more than one of that killer pattern to keep you fishing and more importantly catching. 

Flies By The Dozen

Some of us will buy a few different dozen packs between us and take 3/4/6 of each pattern to fill up our boxes or the whole dozen if it's a pattern we're going to be using all season.

Starting at £4.99 for a dozen flies and 100s of patterns to pick from these are just a bargain!


GREYS PRODIGY KLIP-ON UNHOOKING MAT: L click here


For specimen anglers, particularly Pike and Carp fishermen an unhooking mat is an essential bit of kit, this Greys Prodigy Mat is less than half price and well worth having in your gear for a session behind the alarms. 

The best thing about this is the Klip-On system, the mat folds and rolls away for easy carriage and clips onto your rucksack or carryall so you've no excuse for not having a mat handy when you're out on the bank. 



BERKLEY SICK LURES click here

Over recent seasons the range and quality of soft plastics in the UK have expanded greatly, a walk along the lure sections in our shop will illustrate that. 

One of our Sick Selection Displays


We carry more loose lures than pretty much any shop in the country and Berkley's SICK range comes highly recommended by our predator anglers. Superb quality for the price and a range of styles and colours to target whatever you're fishing for. 



The Clearview range offers something for everyone, proper value for money from the Competition Boxes and Jumbo Storafly for your boat bag down to the Armour Slim Silicone Boxes that are ideal for slipping into your waistcoat. 
Click here to see the whole range

3 for 2 on these double-sided boxes

 
The Double-Sided Waterproof Clearview Boxes are the pick of the bunch in terms of bang for your buck though, from £5 each they're also on a 3 for 2 deal so you can mix and match sizes and styles to suit. Different coloured latches make them easy to identify at a glance and obviously they're clear so you can see the patterns before you flip them open saving you hassle on the water.




If you travel light when you're fishing and like to have everything close to hand this compact vest is the perfect balance between the comfort and accessibility of a Fly Vest and a the capacity of a full Chest Pack. 

Compact Vest With Plenty of Storage

For less than £30 you get a quality bit of gear with

  • Two main chest pockets for bigger items
  • Four slim pockets for polyleaders and tippet material.
  • Heavy-duty outer for attaching tools and zingers plus two small D-rings
  • D-ring for your net on the back
  • Plus a convenient removable fly patch that can be worn on either side.



Abu have just celebrated their 100 year anniversary, they've been producing proven fish catching lures since the very beginning. There's a range of multi packs and selections available but these 3 packs are super effective inexpensive lures that just work!

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There's not really any fish you'd target with lures that can't be caught on a Toby, a Droppen or a Stinger and you simply have to have some in your box.



These rods were cracking for the money at full price, they're now available for under £50

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With four and six piece versions, these are superb to keep tucked in the car or stowed in your suitcase for heading away. The range is available in the most popular AFTMs and you can combo it up with a rod/reel.line for under £100 to get you fishing straight away.



Very much a while stocks last one! If you're looking for a quality rod to fish lures from the bank, the rocks or into the surf then these are absolutely cracking.


These super distinctive high performance rods are fantastic value for money, fast actioned responsive and perfectly balanced.





We've recently expanded the range of these so there's a bit of something for everyone from 2000-7000 sizes. If you need a sturdy budget reel it's between these Mitchell MX1 and the best selling Shimano FX ranges for your best bet.


Manager Specials 

Every month we've got a fresh list of Manager's Specials, check them out HERE.

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Thursday, 28 April 2022

How to Tie a Hot Orange Leggy Hedgehog by Davie McPhail

Today, we are checking out Davie McPhail's take on the Sedgehog. The Hedgehog is a super versatile fly, as it can be tied as a Dry or Wet. The pattern that Davie is tying up is a Dry and as he explains in his video, is an incredibly popular fly for those seeking out Brown Trout. There's not much you would want to change about this fly besides the colours. So get this fly tied in various colour variations, in a few different sizes and get out 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 the Hot Orange Leggy Hedgehog, 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, 21 April 2022

How to Tie a Small Olive Pheasant Tail Nymph with Davie McPhail

Today we are having a look at the Small Olive Pheasant Tail Nymph tied by Davie McPhail. The original Pheasant Tail Nymph (PTN) was created by Frank Sawyer, an English River Keeper who devised the PTN for use on the chalk streams of Southern England.

