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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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Thursday, 18 March 2021

How to Tie The Foam Hawthorn with Steve Cullen

A fly that never lets Steve down is the Foam Hawthorn, especially for the start of the Trout Season in the UK. The Hawthorn hatch is an important part of the river fisherman's year and can be significant on stillwaters too. Normally the peak of the Hatch is from the end of April to the middle of May. This foam bodied pattern is a great option because it just keeps on floating even when the dressing gets wet. Better still, when partly wet it will sit just in the the surface film (rather than on top of it) - which often produces a more confident take. A great fly to have tied in a few different 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 Foam Hawthorn, with the guidance of Steve Cullen.


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Thursday, 11 March 2021

Tying The All Rounder Nymph with Steve Cullen

One of Steve's favourite Flies for early Season Brown Trout, is the All Round Nymph, which is a fairly large nymph pattern with a 3/3.5mm bead on the end for a serious sink rate. The reason the bead is so large is so that this fly can get down through the water, near the bottom where fish are actively feeding on a hatch, it makes it ideal for Streams and Stillwaters. As Steve explains in the video, a lot of early seasons flies are based off nymphs which always seem to be rather large which is why this fly has a size 12 hook. Steve rounds off his video by tying in a trigger or collar to the fly, this is optional but is recommended to allow the Trout to easily detect the fly. As always these flies can be tied in a variety of colours and sizes and is best used during March/April 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 an All Rounder Nymph, with the guidance of Steve Cullen.


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Thursday, 4 March 2021

Tying The Mick Reid with Steve Cullen

According to Steve, years ago, Phil Dixon requested an individual to tie a Cats Whisker, however, because this individual was colour blind, they could not get the colours correct and tied the fly with what they felt was the correct pattern. Although it was not correct, when applied in the water, this fly is incredibly effective. It has provided results not only in the UK, but across into the EU and of course, in the States. It does resemble that of a Black Fritz which is also, an incredibly popular pattern and many Anglers will swear by it, that the Frtiz will always provide results.

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 The Mick Reid, with the guidance of Steve Cullen.


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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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