He designed this nymph to imitate several species of the Baetis family, generally referred to as the 'olives'; it quickly became world-famous. Frank Sawyer tied the Pheasant Tail Nymph using just pheasant tail fibres and copper wire, the fly has undergone as many variations as there are fly-tiers. Many of these variations involve the addition of tying threads, peacock herl, dubbed thoraxes and many bead-head pheasant tail patterns are used all over the world.

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 Small Olive Pheasant Tail Nymph, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Under-Body: Extra Small Wire
Tail, Body and Thorax Cover: Pheasant Tail Bleached and Dyed Light Olive from Veniards.

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, 14 April 2022

Fishing Report - Harelaw Fishery

A quick report from David and a couple of our Glasgow Angling Centre staff's recent trip to Harelaw Fishery and Coffee Shop.

View of the loch from the Harelaw Coffee Shop.

First Look

It was my first trip to Harelaw this week along with a couple of my colleagues, Euan and Stephen who is a regular on the fishery. Set on moorland in the hills above Neilston it's a beautiful bit of water, with a handy coffee shop to grab a drink, a meal or a snack while you're getting set up.

Built in 1844, Harelaw covers 102 acres and includes over 3 miles of superb wading banks, 4 dam walls, and three islands. It's a pretty shallow water, averaging depth of 5-9 feet and a maximum dept of 13ft. This means there are fish to be found all over the fishery and it fishes really well with floating lines or midge tips through most of the season. Catch reports in the last couple of days show a boat returning 30 fish with all of them coming to small CDC dry flies.

We started with a cold light breeze and bright clear skies, ideal for setting up a nice drift but keeping the fish down a little. Euan and I started with a blob and buzzer using a fast retrieve to try and stimulate some quick takes. After a couple of drifts the tactic picked up fish that were willing to chase, both of us had Trout bow waving and bumping our flies although nothing stuck. With the fish on the feed and looking to chase we swapped over to pulling patterns. I picked out a White Bunny Leech and Euan went for a Pink Snake.

Blanks Off


Straight away the fish were back on the fast retrieved patterns, I had a take then Euan hooked and lost one before we both got fish to the net.
The pressure's off once both the rods in the boat have a fish so then it was a bit of friendly competition and a chance to beat Stephen on his own water. 


Euan had two on in quick succession, I landed one then hooked and lost a couple but then I lost the Bunny Leech too. I had a hunt around the lure flybox, tried a few standard marabou patterns but they weren't what the fish were after so after a fruitless drift I borrowed a pink snake off Euan to get back amongst them landing one and losing one before the weather closed in. 



Stormy Skies

With the weather closing in Stephen headed back to shore, the wind was high and it was baltic with  heavy rain coming down. We stuck it out though, using the drogue to keep us at a decent speed and hoping to get a couple of drifts and try to make sure we'd beat the local.


With the final scores at 4:3:2, the fairweather fisherman had to admit defeat although he's promised even the scores on our next trip. I'm looking forward to getting back out on Harelaw, with the warmer weather and evening sessions I can't wait to get up there when they're on the dries and we can test out the cafe too.

How to tie a Bunny Leech by Davie McPhail

It's almost Easter so let's check out the Bunny Leech!

Davie is tying a Bunny Leech Tube fly, the Bunny Leech is diverse pattern tied in different styles it can be used for targeting Trout, Pike, Salmon, Sea Trout or even Steelhead if you're in the States. It is essentially, a general purpose streamer that works well fished slowly with it's undulating materials or stripped back at speed. Leeches and their derivative patterns like snakes are superb, early and late season patterns that will attract Trout where other Trout flies have failed while a beefier version will catch Pike year-round. Get some of these tied up in different colour variations and sizes and get casting! Happy Easter!

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 Bunny Leech, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Tube: 1inch 1/4 Plastic Tube Thread: Uni-8/0 White Tail: Crystal Flash Body: Texas Magnum Strip Chartreuse Wing: Dyed Dark Green Cock Cape Legs: Perfect Rubber Legs Fluorescent Orange
Eyes: Fluorescent Adhesive Eyes

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish and Glue, 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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